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Chris Connor (November 8, 1927 – August 29, 2009) was an American jazz singer.


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Discography

Charted hits

Connor placed 3 songs into Billboard's popular music charts (All About Ronnie, while a radio hit in 1953, did not chart on Billboard, which did not publish charts until 1955).

  • And The Bull Walked Around, Ole, recorded on Capitol Records with the Stan Kenton Orchestra, peaked at #30 in 1953.
  • I Miss You So, Atlantic single 1105, peaked at #34 in 1957.
  • Trust In Me, Atlantic single 1138, peaked at #95 in 1957.

Original album discography

  • Chris Connor Sings Lullabys For Lovers (1954, Bethlehem) (10" LP)
  • Chris Connor Sings Lullabys Of Birdland (1954, Bethlehem) (10" LP)
  • Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland (1954, Bethlehem) (12" LP)
  • Chris (1954, Bethlehem)
  • This is Chris (1955, Bethlehem)
  • Bethlehem's Girlfriends (a compilation with Julie London and Carmen McRae; 1956, Bethlehem)
  • Chris Connor (1956, Atlantic)
  • I Miss You So (1956, Atlantic)
  • He Loves Me, He Loves Me Not (1956, Atlantic)
  • A Jazz Date with Chris Connor (1956, Atlantic)
  • Chris Connor Sings The George Gershwin Almanac Of Song (1957, Atlantic)
  • Chris Craft (1958, Atlantic)
  • Chris Connor Sings Ballads Of The Sad Cafe (1959, Atlantic)
  • Chris in Person (1959, Atlantic) (live)
  • Witchcraft (1959, Atlantic)
  • Sound Flights Into Jazz, Vol. 10 (US Air Force recruiting LP, with Mundell Lowe, 1959; this is a series of 5 minute performances - Chris Connor sings one full song and an intro to another; also chats about women joining the armed forces.)
  • A Portrait Of Chris (1960, Atlantic)
  • Double Exposure (1961, Atlantic; with Maynard Ferguson)
  • Two's Company (1961, Roulette Records; with Maynard Ferguson)
  • Free Spirits (1961, Atlantic)
  • No Strings (1962, Atlantic)
  • The Best Of Chris Connor (1963, Atlantic)
  • Chris Connor at the Village Gate (1963, FM Records) (live)
  • A Weekend In Paris (1964, FM Records)
  • Sings Gentle Bossa Nova (1965, ABC Records)
  • Now! (1966, ABC/Paramount Records)
  • Treasury Dept: Radio Show For US Savings Bonds (with Jerry Vale; 1966, Treasury Dept.)
  • Softly And Swingin' (1969, JVC Records)
  • Sketches (1971, Stanyan Records)
  • Misty (1975, Atlantic Records Japan, P-6135A)
  • Chris Moves (1977, Sony Records)
  • Sweet And Swinging (1978, Progressive Records)
  • Alone Together (1979, Lobster Records Japan)
  • Love Being Here With You (1983, Stash Records)
  • Three Pearls (with Ernestine Anderson and Carol Sloane; 1984, Capitol/EMI Japan)
  • Classic (1987, Contemporary Records)
  • New Again (1987, Contemporary Records)
  • As Time Goes By (1991, Alfa Jazz)
  • Angel Eyes (1991, Alfa Jazz)
  • My Funny Valentine (1993, Alfa Jazz)
  • Lover Come Back To Me (Live At Sweet Basil) (recorded 1981; released 1995 Evidence Records)
  • Blue Moon (1995, Alfa Jazz)
  • The London Connection (recorded 1990 - released 1995 Audiophile Records)
  • Haunted Heart (2001, Highnote Records)
  • I Walk With Music (2002, Highnote Records)
  • Everything I Love (2003, Highnote Records)

Rarities and non-released songs

While with the Stan Kenton orchestra in 1953, Chris Connor recorded Nobody Knows The Trouble I've Seen; it remains lost in the Capitol Records vaults.

Chris Connor also recorded a number of non-album sides for Atlantic Records that failed to see release. These songs were housed in a warehouse in Long Branch, New Jersey. In February 1978, a warehouse fire destroyed many of Connor's Atlantic master tapes and alternate recordings as well as those from Atlantic's "golden age" and it is believed that all of these recordings are now lost.

Unreleased songs from Atlantic Records

  • Our Love Is Here To Stay, recorded in 1957
  • An Open Fire, recorded in 1958
  • I'm A Fool To Want You, recorded in 1959
  • Fine And Dandy, recorded in 1959
  • Sidney's Soliloquy, recorded in 1960
  • You Go To My Head, recorded in 1960
  • Ain't Nobody's Business If I Do, recorded in 1961

Rare songs from Atlantic Records

These songs were previously only available on single releases; however, some of these tracks can be found on the Japanese cd releases of the Chris Connor Atlantic catalogue (this songs were first released on cd in 1991). Other songs can only be found on the rare Japanese LP release Misty which was only sold in 1975.

  • Under Paris Skies, recorded in 1958 and released as Atlantic 45 #1188 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release I Miss You So) (AMCY-1059)
  • Moon Ride, recorded in 1958 and released on Atlantic 45 #1188 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release I Miss You So)(AMCY-1059)
  • The Long Hot Summer, recorded in 1958 and available only on the album Misty
  • Circus, recorded in 1958 and released on Atlantic 45 #2017 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release Chris Connor) (AMCY-1050)
  • Flying Home, recorded in 1958 and released on Atlantic 45 #2017 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release Chris Connor (AMCY-1050)
  • I Won't Cry Anymore, recorded in 1958 and released on Atlantic 45 #1198 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release The Best Of Chris Connor) (AMCY-1078)
  • Hallelujah I Love Him So recorded in 1958 and released on Atlantic 45 #1198 (only available on the Japanese cd release The Best Of Chris Connor)(AMCY-1078)
  • I'm Afraid The Masquerade Is Over, recorded in 1959 and available only on the album Misty
  • Senor Blues, recorded in 1959 and released on Atlantic 45 #2037 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (AMCY-1072)
  • Misty, recorded in 1959 and released on Atlantic 45 #2037 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release A Jazz Date With Chris Connor (AMCY-1072)
  • All About Ronnie, recorded in 1959 (only available on the Japanese cd release The Best Of Chris Connor)(AMCY-1078)
  • Invitation, recorded in 1959 and released on Atlantic 45 #2073 (available on the album Misty and the Japanese cd release I Miss You So) (AMCY-1059)
  • To Each His Own, recorded in 1959 and available only on the album Misty
  • I Sold My Heart To The Junkman, recorded in 1959 and released on Atlantic 45 #2073 and available only on the album Misty
  • I Heard A Bluebird, recorded in 1960 and available only on the album Misty
  • Fortune Cookies, recorded in 1960 and available only on the album Misty
  • That's My Desire, recorded in 1960 and released on Atlantic 45 #2053
  • I Only Want Some, recorded in 1960 and released on Atlantic 45 #2053 (available on the Japanese cd release I Miss You So) (AMCY-1059)

Compilations

  • The Best Of Chris Connor (1991, Atlantic Records Japan)
  • Warm Cool: The Atlantic Years (2000, 32 Jazz)
  • Chris Connor: Collectibles Classics (box) (2006, Collectibles Records)
  • Complete Bethlehem Years (box) (2007, Fresh Sounds Spain)
  • All About Ronnie: Bethlehem Recordings (2008, Acrobat Records)
  • Introducing Chris Connor (2008, Phantom Records)





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