Chris Connor “Sings Lullaby’s For Lovers”, Recorded 1954
(Chris Connor Photograph: Everett Collection / Rex Feature)
Chris Connor epitomized cool jazz singing in the 1950s. Influenced by Anita O’Day, the torchy, smoky singer wasn’t one for aggression. She used subtlelty and restraint to her maximum advantage. Connor debuted as a solor artist in 1953, recording three albums for Bethlehem Records. She reached the height of her popularity in the 1950s, when she delivered her celebrated versions of Billy Strayhorn’s “Lush Life” and George Shearing’s “Lullaby of Broadway,” and recorded such excellent albums as ‘The Rich Sound of Chris Connor’ and ‘Lullabies of Birdland’ for Bethlehem.