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Martha DAVIS & Spouse - Slightly More Than Wonderful

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Martha Davis, often called a female Fats Waller, was one of the brightest pianist-singers of the 1930s and 40s, and was indeed trained by Waller himself. She didn't gain true stardom, however, until the early 1950s, when she married and partnered bassist Calvin Ponder, forming the new group Martha Davis and Spouse.

They became a sensation and their sold-out club appearances led to national TV exposure with Perry Como, Garry Moore and Steve Allen. Martha's infectious humour, boisterous singing style and powerful piano, reminiscent of Nellie Lutcher, Julia Lee and Hadda Brooks led to two critically-acclaimed albums for ABC-Paramount, 1957s 'Martha Davis & Spouse' & 1958s 'A Tribute To Fats Waller' which are now available on CD for the very first time.

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Martha Davis, often called a female Fats Waller, was one of the brightest pianist-singers of the 1930s and 40s, and was indeed trained by Waller himself. She didn't gain true stardom, however, until the early 1950s, when she married and partnered bassist Calvin Ponder, forming the new group Martha Davis and Spouse.

They became a sensation and their sold-out club appearances led to national TV exposure with Perry Como, Garry Moore and Steve Allen. Martha's infectious humour, boisterous singing style and powerful piano, reminiscent of Nellie Lutcher, Julia Lee and Hadda Brooks led to two critically-acclaimed albums for ABC-Paramount, 1957s 'Martha Davis & Spouse' & 1958s 'A Tribute To Fats Waller' which are now available on CD for the very first time.

Rounding out the release are four rare transcription soundtracks, making a chock-filled collection of 28 songs, guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a tap in your foot.

Track Listing

'MARTHA DAVIS AND SPOUSE' 1957
1. TWO SLEEPY PEOPLE
2. MINE
3. YOU'RE SLIGHTLY LESS THAN WONDERFUL
4. I'M GONNA SIT RIGHT DOWN AND WRITE MYSELF A LETTER
5. KEEPIN' OUT OF MISCHIEF NOW
6. UMBRELLA MAN
7. YOU'RE GETTING TO BE A HABIT WITH ME
8. HAVE YOU EVER BEEN LONELY?
9. BACK STREET (P.D.)
10. THE SURREY WITH THE FRINGE ON TOP
11. LIFE IS SO PECULIAR
12. I LIKE THE LIKES OF YOU
'A TRIBUTE TO FATS WALLER' 1958
13. YOUR FEETS' TOO BIG
14. JITTERBUG WALTZ
15. AIN'T MISBEHAVIN'
16. IT'S A SIN TO TELL A LIE
17. THE SPIDER AND THE FLY
18. HOW CAN YOU FACE ME?
19. HONEYSUCKLE ROSE
20. LULU'S BACK IN TOWN
21. BLUE TURNING GREY OVER YOU
22. HOLD TIGHT (Want Some Seafood Mama)
23. HANDFUL OF KEYS
24. S'POSIN'
BONUS TRANSCRIPTIONS - 1952
25. GOODBYE, HONEY, GOODBYE (Live)
26. VIP-I-TY VIP-I-TY VOP (Live)
27. MARTHA'S BOOGIE (Live)
28. WE JUST COULDN'T SAY GOODBYE (Live)

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Format
CD
Price Code
A
Release Date
April 9th, 2021
UPC Bar Code No
604988320220