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RECORDING: Joe Derise on Bethlehem

Lounge singers are all but forgotten today. Some might say deservedly so, but that would be unfair. The best lounge singers in the ’50s were exceptional vocalists and frequently accompanied themselves on piano, guitar or accordion. The term lounge singer originally referred to those who entertained in a small bar or room adjacent to or near the larger showroom at major hotels and resorts where marquee performers were appearing…


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