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My Heart Sings


Download links and information about My Heart Sings by Betty Johnson. This album was released in 1995 and it belongs to Jazz genres. It contains 29 tracks with total duration of 38:03 minutes.

Artist: Betty Johnson
Release date: 1995
Genre: Jazz
Tracks: 29
Duration: 38:03
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No. Title Length
1. Lover 0:58
2. I Only Have Eyes for You 1:46
3. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey 0:49
4. I Wanna Be Loved 1:48
5. Taking a Chance On Love 1:02
6. Back in Your Own Back Yard 1:05
7. So in Love 1:27
8. I Enjoy Being a Girl 1:10
9. It's a Grand Night for Singing 0:52
10. Dear Hearts and Gentle People 1:16
11. Cc's Jazzriff 1:19
12. Like Ships 1:33
13. Mountain Greenery 0:48
14. Old Devil Moon 1:27
15. I've Grown Accostomed to His Face 1:30
16. That's All 2:05
17. Softly As in a Morning Sunrise (featuring Inst) 1:04
18. I Love You 1:44
19. I Remember You 1:54
20. If I Were a Bell 1:01
21. Gone With the Wind (featuring Inst) 1:17
22. My Heart Stoood Still 1:32
23. Jazz Riff#2 (featuring Inst) 0:49
24. What a Difference a Day Makes 1:18
25. Get Me to the Church On Time 0:40
26. Love Walked In 1:52
27. Wait Till You See Him 1:28
28. Thanks to You I'm a Brand New Woman 0:52
29. When You Wish Upon a Star 1:37



This album helps to commemorate Betty Johnson's return to the jazz singers' fold after a "short" layoff of 30 years to raise a family. Prior to her self-imposed hiatus, Johnson had a stellar career. As a young girl, she sang with the Johnson Family Singers, one of the more prominent and successful family singers of religious songs. She also performed at the Grand Ole Opry, recorded classic American folk songs — represented here by "I Love You" — and performed at such top venues as the Blue Angel, Copacabana, and Coconut Grove. She gained fame as part of Don McNeil's popular "Breakfast Club" show broadcast daily from Chicago.

This is, however, a rather unusual recording. None of the tracks are much longer than two minutes (with an average length of just about a minute), for a total of only 38 minutes of music. The CD is more like a sampler or precursor of things to come rather than an album that stands on its own. It's a shame to have given such short shrift to these great tunes and the contributions of the excellent musicians who came to the studio with Johnson. Performing as the Metropolitan Jazz Group are the brothers Lou and Frank Garisto (on piano and guitar, respectively), bassist Pat Merola, and (on several cuts) the ubiquitous multi-reedist (both single and double) Phil Bodner. Bodner also plays trumpet on "Gone With the Wind" and "Lullaby of the Leaves," although not listed as doing so in the credits (and "Lullaby of the Leaves" is also not listed in the CD notes).

Despite Johnson's lengthy absence from performing, her voice sounds as bright, sparkling, flawless, and filled with infectious enthusiasm as ever. However, given the changing background noise and fluctuations in the sound of My Heart Sings, it's clear that this album's contents are a hodgepodge of sets from a variety of sources, including some radio transcriptions. With just these short snippets of well-established standards, the listener ends up feeling unfulfilled. Soft Lights & Sweet Music, the later CD by Johnson with her daughter Lydia Gray, is more generous with its time. Hopefully, additional recordings in the not-too-distant future will also follow the pattern of Soft Lights & Sweet Music, offering more than the small taste of Betty Johnson's homecoming represented by My Heart Sings.