Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs: The Kiss Of Fire - Her 29 Finest 1942-1955
Massachusetts-born singer Frieda Lipschitz (1920-2006) is numbered among the most genuinely talented pop vocalists of the early and mid-50s. Her strong, accurate voice and jazz-tinged approach, honed through years of experience in the big band era with such as Frankie Trumbauer, Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey, prepared her well for a great solo career as “Georgia Gibbs”, with a string of record hits and her own radio show.
Georgia Gibbs was first introduced as “Her Nibs, Miss Gibbs” on Jimmy Durante’s show, as she is in the heading for The Kiss Of Fire, Retrospective’s fine selection of 29 numbers from her peak years. She had six top six hits (all included), three of them million sellers: the Argentine tango-based The Kiss Of Fire of 1952, and her two R&B ‘white covers’ of 1955, Tweedle Dee and Dance With Me, Henry. The others are If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d Have Baked A Cake (1950), While You Danced, Danced, Danced (1951) and Seven Lonely Days (1953). Her sultry, throbbing voice is well suited to romantic ballads such as He’s Funny That Way or It’s The Talk Of The Town, but she can be equally thrilling belting out a red-hot jazz number like Red Hot Mama. Overall, The Kiss Of Fire gives the most generous and balanced single-CD coverage of a fine, underrated artist.