Maxine Sullivan Just one of those Things
Maxine Sullivan (1911-1987) in performance singing “One of these Things”.
She is accompanied by Scott Hamilton on tenor saxophone, John Bunch piano, Chris Flory guitar, Phil Flanigan bass and Chuck Riggs drums.
A great singer and engaging performer, Maxine Sullivan parlayed a subtle, yet undeniable sense of swing with distinctive phrasing and excellent interpretative qualities to become a fine jazz, standards and pre-rock pop vocalist. She enjoyed success in the swing era, then repeated that success several eras later. Sullivan sang in clubs in Pittsburgh and on radio broadcasts. Her vocals and Claude Thornhill's arrangment of "Loch Lomond" in 1937 resulted in her first hit. That was followed a series of folk novelty numbers like "Cockles And Mussells," and "If I Had A Rainbow Bow." But Sullivan at least landed a nationwide radio program with then husband John Kirby. "Flow Gently Sweet Rhythm" aired Sunday afternoons in 1940 and was the only coast-to-coast radio show featuring black performers on radio. Sullivan even did some acting, appearing on stage in "Swinging The Dream" and in the films "Goin' Places" and "St. Louis Blues." She toured with Benny Carter in 1941, then retired in 1942. Sullivan returned in the mid-'40s. After tours of England in 1948 and 1954, and another stage appearance in the 1953 play "Take A Giant Step," Sullivan retired once more. She became a nurse, but came back again in 1958, this time both singing and playing valve trombone and flugelhorn. She appeared at several festivals, then did sessions with The World's Greatest Jazz Band, Earl Hines, Ike Isaacs, Bob Wilber and Dick Hyman.