very difficult when someone mentions Frank Sinatra not to associate the
song My Way with his name. And a song title can prompt the name
of a singer - Singing in the Rain brings Gene Kelly to mind, It's
not unusual conjures up Tom Jones and so on. Ah, you'll say - Golden Oldies - and they are, but that's because this
curious phenomenon only happens over time; you have to wait to see
whose performance was the one which really reached out and touched
listeners and became the definitive interpretation so that the song
lived on beyond its time.
Body and Soul
was the title of
a silent film made in 1925. The film, in turn, inspired a song written
in 1930 which eventually became one of the all-time jazz greats - later
singers such as Billie
Holiday, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughn - each added her own individual
interpretation to this sad and beautiful love song.
But it was a virtually unknown Australian singer who first sang the
words I'm all for you, body and soul - her name was
by arrangement with the Documentation Collection, ScreenSound
Stedeford was born in December 1909 in St. Kilda, a suburb of Melbourne.
Her father was John Stedeford, a descendent of English Stedefords from
North Devon. Her mother was Edith Torr and she was the youngest of their
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