Della Reese was such a great singer, AND a very talented actress by the way. One of my most favorite and memorable movies I’ve seen her in was Harlem Nights,” starring Eddie Murphy, Richard Pryor, and many, many other huge stars. In this gritty, gangster, Black comedy drama; Della Reese plays a character named Vera. I think this scene here,  where she gets in to a fist fight with Eddie Murphy, is the funniest in the entire movie. I just couldn’t stop laughing, I just never seen anything like it. Although, there was just way too much profanity for my taste; however, it definitely fit this kind of movie, and I enjoyed watching it very much.

The very young Della’s song “When I Fall In Love,” from the album “What Do You Know About Love,” was released in 1958 under Parlophone Records. I didn’t even recognize her at first, cause her voice changed so much as she got older. This is such a beautiful song; it was produced for a movie called “One Minute To Zero” in 1952, starring Ann Blyth. However, the song did not become a hit, until Dorris Day recorded it in 1952. The song became a music standard, and has been interpreted by many since then; and that includes Celine Dion and Clive Griffin, for the movie soundtrack “Sleepless In Seattle (1993).”

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The history that is available on streaming now is just jaw dropping! I know that most true music collectors (or I should say antique music collectors) would have immediately jumped at the chance to buy this original; especially just because of this era that it came from. In fact, they probably would have put a frown on their face, if they saw this on Spotify. However, as I’ve always said, in essence Spotify is a poor man’s musical gift. I love Bessie Smith, because she had a power in her voice that demanded attention. But then again, I know the level of racism our ancestors felt at the time, allowed them to release that pain through their voices. This song is called “Alexander’s Ragtime Band,” produced in circa 1927. Her voice really gave me a vision of her surroundings and culture. Not having the luxury of television or the internet, a band coming to town was a huge event! I can just imagine all the young kids running like maniacs, yelling, telling everyone that the band is coming, and get ready. That rare moment in time you can forget about your troubles just for a moment. Listen on Spotify mobile. Click here for web player.

You know, I wasn’t really a fan of this album, but I didn’t think it was horrible either. I thought it was alright, nothing to go crazy for. However, for some strange reason, I like it better now than I did when it originally came out. I think it’s because the album clearly has that unmistakable 80’s sound, that adds to the nostalgic experience. When I listen to the song “Torture,” I am immediately transported back to watching it’s cheesy video for the first time. Not only did this video NOT make any sense, you almost wonder how is it that a family with this much talent, can make a music video so bad? There were actually some cute, almost danceable songs on this album. The danceable ones I liked were “Body,” and “Wait.” “State Of Shock,” duet with Michael and Nick Jagger is a thumbs down for me. This was one of those songs I couldn’t understand how it became a hit. Their music styles were so different, it just didn’t blend well for me. Some collaborations should never have happened. I like Randy Jackson’s “One More Chance.” Michael’s “Be Not Always,” was just too damn sad to listen to. I always skipped over that one.. LOL I believe this was the last album the Jacksons did together.. Listen with Spotify.