Sunday, July 18, 2010
"Station 51, 10-4. Patient has love lodged in her tummy."
Julie London was a well established singer before she took on the role of Head Nurse Dixie "Dix" McCall at Rampart Emergency Hospital in the 70s series, "EMERGENCY!". She was discovered by talent agent Sue Carol (wife of actor Alan Ladd) while working as an elevator operator. She recorded 32 albums in a career that began in 1955. Billboard named her the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956, and 1957. Her most famous single, "Cry Me a River", was written by her high-school classmate, Arthur Hamilton. It became a million-seller after its release in December 1955. Her last album came in 1969. It was a collection of pop hits of the 60s that included The Doors' "Light My Fire", the Kingsmen's "Louie, Louie", the Beatles' "And I Love Her" (changed to "And I Love Him") and the title track, Ohio Express' "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy". The album has an unintentional kitsch element but believe it or not, Julie actually is able to pull most of the material off and even adds a little sexuality with her smokey voice. A highlight is her cover of The Monkees' "It's Nice To Be With You". That was never one of my favorite Monkees tracks but Julie's version gives me a whole new appreciation for the song. Hear it for yourself when you take a listen to "Yummy, Yummy, Yummy" by Julie London. Enjoy!
Julie London-Yummy, Yummy, Yummy