Don't Go to Strangers

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Don't Go to Strangers
Etta Jones DontGo.jpg
Studio album by
Released1960
RecordedJune 21, 1960
StudioVan Gelder Studio, Englewood Cliffs, NJ
GenreJazz
Length40:55
LabelPrestige
Etta Jones chronology
Etta Jones and Strings
(1960)
Don't Go to Strangers
(1960)
Something Nice
(1960)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Don't Go to Strangers is an album recorded in 1960 by jazz vocalist Etta Jones. It was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2008.

Overview[edit]

This was Etta Jones' first album for the independent jazz label Prestige when it was released in 1960 (having been recorded in a single session on June 21 of that year), and although Jones had been releasing records since 1944, including a dozen sides for RCA in 1946 and an album for King Records in 1957, she was treated as an overnight sensation when the title tune from the album went gold, hitting the Top 40 on the pop charts and reaching number five on the R&B charts.[2]

Reception[edit]

A reviewer of Dusty Groove stated "Could anyone ever utter a sexier line than "Don't go to strangers, come to me?" We think not, and it's material like that that makes the album a real killer from Etta Jones – one of her best from the 60s, cut when she was really developing her skills as a vocalist, but still had enough of an edge to be interesting. Backing is by a small group that includes Frank Wess, Roy Haynes, and Richard Wyands – and the album has a relaxed, jazzy quality that easily makes it one of the real standouts in Etta's career!"[3]

Track listing[edit]

No.TitleLyricsMusicLength
1."Yes Sir, That's My Baby"Gus KahnWalter Donaldson4:23
2."Don't Go to Strangers"Redd EvansArthur Kent/Dave Mann3:51
3."I Love Paris"Cole PorterCole Porter4:01
4."Fine and Mellow"Billie HolidayBillie Holiday5:52
5."Where or When"Lorenz HartRichard Rodgers3:41
6."If I Had You"Jimmy Campbell and Reg ConnellyTed Shapiro3:51
7."On the Street Where You Live"Alan Jay LernerFrederick Loewe3:45
8."Something to Remember You By"Howard DietzArthur Schwartz3:45
9."Bye Bye Blackbird"Mort DixonRay Henderson3:16
10."All the Way"Sammy CahnJimmy Van Heusen4:39

Personnel[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ AllMusic review
  2. ^ Billboard Chart history
  3. ^ "Etta Jones: Don't Go To Strangers". Dusty Groove. Retrieved 21 January 2019.

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