Well, no. Not in the least. What’s Jane Russell doing making a record album, anyway?

1947 record album by Jane Russell

LP Cover Lover explains:

While she was waiting around for her movie career to take off, she got an offer from bandleader Kay Kyser to appear on his radio show, and after hearing her he signed her to a 12-week contract and even took her with him to Columbia Records for a couple of sides. As The Outlaw finally neared a New York opening, Columbia signed Russell on her own for this album, originally released on four 78s in 1947.

Let’s Put Out the Lights did get reissued by Columbia in this century, with bonus tracks yet: two songs left in the can, and both sides of a single she’d cut with Kyser. Russell didn’t think much of it, denouncing the album as “horrible and boring to listen to.” Herewith, the title track, with Bob Lowery pretending to resist the whole idea:

Then again, it’s not like Howard Hughes hired her for her voice.



  1. McGehee »

    1 January 2013 · 8:55 am

    That title track track must be one of those elusive links. Is it from Canada too?   ;-)

  2. CGHill »

    1 January 2013 · 11:07 am

    Second time that’s happened on a YouTube embed. I have no idea what the problem is. It may not make any difference, but I’ve put it back without changing the screen size, on the off-chance that there’s an issue with resizing.

  3. XRay »

    1 January 2013 · 9:25 pm

    You fricking tech folks… this is about Jane Russell. THE Ms. Jane Russell, a little respect, please. :)

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