Sylvia De Sayles & Vera Sanford – The Best Is Yet To Come / Vera Sanford


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The Best is Yet to Come
In October 1963, 22 year old singer —and pianist— Sylvia De Sayles got her chance to appear at the Embers club in New York. It was a slow Sunday, the day when the regular attractions had the night off so that the club could showcase new local talent. Ralph Watkins operated both the Embers and Basin Street East, and he was so impressed by Sylvia’s performance that he extended her engagement six more Sundays. A contract with Regina Records came from her success at the Embers, as did a three-week stand at the Living Room, and a ten-day stint at Basin Street East with Duke Ellington’s orchestra. On "The Best is Yet to Come" —her album debut for Regina— Sylvia sings an elegant selection of tunes that range from the more rhythmic persuasion to the torcher variety. Thanks to her warmth, vocal charm and solid jazz feeling, Sylvia was saluted as a new Lena Horne, and enjoyed a brief but successful career in the USA, with tours of the East and Europe.

Ten Minutes to Midnight
Chicagoan Vera Sanford was 25 in 1964, when she switched careers to go from legal secretary to vocalist under the auspices of her boss, Earl Washington. He was a local trial attorney and music lover, but after listening to one of her audition discs, he decided to launch a record label (Bombay) to introduce her to the music scene. Within a few months of releasing her album "Ten Minutes to Midnight," Vera was being hailed as a new singing sensation, and when she auditioned for the NBC Johnny Carson Show in New York, bandleader Skitch Henderson, paying her the highest praise, declared: “She’s a cross between Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughan.”

Track Listing:
Sylvia De Sayles: 1. I've Got Your Number - 2:46   2. You're Nearer - 2:58   3. Wild Is Love - 1:37   4. What'll I Do - 2:57   5. You Don't Know What Love Is - 2:34   6. Strange - 2:25   7. Married I Can Always Get - 2:26   8. Warm Winter - 2:28   9. I'll See You Again - 2:33   10. It Amazes Me – 2:58   11. Don't Explain - 2:23   12. The Best Is Yet to Come - 2:10   Vera Sanford: 13. I Can't Escape from You - 2:36   14. I Was a Fool to Fall In Love - 3:16   15. Shangri-La - 2:29   16. For Heaven's Sake - 2:40   17. The More I See You - 2:27   18. Too Late Now - 2:23   19. One Summer Night in June - 2:44   20. An Affair to Remember - 2:08   21. Dancing in the Dark - 2:44   22. When Your Heart Breaks Through - 2:42

Tracks #1-12, from the album “Sylvia De Sayles —The Best Is Yet to Come” (Regina RS-296)
Tracks #13-22, from the album “Vera Sanford —Ten Minutes to Midnight” (Bombay 1515)


Personnel on “The Best Is Yet to Come”:
Sylvia De Sayles, vocals
With Orchestras Arranged & Conducted by Peter Matz & Sy Oliver

Personnel on "Ten Minutes to Midnight”:
Vera Sanford, vocals
With Orchestra Arranged & Conducted by Johnnie Pate