The Gals of Gunn

Earlier this week, I featured a clip of Lola Albright singing How High the Moon from TV’s Peter Gunn in the late 1950s. The other young actress-singer who appear on the detective series was Linda Lawson, whom I’ve posted about in the past about her sole superb album, Introducing Linda Lawson. She was cast on Peter Gunn as Lynn Martel, a nightclub singer under the control of a bad guy in “Lynn’s Blues” (season 1, episode 7, November 1958). Lawson, like Albright, had a wonderful husky voice that epitomized Los Angeles during this period. It’s the sound of humid melancholy and a dash of hope.

Here are a bunch of Lawson clips:

Here’s Lynn’s Blues arranged by Henry Mancini. The camera pans to actor Craig Stevens (who played detective Peter Gunn) and Lola Albright (who played Gunn’s girlfriend Edie Hart). Favorite line: “She’s just saying goodbye”…

Here’s Lawson singing Somehow, a 45 arranged by Henry Mancini…

Here’s Never Like This, another Lawson-Mancini single collaboration…

And here’s my favorite, Lawson singing More Than Ever, a single arranged by Mancini…

More Than Ever

JazzWax tracks: You’ll find Linda Lawson’s debut and only album (arranged by Marty Paich) along with four singles arranged by Henry Mancini on a Fresh Sound release here.