After singing with Lionel Hampton in the late 1940s, vocalist Betty Carter had her first hit with Hampton’s Red Top in 1952. Teamed with vocalist King Pleasure, their vocalese duet put words to the solo melodies of tenor saxophonist Gene Ammons and trumpeter Gail Brockman on their 1947 version of Red Top. Between 1956 and 1964, Carter recorded six studio albums and then took a break to raise a family. By the time she returned at the end of the decade, she was in less demand. Her unusual way of phrasing — bending notes, rushing the tempo and adhering to bop scat attacks — was out of vogue in the mystical fusion era.