recorded with Perry Como in the mid-‘50s on tracks such as
“(There’s No Place Like) Home for the Holidays” and
“I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues”,
released in 1954 and 1955, respectively. “I Gotta
Right to Sing the Blues” appeared on Perry Como’s So Smooth album.
Marilyn was a member of the Anne Phillips Singers who recorded Noel Noel. She recorded a couple of tracks with
Ben E. King and Claus Ogerman’s orchestra
in 1962, “Down Home” and “Too Bad”. “Down Home” appeared on
Ben E. King’s Seven Letters
album. “Too Bad”
was the A side of a single that was backed with “My Heart Cries For
You”. In 1968, she
celebrated the Yuletide with Snowfall: The Tony Bennett Christmas Album.
A favourite of Quincy Jones, she appeared on no less than
four of his albums between 1969 and 1971: I
Walking in Space, Gula Matari,
and Smackwater Jack. She was also an erstwhile member of
the Walter Wanderley Set on 1969’s When it Was Done. In 1971, she performed on Grover
Washington, Jr.’s Inner City Blues.
Then, she offered vocal support on David Clayton-Thomas’s
eponymous album in 1972.
In 1975, she
appeared on Ron Carter’s album, Anything
Goes. She played
“Woman of the Town” on Rod McKuen’s
experimental album, The Black Eagle,
in 1978. No less experimental
was The Ethel Merman Disco Album,
which she recorded the following year.
In fact, 1979 was a busy year for Marilyn: She appeared on Frank
Sinatra’s boxed set, Trilogy,
the soundtrack of Fast Break, and
the big-band/disco experiment, Take
the “A” Train, as a member of Tuxedo Junction.
The CD era
affords us many and variegated opportunities to hear Marilyn’s
soprano stylings, be it Ruby Terry’s “Live” with the Southwest
Louisiana Mass Choir, the Mickey & Sylvia anthology, Love is Strange, or The Best of Patty Duke: Just Patty, on which she sings
the “Theme from The Patty Duke Show”. Naturally, she also made the cut on
Quincy Jones’ Summer in the
City and Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones.