Friday, December 26, 2014

CD Review: Billy Dee Williams Releases Long Lost Album Of Broadway Musicals

Acclaimed actor Billy Dee Williams is best known for his roles as Lando Calrissian in Star Wars and Harvey Dent in Batman, but two decades before that, Williams was hoping for a promising career in music. He recorded and released his only album "Let's Misbehave" back in 1961 and it has long been out of print, until this approved re-release on CD through Explore Multimedia. The ten song release features many Broadway numbers, but begins with Williams adding the first vocals to the original instrumental, "A Taste Of Honey" before The Beatles popularized it two years later. The title song showcases Williams as a Sinatra clone on this Cole Porter original. The swing of "Life's A Holiday" shows Williams having fun with this recording, while "Warm Tonight" slows down the tempo in order for Williams to croon. The album closes with "House Of Flowers" and "Red Sun Blues" which shows Williams' vocal talents as he lays it all out on these last two tracks.

Ten years after the original release of this album, Billy Dee Williams' career took off with his co-starring roll in the 1971 movie "Brian's Song" and as they say, the rest is history. To find out more about his album "Let's Misbehave," please visit cherryred.co.uk.

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