Today being the 45th anniversary of the death of Jayne Mansfield got me remembering the single she recorded with Jimi Hendrix.
Well – sort of. It was Jayne’s record, pre-fame Jimi, playing bass and lead, appeared as a session musician. I’ve no idea if they were even in the studio at the same time – according to Hendrix historian Steven Roby (Black Gold: The Lost Archives Of Jimi Hendrix, Billboard Books), this collaboration occurred because they shared the same manager.
The tracks were “As The Clouds Drift By” b/w “Suey”
Details for the UK release-
Composers: As The Clouds Drift By – (Brodsky) Suey – (Ed Chalpin, Douglas Henderson)
Producer: Ed Chalpin?
Release date: 21 July 1967
Catalog number: HL 10147
Kind of nice in a 1960s girl-group way, with maybe a nod towards Marianne Faithfull ?
A bit more raunchy, this one, a bit more funky. I have this fantasy of her being backed by The Cramps…what a collaboration that would have been.
Never a dumb blonde, Jayne had classical training in piano and violin. She sang in English and German for a number of her films, and in 1964 MGM Records released a novelty album called Jayne Mansfield: Shakespeare, Tchaikovsky & Me, in which she recited Shakespeare’s sonnets and poems by Marlowe, Browning, Wordsworth, and others against a background of Tchaikovsky’s music. The album cover depicted a bouffant-coiffed Mansfield with lips pursed and breasts barely covered by a fur stole, posing between busts of Tchaikovsky and Shakespeare. The New York Times described the album as a reading of “30-odd poems in a husky, urban, baby voice”.
I’d rather like to hear more of that album. It kind of reminds me of the rather strange late-1960s album that actor Peter Wyngarde recorded…but that’s another story.