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Anne Shelton - Lay Down Your Arms: The Collection 1940-62

Anne Shelton - Lay Down Your Arms: The Collection 1940-62

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Anne Shelton was a popular English vocalist whose career encompassed early years as an inspiring performer during World War Two, becoming popular on both sides of the Atlantic in post-war years, with her chart hits continuing through the rock ‘n’ roll era into the 1960s.

Shelton performed at military bases in Britain during the war and was invited by Glenn Miller to sing in France with him and his orchestra in 1944. She declined because of prior commitments. Miller died during this tour when his plane disappeared.

This 50-track, 2CD, set provides a selective overview of that career, with early recordings following her debut in 1940 at the age of 17 with Bert Ambrose’s orchestra, and then solo recordings for the UK Rex and Decca labels and the US London label, followed by releases on HMV and Philips [UK] and Columbia [USA]. It features all her hits in the UK and USA, including the 1956 UK No.1 Lay Down Your Arms and 1960 No.10 Sailor plus the US Top 30 hits Be Mine and Galway Bay and the UK Top 30 hits Arrivederci Darling, Seven Days and The Village Of St. Bernadette.

She was a hugely versatile performer, beginning life as a big band vocalist and becoming a sophisticated mainstream song stylist in the post-war years before turning her hand to poppier material through the ‘50s, her ability to achieve success in the USA underlining her broad appeal. Shelton appeared in three Royal Variety Performances, 1953, 1959 and 1978, and continued to play charity concerts almost until her death in 1994, aged 70.

We hope this selection of recordings from across more than two decades offers a representative overview of her career and an enjoyable showcase for her talents.


Disc 1
1 When That Man Is Dead And Gone Ambrose & His Orchestra, voc. Anne Shelton
2 St. Louis Blues Ambrose & His Orchestra, voc. Anne Shelton
3 Fools Rush In (Where Angels Fear to Tread) Anne Shelton
4 The Last Time I Saw Paris Anne Shelton
5 Who Am I? Anne Shelton
6 There Goes That Song Again Anne Shelton
7 Kiss The Boys Good-Bye Anne Shelton
8 I'll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time Anne Shelton
9 Blues In The Night (My Mama Done Tol' Me) Anne Shelton
10 At Last Anne Shelton
11 In The Still Of The Night Anne Shelton
12 You'll Never Know Ambrose & His Orchestra, voc. Anne Shelton
13 Silver Wings In The Moonlight Anne Shelton
14 We Mustn't Say Goodbye Ambrose & His Orchestra, voc. Anne Shelton
15 Lilli Marlene Anne Shelton
16 I'll Be Seeing You Anne Shelton
17 Laura Anne Shelton
18 On The Atchison Topeka And The Sante Fe Ambrose & His Orchestra, voc. Anne Shelton
19 Anniversary Song Anne Shelton
20 A Rainy Night In Rio Anne Shelton
21 My Silent Love Anne Shelton
22 Be Mine Anne Shelton
23 Galway Bay Anne Shelton
Disc 2
Track Title Artist
1 If You Ever Fall In Love Again Anne Shelton
2 My Yiddishe Momme Anne Shelton
3 Put Your Shoes On, Lucy Anne Shelton
4 A Kiss In The Dark Anne Shelton
5 The Loveliest Night Of The Year Anne Shelton
6 The World Is Mine Tonight Anne Shelton
7 Kiss Of Fire Anne Shelton
8 Bella Musica Anne Shelton
9 Dummy Song Anne Shelton
10 Hold Back The Dawn Anne Shelton
11 I Talk To The Trees Anne Shelton
12 Answer Me (Mutterlein) Anne Shelton
13 (Oh Baby Mine) I Get So Lonely Anne Shelton
14 Teach Me Tonight Anne Shelton
15 Arrivederci Darling Anne Shelton
16 Seven Days Anne Shelton
17 The Great Pretender Anne Shelton
18 Lay Down Your Arms Anne Shelton
19 The Madonna In Blue Anne Shelton
20 Absent Friends Anne Shelton
21 I Hear That Song Again Anne Shelton
22 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Anne Shelton
23 Hurry Home Anne Shelton
24 Village Of St. Bernadette Anne Shelton
25 Come Back Again Anne Shelton
26 Sailor Anne Shelton
27 Tell Me Again In The Morning Anne Shelton
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