January 31, 2023

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Lee Wiley, "Looking at you" (1939)

Lee Wiley, "Looking at you" (1939)

“Looking at you,

I am filled with the essence of

the quintessence of


Looking at you, /

I hear poets tell stories

beautiful Helen of


— Cole Porter, poetry writing at its most inspired

The great jazz singer Lee Wiley was part of the Cherokee Indians. She was born on October 9, 1915 in Port Gibson, Oklahoma. She ran away from home when she was 15. Two years later she sang with Leo Rieisman’s band. Her voice was softly hoarse, warmly sensual. Hearing them in a nightclub was an unforgettable experience. She died at the age of 60./ (See New York Times, December 12, 1975). – DL


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