Title - 'Let's Misbehave'
Artist - Billy Dee Williams
I can only assume, much like me, that you may only know Billy Dee Williams as an American actor, perhaps even an artist, and writer, best known for acting in the movies 'Brian's Song' and 'Lady Sings the Blues.' Indeed, you might also know him, if you're younger, for his roles as Harvey Dent in Tim Burton's 'Batman' and most definitely as Lando Calrissian in the 'Star Wars' film franchise, of course.
But did you know he was a singer? Nope, nor did I, but at age just 23 years-old, Billy Dee Williams recorded this long forgotten gem of an album, Let's Misbehave. The album features ten (10), wait for it, Broadway songs, many of which were recorded here for the very first time in history!
The full story is that back in 1961, Williams ventured into the music industry when he recorded this above mentioned jazz LP produced by Prestige Records. Those swing standards include the Bobby Scott and Ric Marlow-written album opener, 'A Taste of Honey,' 'Don't Cry,' Jerry Wallace's 'Life's A Holiday,' and others such as 'I Like It Here,' the Johnny Mercer-written 'I Wonder What Became Of Me,' and album closer, 'Red Sun Blues.'
Interestingly enough, the album, which was a commercial success at the time, made Williams eligible for an appearance in the legendary Motown 25: Yesterday, Today, Forever (1983). As Williams himself has since said about the album, "It's a collectible, it's part of my life and it's an interesting aspect of my life.".
And so, with this re-release having been given full approval from the man, Billy Dee Williams himself, and with the new booklet featuring BRAND NEW additional liner notes by album producer Don Schlitten, Let's Misbehave now gets a new lease of commercial life for the 'Star Wars' star!
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