Jersey Boys (original Broadway cast recording)

jerseyboysJersey Boys [original Broadway cast recording] (2005)
Music from the Broadway hit takes the listener back to the 1960s and the singing sensations Frankie Valli & the Four Seasons. The musical tells the story of working class kids who rose to superstars in the entertainment world. The CD has all the hits, including “Sherry," “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Walk like a Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off Of You,” and more. Their story is told, their music celebrated. If you remember the ‘60’s, don’t miss this CD.

To hear the music live, check out Jersey Boys, currently playing at the LaSalle Bank Theatre in Chicago. Visit Broadway in Chicago for a preview of the show, ticket information, and more.

One of the Boys by Gretchen Wilson

One of the Boys by Gretchen Wilson (2007)
The one thing you can count on from Gretchen Wilson is that she is an original. She co-wrote 9 of the 11 songs on this album. She said it is her diary set to music. It is a country album with the steel guitars, fiddles and authentic feelings. As vulnerable as she might seem, there is the strength of a woman who knows her way and does not compromise her talent. She will rock you, make you cry, show you a good time and touch your heart.

Visit for the complete lyrics and to listen to a sample from each song.

Love Me or Leave Me

lovemeorleavemeLove Me or Leave Me by Doris Day (1955)
Doris Day played real life 1920s singer Ruth Etting in the movie of the same name. Here she performs great songs from the early decades of the twentieth century. Songs include the upbeat "Stay on the Right Side Sister" and "Shaking the Blues Away" and lovely ballads such as "I'll Never Stop Loving You" and "Love Me or Leave Me." You can also check out the original movie with Day and James Cagney. Find out Doris Day is more than just "Que Sera Sera."

Trav'lin' Light by Queen Latifah

Trav'lin' Light by Queen Latifah (2007)
Queen Latifah originally was known as a rapper, but I am pleased to say she has come a long way from rapping lyrics. In 2004, she recorded a collection of pop standards on the Dana Owens Album. In this album, she has expanded her vocal range and interpretation and given us some pre-rock songs that just sound so good.

Full string and horn sections, Stevie Wonder featured on harmonica on the "Georgia Rose" track, and Queen Latifah’s laudable singing talent make this CD an enjoyable listening experience. Opening cut is “Poetry Man,” made famous by Phoebe Snow. Latifah gives it her own style and spin. Songs range from the 1920s all the way to the 2007 Hairspray musical “I Know Where I’ve Been.”

For other information, check out an NPR Music interview with Queen Latifah or a New York Daily News review of the album.