UP UNTIL NOW there have been two Pearl Baileys. A Pearl Bailey of the night clubs and a Pearl Bailey of recordings. It has been a schizophrenic performing existence.
The reason for the dual personality is Pearl’s attitude toward life. Within the confines of an intimate night club she was able to fashion in song a portrait of a girl who knew the facts of life but who inevitably got her facts all mixed up. In sketching this girl, Pearly Mae (as she is known to friends) threw in asides and bits of business to the delight of night club goers who don’t to have pictures drawn for them about the facts of life. It was in this respect that the night club Pearl Bailey and the recording Pearl Bailey had to part company.
The recording companies preferred to play their Pearl Bailey straight. That was the only way to get her recordings played on the air. “Stick to the script” was the order of the day so Pearl had to shelve the innuendo and double entendre that made her so popular with the night club crowds.
Now, for the first time, the night club performer and the recording performer have become one and the same person. This album is Pearl Bailey’s night club performance come to life on a record. That’s why it is labeled “For Adults Only” and that’s why it is restricted from air play. It’s a precaution that Roulette has taken to protect the innocent from her earthy wisdom.
Label: Roulette R-25016
Cover Photo: Chuck Stewart