The sweet sultry sound of Julie London

by groove on June 20, 2013

Julie London's Sultry Smoothie

In today’s post I decided to begin with my brand new smoothie creation. I developed it out of a need to brighten my day. No, I’m not depressed or anything like that but these past few days in West Kelowna we have not seen any sunshine – not one tiny bit of blue sky. After awhile it gives me the blues and I wanted something comforting.

Chocolate definitely is a mood enhancer and can have great muscle relaxing benefits with it’s high levels of magnesium. A couple months ago when we were in Nelson I had a thick and rich tasting chocolate and tahini smoothie at the Dominion Cafe. My smoothie creation below is inspired by that awesome drink. And as for the the name dedication for the smoothie as you keep reading you’ll understand why I named this drink after Julie London.

Julie London’s Sultry Smoothie


1 banana, frozen
4 dates *
1 tbsp cacao powder
1 tbsp tahini, raw or roasted
2 tbsp coconut butter *
1 tsp vanilla
pinch of salt
1.5 cups water (for a thicker smoothie add just 1 cup)


Add ingredients to your blender and blend until smooth, creamy and delicious.


* Depending on the power of your blender soaking your dates first in a bit of water will make blending much easier.

* The coconut butter isn’t essential but will give your smoothie a wee bit extra bit of sultry flavour :).

Julie London

Smooth, silky, sultry, sensual and smoky are all words that have been used to describe the sound of Julie London’s vocals. She had a pinup girl beauty and was hugely admired by GI’s in the second world war. Her role as Nurse McCall in Emergency! was our television memory of her and she was stunning at age 50.

Julie London

Born Gayle Peck in Santa Rosa, California in 1926, Julie London enjoyed a hugely successful music career from 1955 through 1969 and a respectable acting career spanning from 1944 to 1978. She released 32 albums of pop and jazz standards through a very successful career in the 1950’s and 60’s and continues to be a hot commodity in the vinyl collector market. Often difficult to find her records in the bins of vinyl shops and never found on the shelves of thrift shops, we’ve had to hunt for her music worldwide. We acquired one album from a shop in France and the other from California. The sign of a successful artist is the availability of their discography in the second-hand market and the prices for their works. Julie’s records are both scarce and in demand and the prices are in the mid-range ($7 to $25 for most of her earlier albums). Most difficult is finding the albums in very good condition, another sign of an album’s success.

Both of the albums in our collection are in near mint condition and highlights the clean sound of her recorded works. Her debut album, Julie Is Her Name, features only a guitar and bass accompaniment to Julie’s vocals. Her first, and most successful, single “Cry Me A River” opens the album and sets the tone for a listening experience best enjoyed with the lights low and a glass of wine in hand. This album exhibits the art of focusing on the vocal instrument with very little else taking attention away. Unlike vocalists today, there were no effects like autotune or reverb to correct and accentuate the natural tone of the vocalist. What you hear is the singer at her most natural and most raw and it is intimate and beautiful.

Thankfully, we found these albums for our collection, although we had to find them on the other side of the world and in Hollywood. No, we don’t typically travel the globe on the hunt for the records we love, although that is a dream of our’s. The world of music collecting is vast and most records we are looking for may be found somewhere on the globe, through a few mouse-clicks and web page searches. A record collection may very easily filled through mail delivery, without leaving the comfort of your home. Of course, we love going to the record store and digging in the crates and there will never be a replacement for the store experience. For those times when we MUST HAVE certain albums, the internet becomes our virtual record store.

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Sherry Lynn August 13, 2013 at 5:53 am

Okay, now this is weird. I discovered Julie London only about 1 year ago when I found out that my newly adopted African Grey parrot sings “I Left My Heart in San Francisco”. Julie London does an absolutely stunning version of the song. It has been part of my iTunes playlist ever since! Incidentally, he also sings “I’m Forever Blowing Bubbles” and we are currently teaching him “Always Look on the Bright Side of Life” from Monty Python’s “Life of Brian”. Life is never dull with a parrot in the house!


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