Meredith DiMenna hits 54 Below for a musical tribute to Judy Henske, "Queen of the Beatniks." Who?! Only the greatest singer you've never heard of. Standing six feet tall, with a powerful voice, Henske was large in every sense, with a one-of-a-kind presence that crossed the pipes of Judy Garland with the off-kilter psychedelia of Frank Zappa. DiMenna, with her "Grace Slick-meets-Edie Brickell vocals" (New York Times) is the perfect person to pay tribute to the Amazonian folk-rocker. Her overview of Henske's recorded material, including songs like "You've Been A Good Old Wagon," "'Til the Real Thing Comes Along," and "High Flyin' Bird," as well as a selection of hits from other big singers of the time period -- Shirley Bassey, Brenda Lee, Connie Francis, Dusty Springfield and more -- puts this overlooked artist in context.
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