November 09, 1998 12:00 PM

Lorrie Morgan (BNA)

Thanks to Morgan’s deep, lived-in voice, a non-clichéd selection of pop standards and some inspired side-men, this album is the most successful country-pop crossover since Willie Nelson took off into his “Blue Skies” (from his 1978 album Stardust). In the liner notes, Morgan thanks her late father, country singer George Morgan, for exposing her to “this type of music,” and he must have had great taste. It’s always a pleasure to hear “Here’s That Rainy Day,” “My Foolish Heart,” “I Wish You Love,” “Fly Me to the Moon,” “Once upon a Time” and “They Can’t Take That Away from Me,” and Morgan sings them all with admirable passion and sensitivity. She even does justice to the old Billie Holiday standby “Good Morning Heartache.” Helping out are trombonist Barry Green, pianist Beegie Adair and saxophonist Denis Solee. “On my bus,” Morgan says in the press material for this album, “I have a satellite [dish] and I keep the ‘Singers and Standards’ station on, listening to Peggy Lee and Patti Page, Johnny Mathis, Robert Goulet, Tony Bennett, John Gary and people like that.” She’s in good company. So are they.

Bottom Line: An elegant Nashvillian makes a memorable visit to Tin Pan Alley

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