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Jazz Profiles article on Helen Merrill

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Great article, thanks!

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Thank you. I very much enjoy writing them. Steve

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In the mid '70s she was living in Chicago and we both served on the board of the Jazz Institute of Chicago.

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The (really nice) article has a few discographical errors: Her last album was recorded in 2002, not 2004, and the one on Mainstream was originally done for Fontana in England and licensed by Mainstream. 

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Mike,

My research for the article clearly shows that that the recording was originally done by Mainstream  not for Fontana as you claim. In 1964 Mainstream signed an agreement with Fontana to lease Mainstream masters to Fontana. On the label of the Fontana release it states "A Mainstream Recording." The label also displays "Recording First Published in 1965" because it was already published in the USA by Mills Music. Also Fontana would have had to recorded it England but all the musicians on the record were based in the USA.

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You are right, I should have taken a closer look l didn't know about the Mainstream/Fontana deal. My fault.

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