Music: Topic A

The most torrid new torchbearers in that old nightclub marathon are a couple of tawny, husky-voiced singers named Sallie Blair and Abbey Lincoln. Both have a captivating, come-hither way with a song, and the sinuous good looks that make audiences pay attention from ringside clear back to the chromium bar stools. In Manhattan and Detroit last week, Sallie, 24, and Abbey, 27, were peddling Topic A with a gusto that few singers have displayed since Dorothy Dandridge and Eartha Kitt started giving night classes in it for the tavern trade.

Sallie belts them out...

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