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Wayne's Music 27/28 November 2010. wonderful songs of the 50s.

The Old Master painter Peggy Lee and Mel Torme.
It isn't Fair Don Cornell sings the big hit he had with Sammy kaye's band in 1950.
Mule Train Frankie Laine, always had good taste in his backing selection, using his own pianist Carl Fisher and Paul Weston's Orchestra on most of his records.
Music! Music! Music! Teresa Brewer was 19 when she hit it big with this hit in 1950. With the advent of cross-over hits in the mid-50s, her spirit and bright, accurate voice made better covers of country and Rhythm and Blues numbers than most.
I Wanna be Loved The Andrews Sisters with a groove from the heart
Think It Over
the richly talented and distinctive pioneer of rock'n'roll who took a keen interest in production techniques, so that his hits of half a century ago still sound fresh
T he Breeze And I Caterina Valente the Parisian pop singer with Italian parents - a popular concert star in Europe, with her major 1955 hit, The Breeze And I from Andalucia - Suite Espagnole by Ernesto Lecuona.
Tom Hark Elias And His Zig-Zag Jive Flutes alias Aaron Big Voice Jack Lerole - a South African penny whistle player who performed under many names, The Alex Shamba Boys, Alexandra Black Mambazo, and the Jive Flutes (in reference to the penny whistle).
Daddy-O The Fontaine Sisters got their start on the Perry Como radio Shows, and had 18 entries on the hot one hundred in four years, often with Billy Vaughn's band backing them.
Why Baby Why Pat Boone - the second most popular singer of the late 50s after Elvis Presley, which is extraordinary, given that many of his hits were covers of black artists.
Don't You Rock me Daddy-O The Vipers, the leading skiffle group at the famous 2I's coffe bar in soho with a host of musicians who would later become famous in their own right, playing along with the group.
Marianne terry Gilkyson left the Weavers to form his own band with Rick Dehr and Frank Miller, and the big claim to fame came with this tune which they adapted from a Bahaman folk song.
Rainbow Russ Hamilton, one of the first singer/songwriters of pop music to emerge from Liverpool, and he made history by achieving the unusual feat of having a British hit on the American charts.
You Don't owe Me A Thing the most successful partially deaf singer on the charts in the fifties. Johnnie Ray.
I'm Available Margie Rayburn - California Girl Marjorie Helen Orwig was a member of the folk troupe, The Sunnysiders, when she recorded this solo outing in 1957. bring A Little Water Sylvie Lonnie Donegan - who introduced that "any-one can do it" style of music making to the world - and Skiffle launched untold numbers on the pop road to stardom.
Baubles, Bangles And Beads The Kirby Stone Four combined voices and instruments in a way not heard before they released this souped up poppy version of the Kismet Tune.
Born To be With You Chordettes were billed in their early days as being "air-worthy" and "truly Radiophonic"
Silhouettes The Rays with the biggest hit single for the doo-wop group from New York.

Wayne's Music Sunday 28 November 2010 … those wonderful 50s. PART ONE.

Susie Darlin Robin Luke was living in Honolulu, attending Punahou school when he wrote and recorded this song in 1958, named after his five year old sister.
Bernadine Pat Boone sings the old Johnny Mercer song.
Here Comes Summer jerry keller emerged from a teenage quartet called the "Lads of note", and it was Pat Boone who hooked him up with a Manager, and soon his record was hitting the high spots.
Evermore Ruby Florence Murray, from Donegal Road, South Belfast, the toast of the Irish with 7 top singles in 1955 alone.
Delicado Percy Faith was a brilliant pianist until his hands were injured in a fire, ending the prospect of a concert career. So he started arranging for Hotel orchestras, and became the King of the popular instrumental genre, ending up as one of the best studio arrangers.

PART TWO.

Not fade Away Buddy Holly
Mack The Knife Bobby Darin the first English version of the Threepenny Opera opened on broadway in 1933 - the production was a complete flop, but when Louis Armstrong in 1956 and Bobby darin in 1959 put out swing versions of the piece, all of a sudden, the world wanted to know about the Show written by Kurt Weill and Bertolt Brecht.
Nothin To Do Michael Holiday, started out as one of the "new voices of Merseyside", then he won a talent contest in New York, which prompted him to get into showbusiness.
Love Me Warm And Tender Dear Paul Anka, more than just a pretty face and a precocious teen, he shrewdly bought his own masters which have since been periodically reissued.
Suddenly There's A Valley Petula Clark - the clear accuracy of her voice hit the International charts like a blast of fresh air even back in the 50s.
You Always Hurt the One You Love Connie Francis, certainly the best selling female recording artist of the 50s, with an average of seven top 40 entries a year since 1955. The Man From Laramie Jimmy Young, or Sir Jimmy Young, the former singer, Disk Jockey and Radio all rounder in Britain.
Three Bells The Browns, Jim Ed Brown with sisters Maxine and Bonnie, had their breakthrough with this pop-folk hit in 1959.
Ready Willing And Able Doris Day
Come Softly To me The Fleetwoods, were originally called Two Girls And A Guy, Gretchen Christopher, Barbara Ellis and Gary Troxel had a total of 11 hits on the Hot 100, before Troxel was drafted into the US Navy, and the group disbanded.
Rose Marie Slim Whitman, a yodeler could make the charts in the 50s, because the Grand Ol Opry and The Louisianna Hayride were the BIG shows for artists to get on in those days.
Bird Dog Everly Brothers, put country harmony on the pop charts, giving Nashville a new lease of life as rock and roll was taking over.
Give Me Your Word Tennessee Ernie Ford, started out like so many as a disk jockey, he sang gospel songs, and played the trombone in his school orchestra - but his easy going charm and wonderful deep warm voice made him a big star in the 50s.
Lovesick Blues Hank Williams - here's one from "there's a tear in my beer" category from the brightest star in the history of country music.
Shake Rattle And Roll Bill Haley, the unlikely, chubby, unpretentious former disk jockey, with a "kiss curl" on his forehead fuelled the mania for rock'n'roll.
Memphis Tennessee Chuck Berry - influenced them all! As John lennon once said, "if you tried to give rock'n'roll another name, you might call it "Chuck Berry".
No One But You Billy Eckstine, a real bundle of talent, playing trumpet, valve trombone and guitar, and somewhat ahead of his time with his BIG Showband.
He'll have To Go Jim Reeves - would have to be the first big country crossover artist, and one of the most popular … he got rid of the steel guitar and fiddles from his music, and created a pop-country style which scored International hits.
Honky Tonk Man Johnny Horton - tragically, became a posthumous star in the 60s after he was killed in a car crash in Milano Texas 1960.
Blue Moon Of Kentucky Elvis - an only child who became one of the biggest stars of the 20th century, for sociological as well as musical reasons.