Wayne's Music 2/3 July 2011. 1950s and all that jazz.South Rampart Street Parade an immortal jazz classic to kick things off this weekend. That's Jimmy McPartland and his band with South Rampart Street Parade.
You Hit The Wrong Note Billy Goat 1955 was Bill Haley's year. He may not have invented rock and roll, the blending of white back country balladeers with black rhythm and blues - but he had a lot to do with making it a kind of teen religion.
Trade Winds Billie Vaughn, did not lead an Hawaiian orchestra but he could evoke images of palm-shaded lawns and glistening white beaches with caressing tradewinds flowing gently across them.
Why Baby Why Pat Boone got off to an early start as an entertainer, at the age of ten in Nashville's Bell meade Theatre - at 17 he had his own radio show .
Anna Silvana Mangano - the actress had just the one record, in 1953, the film title had a wild, tempestuous Latin Rhythm and a catchy melody that helped start a dance trend.
Song Of India Tommy Dorsey' Band cash in on a pop version of Rimsky Korsakoff's classical piece.
Just between You And Me The Chordettes from a dusty old 50s single - one of the top girl groups of their time. Mack The Knife Dick Hyman with that famous piece first presented in Germany in the 1920s.
Just A Closer Walk With You Jimmie Rodgers with his wonderful rendition of the devotional number
Aba Daba Honeymoon Debbie Reynolds and Carleton Carpenter in the MGM Film "Two Weeks With Love" which had a lot to do with Debbie Reynolds becoming a STAR. Just One Of Those Things Swing Easy with Frankie baby …The Voice they swooned over in the 40s, the wild and extravagant parties he gave as one of the greatest living entertainers; then came the "dark" years, long periods of no employment, second-rate films and unsuccessful records.
I Walk The Line you don't hear the pop version of Johnny Cash's signature song these days - but it was a best seller in 1960 for Jaye P Morgan. Cash
Once In A While The Platters - the most successful incarnation comprising lead tenor Tony Williams, Paul Robi, David Lynch, Herb reed and Zola Taylor.
Smiles Pete Kelly and His Big Seven.
All Of Me Johnnie Ray broke long standing box office records in his heyday - he wowed massive armies of tennage fans at New York's Paramount where he broke the theatre's all time single day record.
Blue Bottle Blues The Goons at the height of their powers in 1956 when Peter sellers had threatened to get married again, Harry Secombe had threatened to sing again, and Spike Milligan had threatened Harry Secombe and Peter Sellers with threats!
Chanson D'Amour The Fontane Sisters - Geri, Marge and Bea - about three years before they gave up performing, after 20 years of racking up the hits since 1941.
At The Woodchoppers Ball Bob Scobey's Frisco Jazz Band. From 1950 the group continued to play a three year residency at the Victor & Roxie's where their popularity grew. The Blues singer, Lizzie Miles recorded and toured with the band for three or four years in the 50s.
Wayne's Music Sunday 3 July 2011 … 1950s and all that jazz. PART ONE
I Love A Violin petula Clark , at the end of the 50s when she was gaining International Fame.
Cherished Memories Eddie Cochran sings the song written by his girlfriend, Sharon Sheely, who incidentally, was the youngest American woman at 18, to write a #1 hit song - that was "Poor Little Fool" for Ricky Nelson.
Let The Four Winds Blow Fats Domino - the king of the back-beat who crossed over into the pop charts in the mid-50s.
Say mama Gene Vincent - one of the pioneer rockabilly boys. He moved to England after a tax dispute with the US authorities, and because his Blue Caps backing band couldn't get working visas in the UK he hired Sounds Incorporated as his backup group for recordings and UK tours in the early 60s.
B B Shuffle Bill Black Combo the bass player in Elvis Presley's early trio
You'll Never Know The Platters
The Dixie land Band Bing Crosby with Brother Bob's Bobcats … the old groaner made about 50 recordings with his younger brothers' band.
The House Of Blue Lights Asleep At The Wheel have been an important institution since the early seventies in keeping the western swing genre alive and kicking!
Mambo Number Five Edmundo Ros
Little Grass Shack In Kealakekua, Hawaii The Andrews Sisters with a number that was a popular song written for the July 4th canoe races in Kona in 1933.
Soho Blues Acker Bilk must be one of the most prolific recording artists of all time, having made literally hundreds of records since the 1950s, in both the jazz field and his famous easy listening clarinet style.
Romeo Petula Clark - The British Shirley Temple who gave over 200 shows for the forces in England at wartime … and performed at a national Victory Celebration in Trafalgar Square when it was all over.
Manhattan Spiritual Francis Bay orchestra - always a favourite instrumental of mine. Big band gospel numbers were not new, and two versions of this spiritual hit the charts - one by Reg owen who was an arranger for Ted Heath's Band - the other is this one from Francis Bay who led one of the best big bands on the Continent for many years
Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me Shirley Bassey had the first #1 by a Welsh artist with the song "As I Love You"in 1959 and about the same time she had recorded this chart-topper as well - from then on, Dame Shirl was on a roll!
I Hear You Knocking fats Domino
Let It be Me Henry Mancini was one of the pioneers who introduced jazz music into the romantic orchestral film and TV scores prevalent at the time.
Ain't She Sweet Tommy Dorsey
Walking The Floor Over You Bing Crosby with Bob Crosby's BobCats
It's Only A paper Moon Acker Bilk teaming up with arranger/conductor Stan Tracey for this old number.
Old Piano Roll Blues Andrews Sisters
Tropical Merengue Edmundo Ros - The Latin King in Europe throughout the 50s and 60s.
Sugar Blues Clyde McCoy - a tune he recorded about four times, first in 1936, but the most popular version was this one he recorded in 1946.