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Wayne’s Music 29/30 September 2012.  1950s.

 Crying In The Chapel                  Rex Allen – the last of the singing cowboys, known as The Arizona Cowboy was one of the top-ten box office attractions in his day. On screen Allen personified the clean cut, God-fearing American hero of the wild West who wore a white Stetson hat, loved his faithful horse Koko, and had a loyal buddy who shared his adventures. Allen wrote and recorded many songs, a number of which were featured in his own films. 

The Thing             Phil Harris – bandleader, comedian, voice actor for many animated films, and he was a big name on the 40s and 50s entertainment scene  -

The Man With The Banjo             Ames Brothers with the song in 54 that no doubt inspired many to learn to play The Banjo  - or gave the instrument all the bad press it has had over the years.

Shake Rattle And Roll              Bill Haley with his 1954 version of the song Big Joe Turner recorded at his first recording session in the Big Apple …Haley toned it down a bit, changing some of the overtly sexual overtones of the original for the sake of airplay … it became the follow up to Rock Around The Clock. 

Love Me Warm And Tender Dear    Paul Anka - One of the biggest teen idols of the late '50s,

Marianne                      Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders – a calypso song that has been sung in Trinidad since the end of World War two …

Just Ask Your Heart     Frankie Avalon with one of the early ones in his long string of chart breakers in the 50s and early 60s.

 

Kiss Of Fire          Georgia Gibbs -The most successful,1952's Kiss Of Fire, which she performed on the Milton Berle Show .

The High And The Mighty               lLes Baxter was a master orchestrator, composer & arranger - one of the top musical heroes of the 20th century. From the days when movie themes would give you goose bumps.

 Who’s Sorry Now            Connie Francis didn't want to record this song, but it was one of her father's favorites and he convinced her to do it.

Banana Boat Song                  Harry Belafonte …This is a traditional Jamaican song that was sung by dock workers who worked throughout the night loading bananas onto ships.

I Cried A Tear            LaVerne Baker with one of her major hit songs at the end of the 50s.

The Gang That SangHeart Of My Heart                 Four Aces

 Bermuda                       The Bell Sisters –   Cynthia and Kaye Strother (sang under their mother’s maiden name Bell)  with the hit single that started it all off for them in the early 50s.

 

26 Miles                       The Four preps with such a great song  - and maybe sweet memories from 1958.

 

Hearts Of Stone               The Fontaine Sisters – an extremely popular trio throughout the 50s – but all retired from show business in 1961 – they did not want to continue the grind of tours and mixing with the newer members of the music scene.

Cold, Cold Heart             Tony Bennett sings a Hank Williams song – with John Bunch playing piano …

Turn Me Loose              Fabian, Fabiano Anthony Forte – when record producers went for good looks rather than good voices – in fact after his teen idol days, Fabian testified before Congress that his recordings had been doctored electronically to "significantly improve his voice."

So Many Ways            Brook Benton       

Song From The Moulin Rouge                  Percy Faith – the original theme from the 1952 movie The Moulin Rouge.

 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 30 September 2012.  1950s.  PART ONE

 Problems               The Everly Brothers - Their sublime vocal harmonies forged a legacy whose impact could later be heard in the music of acts including Beatles, Simon & Garfunkel and Crosby, Stills &
Nash (and others)..         

Rock And Roll Music                    Chuck Berry                  

It’s All In The Game              Tommy Edwards .This is the only #1 hit ever written by a US Vice President. It was composed in 1911 by then-banker Charles Gates Dawes, who became Vice President under Calvin Coolidge in 1925.

Chantilly Lace                          The Big Bopper - one of the most played songs of 1958.

 Hernando’s Hideaway            Archie Bleyer with the BIG tango show tune from The Pyjama Game in 54 …

 

PART TWO

Bernadine            Pat Boone  sings the Johnny Mercer song which the pop crooner took to #1 in the US in 1957.   

 

I’m Walkin’                  here’s the man who found his thrill on Blueberry Hill and his dream of rock and roll stardom came true. 

Ricochet                 teresa Brewer leading the ponytails, hoped skirts and bobbysox brigade as far back as 1953. 

The Shifting Whispering Sands                  this is The Billy Vaughn version with Ken Nordine the voiceover recording artist best known for his Word Jazz albums –

The Three Bells               The Browns – there at the sdtart of the Nashville sound  - Jim Ed with his sisters Maxine and Bonnie had the perfect voices for Chet Atkins smooth production. 

 My Heart Is An Open Book     Carl Dobkins Jr with his backing band The Seniors – best known for this one hit in 1959 although he did release less successful records in the rockabilly vein.

 Tallahassee Lassie                   Freddy Cannon - he first recording of the song, with a guitar solo by session musician Kenny Paulson, was rejected by several record companies, but was then heard by TV presenter Dick Clark who rocked it up a little bit – and Freddy “Boom Boom” Cannon was in business.

Teach me Tonight          De Castro Sisters – Peggy, Cherie and Babette – were the protégé’s of Carmen Miranda -  and developed a unique and exotic identity of their own.

Ivory Tower                   Cathy Carr  in 1956 – Angelina Helen Catherine Cordovano released a whole heap of albums yet this was her solitary hit in 1956. 

Move Over Darling                   Doris Day sings the song that was co-written by her son terry melcher –

Black Denim Trousers            The Cheers with their popular teenage tragedy song in 1955.  It was the first song to chart about motorcycles and the "new" motorcyclists, earning it the reputation as the first biker song. 

Tzena Tzena Tzena                            The Weavers

Thinking Of You               Don Cherry the golfer turned singer – he was a top ranked amateur golfer, and was in contention to win the 1960 U.S. Open before eventually finishing tied for ninth[2] behind winner Arnold Palmer.

That’ll be The day                  The Crickets with the unmistakable voice of Buddy Holly leading therm into their first hit and #1 in November 1957 –

True Love           Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly from High Society -This was the first and only gold record for Grace Kelly and was the 21st gold record for Bing Crosby.

Yakety Yak            The Coasters                 

Silhouettes              The Rays with the breakthrough song for independent label producers Frank Slay and Bob Crewe. 

Born To be With You              Chordettes          

 Half As Much                 Rosemary Clooney working with Percy Faith’s orchestra in 1951