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Wayne’s Music 12/13 January 2013.  1950s.

Xtabay                  Yma Sumac A singer with an amazing four-octave range, Yma Sumac was said to have been a descendant of Inca kings, an Incan princess that was one of the Golden Virgins

For You               Ricky Nelson with the biggest hit version of the old song written in 1930 … with his film-star looks, and echo-added production, most of his records made it into the charts in the 50s and 60s. 

The Purple People Eater                   Sheb Wooley - the novelty song to end all novelty songs.

Blacksmith Blues                    Ella Mae Morse with the song that was written for her by Jack Holmes – the arrangement was by Billy May and Nelson Riddle.

Down Yonder                Del Wood    (Polly Adelaide Hendricks Hazelwood)  is probably the first female country solo instrumentalist to sell a million copies of a record. 

Western Movies              Olympics – the doo-wop group specialized in novelty numbers starting out with this chart topper in 1958 reflecting the preoccupation with western themed movies and TV programmes at that time.

Count Every Star           Hugo Winterhalter was the king of the easy-listening arrangers and musicians in his day (the 40s and 50s) …

The All American Boy            Bill Parsons – aka Bobby Bare and the demo he made for his friend before he was drafted into the US Army. 

Short Fat Fannie           Larry Williams – this turned out to be a 50s rock and roll classic for the Rhythm and Blues man.

Old Cape Cod                Patti Page with her famous song about the Massachussetts holiday resort – a place she had NOT been to when she recorded the song in 1957.

I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter  Billy Williams with a major revival of the old 1935 hit song  … it was a million seller for him in 1957. 

Tonight You belong To me               Sister duo Patience And prudence  - daughters of a professional musician -- Mark McIntyre, who accompanied Frank Sinatra on piano during the mid-'40s .

Lonely Street                           the late Andy Williams recorded this in 1959 when he was 32 years old. 

The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise      Les Paul and Mary Ford really hitting their straps with this release in 1951
The Happy Wanderer              Frank Weir … the only US hit for for British soprano saxophonist-bandleader

The Great pretender                The Platters …

Let me Go Lover            Joan Weber -

Beep Beep            The Playmates with a fine example of accelerando … the tempo of the song gradually increases throughout.

Manhattan Spiritual               reg owen with one of the great instrumentals you grew up with …


Wayne’s Music Sunday 13 January 2013.  1950s.  PART ONE

Tzena, Tzena, Tzena               The Weavers

Born Too Late                         Pony Tails with yet another song that started out as a B-side until the DJ’s of the day flipped it over and it became a major hit song at the time …

What A Difference A day Makes                Dinah Washington –

Now And Then There’s A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley. 

Primrose Lane                        Jerry Wallace, the singer from Missouri who notched up a sizeable number of hits on the easy listening charts in the 50s and 60s.  

You Don’t owe Me A Thing              Johnny Ray with Ray Conniff in 1957.

Broken Hearted Melody          Sarah Vaughn got her first gold record with this Hal David song in 1959. 

Silhouettes                     The Rays

Crying In The Chapel             June Valli from The Bronx, was one of the stars of the 50s American TV shows Stop The Music and Your Hit Parade  in 1952/53. 

Danny Boy                     Conway twitty upset the traditionalists with his 1957 version of the wonderful ballad usually associated with Irish Communities. 

Dark Moon                                       Gale Storm  was an American superstar of the 1950s, starring in two highly successful television series.

Oh Carol                                 Neil Sedaka with the song he wrote for his school mate Carol Klein at Abraham Lincoln High (before she changed her name to King). 

Sail Along Silvery Moon                  Billy Vaughn started learning the mandolin when he was three, getting over the measles …he mastered several more instruments as he grew up in Kentucky, and majored in music composition at Kentucky University.  Soon his twin-saxophone sound was heard on many of the top selling records of the day. 



Pink Shoe Laces            Dodie Stevens … the song that made Dodie Stevens a star at 13 years of age. 

A White Sport Coat                 Marty Robbins with his own song, working with arranger and studio conductor Ray Coniff in 1957, 

Tammy                          Debbie Reynolds 

Don’t You Just Know It          Huey (Piano) Smith epitomized New Orleans R&B at its most infectious and rollicking, as showcased on his classic signature tune.

Don’t You Know                     Della Reese, this wonderful voice was discovered by Gospel singer Mahlia Jackson, and after recording right through the 50s and 60s, Della reese turned to acting.

Half A Photograph                           Kay Starr

Secretly                          Jimmie Rogers, could rock along with the best of them but mostly he was a distant forefather of folk-rock. 

Jambalaya                              Jo Stafford singing about that Creole, Cajun dish …. Which Hank Williams wrote about.   

We Got Love                                     Bobby Rydell with the one your sister and her friends played over and over at the end of the 50s.

Get A Job                                Silhouettes when doo-wop was all the rage …

Wear My Ring Around Your neck             Elvis Presley’s 19th #1 on the US Charts …     

Dear Hearts And Gentle People                 Bing Crosby  with the song that writers Sammy Fain and Bob Hilliard were inspired to come up with after the words “Dear Friends and Gentle Hearts” were found on a scrap of paper on the body of  Stepehen Foster when he was found in A New York Hotel room in January 1864. 

Short Shorts                                      Royal teens cashing in the short shorts fashion craze in 1957. 

Hey Jealous Lover                            Frank Sinatra …

Witch Doctor                                     David Seville  alias Ross Bagdasarian, the creator of Alvin And The Chipmunks.
Sing Boy Sing                         When Tommy Sands and Nancy Sinatra were divorced in 1965, her father, Frank Sinatra, was not inclined to help Sands with his singing career.

White Silver Sands                           Don Rondo