Wayne’s Music 1st and 2nd June 2013. gems from the vaults of the 1950s Hit Parades.
‘Some Enchanted Evening’ - when it opened on Broadway in April 1949, the critics hailed it as “South Terrific”. Ezio Pinza sings from South Pacific.
‘Jolson Sings Again’ – from the number one money-making film of 1949 – the sequel to the Al Jolson story. Here’s one from the album “Let Me Sing I’m Happy” when Jolson was hailed as The World’s Greatest Entertainer.
‘Che Gelida manina” - Mario Lanza in his first leading role. (That Midnight Kiss).
‘Duke’s Place’ - Satchmo with The Duke …just about everything that's ever happened in jazz music leads directly -- or indirectly -- back to them.
‘Around The World’ - Nat King Cole , was one of many who recorded the theme to the film Around The World In Eighty Days..
‘Bouquet Of Roses’ - Eddy Arnold on the original recording with his Tennessee Plowboys
‘Hello Young Lovers’ - Bobby Darin sings one of Rodgers and Hammersteins hits from “The King And I” –
‘The Very Thought Of You’ - Doris Day from Her Golden Girl heyday
‘Just Between You And Me’ – The Chordettes – the pure harmony group that started out in 1946 –‘ Broadway’ - Dakota Staton working with Van Alexander’s orchestra in 1957
‘I’ve Got My Love To keep me warm’ - if you were a musician looking for work in the 1950s, you could do a lot worse than being a fully fledged member of The Les Brown Band –
‘All Of You’ - this is my very favourite Annie Ross track – it certainly helps when Cole Porter wrote the song, and Gerry Mulligan is working alongside on his baritone saxophone –
‘I’m A Fool To Care’ - Les Paul providing a virtual guitar orchestra for his wife’s voice.
‘Frenesi’ - the four freshmen – in 1957 with a tune that was originally written for the marimba …
‘Cry’ - Johnnie Ray – the man they called Mr One Time …he made just one movie, had only one brief marriage (which broke up after seven months) and even only made one commercial
‘Oh Oh I’m Fallin’ In Love Again’ – Jimmie Rogers the Honeycomb man with a 1958 Chart entry. ‘Just One Of Those Things’ - a heck of a lot of households in the 50s had a Frank Sinatra Songs
For Young Lovers LP hanging around somewhere … this is from “Swing Easy”.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 2 June 2013. 50s albums (you should have kept).
‘ No Other Love’ Helen O’Connell with a 50s pop rendition of the Rodgers and Hammerstein song from Me and Juliet
‘I’m A Fool To care’ - Fats Domino giving his New Orlean’s treatment to an old country song
‘Side By Side’ - Kay Starr who could handle many styles – pop, country, jazz - in fact, Billie Holiday called Kay Starr the only white woman who could sing the blues.
‘Dungaree Doll’ Eddie Fisher was arguably the biggest star singer in the early part of the 50s - He had 17 songs in the Top 10 on the music charts between 1950 and 1956 and 35 in the Top 40.
‘Basin Street Blues’ - Peggy Lee singing about the once notorious Main Street of Storyville, the red-light district of the early 20th-century New Orleans French Quarter … the song was first published in 1926.
‘Eddie My Love’ - The Chordettes using their bass singer Janet Ertel as a lead on a cover of the Teen Queen’s hit song.
‘I’ve Got You Under My Skin’ - Louis Prima & Keely Smith …
‘Heartaches By The Number’ – Guy Mitchell with the most popular version of Harlan Howard’s song at the end of the 50s
‘Without You’ – Johnny Tillotson one of the first cross-over artists (from country into the pop field) –
‘Jump For Joy’ - Peggy Lee sings The Duke!
‘Drown In My own Tears’ - Don Shirley Trio - the American-Jamaican jazz pianist played standards in a non-standard way
‘ I Got It Bad And That Ain’t Good’ - Louis Armstrong
‘ Blue Doll’ - Anita Carter, Ezra and Mother Maybelle Carter’s youngest daughter – a vocal and instrumental force with the famous first family of American country music
‘Take The A Train’ The King Sisters
‘I’m here To get My baby Out Of Jail’ – The Everly Brothers
‘Sweet Dreams’ - Dave Sampson and The Hunters
‘From Russia With Love’ – one of Lionel Bart’s best sung by Matt Monroe fronting John Barry’s orchestra.
‘My Baby Walks All Over me’ - Bob Luman of The Great Snowman and “let’s Think About Living” fame – his response to the death disc fad which was in vogue in the 50s.
‘You Can’t Stop This Rocking And Rolling’ – Ivory Joe Hunter seemed too smooth and mild mannered to be a “rock and roller” …
‘My Baby’s Coming Home’ Les Paul and Mary Ford at the time when they were developing techniques that have since been widely used in the recording industry – for example “overdubbing” … Les Paul was a pioneer.
‘I’ll Weep No More’ - Betty Everette with the Willie Dixon Band –
‘Lucky Lips’ – Ruth Brown, the Queen Of Rhythm And Blues – was one of the main sellers for Atlantic Records before she gave it all up in the 70s to bring up her family
‘Hernando’s Hideaway’ - Archie Bleyer with his Tango show tune …from The Pyjama Game.
‘The Kentuckian Song’ – Brook Benton.