Wayne’s Music 12/13 October 2013. From The Mercury Vaults. Original Recordings of 1962.
‘Stop’ mercury penetrated the pop market with names like Clyde McPhatter, Frankie Laine, Vic Damone and Tony Fontane – and instead of relying on radio airplay, they opted for Jukeboxes to promote their music in the early days
‘A Boy With A Dream’ Michael Allen
‘It’s Sure Gonna Hurt’ Dolly Parton when she was just a teenager and a few years away from starting her career in earnest on the Monument Label.
‘Boy’s Night Out’ Patti Page actually built the Mercury Empire in the 50s where she recorded more than 40 Top 30 hits between 1948 and 1954. .
‘Lie To me’ Brook Benton was making a reasonable living out of writing songs and producing records for others before he decided to go solo, and when he went to Mercury records he appealed to a wider audience.
‘More Than You Know’ The Platters represented the Rhythm and Blues roots of the Mercury label.
‘Let’s Leave It That Way’ Johnny Preston’s fame came when he recorded The Big Bopper’s teenage tragedy song “Running Bear” but he made many other poppy sounding records that met with moderate success … here’s one of them.
‘You’ve Let Yourself Go’ here’s a forgotten gem from French writer/singer Charles Aznavour
‘Waltz Of The Angels George Jones and Margie Singleton
‘Ahab The Arab’ Ray Stevens – the sheik of the burning sands with his 62 novelty number
‘I Want To be Loved’ Dinah Washington signed to Mercury after her time with Lionel Hampton’s Band when she recorded for The Keynote label which folded.
‘I Do Believe’ Clyde McPhatter with the Merry melody Singers in 62. .
‘I Know You’re Married But I Still Love You’ Jimmie Skinner with one of his songs that made the Jukebox play …
‘Black Cloud’ LeRoy Van Dyke in a fifty year career has recorded over 500 songs, dozens of them hitting the charts like this one in 62.
‘Hit record’ Brook Benton – who helped push the Mercury label into a top position as one of the world’s major labels by 1962.
‘Sugar Plum’ Ike Clanton
‘Let The Big Boss Man (Pull You Through) Johnny Preston, the running bear man had more in his repertoire than that famous Indian tale.
‘Go On Home’ Patti Page
‘A taste Of Honey’ this was recorded by influential super-producer to be Quincy Jones.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 13 October 2013. From The Mercury Vaults. PART ONE.
‘Heartbreak’ The Platters
‘You’ve Got To learn’ Charles Aznavour at 9 he was a professional dancer and actor, at 10, a nightclub singer and that’s what he still does today – singing of love and loss like no other.
‘I Sat Back And Let It Happen’ LeRoy Van Dyke was one of the big stars for Mercury records in the early days.
‘Maybe’ Clyde McPhatter left a legacy of over 22 years of recording history.
‘Bebop Country Boy’ Young Jessie (real name Obediah Donnell "Obie" Jessie, a R&B and jazz singer and songwriter. He recorded as Young Jessie in the 1950s and 1960s, and was known for his solo career, work with The Flairs and a brief stint in The Coasters.
‘I Do Believe’ Clyde McPhatter
‘Everytime I Hear Your Name’ Patti Page with one of her Mercury Masters – with her own voice overdubbed – and that happened with all of her signature multi track recordings.
‘Walk On The Wild Side’ Brook Benton with possibly the best vocal version of this film theme.
‘The Love You gave’ Dolly Parton with The Merry Melody Singers in 62 …
‘On The Street Where You Live’ Quincy Jones long before he became famous as the producer behind Michael Jackson’s hit albums in the 80s.
‘When My Heart hurts No More’ George Jones
‘Do It Again’ Shirley Horn A superior ballad singer and a talented pianist,
‘Further More’ Ray Stevens with a single release from an album “1837 Seconds Of Humour
‘Cold, Cold Heart’ Dinah Washington
‘I Love A Fool’ David Atkinson
‘Still waters Run deep’ brook Benton
‘I Want To be Where You’re Gonna Be’ The late George Jones (he died at 82 years of age in April this year) and Margie Singleton
‘The Best Man Cried’ Clyde McPhatter with one of his best –
‘Young Hearts’ Paul Peek … one of the Bluecaps doing his own thing – although he does sound like Gene Vincent on this rockabilly classic.
‘Let’s Cry Together’ Patti Page with phenomenal record sales of over one hundred million over a 60+ year career. In February this year, Patti Page was posthumously honoured with the coveted Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for her tremendous contribution to the industry.
‘Makin Up’ Ike Clanton
‘I Gotta Run’ Bobby Scott