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Wayne's Music Saturday 16 October 2010. 1950s albums.

Some Enchanted Evening the musical drawn from James Michener's Pulitzer-Prize-Winning Book - Tales of The South Pacific in 1947.

Endlessly Brook Benton was earning a good living writing songs and producing albums for a host of other performers, when his own breakthrough occurred at the end of the fifties.
Two Little Girls From Little Rock the story line first appeared in a 1927 book called The Illuminating Diary Of A professional Lady, then it became a stage play, a silent film, a broadway musical, and a box office movie hit in 1953.
Everybody Loves To Cha Cha Sam Cooke wrote the lyrics to this song in about 5 minutes when he was at a Party at Lou Rawl's Mother's house, when everybody was dancing the cha cha.
Gue Gue The Kingston Trio burst onto the music scene in the early 1950s with a coffee-house update to traditional folk music, paving the way for the folk-rock movement. Che Gelida Manina Mario Lanza - Hedder Hoppa the Hollywood columnist called him the "last of the romantic performers". .
Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy the man with the twang released his debut album in 1959 - it stayed on the album charts for 82 weeks.

Monos (Monkeys) Yma Sumac, the Peruvian soprano with the "four octave voice," some say she could handle five octaves.
Gigi starring Leslie Caron (although her singing voice was dubbed by Betty Wand). Maurice Chevalier, Louis Jordan, Eva gabor, Hermione Gingold.
The Carioca les Paul and Mary Ford, a unique and talented duo.
That Old Gang Of Mine Mitch Miller. The "Sing Along With Mitch" album series, which began in 1958, was an immense success, finding an eager audience among older listeners looking for an alternative to rock 'n' roll.
On Moonlight Bay Doris Day by 1951 was the top female box-office attraction for Warner Brothers.
Hostess With The Mostest Ethel Merman on the film soundtrack with Donald O'Connor, Vera Ellen and George Sanders
I'm Walkin' Ricky Nelson's route into commercial rockabilly began with this debut release on Verve in 1957.
With A Song In My Heart jane Froman - Missouri's first last of song.
The Worryin' Kind Tommy Sands, through his pallid, mush mouth singing style kind've got lumped in with the Philly teen idols.
True Love Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly in that swelegant, elegant movie version of the Philadelphia Story.

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Wonderful, Wonderful Johnny Mathis, has apparently recorded more than 130 albums, and sold more than 350 million records world-wide.
(Singing In The Rain) It's on the list of Great American films, although the critics didn't rave when it was released in 1952.
Charmaine The Four Freshmen, the pace-makers for every close harmony group that followed.
All Of Me here's the Million Dollar Teardrop the sob singer from his debut album, Johnnie Ray.
Melody Of Love Billy Vaughn, possibly one of the most successful instrumentalists of the 50s, as they say, the man who never heard a song he didn't cover.

PART TWO

Hans Christian Anderson) Danny Kaye, what can we say about the man with the Red hair from Brooklyn who was able to tongue twist faster than anyone else.
That's When Your Heartaches Begin in the summer of 1953 Elvis Presley cut his first acetate recordings of "My Happiness" and this song at The Memphis recording Studio on Union Street, and that's where it all started.
Dear Heart Mantovani - the easy listening cornerstone for over 30 years.
You'll Never Know The Platters with their magic touch in the 50s.
Side By Side Kay Starr in 1953.
Song Of India (The Elgart Touch) Larry Elgart, I always associate the Elgart Brothers, Les and Larry with the theme from the American bandstand TV show.
By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Doris Day
The Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte, who became the leading proponent of Calypso music.
Bye Bye Blues les Paul/Mary Ford - a 1930 song, originally put out by The Vikings on a Radio Show, but I still think this is the best version from 1952.
Muskrat Ramble McGuire Sisters and their beautiful blend and natural sound.
Anytime Eddie Fisher
The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane Ames Brothers gave the world 12 top twenty hits during the 50s.
Changing Partners Patti Page
Cry me A River (Julie Is her name) Julie London was an actress & sultry singer who starred in a number of movies in the 1940s & '50s before beginning a popular singing career, but is probably best remembered for her role as Nurse Dixie McCall on "Emergency" in the '70s.
Dim Dim The Lights I Want Some Atmosphere Bill Haley with one of his numbers you don't hear a lot.
When The Rain Tumbles Down In July Slim Dusty's first recording in 1946.
Kiss Of Fire Georgia Gibbs, did a lot of covers , and for that reason musical history has not been kind to her.
Half As Much Rosemary Clooney, unpretentious, with the deep, rich voice, . In the 50s she had her own TV show, was on the cover of Time Magazine, a successful movie career, but she never lost focus of her first love - singing. Smiles Crazy otto was a German honky tonk pianist specializing in boozy instrumentals of old songs on an un-tuned piano.