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Wayne's Music 19/20 March 2011. 1950s.

Chattanooga Choo Choo Bill Haley, with what is usally a big band swing number, but Haley and His Comets decided to record an upbeat cover version in 1954, 13 or 14 years after the Glenn Miller Hall Of Fame rendition.

Someday Ricky Nelson
Moulin Rouge orchestral pieces were extremely popular in 1953 and this version of the theme from the John Huston Movie "Moulin Rouge" was one of the biggest from Mantovani.
Long Before I Knew You Petula Clark
The Golden Rocket Hank Snow, the singing ranger from Nova Scotia - he formed up his group the Rainbow Ranch Boys and joined the Grand Ole Opry, and that became Hank's Life.
Too Old To Cut The Mustard Rosemary Clooney and Marlene Dietrich
Puh-Leeze Mr Brown Shirley Bassey - Dame Shirl came out singing in 1956 after being signed up by a Philips Record Producer when he heard her sing on TV.
That's Alright mama Elvis Presley - the first single released by The King in 54 - catalogue Number SUN 209 - produced in the style of a "live" recording.
Anything Goes Dakota Staton - also known by her Muslim name Aliyah Rabia.
Rose Marie believe it or not, this was one of the biggest hits in 1955, a yodeling ballad from the country star Slim Whitman.
West Of Zanzibar Anthony Steel & The Radio Revellers - he was a popular matinee idol during the 50s and had a much publicized wedding when he married Swedish actress Anita Ekberg.
I Can't Help It If I'm Still In Love With You Hank Williams really started to sell records in serious quantities when he signed up to MGM in 1947.
How Important Can It be Joni james
I Dreamed Beverley Sisters
Pepper Hot Baby Jaye P Morgan - got her name when she served as class treasurer (and got the nickname "Jaye P." after the hotshot banker at the time J Pierpont Morgan. How Wonderful To Know Pearl Carr and teddy Johnson with the Geoff Love orchestra.
Such A Night Johnnie Ray - oh yes, working once again with that man behind the hit-makers - Mitch Miller.
The World Is Waiting For The Sunrise Les Paul/Mary Ford - the way these two worked, with The les Paul technical wizardry is one of "the miracles of our time" as DownBeat Magazine once put it.
You'll never Know The Platters
Night Train Buddy Morrow with THE last great trombone hit record - It was "Night Train", recorded on 12 April 1952, and it swept across the world.

Wayne's Music Sunday 20 March 2011. those original masters from the 50s. PART ONE.

I'm Gonna have Some Fun Girls just want to have fun … all part of the changing attitudes of society in the 50s. That's Bunny Paul recorded for a considerable quantity of labels over an fifteen-year period, some of them being giants in the music business.
When I Fall In Love Julie London or maybe you know her as Dixie McCall from the 70s television series Emergency. Before that Julie was a pinup girl for the American GI's and recorded 32 albums in a singing career that started in 1955.
Where (In The Old Home Town) Dickie Valentine - one of Britians top pop singers in the 50s - hardly ever heard today - Although his fame receded during the 1960s, he remained a popular live performer until his death in 1971.
I'll Go On Alone this one's worth playing I think - it get's forgotten, yet it was the first #1 for Marty Robbins in 1953. Puttin On The Style Lonnie Donegan MBE, the King Of Skiffle and 'first real British pop superstar' (I reckon).

PART TWO

A Woman In Love Frankie laine Mr Steel Tonsils who had a great admiration for the BIG Opera names - Caruso, Carlo Buti - and the famous blues belter Bessie Smith.
No More The McGuire Sisters
Woman From Liberia Jimmie Rodgers
Teardrops From My Eyes Fran Warren with Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra in 1951.
Just One Of Those Things Frank Sinatra
Catfish Boogie Tennessee Ernie Ford
Chanson D'Amour The Fontaine Sisters
Oh babe Homer And Jethro famed for biting satire and skilled musicianship, take a loving swipe at one of the hits of the day in 1950.
The Dummy Song Anne Shelton
Just A Closer Walk With Thee Jimmie Rodgers
Livin Lovin Doll Cliff Richard & The Drifters - released this in January 1959.
Never On Sunday The Chordettes
A Hillside In Scotland do you remember when Lita Roza sang about a Hillside In Scotland?
Sugar Moon Pat Boone
Please Send Me Someone To Love even the wife of the King Of The Cowboys got in on the rock n roll craze …this is Dale Evans, Mrs Roy Rogers singing Percy Mayfield's plea for peace and romance.
The Goldrush Is Over Hank Snow
The Lip Keely Smith and Louis prima</