Wayne’s Music 8/9 March 2014 . The hits we didn’t hear in the 50s and 60s.
‘Happy days And Lonely Nights’ Connie Francis with a late 50s version of the Ruth Etting hit in 1928.
‘A Tear’ Gene Mcdaniels taking us back to the days of bandstand – when Dick Clark was possibly the best known media personality Internationally.
‘Message In A Bottle’ the ring-a-ding-girl Donna Douglas with the UK entry into the Eurovision Song Contest in 1962.
‘Some Kind Of Wonderful’ The Drifters – when Rudy Lewis was the lead singer – at a time when The Drifters were going through a number of personnel changes …
‘Bugle Boy March’ Chris Barber back in the trad-jazz revival groove with an excellent live version of a Dixie number that emerged in the mid-40s …
‘Mama Don’t Cry At My Wedding’ Anita Carter, the youngest daughter of Ezra and Maybelle Carter with her usual backup crew of Grady Martin and Hank Garland on guitars, Floyd Cramer on piano and the Anita Kerr singers with The Nashville Strings.
‘The Boulevard Of Broken Dreams’ the big voice of Robert Earl with his revival of the classic song from the 1933 Movie “Moulin Rouge”
‘I Don’t Know Why’ Linda Scott (real name Linda Joy Sampson)
‘You Need Love’ Lloyd Price with a bit of a Rhythm and blues workout – another great saxophone solo from the screaming sax man Merritt Mel Dalton.
‘Dance On Little Girl’ Paul Anka’s 23rd single … a very danceable number with a swaying cha cha beat.
‘The Youth Of The Heart’ Donald Swann, one half of the comedy duo Flanders and Swann.
‘Raining In My Heart’ Buddy Holly with a landmark record, being a poignant posthumous hit after his tragic demise.
‘Hello Walls’ Faron Young – was big time in America with 89 hits
‘Gonna Type A letter’ Billy Fury with one of the numbers the fans would have seen on those early TV pop shows … a British Rock’n’roll classic.
‘Avevamo La Stessa Eta’ Marino Marini and His Quartet – with a pleasant little Italian number.
‘Little Egypt’ The Coasters with a song about a burlesque dancer, bringing the sense of humour of writers Leiber and Stoller into the re cording studio in 1961.
‘If Only I Could Live My Life Again’ Pearl Carr and Teddy Johnson with some 50s harmony on this French song.
‘No Greater Love’ Craig Douglas, the chart-breaker from The Isle Of Wight was not so lucky with this one, yet the song was voted second best of the year in 1961 by The performing Rights Society of Britain.
‘Let me Belong To You’ Brian Hyland – the man who gave us the pop song about a girl in a teeny weeny bikini
‘Every Breath I Take’ Gene Pitney working with Phil Spector who was way over budget with this production … $14,000 for four songs, an outrageous amount at the time, when one track would usually cost $500.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 9 March 2014. Just Foolin Around with songs you didn’t hear in the 50s and 60s. PART ONE
‘Turn Around Look At me’ The Lettermen
‘Love Of A Lifetime’ The Platters, the original lineup in 1959 sticking to the tried and true formula.
‘Little Miss Lonely’ Helen Shapiro – at 16 … with a voice going on 40.
‘Nice’N’Easy’ Frank Sinatra … it’s 1960 and The Chairman’s on the turntable – his latest album was just chocka full of ballads, with arrangements and backing from Nelson Riddle – and the album spent 9 weeks atop The Billboard Album Chart.
‘Sailing Down The Chesapeake Bay’ Lonnie Donegan with Ian Menzies and His Clyde Valley Stompers …this is a song that dates back to 1913 … an odd choice, but then the skiffle/trad craze threw some pretty crazy stuff at us, music that everybody could play sort of stuff.
‘Never In A Million Years’ Maureen Evans, yes She who owned The Maureen Evans Theatre School in West Grove, Cardiff teaching youngsters from 6 to 18 to sing, dance and act.
‘What Kind Of Fool Am I’ Vic Damone - the man that Frank Sinatara said had “the best pipes in the business”.
‘You’re Gonna Miss me’ Connie Francis, was in the habit of putting a slow number on the back of a bouncy A-side
‘Far Away Places’ The Springfields – some early stuff with Dusty already starting to express some of the soulfulness for which she would become famous later.
‘Love In A Goldfish Bowl’ Tommy Sands, when he was a blonde in the 1961 movie with Fabian and Toby Michaels.
‘Sweet Bird Of Youth’ Nat King Cole with one of his pop numbers of 1959.
‘All The other Girls’ Donna Douglas (not the Beverly Hillbillies actress who played Elly May … this is the Irish Pop singer.
‘I Can’t Hold Your Letters In My Arms’ Jack Scott
‘Misty’ play Misty For me … what a wonderful movie … Sarah Vaughn does a rather classy rendering of the Eroll Garner, Johnny Burke classic.
‘Born To be With You’ The Beverley Sisters – really are sisters, Joy, and the twins Babs and Teddie from Bethnal Green, East London
‘Bella Bella Bambino’ Dean Martin
‘Heaven Fell Last Night’ The Browns with their country/folk harmony.
‘This Little Girl’s Gone Rockin’ Alma Cogan
‘Everglades’ The Kingston Trio made an album called “Stringalong” - their 5th studio collection, and this was one of the most popular cuts .
‘There’ll be A Hot Time In The Old Town Tonight’ Chris barber’s band with the fine vocalist Ottilie Patterson
‘Johnny Jingo’ Haley Mills, the child film star, with her second and last top 100 record … made when she was almost 16.
‘Tell All The World Around You’ Peggy Lee – one of the greatest of her generation – a perfectionist throughout her long career – ever note, dramatic on stage move, was carefully calculated, and in the 50s she reflected this in movies – in “Mr Music”, “The Jazz Singer” and “Pete kelly’s Blues” for which she was nominated for an Oscar.
‘My Mother’s Eyes’ Nellie Lutcher enjoyed extraordinary success as an entertainer in the decade before rock’n’roll …the “real gone gal” with her classy jazz-infected piano, and playful husky vocals appealed across the racial divide.
‘Let There be love’ Diana Dors – Britiain’s answer to Marilyn Monroe – this is a cut from her album “Swinging Dors” …