Wayne’s Music 15/16 March 2014. Fabulous 50s.
‘There’s Good Rockin’ Tonight’ If you remember the movie Mardi Gras in 1959, you’ll remember Pat Boone’s attempt at this Rhythm and Blues Number – Roy brown wrote and recorded it first in 1947.
‘Oh My Darling’ Frank and Jack and The Nightwinds … this is a rare piece of white doo-wop from the fifties.
‘The Boy I Used To Know’ Jan Burnett during the rise of the United Kingdom ladies in the 50s when there was a brit Girl sound evolving at the dawn of the beat era.
‘Book Of Love’ The Monotones – a one hit wonder sextet from New Jersey –
‘Rubber Dolly’ Bobby Bare working under The Bill Parsons moniker
‘You’d Be Surprised’ Kathy Linden a long forgotten sweet voice, with a few moderate pop hits bouncing around in the late 50s early 60s …
‘tell Him’ Billie Davis (real name Carol Hedges) with a great oldie …
‘All I Could Do Was Cry’ Etta James with a song w ritten by Berry Gordy (who would later set up Motown records)
‘Time After Time’ Frank Sinatra with a song that was written for the 1947 MGM movie “It Happened In Brooklyn”
‘I I I Love You’ Andy Anderson - his story is one of the great “could have been” epics of rock and roll history.
‘So many Ways’ Julie Grant was a Frankie Vaughn discovery – when she was 15, and after a few favourable record releases she was star billing on a package tour which also featured The Rolling Stones, The Everly brothers and Bo Diddley.
‘You May’ Jody Williams, a major figure in the Chicago Blues scene of the 1950s.
‘Father Time’ The Poni Tails – with what must have been the last of their hit records. ‘Who Would Have Thought it’ The Deltairs, one of the few female groups around in 1957 sharing the spotlight with The Bobettes, The Chantells and The Shirelles.
‘I Dreamed’ The Beverley Sisters - who can claim a career of 70 years singing together …
‘Lovin’ Lulu or LulA Reed … she was billed under both names – a longtime vocalist with Sonny Thompson’s band in the early fifties –
‘Moon Of Gold’ Neil Sedaka with one of the early ones he wrote with songwriting partner Howard Greenfield.
‘Where The Blue Of The Night’ Tommy Mara – they call him the Pavarotti of Doo-Wop …
‘Demon Lover’ Lynn Cornell
‘Save It’ Mel Robbins –this is really Hargus Pig Robbins who played piano on thousands of hit records …
Wayne’s Music Sunday 16 March 2014. More 50s songs from The Book Of Love. PART ONE
‘Someone, Someone’ The Crickets with a song written by their usual writer Norman Petty’s wife Violet.
‘Oh Joe’ Edna McGriff, the singer and pianist from Florida …who sounds a lot more mature than her 16 years on this early 50s pressing.
‘In A Matter Of Moments’ Louise Cordet – was a British pop singer who also recorded in French … the thing I remember about her is that she’s the God-daughter of Prince Phillip, The Duke Of Edinburgh …
‘Yea Yea’ here’s one from The kendall Sisters, from Cleveland, Ohio …
‘Have You Ever Been Lonely’ - a singalong favourite from 1932 given the typical 50s treatment by singer Joan Regan.
‘Secret Love’ Jimmy Ricks, goes right back to 1946 when he made his first recording … then he formed The Ravens, one of the most influential vocal groups of the era …he pioneered the idea of having a bass singer as the lead vocalist
‘Some Of These days’ Susan Maughn from County Durham …best known for her British version of “Bobby’s Girl” …
‘Linda-Lu’ Ray Sharpe when he was working with Lee Hazelwood, and had Duane Eddy and Al Casey on guitars.
‘I’m Gonna Be A Wheel Someday’ fats Domino using a quicker beat than his usual rhythm and blues outings
‘Been So Long’ The Pastels – a group formed by Big Dee Iwin while he was in the airforce on duty in Greenland …
‘Listen’ The Matadors
‘Big Blon baby’ Jerry lee lewis just kept on thumping and turning them out at Sun Studios
‘Jump And Bump’ The Flares with the Los Angeles doo-wop sound in the 50s …
‘Don’t Ever Leave Me’ Paul Anka when he was working with Producer/arranger/orchestra leader Don Costa in the early days of his long career.
‘Danny’ Kathy Kirby – one of the original lip gloss girls one of Britain’s top paid female singers with all the trappings, a house in Mayfair, mink coats, diamonds and champagne on tap.
‘You make Me Feel So Young’ Ella Fitzgerald – making a play for the charts on behalf of the jazz divas – with this song from the 1959 film “Three Little Girls In Blue”.
‘Little Girl, Little Girl’ The Fairlanes with this collectors piece (these days) …
The Girl On Death Row’ Lee Hazelwood with his buddy Duane Eddy - a second 1960 single –
‘Say Something Sweet To Your sweetheart’ Frankie Vaughn and The Kaye Sisters - the middle of the road stuff heard on radios all over the nation in the 50s.
‘If It Didn’t Hurt So Much’ Jimmy Ricks – finished up as a big band singer with Duke Ellington for a while in the 70s -
‘If You Love Me’ Shirley Bassey with her only hit in 1959 – the song was written by Edith Piaf in 1949 as Hymne a L’Amour …
‘Achoo-Cha-Cha’ McGuire Sisters – Christine, Dorothy and Phyliis … well, theirs was the fifties sound as the Andrews Sisters was to the 40s.
‘How Do You Speak To An Angel’ Etta James
‘Oh Johnny Oh Johnny Oh’ Kathy Linden – from Moorestown Township in New Jersey … scored with a couple of hits in the 50s …
‘Wish It Were Me’ Craig Douglas getting into an old Platters number