Song 68 – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)

SONG: Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) ARTIST: Ella Fitzgerald YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Let’s Do it (Let’s Fall in Love) was written by Cole Porter in 1928 for his Broadway musical Paris and originally sung by Irene Bordoni.  The song was the first in what became a trademark writingContinue reading “Song 68 – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)”

Song 66 – Blue Monday

SONG: Blue Monday ARTIST: Fats Domino YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Blue Monday was written by David Bartholomew in 1953 and originally recorded and released by Smiley Lewis in 1954.  The most popular version was recorded by Fats Domino in 1956, and Fats claims some of the songwriting credit!  The song wasContinue reading “Song 66 – Blue Monday”

Song 64 – Sixteen Tons

SONG: Sixteen Tons ARTIST: Tennessee Ernie Ford YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Sixteen Tons” was written by Merle Travis in 1946 and tells of a Kentucky coal miner working under the truck system (a scrip system that saw wages paid via house or other living expense credit so that the worker seesContinue reading “Song 64 – Sixteen Tons”

Song 62 – Only You

SONG: Only You ARTIST: The Platters YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Only You (and You Alone) was written by Buck Ram in 1954 and originally recorded by the Platters that same year, however the recording was not released.  The group moved to Mercury records in 1955 and re-recorded the song and releasedContinue reading “Song 62 – Only You”

Song 60 – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

SONG: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning ARTIST: Frank Sinatra YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning was written in 1955 by David Manna and Bob Hilliard and the title track on the Frank Sinatra album of the same name.  Both men were songwritingContinue reading “Song 60 – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”

Song 58 – Rock Around the Clock

SONG: Rock Around the Clock ARTIST: Bill Haley & His Comets YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is some debate as to when Rock Around the Clock was first written, some sources say 1953 and others indicate it was 1952.  It was written by Max C. Friedman and James E. Myers (MyersContinue reading “Song 58 – Rock Around the Clock”

Song 56 – My Funny Valentine

SONG: My Funny Valentine ARTIST: Chet Baker YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: My Funny Valentine is a jazz standard originally written for the musical Babes in Arms by Richard Rodgers and Lorenz Hart and debuted by child star Mitzi Green on April 14, 1937.  In the show the character Billie is singingContinue reading “Song 56 – My Funny Valentine”

Song 54 – Love for Sale

SONG: Love For Sale ARTIST: Billie Holiday YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Love for Sale caused a bit of a hullabaloo when it was introduced to the world by Kathryn Crawford in 1930.  Cole Porter had written the song for the musical The New Yorkers and was written from the point ofContinue reading “Song 54 – Love for Sale”

Album 6 – Ellington at Newport

ALBUM TITLE: Ellington at Newport ‘56 ARTIST NAME: Duke Ellington YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue Kelly: Diminuendo and Crescendo in Blue ALBUM HISTORY: Ellington at Newport was recorded on July 7th 1956 and released later that year, and featured Duke Ellington and his band’s live performance at theContinue reading “Album 6 – Ellington at Newport”

Song 52 – Crying In the Chapel

SONG: Crying in the Chapel ARTIST: The Orioles YEAR: 1953 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Crying in the Chapel was written as a country song by Artie Glenn in 1953 for his son Darrell. Darrell recorded it in that same year but at first did not gain a lot of traction in his recording.Continue reading “Song 52 – Crying In the Chapel”