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Song 42 – Cry

SONG: Cry ARTIST: Johnnie Ray & The Four Lads YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Cry was written by Churchill Kohlman in 1951 and originally recorded by Ruth Casey, but made popular by Johnnie Ray & the Four Lads.  It became a Billboard #1 hit that year and spawned many a cover versions.Continue reading “Song 42 – Cry”

Song 41 – Rocket 88

SONG: Rocket 88 ARTIST: Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats YEAR: 1951 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Rocket 88” was originally recorded in Memphis, Tennessee in March of 1951, which is the version we’re listening to today. It was credited to “Jackie Brenston and his Delta Cats”, who were actually “Ike Turner and hisContinue reading “Song 41 – Rocket 88”

Song 40 – Mambo No. 5

SONG: Mambo No. 5 ARTIST: Perez Prado YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is little information on the composition of Mambo Number 5, just that it was written by Perez Prado in 1949 and released in 1950. THE ARTIST: Damaso Perez Prado, AKA the King of Mambo was born December 11, 1916Continue reading “Song 40 – Mambo No. 5”

Song 38 – Summertime

SONG: Summertime ARTIST: Sarah Vaughan YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Summertime was written by George Gershwin for his 1935 opera Porgy and Bess, with lyrics by DuBose Heyward who wrote the novel Porgy.  Gershwin started writing the song in 1933 and tried to recreate the feel of a spiritual.  The song isContinue reading “Song 38 – Summertime”

Song 37 – Autumn Leaves

SONG: Autumn Leaves ARTIST: Jo Stafford YEAR: 1950 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Autumn Leaves” was composed by Joseph Kosma, with original lyrics by Jacques Prevert (French lyrics) and later English lyrics by Johnny Mercer.  Joseph Kosma was a Hungarian composer who met Jacques Prevert in Paris. They collaborated on a few songs andContinue reading “Song 37 – Autumn Leaves”

Album 4: The Wildest!

ALBUM TITLE: The Wildest! ARTIST NAME: Louis Prima YEAR OF RELEASE: 1956 Favourite Song: Holly: Night Train Kelly: Just a Gigolo ALBUM HISTORY: The Wildest! was recorded in April 1956 and released by Capitol Records in November of that same year.  The album features Prima with his wife of the time and performance partner KeelyContinue reading “Album 4: The Wildest!”


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