Remember when "diva" was a mantle of honor bestowed on only the
finest singers, the grandest dames of song, rather than just the latest streetcorner chanteuse?
During the early 1950's, the big bands were winding down and rock 'n' roll was revving
up. Meantime, many former "girl singers" stepped off the bandstand and
into the spotlight as soloists, and the great age of the diva began. Names like "Patti
Page," "Teresa Brewer," or "Dinah Shore" evoked not just a popular
song or an alluring look, but a voice - fascinating, unique, and timeless. For those talented
women, "diva" was more than a mere marketing tool, it was a well-earned title.
For their debut release, Hit Parade Records presents Fabulous
Fifties Divas Sing Their Hard To Find Hits, a delightful, distaff tour through
those wonderful years. This nicely-priced disc collects a slew of hits from the finest
female singers of the decade. Songs like Georgia Gibb's brassy, sassy "Tra La La" or
Jaye P. Morgan's swooning "That's All I Want from You" were among the biggest
hits of the 50's, but they've become quite hard-to-find. Now, those gems and over twenty
on one CD - digitally remastered for the highest quality sound.
Fabulous Fifties Divas has something for everybody,
from Mary Ford's whimsical "Mocking Bird Hill" (cut with her hubby, guitar legend
Les Paul) to Gogi Grant's inspirational "Suddenly There's A Valley" to Sarah
Vaughan's yearning, playful "Make Yourself Comfortable." Even more, alongside
big names like Rosemary Clooney, Teresa Brewer, and Patti Page, Fabulous
Fifties Divas includes nearly-forgotten stars like Denise Lor, Jane Turzy, and Dorothy
Collins. Nearly forgotten, that is, until now!
Hit Parade Records is a new Canadian label dedicated to finding, restoring, and preserving
lost treasures like these, and they employ many of the same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric
CD's - including Greg Adams, whose detailed liner notes will fascinate you for nearly as
long as the 60-plus minutes of music contained on Fabulous
Fifties Divas! And, don't miss Hit Parade's manly companion album, Fabulous
- ALL TRACKS MONO / ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
- DIGITALLY REMASTERED FOR HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND -