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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 1950s, 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 Gibbs brassy, sassy Tra La La or Jaye P. Morgans swooning Thats All I Want from You were among the biggest hits of the 50s, but theyve become quite hard-to-find. Now, those gems and over twenty more are collected on one CD digitally remastered for the highest quality sound.
Fabulous Fifties Divas has something for everybody, from Mary Fords whimsical Mocking Bird Hill (cut with her hubby, guitar legend Les Paul) to Gogi Grants inspirational Suddenly Theres A Valley to Sarah Vaughans 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 CDs 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, dont miss Hit Parades manly companion album Fabulous Fifties Crooners.
ALL TRACKS MONO / ORIGINAL 45 RPM SINGLE VERSIONS
|1.||CD DebutSEVEN DAYS||Dorothy Collins||#17||1/56|
|2.||CROSS OVER THE BRIDGE||Patti Page||#2||2/54|
|3.||MAMBO ITALIANO||Rosemary Clooney||#10||11/54|
|4.||CD DebutTRA LA LA||Georgia Gibbs||#24||12/56|
|5.||WAKE THE TOWN AND TELL THE PEOPLE||Mindy Carson||#13||8/55|
|6.||LOVE AND MARRIAGE||Dinah Shore||#20||11/55|
|7.||RareMR. WONDERFUL||Sarah Vaughan||#13||2/56|
|8.||MAKE YOURSELF COMFORTABLE||Sarah Vaughan||#6||11/54|
|9.||RareI’M IN LOVE AGAIN||April Stevens||#6||6/51|
|10.||CD DebutSWEET VIOLETS||Jane Turzy||#11||7/51|
|11.||MOCKIN’ BIRD HILL||Les Paul & Mary Ford||#2||2/51|
|12.||CD DebutJOEY||Betty Madigan||#12||5/54|
|13.||THAT’S ALL I WANT FROM YOU||Jaye P. Morgan||#3||11/54|
|14.||THE LONGEST WALK||Jaye P. Morgan||#6||8/55|
|15.||RareHOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME||Karen Chandler||#5||10/52|
|16.||LET ME GO, LOVER!||Teresa Brewer||#6||12/54|
|17.||A TEAR FELL||Teresa Brewer||#5||2/56|
|18.||CD DebutIF I GIVE MY HEART TO YOU||Denise Lor||#8||9/54|
|19.||HOW IMPORTANT CAN IT BE?||Joni James||#2||2/55|
|20.||CD DebutI UNDERSTAND||June Valli||#8||6/54|
|21.||BLUE STAR (The “Medic” Theme)||Felicia Sanders||#29||5/55|
|22.||SUDDENLY THERE’S A VALLEY||Gogi Grant||#9||10/55|
|23.||WE’LL MEET AGAIN||Vera Lynn||#29||1/54|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.