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Born in 1919 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Freda Lipschitz rose from humble beginnings to the very top of the pop pantheon. Freda took the name Gibson when her mother remarried, and she began singing regularly in clubs by the age of 13. Not even 18 years old when she made her radio debut, Georgia was soon lending her bold and brassy pipes to the big bands of Frank Trambauer and Artie Shaw. After joining the Garry MooreJimmy Durante radio show in the late 40s, Moore bestowed her with the playful sobriquet that stuck Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs!
Soon thereafter, Georgia struck out on her own and joined the Hit Parade, scoring 25 hit singles on the Coral and Mercury labels over the next two decades, including two #1 smashes Kiss Of Fire (1952) and Dance With Me Henry (1955). Now, Hit Parade Records has collected all of her Top 50 hits onto one album many on CD for the first time ever!
The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs contains the original versions of Georgias greatest hits not the versions she recorded for other labels later in her career. Here, youll find her chart debut, the Top 5 novelty tune, (If I Knew You Were Comin) Idve Baked a Cake, recorded for Coral Records in 1950. And youll thrill to Georgias upbeat renditions of rock, country, and R&B songs like Tweedlee Dee (LaVern Baker), some of which were bigger hits for the gorgeous Miss Gibbs than for the original performers. With the passing of Her Nibs in December 2006, The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs stands as a loving tribute to a remarkable performer and the most comprehensive anthology of her popular recordings ever compiled.
Hit Parade Records is a new Canadian label dedicated to finding, restoring, and preserving lost treasures like these, and it employs many of the same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric CDs including Greg Adams, whose detailed liner notes (including new information from Georgias final interview, conducted especially for this release) will fascinate you for nearly as long as the 58-plus minutes of music contained on The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs! And, dont miss Hit Parades other great collections Fabulous Fifties Divas and Fabulous Fifties Crooners, as well as Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1956.
ORIGINAL HIT SINGLE VERSIONS FIVE CD DEBUTS
|1.||KISS OF FIRE||#1||1952|
|2.||Mercury version BALLIN THE JACK||||1954|
|3.||Coral Rare on CD (If I Knew You Were Comin) IDVE BAKED A CAKE||#5||1950|
|4.||DANCE WITH ME HENRY (Wallflower)||#1||1955|
|6.||SEVEN LONELY DAYS||#5||1953|
|7.||I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY||#14||1955|
|8.||Coral CD Debut I STILL FEEL THE SAME ABOUT YOU (with Owen Bradley Sextet)||#18||1951|
|10.||SO MADLY IN LOVE||#21||1952|
|11.||WHILE YOU DANCED, DANCED, DANCED||#6||1951|
|14.||MY FAVORITE SONG||#25||1952|
|15.||GOOD MORNING MISTER ECHO||#21||1951|
|16.||Coral Rare on CD SIMPLE MELODY (with Bob Crosby)||#25||1950|
|17.||SWEET AND GENTLE||#12||1955|
|18.||SOMEBODY BAD STOLE DE WEDDING BELL (Whos Got De Ding Dong?)||#18||1954|
|19.||KISS ME ANOTHER||#30||1956|
|20.||CD Debut TRA LA LA||#24||1956|
|21.||CD Debut in USA THE HULA HOOP SONG||#32||1958|
|22.||CD Debut ROCK RIGHT||#36||1956|
|23.||CD Debut GREAT BALLS OF FIRE||||1957|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.