October 29, 2012
Georgia Gibbs, 1919-2006, began her career on the big band circuit and was a regular on radio before signing a solo contract in 1948.
Her vocal style always had a jazzy side to it but during the mid-1950s she began covering some of the rhythm & blues hits of the day. During early 1955 her version of LaVern Baker’s “Tweedle Dee” reached number two on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Most Played By Disc Jockey’s Chart.
She returned several months later with a cover of Etta James’ number one rhythm & blues hit, “The Wallflower,” which she renamed “Dance With Me Henry.” While I prefer James’ version, it proved to be a wise choice as it spent three weeks on top of the BILLBOARD Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart beginning May 14, 1955.
She would chart her last single during 1958 and would retire from the music business in 1966
May 16, 2012
Georgia Gibbs, 1919-2006, was a star during the 1950s, placing 30 singles on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Charts.
She spent the early years of her life in an ophanage and by the age of 13 was performing professionally. She spent most of her early career singing with traveling troupe’s of different kinds. During 1947 she signed a contract as a solo artist with the Mercury label.
“Kiss of Fire” was released during early 1952. It was a booming song with a South American tango beat. It proved to be one of the biggest hits of her career.
There were three BILLBOARD Pop Charts at the time. “Kiss of Fire” would have an somewhat odd chart hitory. It did not top the Best Sellers In Stores Chart but would spend six weeks at the top of the Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart (beginning 6/14/52) and Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart (beginning 5/17/52).
Her career would become less successful as the 1960s rock ‘n’ roll era progressed. She released her last album during 1966 and stayed retired until her death at the age of 87 almost 40 years later.