April 21, 2013
Gale Garnett was born in Auckland, New Zealand, in 1941. He family moved to Canada when she was 11 and than to the United States. In her early 20s she signed a contract with the RCA Label. Despite issuning eight albums during the 1960s, she would only chart two singles.
“We’ll Sing In The Sunshine” was released during the summer of 1964 and peaked at number four o the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Hot 100. It reached number one on their Adult Contempory Chart.
It was a mid-tempo and upbeat pop song that somehow won the 1965 Grammy Award for Best Folk Song.
Garnett would appear on dozens of television programs and in a number of movies as well.
April 15, 2012
Patti Page and her “Tennessee Waltz” had dominated the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Pop Singles Charts during the first two months of 1951. Her signature hit was finally replaced by one of the biggest hits of Perry Como’s career.
“If” was originally written during 1934 and just hung around for awhile until Como, 1912-2001, went into the studio November 28, 1950 and recorded his version. Released during early 1951 it went to number one on all three BILLBOARD charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – March 3, 1951 – 6 weeks.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys – March 3, 1951 – 8 weeks.
Most Played In Jukeboxes – March 31, 1951 – 5 weeks.
“If” would continue to cement his status as a superstar of the era. He had a popular weekly television show, 1949-1963. Como was also a rare artist that stayed with the same label his entire career. He signed with RCA during 1943 and over the course of his 50 plus year career, that is where he remained.
January 9, 2012
Elvis Presley released five singles for the legendary Sun Label before his contract was sold to RCA.
“Mystery Train” was the fifth single released during September of 1955. It reached number 11 on the BILLBOARD MAGAZINE Country & Western Chart.
It was an up-tempo rockabilly track that would look ahead to some of his rock material during the last half of the 1950s.
The original Sun Label release is one of music’s most collectable 45’s bringing in the neighborhood of $2500 for a nice copy.
November 29, 2011
There was a new star on the block as Perry Como reached the top of the singles chart for the first time in his career, which would see him sell tens of millions of records during the course of a fifty yers career, plus host his own television show, 1949-1963.
“Till The End Of Time” was a huge hit. It became the number one song in the United States September 15, 1945 and remained in that position for ten consecutive weeks.
Como left his career as a barber behind to become a big band singer for Freddy Carlone and Ted Weems but it would be his solo career that would make him a household name.
He was a rare artist who recorded for only one label, (RCA), and remained married to the same woman, (65 years).
He released over 150 singles but “Till The End Of Time” was one of the biggest.
June 2, 2011
The Four Lovers struggled during the mid to late 1950’s, but did manage to produce a minor hit during 1956 with “You’re The Apple Of My Eye” for the RCA label.
During early 1962, they signed with the Vee Jay Label and changed their name to The Four Seasons. It was their first step on the road to their induction into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame during 1990.
Their first single release for Vee Jay was “Sherry.” It was an up-tempo piece of pop that featured Frankie Valli’s falsetto voice rising above the mix. It would top the American singles chart for five weeks and was the first of their five number one hits.
The Four Seasons would go on to place 48 songs on the American charts. Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons are still on the road today.