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Fabulous Fifties Crooners Sing Their Hard-To-Find Hits

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2006 audio CD release

Legend has it that back in the good old days, men were men - strong, silent, and true. By that measure, crooners were a new breed of man. This suave generation of stylists were born in the halcyon, pre-war days of Rudy Vallee, Bing Crosby, and a young … see full wiki

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Some of the finest male vocal performances of the pre-rock and roll era!

  • Dec 16, 2008
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In the days immediately preceding the dawn of rock and roll the great vocalists ruled the airwaves. Female artists like Rosemary Clooney, Patti Page, Dinah Shore and Sarah Vaughn were making memorable records in those years. And there was certainly no dearth of talented male vocalists during that era. Canada's Hit Parade records has released a splendid collection of nearly two dozen of the tunes by the best male vocalists of the early to mid 1950's. "Fabulous Fifties Crooners Sing Their Hard To Find Hits" features big hits by legendary singers like Nat King Cole, Sammy Davis Jr., Billy Eckstine and Perry Como to name but a few. In addition, you will find a number of hit records by lesser known artists that have been long out of print and virtually impossible to find anywhere. If you are into the that classic pop sound then this disc is certainly for you.
"Fabulous Fifties Crooners Sing Their Hard To Find Hits" kicks off with the legendary Sammy Davis Jr. belting out his fabulous rendition of "Something's Gotta Give". And who will ever forget the vocal genius of the late, great Nat King Cole? Enjoy once again a pair of his best loved tunes with "A Blossom Fell" from early 1955 and "Somewhere Along The Way" from the summer of '52. One of my personal favorites from this era has to be Billy Eckstine's moving "I Apologize". In addition you will find a pair of hits from one of the most popular and prolific artists of that decade, Eddie Fisher. Both "Turn Back The Hands of Time" and "Wish You Were Here" were huge hits in the early 1950's. And I also enjoyed hearing Perry Como's extremely hard to find recording of "Wanted". What a great song!
But for me, what makes "Fabulous Fifties Crooners Sing Their Hard To Find Hits" so interesting and so much fun is the opportunity to sample so many of the songs that have simply been unavailable for decades. Remember Rex Allen? To millions of Americans, Rex was the familiar voice of many of the Walt Disney television shows. Rex Allen also made some terrific records as evidenced by his version of "Crying In The Chapel" from 1953.
Snooky Lanson was the star of the popular television show "Your Hit Parade" during these years. It was great to hear his version of "It's Almost Tomorrow" which is also included here. Also included in this collection are tunes by Don Cornell, Rusty Draper, Tony Martin and Al Martino. Without a doubt, my very favorite song on this disc has to be the great Al Hibbler's recording of "He" from 1955. Although the McGuire Sisters and the Righteous Brothers released pretty fair versions of this tune, neither can hold a candle to Al Hibbler's version. I actually prefer this song to "Unchained Melody", the tune he is best known for.
So there you have it....another terrific release from Hit Parade records!
"Fabulous Fifties Crooners Sing Their Hard To Find Hits" is a real keeper.
Whether you are a collector or someone who simply enjoys this type of music you should snap this one up right away. You will find an informative eight page booklet with information on the artists and chart data on each of the songs. The remastering job is first rate and each and every song is the original hit recording. I look forward with great anticipation to future releases from Hit Parade records.  Very highly recommended!

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