1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Archetypical EASY-POP Songs & Singers of the Fifties:
single recording typifies 1950s music. To capture the gist of the 50s
EASY-POP genre you need to synthesize the unique sound by listening to
a selection of essential recordings that epitomize the fifties.
Guy Mitchell, Vic Damone, and Dinah Shore all had top-five hits with My Heart Cries For You, one of dozens of country-flavored EASY-POP hits like Tony Bennett’s Cold, Cold Heart, Patti Page’s Detour and Tennessee Waltz, Joni James’ Your Cheatin’ Heart, Sonny James’ Young Love, and Guy Mitchell’s Heartaches by the Number.
This early fifties recording features an infectious melody, a buoyant Mitch Miller arrangement, and a spirited, likable singer. It exemplifies the popular male baritones including Frankie Laine, Don Cherry, Steve Lawrence, and Don Cornell.
Patti Page released this seminal, plaintive lost-love song and it begat her 1953 Changing Partners, June Valli’s Crying in the Chapel, Teresa Brewer’s A Tear Fell, Caterina Valente’s The Breeze and I, Toni Arden’s Padre, and Joan Weber’s Let Me Go Lover.
A typical, fast-paced recording with an offbeat lyric. Arrangements were often tailored for the unusual vocal-styles of unique talents like Teresa Brewer, Jaye P. Morgan, Pearl Bailey, Gale Storm, Della Reese, Julie London, and Eartha Kitt.
This is a typical, stylish, catchy, easy-to-sing-along-with classic fifties hit. Quartet harmony was also heard in recordings from the Four Aces, the Four Preps, the Four Coins, the Crew-Cuts, and the Ames Brothers.
The penultimate girl group, the Chordettes, had a #1 hit with Mr. Sandman in 1954 and then recorded this classic ‘lolly lolly lollypop’ hit. The Fontane Sisters had a similar ‘do do wah, do do wah’ hit with Hearts of Stone.
This recording utilizes the double-track voice overdub technique frequently heard in the 50s. Doris Day, Jo Stafford, Patti Page, Dinah Shore, Margaret Whiting, Peggy Lee, Sarah Vaughan, Georgia Gibbs, and others recorded these lively, upbeat, girlish hits.