1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Dinah Shore (born March 1, 1917)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Sweet Violets 1952
Dinah Shore also had hits with My Heart Cries for You in 1950, A Penny a Kiss in 1951, Whatever Lola Wants (Lola Gets) in 1955, and Chantez, Chantez in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1940-1957 Record Labels: Columbia & RCA
Dinah Shore, born Frances Rose Shore in Winchester, Tennessee, was one of the most popular entertainers of the forties and fifties. Stricken with polio at 18 months of age, she recovered using the Sister Kenny mental and muscle-exercising therapy. She graduated from Vanderbilt University in 1938, majoring in Sociology. With her low-pitched, velvet-covered voice, she became a solo star almost immediately after her brief stay with Xavier Cugat’s band. Her sparkling popularity in the late forties included radio shows and records—Shoofly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy, The Gypsy, and Buttons and Bows. She appeared in a dozen films including the underrated ‘Aaron Slick from Punkin Crick’ in 1952. Her cheery optimism and southern down-home charm brought the greatest fame with her top rated Emmy-award-winning television series in the fifties and sixties that she always ended singing “See the USA in your Chevrolet” followed by her exuberant hand-blown signature kiss to her audience.