1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Don Cherry (born January 11, 1924)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Band of Gold 1956
Don Cherry also had a hit with Thinking of You in 1950.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1950-1956 Record Labels: Decca & Columbia
Singer/golfer Don Cherry was born in Wichita Falls, Texas, the youngest of three children. After high school graduation, he entered and won the city’s Junior Golf Championship. A month after the U.S. entered World War II, he was drafted into the Army-Air Corps. When his four-year service was complete, he competed in golf tournaments during the day and performed at night. His mellow baritone voice touched people and he sang briefly with the Tommy Dorsey and Victor Young orchestras. He had a record deal with Decca in the early fifties where he recorded Thinking of You and Vanity, then moved to Columbia where he recorded his million-selling Band of Gold. On TV he appeared on the ‘Mike Douglas Show,’ ‘Merv Griffin Show,’ and the ‘Johnny Carson Tonight Show.’ He left the musical field in the late fifties to become a professional golfer.