1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Don Cornell (born April 21, 1919)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Hold My Hand 1954
Don Cornell also had hits with I’m Yours and I’ll Walk Alone and You'll Never Get Away (a duet with Teresa Brewer) in 1952, and The Bible Tells Me So in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1950-1957 Record Label: Coral
Popular singer-guitarist, Don Cornell, was born Luigi Francisco Valaro in the Bronx. The teenager entered the music world as a guitar player when he joined the band of famed trumpeter Red Nichols. He emerged as a singer and achieved his greatest success with Sammy Kaye’s ‘Swing and Sway’ band. In 1949, he launched a solo career and recorded legendary standards I’m Yours and I’ll Walk Alone. In 1954, his smash hit record Hold My Hand was featured in the Dick Powell/Debbie Reynolds film ‘Susan Slept Here.’ By this time, he had become the top recording artist in the nation with three of his recordings occupying the top-ten charts. Don Cornell earned a dozen gold record awards between 1950 and 1962 and played to record-breaking audiences in nightclubs—his appearance at the Palladium in London stopped traffic around Piccadilly. He died in 2004.