1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Gale Storm (born April 5, 1922)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: I Hear You Knocking 1955
Gale Storm also had hits with Memories Are Made of This and Teenage Prayer in 1955, Why Do Fools Fall In Love and Ivory Tower in 1956, and Dark Moon in 1957.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955 - 1957 Record Label: Dot
Tenacious Gale Storm, real name Josephine Owaissa Cottle, was born in Bloomington, Texas, the youngest of five children. She entered a ‘Gateway to Hollywood’ talent contest and walked away with a movie contract. She is best remembered for her early fifties television work as the star of her own hit series ‘My Little Margie’ playing a scheming, meddlesome daughter trying to circumvent her father’s parental control. She appeared as the headliner at the Thunderbird Hotel in Las Vegas and by 1955 the dynamic singer was recording for Randy Wood’s Dot label where she won a gold record with her cover version of Smiley Lewis’ I Hear You Knocking. She also starred in the less well-remembered ‘Gale Storm Show/Oh Susanna’ in the late 50s. During the 1970s she struggled with alcoholism and the stigma attached to the disease, but is now alcohol free.