1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Georgia Gibbs (born August 17, 1920)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Kiss of Fire 1952
She also had hits with Tweedle Dee and Dance with Me Henry in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1950-1958 Record Labels: Coral & Mercury
Born Fredda Gibbons in Worcester, Massachusetts, she sang on the Lucky Strike radio show in the late 30s and then with Artie Shaw’s band in 1942. On the Garry Moore-Jimmy Durante radio show in the late 40s, Garry Moore dubbed her “Her Nibs, Miss Gibbs.” Her first chart hit was If I Knew You Were Comin I’d’ve Baked a Cake in 1950. Like many white pop singers she recorded cover versions of R&B hits for a pop audience. Her cover of Tweedle Dee outsold LaVern Baker’s original and her version of The Wallflower, renamed Dance With Me Henry outsold Etta James’ original. She was very adaptable during the 50s recording ballads, covers, novelties, cha-cha-cha as well as her #1 hit, the tango-tinged Kiss ofFireadapted from the Argentine El Choclo. Toni Arden and Tony Martin also had top-twenty versions of Kiss of Fire in 1952.