1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Gisele MacKenzie (born January 10, 1927)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Hard to Get 1955
Gisele MacKenzie also had a hit with The Star You Wished Upon Last Night in 1956.
Recording career on the charts: 1952-1956 Record Labels: Capitol, X, and Vik
Born Gisèle Marie-Louise Marguerite LaFlèche in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, of French-Scottish descent, she studied violin, piano, and voice at the Royal Conservatory in Toronto and hosted her own Canadian Broadcasting Corporation radio program ‘Meet Gisele.’ She adopted her father’s second given name, MacKenzie, as her professional name when she moved to Los Angeles in 1950. There she sang with Percy Faith’s orchestra on CBS radio, joined Bob Crosby on CBS TV’s ‘Club 15’ in 1951, and began a long association with comedian Jack Benny in 1953. She often played violin duets with Jack Benny; the contrast of their playing abilities serving as the basis of a wry comedy routine. With her crystalline, resonant singing voice, perfect pitch, and her even, flowing style, she was a regular performer on NBC TV’s ‘Your Hit Parade’ from 1953 to 1957 (sharing the spotlight with fellow Canadian, the Ontario-born singer Dorothy Collins) and in 1957, starred in her own NBC TV series. Her single recordings included Hard to Get, accompanied by Richard Maltby, and Pepper-Hot Baby for the ‘X’ label, a subsidiary of RCA Victor and The Star You Wished Upon Last Night for Vik Records.