1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Gogi Grant (born September 20, 1924)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: The Wayward Wind 1956
Gogi Grant also had a top-ten hit with Suddenly There’s A Valley in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955 - 1958 Record Label: Era
Jazz-pop singer, Gogi Grant, was born Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg in Philadelphia, but moved to Los Angeles at age 12. She began her singing career using her married name, Audrey Brown. In 1952, she was renamed Gogi Grant by RCA-Victor executive Dave Kapp. She moved to Era records where her first release was the top-ten hit Suddenly There’s a Valley. During the last fifteen minutes of her next recording session at Era, she recorded her legendary 1956 hit, The Wayward Wind and then was voted Most Popular Female Vocalist by Billboard magazine. But despite the awards she was unable to follow up her smash hit record, never again breaking into the top fifty. She did release five albums in the late fifties and she dubbed all of the vocals for Ann Blyth’s portrayal of 1920s torch singer Helen Morgan in the 1957 Warner Brothers’ film co-starring Paul Newman. The best-selling soundtrack album from ‘The Helen Morgan Story’ featured twenty songs she recorded for the film. Gogi Grant retired in 1967.