1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Guy Mitchell (born February 27, 1927)
Famous EASY-POP hit during the 50s: Heartaches by the Number 1959
Guy Mitchell also had hits with My Heart Cries for You and The Roving Kind in 1950, My Truly, Truly Fair in 1951, and Singing the Blues in 1956.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1950-1960
Record Label: Columbia
Guy Mitchell was born Al Cernik into a Yugoslavian immigrant family in Detroit. As a teenager in the San Joachin Valley he worked as an apprentice saddle-maker, joined the Navy for two years, and in 1947 Al Cernik began singing with Carmen Cavellaro’s orchestra. In 1948, he recorded songs at King Records as Al Grant and won first prize on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talents Scouts’ radio program. In 1951, Columbia Record’s A&R head Mitch Miller had set recording sessions for Frank Sinatra, when he declined, Guy Mitchell was brought to the studio and his recordings of My Heart Cries for You and The Roving Kind sold nearly two million copies. His first #1 hit, Singing The Blues, came in 1956 and in 1959, he had his second, Heartaches By The Number. He made movies with Teresa Brewer and Rosemary Clooney and he had his own television show in 1957. Guy Mitchell retired in the 1960s and he died in 1999.