1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
If Only I Could Live My Life Again recorded by Jane Morgan with orchestra directed by Vic Schoen Written by Louis Amade, Pierre Delanoe, Gilbert Becaud (French lyrics), and Elly Leighton (English lyrics) Introduced May 16, 1959, on Kapp records #K-253X
With her caressing voice, versatile Jane Morgan’s most popular song Fascination made the top-ten in 1957. She had other hits in the late fifties with Two Different Worlds, The Day the Rains Came, With Open Arms, and Happy Anniversary. In her powerful recording of If Only I Could Live My Life Again, she draws on a wealth of womanly understanding to interpret the lyrics. With disarming sincerity she sings about avoiding mistakes in her life and a desire to be more forgiving if she were given another chance, but while she would make many changes in her life, she would never change her love for her sweetheart. Elegant Jane Morgan is often described as having moonlight in her voice and in this recording the sophisticated, singer conveys her acquired European polish. If Only I Could Live My Life Again never made the top 100 in the United States, but was a top-twenty hit in England. Jane Morgan was a popular singer in France before becoming successful on television and entertaining in nightclubs in the United States. Although she conveyed a very European persona, she was born Jane Currier in Boston, and raised in Florida.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I’d change my ways but long as I am living one thing remains through everything I do— I’d never change my endless love for you"