1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
I'll Take Romance recorded by Eydie Gorme arranged & conducted by Don Costa Written by Ben Oakland and Oscar Hammerstein II Introduced April 13, 1957, on ABC-Paramount records #9780
In spite of her television exposure and immense popularity, Eydie Gorme never had a top-ten hit in the 1950s—the only top-ten recording in her career was Blame It On the Bossa Nova in 1963. Although she gives her young, eager, and gay heart away in I’ll Take Romance, it never even broke into the top-fifty. The scintillating, Don Costa arranged, recording gets off to a finger snapping start and her bright, warm voice sparkles from the first note. Her histrionic vocal range is impressive as she closes the record with “I’ll...take...roma...a...a...a...a...a...nce.” She combines her bubbly personality and youthful zest with an excellent vocal quality and secure intonation. Faring only slightly better was her 1956 recording, Too Close for Comfort from the Broadway musical ‘Mr. Wonderful’ also arranged by Don Costa. From 1954 until 1957 Eydie Gorme appeared along with other musical regulars Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, Pat Marshall, and Pat Kirby backed by Skitch Henderson and his orchestra on the original ‘Tonight Show’ hosted by Steve Allen. Eydie Gorme married fellow singer Steve Lawrence in Las Vegas in 1957 and in 1967 made her Broadway debut with her husband in ‘Golden Rainbow.’ Duets by Steve and Eydie continued to be popular for decades.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"While my heart is young, and eager, and gay, I’ll give my heart away"