1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
I'm Available recorded by Margie Rayburn Written by Dave Burgess Introduced October 28, 1957, on Liberty records #55102
The dual track recording technique that was popular throughout the fifties has Margie Rayburn, whose voice is somewhat reminiscent of Teresa Brewer’s, singing with herself on her recording of I’m Available (and willing—it’s true). The arrangement opens with Margie Rayburn warbling the song’s signature trill “dewey, do…we, dewey, do; dewey, do…we, dewey, do.” Her clipped delivery gives the word ‘willing’ just one syllable ‘w-ling’ but then she extends ‘you’ into the three syllables with a high-pitched middle syllable, ‘you-OO-oo,’ she also expands ‘to’ into ‘to-OO-oo,’ and ‘love’ into ‘luh-UH-ove.’ I’m Available was written and originally recorded by Dave Burgess of The Champs, an instrumental group who had a #1 hit in 1958 with Tequila. It was Margie Rayburn’s only recording to be listed on Billboard’s top 100 charts; it just edged into the top-ten in 1957. Margie Rayburn, born in 1924 in Madera, California, was a vocalist with Ray Anthony’s Orchestra and she was a member of the vocal group, The Sunnysiders, who had a hit with Hey, Mr. Banjo in 1955.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I’m available and will’ng its true, available to fall in love with you"