1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening recorded by Bing Crosby and Jane Wyman with Matty Matlock’s All Stars Orchestra background vocals by The 4 Hits & A Miss
Written by Hoagy Carmichael and Johnny Mercer Introduced August 4, 1951, on Decca records #27678
The most popular crooner of all time, Bing Crosby, released two duets from his 1950s films. His duet with Grace Kelly, True Love, from the smash MGM musical film ‘High Society’ climbed to #3 and remained on the charts for six months in 1956-57. But earlier in the decade, his academy award winning duet, In the Cool, Cool, Cool of the Evening, with actress Jane Wyman, from the engaging ‘Here Comes the Groom’ produced and directed by Frank Capra, was not so successful. In spite of everything this hip, Academy-Award winning, shank-of-the-night, doins-are-right duet had going for it, it never made it into the top-ten. Bing Crosby, the most popular entertainer of the first half of the twentieth century, landed a contract with CBS radio in 1931 launching an unsurpassed career for the resonant baritone with the breezy persona. He sold more than 300 million records and appeared in dozens of films. Film actress/singer Jane Wyman co-starred with Bing Crosby in two 50s comedies ‘Here Comes the Groom’ and ‘Just for You.’ She won an academy award in 1948 for ‘Johnny Belinda’ and was the first wife of fellow actor and U.S. President, Ronald Reagan.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"in the shank of the night, when the doins are right you can tell ‘em I’ll be there"