1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
It's Good to be Alive recorded by the Four Aces with Orchestra directed by Jack Pleis
Written by Bob Merrill Appears on Decca album #DL8855: ‘Hits from Broadway, the Four Aces’
It’s Good to be Alive is a song from the 1957 Broadway musical production ‘New Girl in Town’ that starred Gwen Verdon. It was a musical version of Eugene O’Neill’s ‘Anna Christie.’ The Four Aces’ display their sheer joy of singing in It’s Good to Be Alive. The facile, percussive melody is ideally suited to their unusual style of harmony and uninhibited enthusiasm, but It’s Good to Be Alive did not make any showing on the popularity charts. Al Alberts and Dave Mahoney assembled the Four Aces, recorded a song by two local writers It’s No Sin, released on their own Victoria label and against all odds it shot up the hit charts. A recording contract with Decca followed and the lively quartet of hit-makers applied their inimitable vocal harmony to come up with more than forty top 40 hits with arrangements by Decca A&R man Jack Pleis. Their 1952 recording of Heart and Soul is a classic and their interpretation of movie title songs has enhanced ‘Three Coins in the Fountain,’ ‘Love is a Many Splendored Thing,’ ‘Written in the Wind,’ and ‘It’s a Woman’s World.’
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"I figured me a hopeless case, I thought a smile would break my face but all along I figured wrong, it’s good to be alive"