1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
I Understand recorded by June Valli with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra and Chorus Written by Pat Best Introduced, June 12, 1954, on RCA Victor records #5740
As church bells peel and the chorus chimes “bumm, bumm, bumm” a most understanding June Valli can’t bear to watch her love walk away. Hugo Winterhalter’s arrangement conjures up a church-like ambiance to accompany this desperate plea from a woman rejected, but not ready to give up on her man if he would change his mind and come back to her. With all it had going for it in 1954, I Understand did not find the popularity of her surprisingly similar 1953 recording Crying In The Chapel. In 1958, in still another church setting, June Valli’s recording of The Wedding placed 43rd on the charts. June Valli’s version of I Understand was a cover of the original recording by the R&B group the Four Tunes. The G-Clefs recorded I Understand in 1961 as did Freddie & the Dreamers in 1965. June Valli was born in 1930 in the Bronx, New York. She got her start by winning on Arthur Godfrey’s ‘Talent Scouts’ TV program. She married Chicago disc jockey Howard Miller.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"If you ever, change your mind, come back to me, and you will find me waiting there, at your command, I understand"