1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Jamie Boy recorded by Kay Starr with Hugo Winterhalter’s Orchestra and Chorus
Written by Joe Shapiro and Lou Stallman Introduced April 20, 1957, on RCA Victor records #6864
Kay Starr’s successful three-decade recording career began and ended at Capitol Records, but between 1955 and 1959, she recorded Rock and Roll Waltz, My Heart Reminds Me, and the exciting and dynamic Jamie Boy at RCA. (My) Jamie Boy is a uniquely constructed, fast paced recording with an energetic chorus chanting ‘by-by-ou-bop’ while Kay Starr’s crystal clear voice asks Jamie Boy why he is walking all alone, unaware that she is longing for him. It was a fresh and beguiling song, but even with its propulsive arrangement, Kay Starr’s Jamie Boy (walking by the water) did not make much of a splash—never breaking into the top-fifty. Born on an Indian reservation in Oklahoma, Kay Starr sang with big bands before launching a solo career. She signed with Capitol records and in 1950 struck back-to-back gold with Bonaparte’s Retreat and Hoop-Dee-Doo then followed with her era-defining Wheel of Fortune, a brassy slice of 50s adult pop. She also scored with Side by Side, Half a Photograph and If you Love Me (Really Love Me). But it was at RCA Victor records where she capitalized on the ‘rock fad’ with her 1955 novelty Rock and Roll Waltz.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"It is I who is eager to walk with you, and I’m eager to talk with you; I want you so"