1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Jilted recorded by Teresa Brewer with orchestra conducted by Jack Pleis
Written by Robert Colby and Dick Manning Introduced April 24, 1954, on Coral records #61152
Typically Teresa Brewer—coquettish and bouncy—Jilted, parlays a very fifties expression into a very catchy song. On fast and breezy recordings like her big hit Ricochet in 1953, her You’ll Never Get Away duet with Don Cornell, and here again in Jilted she displays her wide vocal range and simple, carefree, but controlled high pitch clips. The technique is employed most effectively in Jilted on her piercing snip of the word ‘hot’ in the phrase “even though our HOT romance has wilted.” According to this jaunty recording, she’s been jilted, but claims that two can play that game as well as one and now she’s happy that he jilted her. It is every bit as good as her earlier #1 hits Music, Music, Music, recorded when she was barely 19 years old, Till I Waltz Again with You, and Ricochet, but the song did not break into the top-five for ‘sweet old fashioned girl’ Teresa Brewer; neither did two of her other lively, up-tempo recordings, Bell-Bottom Blues and Silver Dollar. In 1951, her producer suggested Ricochet, she didn’t care for the song and was dissatisfied with her recording, but it became one of her biggest hits. Emerging as an exuberant jazz singer in the 70s, she swings with a loose and easy fervor on her recordings with Count Basie, Duke Ellington, Earl Hines and Clark Terry.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Thanks for the favor, baby you’re a real life-saver, I’m happy that you jilted me"