1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Joni James (born September 22, 1930)
Famous POP hit single during the 50s: Why Donít You Believe Me 1952
Joni James also had hits with Have You Heard, Your Cheatiní Heart, Almost Always, and My Love, My Love in 1953 and How Important Can It Be? and You Are My Love in 1955.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952-1960 Record Label: MGM Records
Born Joan Carmello Babbo in a poor neighborhood on the Southeast side of Chicago, she studied ballet and drama from age twelve and modeled during high school. In the late 1940ís, she toured Canada as a dancer. In 1952, while appearing in a TV commercial she was spotted by executives at MGM records, signed a contract, recorded Why Donít You Believe Me, and became an overnight sensation. She released an incredible number of hits over the next three years and married her orchestral arranger/conductor Anthony ĎTonyí Aquaviva. Joni James belongs to that elite group of recording artists who have sold over 100 million records worldwide. Like many Americans of Italian descent, Joni James was extremely proud of her ancestry and her Italian album 'Ti Voglio Bene' with some songs in English and some in Italian was unique at the time. She retired in 1964.