1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Julie London (born September 26, 1926)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Cry Me a River 1955
This was the only top-ten hit recording for Julie London.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1955 - 1956 Record Label: Liberty
Born Julie Peck in Santa Rosa, California, she sang as a teenager in a West Coast band, attended Hollywood Professional High School, and after graduation was discovered by talent agent Sue Carol (the wife of actor Alan Ladd) while working as an elevator operator. She appeared in her first film ‘Nabonga’ in 1944. Her first recording was a breathy Cry Me a River written by former high school classmate Arthur Hamilton and performed in the Jayne Mansfield film ‘The Girl Can’t Help It.’ Hollywood DJ Jack Wagner, another former classmate, impressed with her talent, sultry looks, and smoky-voice, promoted her records. In 1955, Julie London married Jack Webb, the star of the ‘Dragnet’ TV series, who produced the film ‘Pete Kelly’s Blues,’ in which Julie appeared. She later married Bobby Troup who moved her to the Liberty label where she recorded more than 30 albums. She played Dixie McCall in the 70s TV series ‘Emergency!’ produced by ex-husband Jack Webb.