1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Lay Down Your Arms recorded by Chordettes Written by Leon Land, Ake Gerhard (Swedish lyrics), and Paddy Roberts (English lyrics)
Introduced September 29, 1956, on Cadence records #1299
Between their top-ten recordings of Mr. Sandman in 1954 and the pop music classic Lollypop in 1958, the Chordettes, with their characteristic close, smooth harmony, and full round-like arrangements, recorded Lay Down Your Arms (and Surrender to Mine). This march-at-the-double-down-lover’s-lane recording included all the bounce, zest, and lively harmonizing that makes the Chordettes one of the most famous and renowned girl groups in fifties music history. However, this record with its clever soldier-boy theme and lively military-inspired arrangement, never managed to climb above sixteenth place in the charts. The original Swedish title of Lay Down Your Arms was Ann-Caroline. The Chordettes, made up of Janet Ertel (bass), Carol Buschman (baritone), Lynn Evans (lead singer), and Margie Needham (tenor) all from Sheboygan, Wisconsin. From the beginning, the group stood apart from other ‘girl’ barbershop quartets in that they had a true bass singer—petit Janet Ertel—and a skilled arranger, Archie Bleyer, Janet Ertel’s husband.. She married bandleader and Cadence records owner Archie Bleyer in 1954, shortly after they both left the Arthur Godfrey show.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Come to the station, jump from the train, march at the double down lovers’ lane then in the glen where the roses entwine lay down your arms and surrender to mine"