1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Learning to Love recorded by Peggy King with Jimmy Carroll and his Orchestra
Written by John Harper Introduced November 12, 1955, on Columbia records #4-40562
The breathtaking pace and driving beat of Learning to Love was a departure from the traditional standards associated with Peggy King. The striking arrangement begins with a hollow-body electric jazz guitar setting the tone for the recording. Learning to Love (Be Kind to Me) should have been a smash hit. The juxtaposition of a very fifties lyric, the jazz/rock arrangement, and Peggy King’s vibrant voice came together in this unique record that, unfortunately, never even made it into the top fifty when it was released. In 1952, Peggy King was signed to a film contract at MGM where an attempt to groom her as ‘the next Judy Garland’ failed to catch fire. She fared better on television, where a slot on self-effacing comedian, George Gobel’s variety show earned her an Emmy nomination in 1955. He labeled her ‘pretty, perky, Peggy King.’ A popular Hunt’s tomato sauce jingle led to a contract with Columbia, where she scored her biggest solo success, Make Yourself Comfortable early in 1955. Both Downbeat and Billboard magazines selected her as the Best New Singer of 1955-56.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Be kind to me, please take it slow, for this is my first time, you know"