1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Look for a Star recorded by Garry Mills
with orchestra conducted by Muir Mathieson
Written by Mark Anthony (also known as Tony Hatch) Introduced June 20, 1960 on Imperial records #5674
(also recorded by Garry Miles aka Buzz Cason)
The rippling arrangement in Look for a Star sets up Garry Mills’ smooth and easy, almost non-descript, tenor vocal. Only the flourish at the end of each refrain “someone to love” where the word ‘love’ becomes the lilting, three syllable word ‘luh-uh-uhv’ gives any personal touch to the lyrics. Look for a Star (Where there’s a friend waiting to guide you) was featured in American International Pictures’ suspense film ‘Circus of Horrors’ and sung as background music during a circus rope ballet. This fascinating record never made it into the top-twenty for original British artist Garry Mills. A second, nearly identical, version of Look for a Star by similarly-named Garry Miles, and released on London records #HLG9155 or Liberty #55261 on the same date as the Garry Mills version, reached 16th place. Garry Miles was a contrived name for singer/songwriter Buzz Cason who, in 1967, co-wrote the #1 hit Everlasting Love. Both Garry Mills and Garry Miles were ‘one-hit-wonders’ never releasing another successful record.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"A rich man, a poor man, a beggar, no matter whoever you are there’s a friend whose waiting to guide you… look for a star"