1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Ten Phenomenal-but-Unfamiliar Songs from Movies:
April in Paris Doris Day 1952 One of Doris Day’s best songs is from one of her weakest films, ‘April in Paris.’ It also featured her lively production number I’m Gonna Ring the Bell Tonight.
Breezin’ Along with the Breeze Lucille Ball & Desi Arnez 1954 This is the bright and peppy Lucy & Desi honeymoon duet from their hit comedy film ‘The Long, Long Trailer.’
Heat Wave Marilyn Monroe 1954 The sensual Heat Wave and the suggestive After You Get What You Want, You Don’t Want It were both from ‘There’s No Business Like Show Business.’ Ironically, Dolores Gray performed Marilyn Monroe’s songs on the soundtrack album, due to contractual obligations.
Here’s What I’m Here For Judy Garland 1954 Judy Garland displays just the right lightness in Here’s What I’m Here For, sometimes cut from shorter versions of her triumphant film ‘A Star Is Born.’
Lonesome Polecat Russ Tamblyn and ensemble 1954 The brothers swing axes to punctuate Lonesome Polecat from MGM’s rousing ‘Seven Brides for Seven Brothers.’ The McGuire Sisters and Freddy Martin also recorded the song.
(The) Night They Invented Champagne Leslie Caron 1958 Leslie Caron is joined by Louis Jourdan and Hermione Gingold in this sparkling highlight from Learner and Lowe’s enchanting ‘Gigi.’
No Two People Danny Kaye & Jeanmaire 1952 From the Samuel Goldwyn classic extravaganza ‘Hans Christian Anderson.’
Someday Soon Eddie Fisher 1956 With the lilt in his voice, Eddie Fisher belts out Someday Soon in his first film, ‘Bundle of Joy,’ opposite his wife, Debbie Reynolds.
True Love Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly 1956 Aided by a concertina and a fair wind, Bing Crosby sings True Love to a rapt Grace Kelly in ‘High Society,’ the film that also includes Frank Sinatra’s rarely heard Mind If I Make Love to You and You’re Sensational. You, My Love Frank Sinatra 1955 An engaging, happy, but shy performance from the film ‘Young At Heart.’
In addition to classical music and ‘concept’ albums, the 33 1/3 LPs invited recordings of entire scores from Broadway shows featuring the cast recreating their original live performances. There were also great songs from Hollywood musical films and the resulting ‘Soundtrack’ albums were another source of popular selling 33 1/3 LPs. Some overlooked EASY-POP songs are from popular films and some are from less-than-successful films.