1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Margaret Whiting (born July 22, 1924)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Moonlight in Vermont 1954
Margaret Whiting also had hits with A Tree in the Meadow and Far Away Places in 1948, Slippin’ Around in 1949, A Bushel and a Peck and Blind Date in 1950, Good Morning Mr. Echo in 1951, and The Money Tree in 1956.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1946 -1967 Record Label: Capitol
Born in Detroit and raised in Hollywood, ‘Maggie’ Whiting was the sister of actress/singer Barbara Whiting. Their father, successful songwriter Richard A. Whiting, author of On the Good Ship Lollipop,Till We Meet Again, and Ain’t We Got Fun, worked for popular songwriter Johnny Mercer. In 1942, when Johnny Mercer and two partners launched Capitol Records, teen-aged Margaret Whiting was the first artist to be engaged. Capitol’s arranger/conductor Paul Weston was particularly successful working with female singers and between 1946 and 1954 she recorded more than 40 hit singles. Following her #1 pairing with country & western film star Jimmy Wakely in 1949 on Slippin Around, she recorded two more hit duets with him in 1950: A Bushel and a Peck and Broken Down Merry-Go-Round. Later that year, she teamed with Bob Hope on the novelty hit Blind Date. On her 1954 recording of Moonlight in Vermont she was accompanied by her husband Joe ‘Fingers’ Carr. It was a remake of her 1945 classic.