1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Morningside of the Mountain recorded by Tommy Edwards with orchestra conducted by Leroy Holmes
Written by Dick Manning and Larry Stock Original version introduced on July 28, 1951, on MGM records #10989 Second version introduced on March 2, 1959, on MGM records #12757
Tommy Edwards, one of the few mainstream black recording artists in the fifties, embraced the mellow style of Johnny Mathis and Nat King Cole. Morningside of the Mountain was a tale of star-crossed lovers, separated by geography—She, on the morning side of the mountain; He, on the twilight side of the hill—they never met and never kissed. A soft and soothing voice, a lush arrangement, a light beat, a humming “ba-ba-ba” chorus, and a clever lyric was not enough to make it a big hit. Tommy Edwards’ original version of the song was released in 1951 and never made the top-twenty, he released it again in 1959 and again it didn’t make the top-twenty.
Tommy Edwards began performing at age nine and first recorded for Top Records in 1949 at age 27. This popular singer, songwriter, and composer had a #1 hit in 1958 with a new version of his 1951 recording It’s All in the Game. His last top 40 hit recording was My Melancholy Baby in 1959 and his last chart recording was It’s Not The End of Everything in 1960.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"She lived on the morning side of the mountain; he lived on the twilight side of the hill. You and I are just like they, for all we know our love is just a kiss away"