1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Mostly Martha recorded by the Crew-Cuts with David Carroll’s Orchestra
Written by Dorcas Cochran and Ralph Sterling Introduced December 24, 1955, on Mercury records #70741
In 1955, the underrated Crew-Cuts strayed from recording R&B covers to record Mostly Martha, a fifties set of lyrics grafted onto the classic aria M’appari tutt’ amor from German composer Friedrich von Flotow’s opera ‘Martha.’ In this unique, should-have-been-a-smash-hit song with a fifties beat and imagery—they can forget other girls, but will live to regret Mostly Martha. The orchestra gets off to a rousing start, the Crew-Cuts energetic vocal harmony is at its best, and the finger-snapping arrangement is innovative, but it didn’t manage to break into the top-twenty. It was the ‘B’ side of Angels in the Sky that did reach #11 on the charts. This vocal group from Toronto, Canada included Johnnie Perkins (lead on the rhythm numbers), his brother Ray Perkins (bass), Pat Barrett (tenor) and Rudi Maugeri (lead on the ballads, baritone, and musical arranger for the group). The group formed in 1952, placed several recordings on the pop charts. The Crew-Cuts remain best known for their ‘cover’ versions of doo-wop and R&B songs Sh-Boom and Earth Angel.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Other girls I have met I can fete and then forget but I know I will live to regret mostly Martha"