1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Mr. Wonderful recorded by Sarah Vaughan with Hugo Peretti and his Orchestra
Written by Larry Holofcener, Jerry Bock, and George Weiss Introduced February 11, 1956, on Mercury records #70777
Swinging, sassy Sarah Vaughn resorts to no tricks to create popular hits like Make Yourself Comfortable, Whatever Lola Wants, and Broken-Hearted Melody. With her phenomenal voice and impeccable taste she brings a unique intimate sound to her recording of Mr. Wonderful (That’s You). The why-this-feeling, why-this-glow song from the Sammy Davis, Jr. Broadway musical ‘Mr. Wonderful’ never reached the top-ten for Sarah Vaughn, nor Peggy Lee, nor Teddi King who all recorded it in 1956. Hugo Peretti’s grand background on this recording singularly suited her attitude and technique. Considered the epitome of the musician’s singer, Sarah Vaughan is one of the most technically accomplished singers in the world. Dubbed ‘The Divine One’ with her perfectly controlled vibrato and expressive abilities, she sang in the 40s with Earl Hines, Billy Eckstine, and Dizzy Gillespie. A jazz
derived popular artist, Sarah Vaughn, dubbed ‘Sass,’ could infuse art
into any song. a jazz derived popular artist, Sarah Vaughn, dubbed ‘Sass,’ could infuse art into any song while the grand backgrounds and unique tunes assigned to her singularly suited her attitude and technique.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Why this feeling; why this glow; why the thrill when you say ‘hello’"