1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
My Little Angel recorded by the Four Lads with Ray Ellis and his Orchestra
Written by Dazz Jordan and Gordon Charles Recorded on February 29, 1956, on Columbia records #40674
The Four Lads had huge top-ten hits in the fifties with Skokiaan,Moments to Remember, No, Not Much!, Standing on the Corner, Who Needs You, Put a Light in the Window, and There’s Only One of You, but inexplicably one of their best recordings, My Little Angel, never made it into the top-twenty. Lead tenor Bernie Toorish, under the pseudonym Dazz Jordan, co-wrote this she-must-be-an-angel/there-is-heaven-in-her-eyes song for his wife, Angela Tabor. With its lush orchestral arrangement, fanfares of trumpets, and angelic singers in the background, My Little Angel (will walk down the aisle as my bride), had a bright, melodic, sentimental, and uncomplicated sound. The Four Lads, Bernie Toorish (lead tenor), James Arnold (second tenor), Frank Busseri (baritone), and Connie Codarini (bass) arrived in the US from Canada in April 1950—you can hear the distinctive Canadian burr in some of their songs. They had perfect pitch and their sound, with an overlay of vibrato on the long notes, was polished, delightful—classic fifties group harmony.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Fanfares of trumpets may not blow just to show she’s divine… She must be an angel, there’s heaven in her eyes."