1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Now That I'm in Love recorded by Patti Page with orchestra conducted by Jack Rael
Written by K. C. Rogan (pseudonym for Johnny Burke) Introduced May 16, 1953, on Mercury records #70127
During her meteoric 1948-62 tenure at Mercury records, warm, honey-voiced Patti Page racked up no less than 77 hit records, with 15 of her singles going gold. She defined the decade of earnest, adult pop with her dreamy legato phrasing and her wide range of material. All My Love, I Went to Your Wedding, Old Cape Cod, and The Doggie in the Window, were number one hits. Patti Page’s biggest hit, The Tennessee Waltz, was one of the best-selling singles of all time. However, one of her most exuberant songs Now That I’m in Love (I don’t seem able to pocket my pride) barely made it into the top-twenty and remained on the charts for only two weeks in the spring of 1953. Her Oklahoma accent shines and she is irrepressible capturing all of the giddiness of new love in this catchy recording that starts with a rousing ‘William Tell Overture’ introduction. Now That I’m In Love is a phenomenal, infectious, easy-to-sing-along-with song from the most popular girl singer of the fifties. Born in Oklahoma, and raised in Tulsa, Patti Page remains the best selling female vocalist of all time. After singing briefly with Benny Goodman, her early hits created a stir since they were the first widely heard multi-track vocal recordings. In 1947, Patti Page’s manager/partner Jack Rael came up with the inspired notion of having her seem to sing duets with herself—the first example of overdubbing on a pop record—that many at the time thought was technically impossible. The biggest hit of her career, The Tennessee Waltz, eventually became one of the best-selling singles of all time.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"The one thing I want the most to do… is spend all the rest of my life with you"