1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Padre recorded by Toni Arden with chorus and orchestra directed by Jack Pleis
Written by Alain Romans and Paul Francis Webster Recorded on May 26, 1958, on Decca records #30628
While there were dozens of lost-love songs throughout the fifties, very possibly the best recording in the genre was Toni Arden’s first release at Decca records, Padre. Having lost her lover to another woman “with golden eyes and honeyed lies” a distraught Toni Arden, who now finds solace only in prayer, “wondering where love has flown, counting her beads alone,” gives us a heart rending version of the break-up of her marriage. Her desperate question to the padre “What happened to our love?” never made it into the top-ten in the charts. Padre is much in the same vein as June Valli’s Crying in the Chapel, Miss Toni Fisher’s The Big Hurt, Patti Page’s I Went to Your Wedding, Debbie Reynold’s Am I That Easy to Forget, Johnnie Ray’s Cry, Joni James’ Have You Heard, Teresa Brewer’s A Tear Fell, Eddie Fisher’s I’m Walking Behind You, and Rosemary Clooney’s Half as Much. Toni Arden, a little girl with a big voice, whose father sang with New York’s Metropolitan Opera, was born Antoinette Arozzone. A well-received turn on Ed Sullivan’s popular ‘Toast of the Town’ broadcast helped her secure a recording contract with Columbia records. Toni Arden is best known for her intensely dramatic version of Kiss of Fire in 1952. She excelled at material with an international flavor including Kiss of Fire which was based on an Argentine tango, and later in the decade she made superb albums of Italian melodies.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Wondering where love has flown, counting my beads alone"