1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Pearl ‘Pearlie Mae’ Bailey (born March 29, 1918)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Takes Two to Tango 1952
This was the only top-ten hit recording for Pearl Bailey.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1952 Record Label: Coral
Vocalist, movie and stage actress, Pearl Bailey, the daughter of a minister, was born in Newport News, Virginia. An irrepressible show business personality, she won a singing contest at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in 1938 and was featured with big bands led by Cab Calloway and Cootie Williams. In 1946, she gave an award-winning performance in the Broadway musical ‘St. Louis Woman.’ Her move from Columbia Records, where she recorded duets with Frank Sinatra, to Coral Records resulted in her brassy hit Takes Two to Tango where Pearlie Mae’s irreverent personality, sultry style, and irascible spirit come across. In 1952, she married jazz drummer Louis Bellson. Beginning with her role as a fortune-teller in ‘Carmen Jones’ in 1954, she appeared in films and stage shows, including ‘Hello Dolly’ in 1967. She hosted her own television variety show in 1970. Pearl Bailey died in 1990.