1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Suddenly There's a Valley recorded by Gogi Grant with orchestra conducted by Buddy Bregman
Written by Biff Jones and Chuck Meyer Introduced October 1, 1955, on Era records #1003
Gogi Grant’s early recordings at RCA were unsuccessful, but a move to Era Records yielded better results. An angelic chorus introduces her first Era release and her voice soars to “kiss the falling rain” where “friend-ships never end” in the buoyant and majestic ballad, Suddenly There’s a Valley (Where Hope and Love Begin). Gogi Grant undertook a 28-city tour to promote this beautiful, timeless song that encourages us to try again…even when we feel we can’t. In spite of her tireless promotional efforts, it only rose to #9 on the charts, it did however prompt several less successful cover versions by: Jo Stafford (#13); Julius La Rosa (#20); the Mills Brothers (#45); Patty Andrews (#69); and in England by Petula Clark. Gogi Grant is best known for her atypical, vaguely folk-flavored, hit recording of The Wayward Wind, which knocked Elvis Presley’s Heartbreak Hotel off of the #1 spot in 1956.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"When you've climbed the highest mountain When a cloud holds the sunshine in Suddenly there's a valley Where the earth knows peace with man"