1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Tab Hunter (born July 11, 1931)
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Young Love 1957
This was the only top-ten hit recording for Tab Hunter.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1957-1959 Record Labels: Dot & Warner Brothers
Born Arthur Andrew Kelm* in New York City, sportsman turned actor, Tab Hunter, became one of Hollywood’s blond-haired, blue-eyed golden boys. His first starring role, at 19, was opposite Linda Darnell in the romantic South Seas adventure ‘Island of Desire.’ An instant success, he went on to star in over 50 films including ‘Battle Cry,’ ‘The Pleasure of His Company,’ ‘Ride the Wild Surf,’ and the Academy Award-nominated ‘Damn Yankees.’ His leading ladies included Sophia Loren, Natalie Wood, Gwen Verdon, Rita Hayworth, Lana Turner, and Debbie Reynolds. The popular film star appeared on hundreds of TV shows and starred on Broadway in Tennessee Williams’s ‘The Milk Train Doesn’t Stop Here Anymore’ with Tallulah Bankhead. Never really known as a singer, Tab Hunter’s version of Young Love was a cover of the original by country singer/songwriter Sonny James. The song, also covered by the Crew-Cuts in 1957, became the only #1 hit for movie star Tab Hunter.
*His last name was changed to Gelien when his mother divorced.