1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
There Goes My Heart recorded by Joni James arranged by Chuck Sagle with orchestra conducted by Tony Aquaviva
Written by Abner Silver and Benny Davis Introduced September 15, 1958, on MGM records #12706
This plaintive, yet lilting, lament is full of orchestral crescendos as a broken-hearted Joni James sighs “There goes the one I love and here am I.” The arrangement is topped off with ‘ah, ah, ahs’ from background singers completing the musical there-goes-the-boy-I-was-not-worthy-of mood. One of her best recordings, There Goes My Heart, displays a glimpse of Joni James’ vocal range with her spectacular flourish on the last line “there goes my heart.” Inexplicably, it barely made it into the top-twenty on the charts. Years earlier, bandleader Enric Madriguera had a 1934 hit version of There Goes My Heart and in the 50s Nat King Cole also recorded it. Joni James was born Joan Carmello Babbo in Chicago. She signed with MGM records and became an overnight sensation when her #1 hit song Why Don’t You Believe Me was released in 1952 and stayed on top of the charts for six weeks. Other huge hits included Have You Heard which peaked at #4 in 1953; and How Important Can It Be? that reached #2 in 1955. Her last top ten hit You Are My Love was released in 1955.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"There goes the one I love, there goes the boy I wasn’t worthy of"