1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Famous EASY-POP hit single during the 50s: Kiss of Fire 1952
Toni Arden also had hits withI Can Dream Can’t Iin 1949, Too Youngin 1951, I’m Yours in 1952, and Padre in 1958.
Recording career with hits on the charts: 1949-1958 Record Labels: Columbia, Decca
Antoinette Aroizzone, often described as a ‘little girl with a big voice,’ grew up in Jackson Heights, Queens, New York. Her father sang with New York’s Metropolitan Opera. Instead of following in his footsteps, she chose to sing with the big bands, joining Al Trace in 1945 and performing with piano-playing band leader Joe Reichman in 1946. She made her first big impression performing on the bill at New York’s Copacabana nightclub with Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis. She performed with Bing Crosby on his radio show and with Jimmy Durante on his TV show. In 1949, an appearance on Ed Sullivan’s ‘Toast of the Town’ got her a recording contract with Columbia Records. The intensity of her 1952 version of Kiss of Fire, a tune based on an Argentine tango and backed by Percy Faith’s orchestra, rivaled Georgia Gibbs #1 version and Tony Martin’s #6 version, but placed just below the top-ten. She moved to Decca Records where she recorded her million-selling record Padre in 1958. Later in the decade Toni Arden recorded albums of Italian melodies.