1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
When recorded by the Kalin Twins Written by Jack Reardon and Paul Evans Introduced June 23, 1958, on Decca records #30642
Catchy right from the first note, When jumps off with clicking percussion and snapping fingers that introduce the two-part harmony and unique blend of the Kalin Twins, Herb and Hal. The arrangement includes a rich orchestra and chorus and their unexpected pauses between the repetitious first two words of each refrain “When (pause) when you smile” and “Well (pause) well I know” and again with “I (pause) I don’t want” and “If (pause) if you will.” When was the Kalin’s first and only popular song. It never made it to the top of the charts but it did manage to climb up to 5th position in 1958. Hal and Herb Kalin, who are really twins, were born in 1939 and raised in Port Jervis, New York. Success in school shows prompted the bothers to go on the road on the nightclub circuit for several years until they were eventually discovered by Decca records in 1957. Their effect on the evolution of POP music was acknowledged when the Rolling Stones paid tribute to the Kalins’ unique two-part harmony on one of their LPs.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"When…when you smile, when you smile at me. Well…well I know, our love will always be."