1950s EASY-POP Songs and Singers...on the verge of Rock 'n Roll
Who'll Be My Judge recorded by Joan Weber with orchestra and chorus conducted by Jimmy Carroll
Written by Hal Gordon and Guy Wood Introduced February 3, 1957, on Columbia records #40898
A fantastic yet seldom-heard recording, Who’ll Be My Judge, should have been a smash hit, but Joan Weber was giving birth to a baby daughter at the time and was unable to promote her career. Joan Weber in Who’ll Be My Judge (much like Joni James in her recording of How Important Can It Be) chastises her classmate critics. She wants to know who has the right to “cast the first stone” as she questions “whose life is pure?” and “whose conscience is clear?” She reminds her boyfriend that only angels never do wrong, and while his friends tell him to leave her, he shouldn’t listen to them. Neither Who’ll Be My Judge nor any of her dozen or so follow-up recordings could match the success of her single hit Let Me Go Lover and Mitch Miller, the head of A&R at Columbia Records did not renew her contract. Her recording of Let Me Go Lover was her only hit.
Quintessential Fifties lyric:
"Now They tell you to leave me, but don't listen to them for what right do they have to judge and comdemn"