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"50 Of The Most Loved Records Of Your Life"
© The Beautiful
Year of Release: 1984
"Peg O' My Heart"--
"Now Is The Hour"--
"I'll Never Fall
In Love Again"--
Nat King Cole
Mean A Lot"--
"Love Is A Many
The Four Aces
"Melody Of Love"--
"To Each His Own"--
The Ink Spots
"I Remember You"--
"Moonlight In Vermont"--
"La Vie En Rose"--
"Kiss Of Fire"--
"Return To Me"--
"My Special Angel"--
"You Always Hurt
The Mills Brothers
"Vaya Con Dios"--
Les Paul &
"Till I Waltz Again
The Four Lads
"The Three Bells"--
In The Rain"--
"Make The World
"Somewhere My Love"--
Ray Conniff Singers
"Beyond The Sea"--
"You You You"--
The Ames Brothers
"Roses Are Red
"He'll Have To Go"--
"Because Of You"--
The Three Suns
"You Belong To Me"--
"It's Just A Matter
"Everything I Have
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For those of you 50 years and over, these songs (or most of them) should be available in your memory brains of music. And, for those who do, your parents
most likely introduced you to these songs. Most of these loved songs were #1 hits, before the birth of Rock & Roll. Basically all of these songs would be renamed
as "Easy Listening." And that title does fit, as they are now loud, raunchy, and having suggested lyrics as Rock & Roll would become and beyond.
The Beautiful Music Company label (I'm sure you've heard of them, most likely not) compiled a great 2-disc set of 50 Of The Most Loved Songs Of Your Life,
(1984). Practically every song, and close to it, were those I remembered as I was growing up. As mentioned, most of them were #1 hits. Those that weren't and
of those, were well remembered. And just a small handful of those I didn't remember, either the songs themselves and/or the artists who recorded them. And,
there were those artists I definitely knew of, but the songs they recorded were not.
Let's start with those "not-so-remembered" songs... Starting at the beginning, there's Bing Crosby's "Now Is The Hour." Yes, who didn't know of
Bing Crosby, the singer, the movie actor, the child abuser, oops. "Now Is The Hour" was a song that wasn't one of his most-remembered hits. Maybe his
"SWinging On A Star" would have been a better song for this collection. At the time, Tom Jones' "I'll Never Fall In Love Again" wasn't a song I
immediately knew. However, it was a #1 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart (another name that most of these songs would fall under). And after hearing this
Tom Jones hit, it would be included as a great song in his other well-known hits, such as "Delilah," "The Green Green Grass Of Home," "It's Not Unusual,"
"What's New Pussycat," the list goes on of his...
Billy Vaughn - his name was well-known to me, as I did know of some of his music. "Melody Of Love" was not one of those remembered from my memory,
but it is a beautiful song. And another one that wasn't remembered by it's name and artist, Frank Ifield's "I Remember You" was one of those "Oh! I know
that tune!" It's one of those yodeler tunes, and I had always thought that another well-known yodeler had recorded this song, his name was Slim Whitman.
Margaret Whiting is another well-known artist, having a #1 hits such as "A Tree In The Meadow" (Pop) and "Slipping Around" (County, with Jimmy
Wakely). Margaret Whting's "Moonlight In Vermont" version was a well-known song by its title, as I remembered it decades later, of Willie Nelson's version.
This is the same case with Al Hibbler's "Unchained Melody" -- a well-known song (by the Righteous Brothers), but Al Hibbler was not a common name.
(The Righteous Brothers version would have definitely been the better choice.)
Art Mooney -- he had a #1 hit with "I'm Looking Over A Four Leaf Clover." His "Bluebird Of Happiness" was not only a not-so-well-known song,
his name was also not remembered. But, his #1 hit song was a well-known song in my memory, by another artist, who I can't remember who recorded it. And, the
"Bluebird Of Happiness" song was another, that I had never heard of. "Kiss Of Fire" by Georgia Gibbs -- yes, the song well remembered, but Gibbs'
name was not. Sometimes I get this song confused with Perry Como's Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes." Both these songs have just a slight resemblance.
The Four Lads -- I knew of some of their well-known songs, such as "Standing On The Corner," "The Mocking Bird," and "Istanbul (Not Comstantinople)"
"Moments To Remember" is another one of those songs, that if not well-remembered, it should be. It is another great classic song from the pre-Rock era.
"Tenderly" is another great song, yet I remembered it by Ray Anthony (instrumental version). Rosemary Clooney, a well-known singer in my knowledge, yet her
version of "Tenderly", not remembered. The same for Ray Price's "Crazy Arms." Well-known artist, from his 1970s Country hits, but not the song.
His voice is so different from his early years. "Crazy Arms" by Price was one of his #1 Country hits in his career. Eddie Fisher -- another well-known
artist, yet "Anytime" was best remembered by Eddy Arnold. "Oh My Papa," "I'm Walking Behind You" and "I Need You Now" were Fisher's #1 hits,
yet I remember his other hits having the 45s -- the rocking "Dungaree Doll" and the easy listener, "Turn Back The Hands Of Time." Frankie Laine was
another great singer I remember, yet "I Believe" wasn't on my brain, yet I did known these hits by him - "Moonlight Gambler," "That Lucky Old Sun,"
The Ames Brothers -- no knowledge of their music while I was growing up; their "You, You, You" is in this collection. "Twlight Time" - a
well-known song by the Platters I remember, yet the version here, is by The Three Suns, another group I had no knowledge of. They would have a #1 album,
Busy Fingers, and they were an instrumental group. And, rounding out the "no knowledge of" and those "not-so-remembered" songs, is Billy Eckstine. His
"Everything I Have Is Yours" is in this collection. He has the early pre-rock crooner style on this song, and with a good voice. He was more popular in
Jazz music, as he was also a band leader. It would be interesting to hear more of him. (I did see a CD of his at a Goodwill store (Once More With Feeling).
But, unfortunately, the CD inside was missing.) I looked up this album, as it was from 1960. It was an album of re-recordings of Erckstine's hits and film theme
songs. I wouldn't have known if these were originals; the original recordings are the finest. (And to mention, all of the recordings on this 50 Of The Most Loved
Songs Of Your Life are all original recordings.)
Now then, the remaining songs are the ones well-remembered... These songs all reached #1 (Pop): "Peg O' My Heart" by The Harmonicats, "Auf
Wiedersehn, Sweetheart" by Vera Lynn, "Too Young" by Nat King Cole, "Little Things Mean A Lot" by Kitty Kallen, "Tennessee Waltz" by
Patti Page, "Love Is A Many Splendored Thing" by The Four Aces, "To Each His Own" by The Ink Spots, "You Always Hurt The One You Love" by The
Mills Brothers, "Vaya Con Dios" by Les Paul & Mary Ford, "Till I Waltz Again With You" by Teresa Brewer, "The Three Bells" by The Browns,
"Heartaches By The Number" by Guy Mitchell, "Secret Love" by Doris Day, "Roses Are Red (My Love)" by Bobby Vinton, "Because Of You" by
Tony Bennett, "You Belong To Me" by Jo Stafford, "You're Breaking My Heart" by Vic Damone, "Autumn Leaves" by Roger Williams, "Goodnight
Irene" by Gordon Jenkins.
And for these, I'm sure for others who remembered them as I did: "Release Me" by Engelbert Humperdinck (amazing this song did not hit #1; in fact, he
never had a #1 hit on the Pop chart. Neither did Tom Jones). "Spanish Eyes" by Al Martino (another one that didn't hit #1, although he only had one:
"Here In My Heart.") He was an artist introduced to me by my Mom, having quite a few of his 45s. "Only You" by The Platters (they had a total of
three #1's, "Only You" was NOT one of them). "La Vie En Rose" by Edith Piaf - She was the main reason why I got this CD. I had heard of her name,
but not of her music. I wasn't disappointed. "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino (wow, a song from the Rock & Roll era! And, another Rock artist who never
had a #1 hit. "Return To Me" by Dean Martin (one of his many hits, and one of my personal favorites by him, and having the 45). "My Special Angel" by
Bobby Helms (known more for his Christmas hit "Jingle Bell Rock."), "My Special Angel" is another classic. "Just Walkin' In The Rain" by Johnnie
Ray (he was one of my favorite, favorite artists from the pre-Rock era, and having 45s of him. This was one of them, and another artist, thanks to my Mom).
"Make The World Go Away" by Eddy Arnold (another #1 Country classic) "Somewhere My Love" by the Ray Conniff Singers (song from Dr. Zhivago), "Beyond
The Sea" by Bobby Darin (and, another favorite, favorite artist of mine). Bobby was an inspiration to be, to become a singer at an early age. "Chance Are"
by Johnny Mathis (another artist, who never had a #1 hit of his own, other than a duet with Deneice Williams). "He'll Have To Go" by Jim Reeves (another #1
Country classic). "Fascination" by Jane Morgan (a song that was introduced to me by my Mom, and playing this song on keyboards when I was first learning).
"It's Just A Matter Of Time" by Brook Benton (another great artist).
50 Of The Most Loved Songs Of Your Life is a great collection to introduce yourselves to what great music was, 1940s and 1950s. These songs were
basically before Rock & Roll hit it big. Some artists from this collection would be part of the early Rock & Roll era. Their music is worth having. Engelbert,
Tom Jones, Johnnie Ray, Bobby Darin, to name a few. And there the obvious choices: Dean Martin, Johnny Mathis, and others worth having in your collection.
For those not remembered, it's interesting to learn of them. Artists such as Al Hibbler and Billy Eckstine. I'm sure there are those who remembered more than
I did, and maybe not. But they're all worth their own, as they recorded the best "loved songs" you would ever hear. This is a great collection. You will not
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