Natalie Cole - Almost Like Being In Love - Video: Vadim Shinnick.
Songs I Love
Before Cliff Richard:
This article came about when I was searching for Natalie Cole's songs on You Tube. She had passed away on the last day of 2015 and I chanced upon her singing, Almost Like Being In Love, a personal favourite.
It is a 1947 song and a lovely one at that. What with Tan Swee Leong's death on the 18th December, just days before hers, I thought of our vulnerability and how fragile we mortals are. These professionals reminded me too of the unique heritage they have left behind as entertainers.
Not the usual Top Hit List, as many of the titles are unheard of these days and the songs are presented as they come to my head. But some are not that obsolete since they were popular during the 1950's but came a little before The Young Ones. A couple of singers are still around. Twenty songs should be sufficient but it is my own compilation and personal favourites.
Pop Songs Unfamiliar Today: Sung by 50's Legends
Almost Like Being In Love - Frank Sinatra - 1947
Chee Chee Ooh Chee - Dean Martin - 1955
Money Burns A Hole In My Pocket - Dean Martin - 1954
Lay Down Your Arms - Anne Shelton - 1956
Where Will The Dimple Be? - Rosemary Clooney - 1955
Green Door - Jim Lowe - 1956
Hana Ko San - Miyoshi Umeki - 1940's to 1950's
I'm Hans Christian Andersen - Danny Kaye - 1952
Thumbelina - Danny Kaye or Dean Martin - 1952*
Around The Corner - Jo Stafford - 1952
'A' You're Adorable - Perry Como - 1948**
Ivory Tower - Gale Storm - 1956
Dark Moon - Gale Storm - 1957
Fire Down Below - Jeri Southern - 1957
Baby Let's House - Elvis Presley - 1955***
Any Place Is Paradise - Elvis Presley - 1956
Majorca Isle of Love - Petula Clark - 1955
Imitation of Life - Earl Grant - 1959
The Girl Can't Help It - Little Richard - 1956
None of these songs have been covered and recorded by our local vocal or band groups. Are they still being played on Singapore's English radio today?
Do you have some songs to add to the list?
*A song I teach my grandchildren.
**Tan Swee Leong usually sings this song to entertain. It was one I heard from him when we were gathered at a party at Grandma Mary's home.
***Lost the precious 78rpm piece which would cost some today. The mumbling Elvis and echo plays are killers!
Part 2 will come on soon. That's when I document songs recorded by our own local bands but unheard of today.
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