I never liked Sonny James' version, which came earlier, preferring Hunter's deep, smooth and soothing voice. Hunter died three days short of his 87th birthday, on 8 July 2018.
Together with Bobby Darin (Mack The Knife); Frankie Avalon (Why?); Sal Mineo (Start Movin') and Pat Boone (Why Baby Why?) the 1950's ended with a big, loud bang. Pop music was different then. It had style, class and cool cats on the microphone. Like the macho guys then, Hunter was one of them.
In an autobiography, Tab Hunter, Confidential, The Making of a Movie Star (2005), he revealed that he was gay and had a relationship with actor Anthony Perkins (Psycho) and others. In 2015, the book was later made into a successful documentary.
Young days, young love. RIP Mr Tab Hunter.
Larry Lai's Comment:
"Tab Hunter's version, along with Sonny James', was the most requested. Which was your favourite? That's hard to say. Tab had star power over Sonny."
Image: A Private Collection; Google.