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Guy Mitchell was one of the most popular pre-rock 'n' roll vocalists whom to many evokes the last period of America's innocence before the rock 'n' roll revolution. He was also a precursor to the late '50s teen idols as he was the first major recording artist whose career was crafted in the studio, by the record company and sold to the public by the way of records and radio, not concerts. His claim to fame began with his double sided hit 'My Heart Cries ... [MORE]
Bob Merrill was one of popular music's most prolific and popular songwriters who despite being unable to read music wrote more pop hits in the '50s than anyone else. This 2CD set has a whopping 61 tracks featuring a multitude of big name artists such as Tony Martin, Guy Mitchell, Burl Ives, Patti Page, Doris Day and many more! Includes his first big hit and in fact million seller 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake' with Eileen Barton, and the ... [MORE]
Rock 'n' Roll instrumentals enjoyed huge popularity in the late 1950s and here are 25 of the biggest hits, illustrating the kind of discs that made a whole generation of teenagers pick up instruments and start a group. Top Ten hits include, 'Tequila', 'Rebel Rouser' and 'Topsy' and of course 'Honky Tonk' which started the whole trend and became a huge million selling pop and R 'n' B hit! Includes legendary guitarists like Link Wray and Duane Eddy. ... [MORE]
2CD overview of the rise of the American teenage stars containing 50 hits from the UK and US that scored hits and fame in wake of Elvis Presley's international breakthrough. Features the No. 1 hits 'Young Love' - Tab Hunter, 'Love Letters In the Sand' - Pat Boone, 'Diana' - Paul Anka, 'Poor Little Fool' - Ricky Nelson, 'Bird Dog' - The Everly Brothers and 'It's Only Make Believe' - Conway Twitty. Includes many of the most distinctive voices and enduring ... [MORE]
Jackie Wilson was one of the biggest and most influential black R and B performers of the Rock and Roll era and was considered a major influence on the growth of soul music in the '60s. This 25 track selection spans his work chronologically from 1953 - 1958 and includes 8 titles recorded as lead singer of Billy Ward's Dominos with many tracks composed by Motown's Berry Gordy. Includes the hits: 'To be Loved', 'You Better Know It', 'Lonely Teardrops', ... [MORE]
This 2CD collection includes 50 of the most commercially successful vocal group recordings of the fifties and is the perfect overview of this musical genre. Featuring the most famous of all Doo-Wop songs which were pop and/or RB hits between 1954 and 1958. A large proportion of these songs have been given a new lease of life as major pop hits. Amongst these are Dean Martin's, 'The Door Is Still Open To My Heart', Kylie Minogue's 'Tears On My Pillow', The ... [MORE]
Ray Charles was one of the most influential artists of the 20th century and was arguably most responsible for developing soul music over any other artist of his era. This unique 2CD, 50 track compilation covers the A and B sides of Ray's earliest singles and includes influential classics like 'I Got A Woman' and 'Night Time Is The Right Time'. Also featured are the original versions of much recorded songs like 'This Little Girl Of Mine', 'Lonely Avenue' ... [MORE]
Ray Bauduc was a trend setter in traditional jazz circles and Nappy Lamare's vocals were made famous through Bob Crosby's Bobcats plus many other hot recording sessions. Together they formed Riverboat Dandies and worked consistently through the '50s becoming famous in Dixieland circles. Now for the first time on CD Jasmine present the two albums recorded by these two great jazz musicians: Riverboat Dandies and Two Beat Generation. Featuring Bauduc's ... [MORE]
The Four Aces were one of the most successful pre-rock vocal groups rising to fame in the '50s and who's unique sound favoured them to millions. Features the hits and million sellers '(It's No) Sin', 'Tell Me Why', 'Three Coins in the Fountain', 'Love Is a Many Splendored Thing' and more! Despite the plethora of groups who donned the 'Four' moniker this set proves that when all the cards are dealt The Four Aces take all the tricks! [MORE]
Gogi Grant was a major star who appeared at top cabaret venues across America and on many of the major television shows of her era. In 1956 she was voted Most Popular Female Vocalist by Billboard magazine.
Across this 2CD set we focus on her output from the late '50s with the albums 'Gigi', 'Welcome to my Heart', 'Torch Time' and 'Granted - It's Gogi', the later two containing fantastic orchestral backing of Henri René and Johnny Mandel. We also ... [MORE]
Due to the success of our first Eydie Gormé double CD 'Sincerely Yours' Jasmine JASCD 450 and the single CD by her and husband Steve Lawrence 'To You From Us' Jasmine JASCD 493 it was obvious another release was necessary. These CDs feature four of her best selling albums 'Eydie Swings The Blues', 'Eydie Vamps The Roarin' Twenties', 'Eydie In Love' and 'Gormé Sings Showstoppers' on one collection for the first time. [MORE]
Eddy Howard was a mild romantic balladeer and one of the few band leaders of the 1940s to make a successful transition into the '50s, incredibly he charted nearly fifty times! Included are all of his major hit records: 'To Each His Own', '(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons', 'My Adobe Hacienda', 'I Wonder I Wonder I Wonder', 'Ragtime Cowboy Joe', 'Kate', 'Now Is The Hour', 'On A Slow Boat To China', 'Room Full Of Roses', 'To Think You've Chosen Me', ... [MORE]
Nelson Riddle was the most respected arranger - conductor of the 1950s and was largely responsible for the tremendously successful recordings of Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole. Includes his major hits such as 'Lisbon', 'Antigua' and 'Port Au Prince' plus many more. Also featured are several classic tracks and standards plus rare tracks debuting on CD. In addition there are scores of sophisticated arrangements with Bing Crosby, Margaret ... [MORE]
La Rosa was one of the most popular singers of the 1950s, remembered for his appearances on the Arthur Godfrey Show and on radio, television, records, and stage. Including his major hits: 'Anywhere I Wander', 'Eh Cumpari', 'Suddenly There's A Valley', 'Mobile', 'Domani', 'Three Coins In The Fountain' and many American standards. With spectacular arrangements by Joe Reisman, Hugo Winterhalter and Archie Bleyer. This is the definitive La Rosa collection-the ... [MORE]
Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme are known for performing together as well as being popular solo artists in their own right. Here for the first time in one compilation we largely focus our attention on their solo singles and hits and feature 25 tracks new to CD. Includes Eydie's chart entries 'Love Me Forever', 'Your Kisses Kill Me', 'You Need Hands', 'The Voice In My Heart' plus the outstanding film tracks 'Separate Tables' and 'Let Me Be Loved' from the ... [MORE]
The Four Lads were experts at close harmony and a cappella and were very much influenced by spiritual and gospel music. They scored an incredible number of pop Top 100 hits during the early '50s. Containing all of their major hits including 'Moments To Remember', 'Skokiaan', 'No Not Much', 'Who Needs You', 'Standing On The Corner', 'The Bus Stop Song'. Collaborations with Frankie Laine, and Jill Corey plus many full production numbers with esteemed ... [MORE]
The esteemed arranger, conductor and producer Henri René worked with names such as Harry Belafonte and Eartha Kit. Henri René also released several successful LPs of his own and hear we focus on two of them 'Compulsion To Swing' and 'Riot In Rhythm'. From the bouncy theme of 'Hansel And Pretzel' with it's call and response section proving that the orchestra is awake, to Gershwin's 'Blah, Blah, Blah' and a reworking of Stars and Stripes to 'The Swinging ... [MORE]
Jimmy Boyd was one of the most successful child singing stars of the 1950s. Young Jimmy was responsible for one of the biggest ever selling Christmas album which included 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus' which sold 2 million copies in less than two months!
Duets are also featured with Rosemary Clooney, Frankie Laine and Jimmy's female child star equivalent Gayla Peevey. With many tracks new to CD plus previously unreleased tracks makes this a must ... [MORE]
In the 1940s and early 50s a young girl called Eve Young was making waves in the UK charting with some big hits. Across the pond in America there was a young singing sensation also taking the charts by storm called Karen Chandler. Unbeknown to most people was that they were one and the same! Featured are two of Britain's biggest No. 1 songs 'If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake' and 'Silver Dollar', and the U.S hit 'Hold Me Thrill Me Kiss Me'. ... [MORE]
In the 1950's Teresa Brewer was America's singing sweetheart. This is the first tribute to her since she sadly passed away and truly pays homage to her sassy but sweet vocal style and perky disposition.
Hear Teresa's three million sellers from 1951 to 1957 'I Gotta Go Get My Baby', 'A Tear Fell' and the title track 'A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl'.
Teresa's first original album 'Music! Music! Music!' is in it's entirety and contains the sought after ... [MORE]
With sixty duets across 2CDs this is an impressive set which is quite simply chock-full with some of the biggest stars of the 1950s! Discover Dinah Shore and Tony Martin singing the romantic 'In Your Arms' and listen as Frank Sinatra and Doris Day decide to 'Take An Old Fashioned Walk', or perhaps Dean Martin and Nat King Cole singing 'Open Up The Doghouse' and 'Long, Long Ago'.
Also included are two of the songs Rosemary Clooney recorded with ... [MORE]
Billy Eckstine was one of the greatest male pop stars to emerge from the 1940's and was a star of the concert stage, radio, television, recordings, films and night clubs. The distinguished orchestras of Nelson Riddle, Hugo Winterhalter and Pete Rugolo are featured. Plus all four selections from his Duke Ellington EP and his sessions with the great George Shearing.
Many tracks are debuting on CD along with the major hits 'I APOLOGISE', 'MY FOOLISH ... [MORE]
The complete and only collection of studio recordings by these two legends of music together! In the past these recordings have been subject to intrusive audience overdubbing but here they are free from this and are in genuine stereo and wonderfully remastered. The warm, husky tenor of Tony Bennett with his jazz phrasing and spontaneity lends himself perfectly to the ultra swinging sound of Basie's orchestra on classics such as 'Pennies From Heaven', ... [MORE]
It is fair to say that Lambert, Hendricks and Ross set standards in style and musical ability. The trio's contribution to jazz vocal cannot be underestimated and their vocal gymnastics dramatically changed the sound of other vocal groups. They were voted best vocal group in downbeats readers poll 5 years in a row.
Two complete albums on one! The first features a rhythm section based on Count Basie's New Testament band with the vocalese ... [MORE]
In 1954, famous Hollywood bombshell Jane Russell embarked on an unexpectedly successful singing venture with singers Connie Haines, Beryl Davis and Della Russell. Together they were part of The Hollywood Christian Group and later they would be joined by another acting icon Rhonda Fleming. One of the best and most unique Gospel groups to come out of the 1950's backed by the brilliant orchestral arrangements of Van Alexandra and Lyn Murray. Including the ... [MORE]