Hit Recording

Classic Track: I’m Hog Tied Over You (*Ella Mae Morse & Ernie Ford)

Ella Mae Morse was one of the most exciting vocalists of the 1940s and 50s. A Texas-born white singer who knocked everyone out with her hip, black-inflected vocals from the moment she hit the scene as a seventeen-year-old with boogie pianist Freddie Slack’s Orchestra. Uncommonly versatile, Ella Mae could handle anything, from jazz to country, from R&B to lush pop. Morse was born in Mansfield, Texas in 1924. She was hired by Jimmy Dorsey when she was 14 years old. Dorsey believed she was 19, and when he was informed by the school board that he was now responsible for her care, he fired her. In 1942, at the age of 17, she joined Freddie Slack’s band, with whom in the same year she recorded “Cow Cow Boogie,” Capitol Records’ first gold single. “Mr. Five by Five” was also recorded by Morse with Slack and they had a hit recording with the song in 1942. She also originated the wartime hit “Milkman, Keep Those Bottles Quiet,” which was later popularized by Nancy Walker in the film, Broadway Rhythm. In 1943, Morse began to record solo. She reached #1 in the R&B chart with “Shoo-Shoo Baby” in December for two weeks. In the same year she had a cameo appearance in the film Reveille with Beverly and starred in Universal’s “South of Dixie” and “The Ghost Catchers” with Olsen and Johnson. She sang in a wide variety of styles, and she had hits on both the US pop and rhythm and blues charts. However, she never received the popularity of a major star. The song “Love Me or Leave Me” as
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Joey Dee and The Starliters have been a part of American popular music for nearly half a century, and the group is still going strong today with two of its original members in front. Best known for their 1961 hit recording “Peppermint Twist,” the group was founded by Joey Dee, born Joseph DiNicola in Passaic, New Jersey on June 11, 1940. With lead singer Rogers Freeman, Joey Dee and The Starliters’ first single was “Lorraine,” backed with “The Girl I Walk To School,” in 1958 on the Little label. That same year, Joey Dee recruited David Brigati (b. October 29, 1940 in Passaic, NJ) for the group after meeting him during a gig at Garfield (New Jersey) High School. David and Joey would subsequently share lead vocal honors for The Starliters, with Joey ultimately becoming the primary lead singer. Another early single for the group was “Face of an Angel,” with David on lead vocals, released on Scepter Records; the flipside was “Shimmy Baby.” An album entitled The Peppermint Twisters and credited to “Joey Dee and The Starlighters” was subsequently released on Scepter as well. Various members of The Starliters, such as vocalist Freeman and drummer Don Martin, came and went over the next few years; the most famous lineup of Joey Dee and The Starliters is considered to be Joey Dee, David Brigati, Larry Vernieri (vocals), Carlton Lattimore (organ), and Willie Davis (drums). Later members of the touring group would include Eddie Brigati (David’s brother), Gene Cornish, and Felix
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From a 1954 TV show Frankie sings his first hit recording
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London Models @ Riviera

You can quote me when I say the Riviera beach resort is normally packed with people who know how to party, but this past Sunday the party went one step above the norm. London Models Management snagged hit recording artist, and tattooed ladies man, Chipmunk to chill out with the beach babes and babettes who came out to soak in some sun poolside. Whisky Mist’s Girlroc dancers dropped by in white bikinis to add to the entertainment. The vibe was wild and care free this past Sunday at Riviera, just the way it should be!

Barbra & Donna ~ Alternative Lyrics to “No More Tears”

The Great Barbra Streisand & Donna Summer experiment with alternative lyrics to their chart-topping 1979 Disco hit recording of “No More Tears {Enough is Enough}”. Enough said. It speaks for itself.

Clyde Julian Foley (June 17, 1910–September 19, 1968), better known as Red Foley, was an American singer, musician, and radio and TV personality who made a major contribution to the growth of country music after World War II. For more than two decades, Foley was one of the biggest stars of the genre, selling more than 25 million records. His 1951 hit, “Peace in the Valley,” was the first million-selling gospel record. A Grand Ole Opry veteran until his death, Foley also hosted the first popular country music series on network television, Ozark Jubilee. He is a member of the Country Music Hall of Fame, which called him “one of the most versatile and moving performers of all time” and “a giant influence during the formative years of contemporary Country music.” ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Kitty Wells Ellen Muriel Deason (born August 30, 1919), known professionally as Kitty Wells, is an American country music singer. Her 1952 hit recording, “It Wasn’t God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels,” made her the first female country singer to top the US country charts, and turned her into the first female country star. Her Top 10 hits continued until the mid-1960s, inspiring a long list of female country singers who came to prominence in the 1960s. Wells’s success in the 1950s and 1960s was so enormous that she still ranks as the sixth most successful female vocalist in the history of the Billboard country charts, according to historian Joel Whitburn’s book The Top 40 Country Hits, behind Dolly

My Pony Boy (Ada Jones, 1909)

1OO YEARS OLD 1909-2009: This great song, written by Bobbie Heath and Charlie O’Donnell, was introduced by Lillian Lorraine (Ziegfeld’s mistress) in the 1909 Anna Held (Ziegfeld’s wife) musical “Miss Innocence”, playing at the New York Theatre. Here, the hit recording from the same year, with Ada Jones and the Peerless Quartet on Victor 16356, 10-inch 78rpm shellac . Way out west, in a nest from the rest, dwelt the bestest little Bronco Boy He could ride, he could glide o’er the prairies like an arrow. Every maid in the glade was afraid he would trade his little heart away, So each little peach made a nice little speech of love to him; Pony Boy, Pony Boy, won’t you be my Tony Boy? Don’t say no. Here we go off across the plains. Marry me, carry me right away with you. Giddy up, giddy up, giddy up, whoa! My Pony Boy. Till one day, out that way, so they say, came to stay a fluffy ruffle girl. She made eyes, she surprised, and he found his heart was lassoed. When he thought he was caught, how he fought, but she taught this pony boy to love. But he balked when she talked of a trip to New York, so she sang to him…
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Doris Day – Romance on the High Seas (1948) – I’m in Love

Doris Day – Romance on the High Seas (1948) – I’m in Love 1948’s “Romance on the High Seas” was Doris Day’s first starring film role. Romance on the High Seas (also known in the United Kingdom as It’s Magic) is a 1948 Technicolor musical romantic comedy film starring Jack Carson, Janis Paige, Don DeFore, and Doris Day in her film debut. It was nominated for two Academy Awards, for Original Song for “It’s Magic” (music by Jule Styne, lyrics by Sammy Cahn), and Music, Scoring of a Musical Picture (Ray Heindorf). Originally conceived as a star vehicle for Betty Hutton the film had to be recast when Hutton became pregnant (and thus unavailable). Other established stars like Judy Garland and Jane Powell were briefly considered before Michael Curtiz was talked in to auditioning Doris Day, a well known vocalist, but hitherto not considered an actress (despite some early appearances in 1940–1941 in a number of soundies). Her personal life was in some turmoil at the time, as her second marriage to musician George Weidler was ending, and this combined with her evident nervousness, led her to deliver a notably teary, emotive version of Embraceable You at the audition. Impressed by her singing ability, and fresh-faced good looks Curtiz signed her to a film contract and cast her in the leading role of Georgia Garrett. Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress and singer, and an animal rights activist since her retirement from show business. Her

Digital Revolution and the Music Business

The switch from analog to digital has hit recording studios and other production companies hard. Young artists are embracing the change and creating music on their home computers. From a young bay area artist, Cambo, to Studio D Recording producer, Matt Wilencheck, to Fiske Smith, a video production company owner, the changes are lucid. Courtney Godfrey takes a deeper look.
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Doris Day – My Dream Is Yours (1949) – Original Trailer

Doris Day – My Dream Is Yours (1949) – Original Trailer My Dream Is Yours is a 1949 musical romantic comedy film starring Doris Day, Jack Carson and Lee Bowman. The film is perhaps best remembered today for an extended dream sequence combining animation and live action which featured a cameo appearance by Bugs Bunny, dancing with Jack Carson and Doris Day to the tune of the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2, which was a favorite of animation director Friz Freleng. Doris Day (born Doris Mary Ann Kappelhoff; April 3, 1924) is an American actress and singer, and an animal rights activist since her retirement from show business. Her entertainment career began in the 1940s as a big band singer. In 1945 she had her first hit recording, “Sentimental Journey”. In 1948, she appeared in her first film, Romance on the High Seas. During her entertainment career, she appeared in 39 films, recorded more than 650 songs, received an Academy Award nomination, won a Golden Globe and a Grammy Award, and, in 1989, received the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement in motion pictures. As of 2009, Day was the top-ranking female box office star of all time and ranked sixth among the top ten box office performers (male and female). While singing with the Les Brown band and briefly with Bob Hope, Day toured extensively across the United States. Her popularity as a radio performer and vocalist, which included a second hit record “My Dreams Are Getting Better All the Time”, led directly to a
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‘Finishing’ Touch: The Original Hit Recordings and More Reviews

‘Finishing’ Touch: The Original Hit Recordings and More

1 Story 16 (Live)
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 6:25
2 Monkey On Your Back
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:50
3 Lying All The Time
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:12
4 Keep On Trying
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 2:45
5 That’s Your Problem
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 2:35
6 I’ve Been Loving You So Long
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:20
7 Teach Me To Forget You
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:10
8 What’s Wrong With You
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:15
9 Touch
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:10
10 Don’t You Worry About Me
Written-By – Beek*, Bus*, Splinter*, Tax* 3:20
11 Thinking About Today
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 2:45
12 Summer Is Here
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:20
13 Ballad Of John B.
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 5:56
14 Bird In The Cage
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:00
15 Strange Things Are Happening
Written-By – F. Beek*, W. Tax* 2:35
16 I’m Only Trying To Prove Myself
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 2:20
17 Cup Of Hot Coffee
Written-By – R. Splinter*, W. Tax* 3:19

Tracks 3, 4, 5, 7, 9, 11, 13, 15 and 17 recorded in 1966. Tracks 2, 6, 8, 10, 12, 14 and 16 recorded in 1967. Track 1 recorded in 1969.


Besame Mucho – Izak Matatya, piano

Izak Matatya plays Besame Mucho on his piano. Spanish words and music by Consuelo Velazquez. English words by Sunny Skylar. Consuelo Velazquez is one of Mexico’s two famous women songwriters (her distinguished colleague being Maria Grever). A concert pianist as well as a popular artist, she wrote “Besame Mucho” (“Kiss Me Much”) in 1941, and it first reached American audiences through Jimmy Dorsey’s 1944 hit recording featuring vocals by Kitty Kallen and Bob Eberly, with English lyrics by Sunny Skylar. That disc sold well over a million copies, but a test recording by the young Andy Russell, released that same year, was a big surpirse. Andy’s bilingual version, sung in his warm and initimate style, made it a jukebox winner and started him on a successful career.