Category Archives: Popular & Crooners

HELEN MERRILL – American Country Songs – (Atco) – 1959

Helen Merrill is a great vocalist. She could sing anything. And she has proved it time and again …  over 60+ years of professional recording. She does country tunes here but she has done smooth jazz, swing, pop, trad pop, … Continue reading

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SAMMY DAVIS Jr – Now – (MGM) – 1972

Sammy Davis Jr is part of my musical memory. He was always there. “Samuel George Davis Jr. (December 8, 1925 – May 16, 1990) was an American singer, dancer, actor and comedian. He was noted for his impressions of actors, … Continue reading

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LEON REDBONE – On the Track – (Warner Brothers) – 1975

Leon Redbone is a mystery, perhaps not as much as The Residents or writer B. Traven but he is indulging in the same quest for anonymity. But, he isn’t obscure and he doesn’t avoid exposure. He tends, rather, to hide … Continue reading

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CONNIE FRANCIS – Connie Francis Sings “Never on Sunday” – (MGM) – 1961

The full title of this album (as on the cover) is “Connie Francis sings "Never on Sunday" and Other Title Songs from Motion Pictures”. Now, this is a treat for me because, as you may know, I love my film … Continue reading

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PAT BOONE – Days of Wine and Roses – (Dot) – 1963

Whenever I comment on a Pat Boone album I inevitable start off by defending him. Pat Boone isn’t very popular with hard core music fans. Apparently he stole songs from black artists and denied them the charts. Him personally. But … Continue reading

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JOHNNY MATHIS – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head – (CBS) – 1970

Johnny Mathis hasn't reached the iconic status of other singers from the 20th century. And this is a guy who has sold 350 million records worldwide, making him, arguably, the third biggest selling artist of the 20th century. Perhaps it … Continue reading

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ROD McKUEN – McKuen Country – (Warner Brothers) – 1976

McKuen goes country! And why not, when this album was released in 1976 country music was all over the pop charts. Country singers were regularly cracking the pop charts, country rock acts were in abundance, original rock n rollers were … Continue reading

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RUSTY DRAPER – Rusty Meets Hoagy – (Mercury) – 1957

I'll speak of Rusty first only because he comes first when referring to the album. Wikipedia says, Rusty Draper "born Farrell H. Draper; January 25, 1923 – March 28, 2003) was an American country and pop singer who achieved his … Continue reading

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THE EVERLY BROTHERS – Christmas With The Everly Brothers – (Warner Brothers) – 1962

"It's Christmas time pretty baby and the snow is falling on the ground"… well, not here in Brisbane it's not, but in the Christmas sprit I have pulled this record from the pile. Now, I have always liked, no loved, … Continue reading

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JOHN WALKER – If You Go Away – (Philips) – 1967

Everyone (well the critics and music tragics anyway) wax lyrical about Scott Walker (and rightly so) of The Walker Brothers but what about his "brother" John? John was one third of 1960s pop sensations The Walker Brothers. The Walker Brothers … Continue reading

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