And we're back with another Pop Hits LP from the Waldorf family of labels--Colortone, this time. The year seems to be the same (1958) as last post. There's a less colorful (and less campy) cover, and some surprisingly bad vocalizing in spots. Was Enoch losing his touch? (I was going to type "his Light touch," but that's lame.)
"Juke Box Hits of the Week" this time, "starring" the Richard Redding Orchestra and Chorus. On the label, the tracks get individual credits (so we know who to blame on this go-round). One of the guilty parties, and a budget label regular, is Jerry Duane, who turns out to have had a very significant career. (Hope you don't get the "SUBSCRIBE NOW" box.)
Jerry sang in vocal groups--with Stan Kenton, and behind Johnny Ray, Rosemary Clooney, Tony Bennett, and other Columbia vocalists.
Correction (cue the red font): As Ernie notes in the comments, the Andy Griffith Theme whistler was actually the composer of same, Earle (Harlem Nocturne) Hagen. Until and if someone can prove otherwise, that is. In fact, I already knew it was Hagen, so apologies for my brain fart. It's possible Duane remembered it otherwise, but he must have been mistaken. The multiple claims, which include Fred Lowery and "Toots" Thielemans, are entertaining but most likely part of a made-up mystery.
Ahem. Anyway, so why does Jerry sound so awful as one half of the duet on Forget Me Not? It's not just that the Kalin Brothers original is significantly better, it's that Duane and Jack Brown sound like a drunken Homer and Jethro. Were they cutting up? Anyway, Duane is better on Queen of the Hop, though his singing is still nothing special. Being a good whistler and part-singer doesn't necessarily make someone a good soloist, I reckon. Take the Lettermen--amazing blend (even if augmented on certain tracks), unmemorable lead vocals.
In this playlist, we get high-quality covers of the Kingston Trio's Tom Dooley, Elvis' I Got Stung, and Ricky Nelson's Lonesome Town. And lousy covers of The Teddy Bears' To Know Him Is to Love Him, The Big Bopper's Chantilly Lace (how could anyone make such a thing worse?), Ricky Nelson's I Got a Feeling (no pitch correction software in 1958, please remember), and Jimmy Clanton's A Letter to an Angel (I wonder if the songwriter had ever heard Pledging My Love?). For all its faults, though, this collection is fun--and, by dollar-bin standards, pretty good.
Click here to experience: Ten Pop Hits (Colortone 49103, probably 1958)
Tom Dooley--The Tennessee Trio
I Got a Feeling--Johnny Hines
Chantilly Lace--Al Garner
Queen of the Hop--Jerry Duane
To Know Him Is to Love Him--June Dale w. Richard Redding Orch. and Chorus
I Got Stung--Dick Penrose
Lonesome Town--Loren Becker w. Richard Redding Orch. and Chorus
It's Only Make Believe--Johnny Hines
Forget Me Not--Jack Brown and Jerry Duane
A Letter to an Angel--Johnny Hines