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Ed Ames - My Cup Runneth Over (1967)
 
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Charted at #8 on Billboard Hot 100 in March 1967 and #1 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. From the musical, "I Do, I Do". Released as a single in November 1966. Written by Harvey Schmidt & Tom Jones. B-side is "It Seems a Long Long Time (Theme From "Mandragola")".
Views: 630319 Tom Smith
Tiffany - I Always Thought I'd See You Again (1990)
 
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This is one of Tiffany's most beautiful songs. From the soundtrack album of the 1990 movie, "The Jetsons", in which Tiffany voiced Judy Jetson. A single was released of "I Always Thought I'd See You Again" in June 1990 on CD format (for the promo) and cassette, but it did not chart in Billboard. Written by George Tobin, Phil Coleman, Steve McClintock and Tim James. B-side is blank.
Views: 365531 Tom Smith
The Ames Brothers - My Bonnie Lassie (1955)
 
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Charted at #11 Pop in Billboard in November 1955. The melody comes from "Scotland the Brave". Original Billboard review: "Yellow Rose of Texas" has sparked a march-trend, and the Ames Brothers have wrapped up a catchy highland theme in a personable vocal, with attractive lyrics and a bouncy beat." Written by Roy C. Bennett, Sid Tepper and Marion McClurg. With Hugo Winterhalter's Orchestra and Chorus. B-side is "So Will I".
Views: 287739 Tom Smith
Ray Peterson - Corinna, Corinna (1960)
 
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Charted at #9 on Billboard Hot 100 in December 1960, and #41 on UK Singles chart. This song has been recorded by many artists. It had charted once earlier in Billboard for Joe Turner in 1956 (at #41 Pop, #2 R&B). Recorded versions and variations of "Corinna, Corinna" date back to the early 1900's. Original Billboard review: "Peterson, who recently left RCA Victor, warbles with tenderness and showmanship on an appealing tune, based on the old public domain blues." A Billboard Pick. Written by J. Mayo Williams, Bo Chatman & Mitchell Parish. B-side is "Be My Girl".
Views: 4295718 Tom Smith
Sandy Posey - Single Girl (1966)
 
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Charted at #12 on Billboard Hot 100 in January 1967, and #15 on UK Singles chart. Charted again at #35 on UK Singles chart in September 1975 when re-released. Original Billboard review: "The "Born a Woman" gal strikes back with an equally strong piece of ballad material with driving rhythm backround. An identifiable, good lyric." Released as a single in November 1966. Written by Martha Sharp. B-side is "Blue is My Best Color".
Views: 1945859 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - Sleepy Hollow (1965)
 
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One of Roy's most beautiful recordings. B-side of "(Say) You're My Girl". The A-side charted at #39 on the Billboard Hot 100 in August 1965 (#23 UK). Written by Bill Dees.
Views: 251098 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - Breakin' Up Is Breakin' My Heart (1966)
 
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One of Roy's best uptempo recordings because the feel of the ballads is in the song. The beat is uptempo, but the emotion is not, and as such, it's very moving even though it's a fast song. Charted at #31 on Billboard Hot 100 in February 1966, #22 on UK Singles chart, #19 in Australia and #2 in Canada. Original Billboard review: "The composer-performer has an exciting original rhythm number loaded with dance appeal that will spiral up the chart to replace his first MGM hit, "Crawling Back"." My note: "Ride Away" was actually Roy's first MGM hit, "Crawling Back" was the second. Written by Roy Orbison & Bill Dees. B-side is "Wait".
Views: 138516 Tom Smith
Françoise Hardy  - All Because Of You (1969)
 
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Unforgettable melody and performance. This is one of my favourite Françoise Hardy recordings. Released as a single in 1969. Written by Mark Barkan and Scott English. Orchestra directed by Jean-Claude Vannier. B-side is "Times Passing By".
Views: 147112 Tom Smith
Johnny Tillotson - Talk Back Trembling Lips (1963)
 
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Charted at #7 on Billboard Hot 100 in January 1964, and #6 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. In 1963, this song had earlier charted at #1 Billboard Country for Ernest Ashworth (and bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100 at #101). Original Billboard review: "Johnny's first hit for his new label is a current big country hit that has gotten nibbles in the pop market by another artist. Big string accompaniment and powerful material make it a sure shot." Released as a single in November 1963. Written by John D. Loudermilk. B-side is "Another You".
Views: 281427 Tom Smith
Brenda Lee - Bring Me Sunshine (1969)
 
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Charted at #107 on Cash Box chart in May 1969. B-side of "You Don't Need Me For Anything Anymore". This song had charted at #13 on the Billboard Country chart for Willie Nelson earlier in 1969. It was also released as a single by Andy Russell in 1969. Later in the year, Morecambe And Wise recorded it in the UK. Written by Sylvia Dee and Arthur Kent.
Views: 139839 Tom Smith
Deborah Allen - Baby I Lied (1983)
 
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Although Deborah charted on the country chart many times, this was her only entry on the Hot 100. Charted at #26 on Billboard Hot 100 in January 1984, #10 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, and #4 on Billboard Country chart. Written by Deborah Allen, Rory Bourke and Rafe VanHoy. Single released in August 1983. B-side is "Time is Taking You Away from Me". To check out Deborah's latest work, click on this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B4xbyXxumPU Deborah performs her original Elvis tribute, "Amazing Graceland." Also, for more music and videos, visit http://www.deborahallen.com.
Views: 1799935 Tom Smith
Wanda Jackson - Funny How Time Slips Away (1963)
 
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Released on the 1963 album, "Love Me Forever". This song was a country hit for Billy Walker. Remake versions by Jimmy Elledge, Johnny Tillotson, Joe Hinton, Dorothy Moore and the Spinners also charted on the Hot 100. On the country charts, Narvel Felts and Willie Nelson and Danny Davis and the Nashville Brass also charted with it. Written by Willie Nelson.
Views: 195134 Tom Smith
Jackie Wilson - I Believe (1966)
 
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Did not chart in Billboard, but released as a single in May 1966. "I Believe" had been a #2 Pop hit for Frankie Laine in 1953 (#1 UK), as well as #11 Pop for Jane Froman. Other charting versions include: #49 UK for David Whitfield in 1960, #33 Billboard Hot 100 for the Bachelors in 1964 (#7 Adult Contemporary, #2 UK), #34 R&B for the Ebonys in 1974 and #1 UK for Robson and Jerome in November 1995. Written by Ervin Drake , Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman. B-side is "Be My Love".
Views: 281611 Tom Smith
Bananarama - Help (without jokes) (1989)
 
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In 1989, Bananarama released a comedy version of the Beatles song "Help" as a Comic Relief charity effort. This is their version of the song without the jokes. Written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.
Views: 335494 Tom Smith
Robson and Jerome - I Believe (1995)
 
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Charted at #1 on UK Singles chart in November 1995. "I Believe" had been a #2 Pop hit for Frankie Laine in 1953 (#1 UK), as well as #11 Pop for Jane Froman. Other charting versions include: #49 UK for David Whitfield in 1960, #33 Billboard Hot 100 for the Bachelors in 1964 (#7 Adult Contemporary, #2 UK) and #34 R&B for the Ebonys in 1974. Written by Ervin Drake , Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman.
Views: 179434 Tom Smith
Annette Hanshaw - We Just Couldn't Say Goodbye (1932)
 
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Recorded August 16, 1932. This song was a Top 10 hit for both Guy Lombardo and Paul Whiteman. Written by Harry Woods. The other side of this record is "Love Me Tonight".
Views: 129887 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - So Young (Love Theme From "Zabriskie Point") (1970)
 
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Bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100 at #122 in May 1970, and charted at #82 in Australia. From the movie, "Zabriskie Point". Written by Roy Orbison , Mike Curb & Roger Christian. B-side is "If I Had a Woman Like You".
Views: 146450 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - Crawling Back (1965)
 
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One of Roy's most beautiful recordings. You have to be truly in love to understand. Charted at #46 on Billboard Hot 100 in December 1965, #19 on UK Singles chart, #14 in Australia and #2 in Canada. Original Billboard review: "For his second MGM release and follow-up to "Ride Away", this compelling ballad builds into a big production climax aimed at rapid chart action." "Crawling Back" was also released as a single by Gail Wynters in 1969 and Frank Ifield in 1979 and 1982. Written by Roy Orbison and Bill Dees. B-side is "If You Can't Say Something Nice".
Views: 164025 Tom Smith
Harry Secombe - I Believe (1970)
 
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Released on the 1970 album, "A Man And His Dreams". "I Believe" had been a #2 Pop hit for Frankie Laine in 1953 (#1 UK), as well as #11 Pop for Jane Froman. Other charting versions include: #49 UK for David Whitfield in 1960, #33 Billboard Hot 100 for the Bachelors in 1964 (#7 Adult Contemporary, #2 UK), #34 R&B for the Ebonys in 1974 and #1 UK for Robson and Jerome in November 1995. Written by Ervin Drake , Irvin Graham, Jimmy Shirl & Al Stillman.
Views: 120551 Tom Smith
Susanna Hoffs - You Were On My Mind (1991)
 
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B-side of "Only Love". Susanna's version of a song originally recorded by Ian and Sylvia in 1964. A cover of the song by the We Five was a hit in 1965. Written by Sylvia Tyson.
Views: 398468 Tom Smith
The Demensions - My Foolish Heart (1963)
 
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Charted at #95 on Billboard Hot 100 in March 1963. This was the second and last Billboard charting single by the Demensions; the first was "Over the Rainbow" (#16 Hot 100 in 1960). From the movie of the same name starring Dana Andrews and Susan Hayward. "My Foolish Heart" was an enormous hit in 1950. Charted at #3 Billboard Pop for Gordon Jenkins and His Orchestra, #6 for Billy Eckstine, #6 for Mindy Carson, #15 for Margaret Whiting, #21 for Richard Hayes, #29 for Hugo Winterhalter and #9 R&B for Gene Ammons and His Sextet, all in 1950. Written by Victor Young and Ned Washington. B-side is "Just One More Chance".
Views: 104476 Tom Smith
The Platters - Little Things Mean A Lot (1964)
 
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Did not chart nationally in Billboard, but released as a single in November 1964. Also released on the 1964 album, "10th Anniversary Album". The lead singer on this recording is Sonny Turner. The song was a hit in 1954 for Kitty Kallen. Written by Edith Lindeman & Carl Stutz. B-side is "Love Me Tender".
Views: 355342 Tom Smith
Ruby Murray - Goodbye Jimmy, Goodbye (1959)
 
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Charted at #10 on UK Singles chart in July 1959. This was Ruby's last hit. The UK version of the Kathy Linden US #11 hit on the Hot 100. Written by Jack Vaughn. B-side is "The Humour Is On Me Now".
Views: 247087 Tom Smith
Wanda Jackson - Did You Miss Me (1957)
 
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B-side of "Cool Love". Released as a single in August 1957. Written by Bobby Lord.
Views: 110893 Tom Smith
Wanda Jackson - Please Love Me Forever (1963)
 
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Released on the 1963 album, "Love Me Forever". Originally charted for Tommy Edwards in 1958 whose version reached #61 on the Billboard Hot 100. Later it was a #12 hit for Cathy Jean and the Roommates in 1961 and #6 for Bobby Vinton in 1967 (#39 Adult Contemporary). Written by Johnny Malone & Ollie Blanchard.
Views: 252149 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - The Actress (1962)
 
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One of my favorite Orbison recordings, and one of his best that not enough know about. B-side of "Dream Baby", but I would have made it the A-side. "The Actress" charted locally in the Top 40 in a variety of US and Canadian cities during February and March 1962, and Top 10 in some areas, but it was overshadowed by the airplay garnered by "Dream Baby" and didn't make the national Billboard charts. Written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson.
Views: 45366 Tom Smith
Angelica - Angel Baby (1991)
 
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Charted at #29 on Billboard Hot 100 in November 1991. Remake of the 1960 hit by Rosie and the Originals which had originally charted at #5 Hot 100 and #5 R&B. Written by Rosie Hamlin.
Views: 280612 Tom Smith
The Ames Brothers - The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane (1954)
 
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Charted at #3 Pop in Billboard in January 1955, and #6 on UK Singles chart. Single released in November 1954. Other charting versions include: #17 Pop for Archie Bleyer and #5 UK for Dean Martin. Written by Sid Tepper and Roy Bennett. With Hugo Winterhalter And His Orchestra. B-side is "Addio".
Views: 187991 Tom Smith
The Ames Brothers - Tammy (1957)
 
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Charted at #5 on Billboard in August 1957. Competing version of the Debbie Reynolds hit which charted at #1. Original Billboard review: "From the film "Tammy and the Bachelor", comes this cover of the title tune. Pat Kirby has the original but this slow, rock and roll backed version of the ballad can compete well." Written by Jay Livingston and Ray Evans. The other side of the single is "Rockin' Shoes".
Views: 191429 Tom Smith
Sandy Posey - A Place In The Sun (1967)
 
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Released on the 1967 album, "Single Girl". Absolutely beautiful version of the Stevie Wonder hit. One of my favorites by Sandy. Written by Ron Miller and B. Wells.
Views: 98798 Tom Smith
Cathy Jean and The Roomates - Please Love Me Forever (1960)
 
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Charted at #12 on Billboard Hot 100 in March 1961. The single was released in October 1960 and became the only Billboard charting single for Cathy Jean. The Roomates had one other, a remake of "Band of Gold" which charted at #49 also in 1961. "Please Love Me Forever" originally charted at #61 on the Hot 100 in 1958 for Tommy Edwards. A later remake charted at #6 Hot 100 for Bobby Vinton in 1967 (#39 Adult Contemporary). Written by Johnny Malone & Ollie Blanchard. B-side is "Canadian Sunset" by Cathy Jean with Charley Macey on guitar.
Views: 300552 Tom Smith
April March - Le Temps de l'Amour (1995)
 
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Released on the 1995 EP, "Chick Habit". April's version of the '60's Francoise Hardy song. Written by Andre Michel Salvet and Jacques Dutronc.
Views: 236768 Tom Smith
Malcolm Vaughan - More Than Ever (Come Prima) (1958)
 
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Charted at #5 on UK Singles chart in December 1958. English version of the Italian song, "Come Prima". Another English version was entitled "For the First Time" which was recorded by both Mario Lanza and the Platters. Other chart placings in the UK: #2 for Marino Marini & His Quartet and #26 for Robert Earl. US chart placings: #60 Billboard Hot 100 for Tony Dallara and #67 for Polly Bergen. Written by Vincenzo Di Paola, Sandro Taccani & Mario Panzeri. With The Michael Sammes Singers. B-side is "A Night to Remember"
Views: 76390 Tom Smith
April March - Tu Mens (1995)
 
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Released on the 1995 EP, "Chick Habit". Written by Jillian Hills.
Views: 45650 Tom Smith
Harry Secombe - Nessun Dorma (1958)
 
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Released on the 1958 album, "Operatic Arias". From the opera, "Turandot" by Puccini. Pictured is an EP which includes some of the album tracks.
Views: 74925 Tom Smith
Brenda Lee - I'll Be Seeing You (1962)
 
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Released on the 1962 album, "Sincerely, Brenda Lee". This classic song has been recorded by hundreds of artists. Other chart versions include: #1 for Bing Crosby in April 1944, #4 for Tommy Dorsey and His Orchestra (vocal by Frank Sinatra) in May 1944, #87 on the Billboard Hot 100 for the Poni-Tails (my favorite version) in October 1959, #51 for Tommy Sands in October 1959, #79 for the Five Satins in May 1960, and #58 for Frank Sinatra in October 1961 (#12 Adult Contemporary). Written in 1938 by Sammy Fain and Irving Kahal.
Views: 573257 Tom Smith
B.J. Thomas and Jennifer Warnes - As Long As We Got Each Other (1986)
 
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The theme song of Growing Pains. Other versions were also used over the run of the tv show. Written by John Bettis and Steve Dorff.
Views: 339359 Tom Smith
Roy Orbison - Walk On (1968)
 
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One of Roy's most moving and powerful performances. Had it been released in the earlier part of the decade, it likely would have been a #1 hit, as it should have been. Bubbled under the Billboard Hot 100 at #121 in July 1968, and charted at #53 in Australia, #39 on UK Singles chart, and #93 in Canada. Original Billboard review: "One of Orbison's most potent disks in some time is this exceptional original ballad that he delivers in fine style." Written by Roy Orbison & Bill Dees. B-side is "Flowers".
Views: 140698 Tom Smith
John McCormack - Send Me Away With a Smile (1917)
 
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Charted at #1 in December 1917. This is a WWI song you don't hear as often although it was a big hit. Written by Louis Weslyn and Alfred Piantidosi. Released as a one-sided record.
Views: 42561 Tom Smith
Andrea Carroll - It Hurts To Be Sixteen (1963)
 
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Charted at #45 on Billboard Hot 100 in September 1963. Backing vocals by the Chiffons. A competing version released at the same time by Barbara Chandler bubbled under the Hot 100 at #114. Original Billboard review: "This is a tale of the hurt of young love, and it is one that should appeal strongly to the teens. Tune is melodic and catchy and the lass gives it a good go over strong backing." A Billboard Pick. Written by Neil Sedaka under the name Ronnie Grossman. B-side is "Why Am I So Shy".
Views: 56878 Tom Smith
Ray Peterson - Goodnight My Love (Pleasant Dreams) (1959)
 
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Charted at #64 on Billboard Hot 100 in December 1959. One of the best singles of 1959, with lush orchestration and a perfect song for Ray. "Goodnight My Love" had been a #7 Billboard R&B hit for Jesse Belvin, and #32 Pop for the McGuire Sisters in 1956/1957. The Fleetwoods revived it in 1964 managing to chart again at #32 on the Hot 100 and #12 Adult Contemporary, while Ben E. King edged slightly into the Hot 100 at #91 with another remake in 1966. The Happenings had mid-chart success (at #51 Hot 100) later in 1966/1967, while Paul Anka had a comeback hit with his version in 1969 (charting at #27 Hot 100 and #2 Adult Contemporary). Finally, the Tavares charted at #14 R&B with yet another remake in 1977. Written by George Motola and John S. Marascalco. B-side is "Till Then" which I've also posted, and which is also excellent.
Views: 559037 Tom Smith
Françoise Hardy - I Wish It Were Me (1964)
 
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Simply beautiful in performance and arrangement. This is one of my favourite Françoise Hardy recordings. Released on the 1964 EP, "En Anglais". English version of "J'aurais Voulu". With the Bob Leaper Orchestra. Written by Françoise Hardy, Roger Gustave Samyn and Marcel Stellman.
Views: 36260 Tom Smith
Françoise Hardy - All Over The World (1965)
 
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This is one of my favourite Françoise Hardy recordings. Charted at #16 on UK Singles chart in April 1965. English version of "Dans Le Monde Entier". Written by Françoise Hardy and Julian More. B-side is "Another Place".
Views: 293208 Tom Smith
Janie Grant - Triangle (1961)
 
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Charted at #29 on Billboard Hot 100 in May 1961. Janie's biggest hit. Her two other Billboard charters were "Romeo" (#75 in 1961) and "That Greasy Kid Stuff" (#74 in 1962). Written by Janie Grant. B-side is "She's Going Steady with You".
Views: 43112 Tom Smith
The Bangles - James (1984)
 
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Released on the 1984 album, "All Over the Place". Written by Vicki Peterson.
Views: 78199 Tom Smith
The Ames Brothers - A Very Precious Love (1958)
 
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Charted at #23 on Billboard Hot 100 in April 1958. From the movie, "Marjorie Morningstar". The song also charted at #16 in the UK for Doris Day. Written by Paul Francis Webster and Sammy Fain. B-side is "Don't Leave Me Now".
Views: 93514 Tom Smith
The Arbors - A Symphony For Susan (1966)
 
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Charted at #51 on Billboard Hot 100 in October 1966, and #18 on Billboard Adult Contemporary chart. Beautiful vocal harmony piece. Written and arranged by Bill Stegmeyer. B-side is "Love is the Light".
Views: 64221 Tom Smith
Ray Peterson - Till Then (1959)
 
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B-side of "Goodnight My Love", which I've also posted. This has my pick as one of Ray's best recordings, as does the A-side. As both the A-side and B-side of this single were so good, I think they should have saved this recording to be released as another A-side. The arrangement is also excellent. "Till Then" had been a #8 Pop hit for the Mills Brothers in 1944 (and #1 R&B). A remake by the Hilltoppers charted at #10 Billboard Pop in 1954, and another by the Classics charted at #20 Hot 100 (and #7 Adult Contemporary) in 1963. Released as a single in October 1959. Written by Eddie Seiler, Sol Marcus and Guy Wood.
Views: 63948 Tom Smith
Ed Ames - Mary in the Morning (1967)
 
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Released on the 1967 album, "When The Snow Is On The Roses". Ed's version of the Al Martino hit. Also recorded by Elvis Presley. Written by Michael Rashkow and Johnny Cymbal.
Views: 311596 Tom Smith
Jackie Wilson - My Heart Belongs To Only You (1961)
 
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Charted at #65 on Billboard Hot 100 in October 1961. One of my favorite songs; it was originally recorded by Bette McLaurin in 1952. Ella Fitzgerald and June Christy rushed out versions to compete and June's charted at #27 on the Cash Box singles chart in February 1953. The biggest hit version was by Bobby Vinton charting at #9 Billboard Hot 100 in March 1964 (#2 Adult Contemporary). Written by Dorothy Daniels & Frank Daniels. B-side is "The Way I Am".
Views: 122332 Tom Smith