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HITS of 1950: Music! Music! Music!


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HITS OF 1950 Original Recordings

For a year which was characterized by the Cold War, the Korean War, the H-Bomb and Communists, 1950s entertainment was upbeat, nostalgic and sentimental. Families were growing, baby boomers were starting school, and North Americans were content to stay at home and gather around the four million television sets now in use. Attracting audiences to the small screen in 1950 were Jack Benny, Burns & Allen, Eddie Cantor, Bob Hope, Perry Como, Your Hit Parade, and Superman, with the slapstick and sophisticated comedy forces led respectively by Milton Berle and Sid Caesar. Kate Smith and Garry Moore became popular daytime personalities, and game shows such as You Bet Your Life, Beat the Clock and Truth or Consequences began their long runs.

Television may have had its growing audience, but movies, if not necessarily better than ever, still did well, including All About Eve, Born Yesterday, Cyrano de Bergerac, King Solomon’s Mines and Rio Grande. On Broadway the big plays were The Member of the Wedding, The Cocktail Party, The Happy Time, Peter Pan, Call Me Madam and Guys and Dolls, while 1949’s South Pacific won the Pulitzer Prize in 1950.

The Nobel Peace Prize went to Dr. Ralph Bunche, and a belated Literary prize went to William Faulkner, following criticism of the Swedish Academy for not presenting an award in 1949. Deaths in 1950 included George Orwell, Sir Harry Lauder, Kurt Weill, Al Jolson, George Bernard Shaw, Edgar Rice Burroughs, and the great dancer Nijinsky.

For those still inclined to travel, the 26,000-ton Independence, the fastest ocean-going passenger ship ever built in the United States, was launched on 3rd June, and a Pan-Am World Airways stratocruiser jet set a new transatlantic record on 28th April, flying from New York to London in nine hours and sixteen minutes. And for a slower pace, Thor Heyerdahl’s account of his 101-day voyage across the Pacific, The Kon-Tiki Expedition, was published in March.

Frankie Laine may have wanted to follow the wild goose, but much of the music of 1950 reflected the sentimental feelings of the day. A trend toward folk songs (Goodnight Irene) and country tunes (Bonaparte’s Retreat, Tennessee Waltz) was paralleled by the nostalgic (Dearie, Dear Hearts And Gentle People) and sentimental (Daddy’s Little Girl, My Foolish Heart). Old songs (Thinking of You, Bewitched) were revived, new songs came from stage and screen (A Bushel And a Peck, Mona Lisa), and novelties held sway (If I Knew You Were Comin’, The Thing, Rag Mop). The big bands still had a little presence, with Ray Anthony and Stan Kenton still logging chart success, but most of the hits were by vocalists ... old standbys like Nat ‘King’ Cole and Bing Crosby, and newcomers like Teresa Brewer and Don Cherry. Anton Karas’ zither solo of the theme from The Third Man was about as exotic as things would get in 1950.

Like most of the lively arts, music was "safe" and would remain that way for the next four years, but revolution was on the way, if not just around the corner.

David Lennick, 2002

The Naxos Historical labels aim to make available the greatest recordings of the history of recorded music, in the best and truest sound that contemporary technology can provide. To achieve this aim, Naxos has engaged a number of respected restorers who have the dedication, skill and experience to produce restorations that have set new standards in the field of historical recordings.

David Lennick

As a producer of CD reissues, David Lennick’s work in this field grew directly from his own needs as a broadcaster specializing in vintage material and the need to make it listenable while being transmitted through equalizers, compressors and the inherent limitations of A.M. radio. Equally at home in classical, pop, jazz and nostalgia, Lennick describes himself as exercising as much control as possible on the final product, in conjunction with CEDAR noise reduction applied by Graham Newton in Toronto. As both broadcaster and re-issue producer, he relies on his own extensive collection as well as those made available to him by private collectors, the University of Toronto, Syracuse University and others.

Facts
Item number 8120637
Barcode 636943263723
Release date 11/01/2002
Category Nostalgia
Label Naxos Nostalgia
Media type CD
Number of units 1
Performers
Artists Karas, Anton
Hutton, Betty
Crosby, Bing
Terry, Dave
Thurlow, Deirdre
Noel, Dick
Cherry, Don
Barton, Eileen
Laine, Frankie
Greeley, George
MacRae, Gordon
Stafford, Jo
Graydon, Joe
Starr, Kay
Cole, Nat King
Page, Patti
Como, Perry
Harris, Phil
Brewer, Teresa
Karas, Anton
Hutton, Betty
Crosby, Bing
Terry, Dave
Thurlow, Deirdre
Noel, Dick
Cherry, Don
Barton, Eileen
Laine, Frankie
Greeley, George
MacRae, Gordon
Stafford, Jo
Graydon, Joe
Starr, Kay
Cole, Nat King
Page, Patti
Como, Perry
Harris, Phil
Brewer, Teresa
Composers Hoffman, Al
Lomax, Alan
Karas, Anton
Baum, Bernie
Burke, Bob
Merrill, Bob
Coquatrix, Bruno
Grean, Charles R.
Watts, Clem
Mann, Dave
Anderson, Deacon
Loesser, Frank
Chopin, Fryderyk
Ruby, Herman
Gerlach, Horace
Wills, Johnnie Lee
Albert, Matt
Delugg, Milton
King, Pee Wee
Evans, Ray
Stewart, Redd
Rodgers, Richard
Fain, Sammy
Weiss, Stephan
Gilkyson, Terry
Young, Victor
Stein, Willie
Hoffman, Al
Lomax, Alan
Karas, Anton
Baum, Bernie
Burke, Bob
Merrill, Bob
Coquatrix, Bruno
Grean, Charles R.
Watts, Clem
Mann, Dave
Anderson, Deacon
Loesser, Frank
Chopin, Fryderyk
Ruby, Herman
Gerlach, Horace
Wills, Johnnie Lee
Albert, Matt
Delugg, Milton
King, Pee Wee
Evans, Ray
Stewart, Redd
Rodgers, Richard
Fain, Sammy
Weiss, Stephan
Gilkyson, Terry
Young, Victor
Stein, Willie
Conductors Pleis, Jack
Pleis, Jack
Orchestras Brothers, Ames
Bill Snyder Orchestra
Carl Fischer Chorus
Carl Fischer Orchestra
Dave Terry Chorus
Dave Terry Orchestra
Dixieland All Stars
Gordon Jenkins Chorus
Gordon Jenkins Orchestra
Jack Rael Orchestra
Jud Conlon Rhythmaires
Les Baxter Orchestra
Lou Busch Orchestra
Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Yorkers, New
Paul Weston Orchestra
Perry Botkin String Band
Ray Anthony Orchestra
Stan Kenton Orchestra
The Mills Brothers
Weavers, The
Walter Scharf Orchestra
Brothers, Ames
Bill Snyder Orchestra
Carl Fischer Chorus
Carl Fischer Orchestra
Dave Terry Chorus
Dave Terry Orchestra
Dixieland All Stars
Gordon Jenkins Chorus
Gordon Jenkins Orchestra
Jack Rael Orchestra
Jud Conlon Rhythmaires
Les Baxter Orchestra
Lou Busch Orchestra
Mitchell Ayres Orchestra
Yorkers, New
Paul Weston Orchestra
Perry Botkin String Band
Ray Anthony Orchestra
Stan Kenton Orchestra
The Mills Brothers
Weavers, The
Walter Scharf Orchestra
Producers Lennick, David
Lennick, David
Disc: 1
The Thing
1 If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake
2 Rag Mop
3 My Foolish Heart
4 Orange Colored Sky
5 Bonaparte's Retreat
6 The Third Man Theme
7 Daddy's Little Girl
8 Dearie
9 The Cry Of The Wild Goose
10 Count Every Star
11 Music! Music! Music!
12 Mona Lisa
13 A Bushel And A Peck
14 No Other Love
15 Dear Hearts And Gentle People
16 Goodnight Irene
17 Bewitched
18 Thinking Of You
19 Tennessee Waltz
20 The Thing
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