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  • Audio CD (14 Sept. 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Jasmine Records
  • ASIN: B002HMY7BW
  • Other Editions: MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 394,304 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

Disc: 1
1. (If I Knew You Were Coming) I'd've Baked A Cake - Bob Merrill
2. Toys - Bob Merrill
3. Candy And Cake - Bob Merrill
4. My Truly Truly Fair - Bob Merrill
5. Pittsburgh Pennsylvania - Bob Merrill
6. Sparrow In The Treetop - Bob Merrill
7. Walkin' To Missouri - Bob Merrill
8. So Beautiful Is The Glow - Bob Merrill
9. Feet Up - Bob Merrill
10. Belle Belle My Liberty Belle - Bob Merrill
See all 30 tracks on this disc
Disc: 2
1. Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
2. I Wancha Around - Eartha Kitt
3. I Want You For A Sunbeam - Guy Mitchell & Mindy Carson
4. I Wish I Wish - Mindy Carson
5. (If I Knew You Were Coming) I'd've Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton
6. Key To My Heart - Rosemary Clooney
7. Kid's Last Fight - Frankie Laine
8. Let Me In - Texas Jim Robertson & Fontane Sisters
9. Look At 'Er - Tony Martin
10. Lovers Gold - Ella Fitzgerald
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Bob Merrill was one of popular music's most prolific and popular songwriters who despite being unable to read music wrote more pop hits in the '50s than anyone else. Bob Merrill was one of popular music's most prolific and popular songwriters who despite being unable to read music wrote more pop hits in the '50s than anyone else. This 2CD set has a whopping 61 tracks featuring a multitude of big name artists such as Tony Martin, Guy Mitchell, Burl Ives, Patti Page, Doris Day and many more! Includes his first big hit and in fact million seller "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake" with Eileen Barton, and the ever popular novelty smash "'Doggie in the Window" which was No. 1 in America for eight weeks. Bob Merrill also wrote some successful Broadway shows and went on to write lyrics for more modern day artists such as Barbra Streisand.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A. POLLOCK TOP 500 REVIEWER on 4 Sept. 2009
Format: Audio CD
Anyone collecting pop records during the Fifties would be only too aware of the contribution Bob Merrill (1922-1998) made to Tin Pan Alley for he was The Golden Boy of Hit Songs. Making Guy Mitchell a huge star via a virtual deluge of catchy numbers may be reasons enough to applaud this songwriter's innate ability to pitch material on a popular level that encouraged radio stations to play and record collector's to buy the latest recording; not only by Guy but numerous singers who front-lined the American pop scene.

However, Merrill's reputation seems to have dimmed with passing time so its most appropriate this excellent Jasmine anthology recaptures the songwriter's magic via the sheer width and breadth of songs and singers who eagerly grabbed the chance to record the novelty numbers and some tasty ballads that appealed to radio listeners and record buyers during those long-ago times.

Appropriately, the first disc features Bob personally introducing and singing eighteen of his own numbers (written up to around 1955) together with apposite dialogue concerning them. Fortunately, he is vocally personable enough to make this section highly listenable as well as rare. The remainder of the disc and the second CD are devoted to those hits plus others and some misses by the singers that helped make the dull Fifties a more colourful place.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Richard on 25 July 2011
Format: Audio CD
In the days when sheet music accounted for many of the hits the name of Bob Merrill was prominent on the song copies.
The 50s was his golden period and probably the last hit record to bear his name was Jimmy Rodgers' Honeycomb-a song which had previously been recorded without success by one Georgie Shaw.
Not every American version is included here for instance Walkin' to Missouri which can be heard from his own version-the hit version was by Russ Morgan and the hit in the U K was by Tony Brent
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
One of the most important songwriters of the 1950s 22 Feb. 2010
By Bruce R. Gilson - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
Let me open with a disclaimer. Back in the 1950s, I was informed that Bob Merrill (then described to me as "the man who wrote 'Doggie in the Window'") was a distant relative. I don't know exactly what the relationship was, but I suppose this makes me something other than a totally disinterested observer.

But objectively, Bob Merrill WAS one of the most important songwriters of the 1950s, the era whose music most interests me. Not only "Doggie in the Window" but many other top 10 hits were his creations. Almost every hit that Guy Mitchell recorded was Merrill's, as well as songs recorded by everyone from Rosemary Clooney to Mindy Carson. And this 2-CD sampler is a major collection of Merrill's songs. (There are over 50 tracks, but not 50 songs, because many songs are represented twice, once recorded by Merrill, and once by a professional singer.)

One must note that in that era, singers and songwriters were two different groups. A few, like Johnny Mercer or Peggy Lee, did belong to both professions, but this was very unusual, unlike today's "singer/songwriters" who dominate the music business. So you don't expect Bob Merrill, who was a preeminent songwriter, to have a voice of professional quality. But it is surprisingly good, in fact. One wonders where Jasmine got the recordings of Merrill singing, but it appears to be from a special broadcast, as many of these tracks are accompanied with spoken introductions describing how the song was written.

Some of the tracks in this collection, including Patti Page's recording of "Doggie in the Window," were big hits. Others, like Dean Martin's cover of Rosemary Clooney's "Mambo Italiano," are unusual versions of songs that were big hits for someone else. Yet others, like Mindy Carson's "All the Time and Ev'rywhere," were not really hits for anyone (though in that specific case, a recording by Dickie Valentine was a major success in Britain. But this collection, despite the fact that Jasmine is a company based in Britain, is restricted to recordings made in the US.)

Speaking of Mindy Carson, "Candy and Cake," one of her biggest hits, is on here, but not her version. (The Arthur Godfrey version that is in the collection, however, was also a major hit version of the song.)

All in all, a good collection. And Jasmine once more shows their willingness to give good value, as this 2-CD collection (as I said earlier, containing more than 50 tracks) costs about the same asmany single CDs.
Charming songs 14 May 2013
By Nicole desiderio - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Audio CD
So many fun words and imagery...I play the CD for my kids and they are now singing along.
Trying to imbue them with some sweetness as most music out there is too rough for them.
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