Before the London Palladium became the home of musicals like CHITTY CHITTY BANG BANG and THE SOUND OF MUSIC, it was the world's foremost variety theatre and home to all the legendary stars. Rising singers and comedians begged their opportunity to appear in the two performances-per-night as well as the televised and popular SUNDAY NIGHT AT THE PALLADIUM show. In the late 40's and early 50's all the American singers came, were seen, and conquered with the amazing and emotional Johnnie Ray taking the place by storm in 1954 with his many hits like CRY, SUCH A NIGHT and GLAD RAG DOLL. These and others battle to be heard above the screaming fans who ambushed "The Prince of Wails" and serve as a reminder of a singing phenomenon.
A year later popular girl singer, Rosemary Clooney was on stage with THIS OLE HOUSE, COME ON-A MY HOUSE and MAMBO ITALIANO heading her act which included ballads TENDERLY, DANNY BOY, LOVE YOU DIDN'T DO RIGHT BY ME and BRAHMS' LULLABY which were highly appreciated by her many fans.
In 1959 TV's Wagon Train star, Robert Horton, strutted his vocal stuff via THEY SAY IT'S WONDERFUL, MARIA and two other numbers with his humorous introductions a nice bonus. These on-stage recordings are very enjoyable and recall a time when talented singers relied on their earned star quality without the need for backup light shows and prancing dancers. As 50's nostalgia this collection is highly recommended.