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Old gems from the fifties and sixties,
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This review is from: Early Girls, Volume 3 (Audio CD)
This impressive collection of recordings by female singers, laid down between 1955 and 1964, is the third of three volumes. Few of the ladies featured here had a lot of hits. Patti Page, best remembered for Tennessee waltz but represented here by Old Cape Cod, was the most successful.
There are two American number one hits - I will follow him (Little Peggy March) and Johnny Angel (Shelley Fabares). Peggy's hit was a cover of a song recorded by Petula Clark. Other big American hits included Don't you know (Della Reese), Hurt (Timi Yuro), Johnny get angry (Joanie Sommers) and Release me (Esther Phillips), Release me began life as a country song in the early fifties, but although Esther's top ten cover re-launched her career, it would be Engelbert Humperdinck who would make the song his own, having an even bigger American hit with it as well as a British number one.
Etta James' cover of Glenn Miller's At last only scraped into the American top fifty, but it gave her career a direction to go in.
There are many other great songs, mostly sung by long-forgotten one-hit wonders. Anybody interested in female singers of the era and looking for less obvious material should check this out.