From the Roaring Twenties into the Fabulous Fifties, music changed to a more upbeat mood. Sheet music covers became better designed with brighter colors. This collection includes songs by Gogi Grant, Rosemary Clooney and another selection by Les Paul and Mary Ford.
“Suddenly There’s A Valley” features Gogi Grant on the cover. Recorded in 1955, it became a hit for the popular singer and reached Billboard’s Top Ten Written by Chuck Meyer and Biff Jones it was also published in 1955 by Warman Music of Radio City, New York.
Born in Ohio, the three McGuire Sisters made this song popular also in 1955. “It May Sound Silly” was written by songwriter Ivory Joe Hunter. In 1952 the sisters appeared on Arthur Godfrey's Talent Scouts and after immediately hiring them, they remained on his shows for seven years. Copyright dated 1954 by Progressive Music Co. Of Radio City, New York and again in 1955. On the back is a promotion for the Clovers and their rhythm and blues hits.
Another popular tune from the 1950's was “Hummingbird” recorded for Capitol Records by the widely known duo of Les Paul and Mary Ford. Their version became the best-liked and reached number 7 on the Billboard charts. Words and music by Don Robertson. Copyright 1955 and published by Ross Jungnickel of New York. ("Only Forever" is offered in this shop in another collection.)
A sultry Rosemary Clooney (1928 - 2002) is featured on the cover of this popular 1950's tune “Half as Much” by Curley Williams. “If you loved me half as much as I love you....” A popular hit released by Columbia Records and published by Acuff-Rose Publications of Nashville, TN and bears a copyright date of 1951. Clooney recorded several duets with Marlene Dietrich. One of them, another catchy tune from the Fabulous Fifties: “Too Old to Cut the Mustard.” Released by Columbia Records. Copyright 1951 also by Acuff-Rose Publications.
First copyrighted by Theodore Presser in 1903 and renewed again by the same company in 1954 (now located at BrynMawr, PA). “Melody of Love” is a slow waltz number with lyrics by Tom Glazer and music by H. Engelmann. On the back is a promotional ad for a very young Liberace.