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Mary Small, a child singer called 'the little girl with the big voice' sings the title song of the 1934 Dave Fleisher cartoon "Love Thy Neighbor" along with a bouncing ball. Ray Noble's "The Old Spinning Wheel" a big hit in 1933 became her radio theme song at age 11. Mary was a series regular on the "Your Hit Parade" styled TV show "American Minstrels of 1949" and was married for a time to Vic Mizzy (of Addams Family Theme fame) who directed the orchestra on and co-penned "None Of That Now" with his early collaborator Mann Curtis and the flipside "Dino" with Milton Drake.
|Originally known as the Bagelman Sisters, the Barry Sisters were the most popular singers in the genre called Yiddish Swing, which popularized and jazzified Yiddish folk songs. They also sang popular tunes with Yiddish lyrics, like Raindrops Keep Falling on My Head. They were often featured on the New York radio show "Yiddish Melodies in Swing" and also crossed over into the mainstream as well, appearing on American TV programs such as The Ed Sullivan Show. They also were among the few performers to tour the former Soviet Union, and came to have a large following from that country, as well many other places in the world. As of this writing in 2003, Claire, with the higher voice, was still active and performing. Her sister Myrna, with the lower voice, passed away quite a few years ago.|
|Dorothy Collins was one of the stars of the 1950's TV show "Your Hit Parade" and went on to star with Alexis Smith, Gene Nelson, Yvonne DeCarlo and Mary (The French Line) McCarty in the original Broadway production of Stephen Sondheim's Follies in 1971.|
|Born Anita Kert in 1920 to an orthodox Jewish family, Anita Ellis' popularity on Red Skelton's radio show led to an invitation to dub soundtrack vocals for non-singing actresses. Almost by chance, she had found the perfect job for someone with her malaise - paralyzing stage fright. Anita's first, and most famous, vocal dub was for Rita Hayworth, singing "Put The Blame On Mame" in Gilda (1946). She followed this with many others, including Hayworth again in Down To Earth (1947), The Lady From Shanghai and The Loves Of Carmen (both 1948), Shelley Winters in The Gangster (1947), Vera-Ellen in Three Little Words (1950) and The Belle Of New York (1952), Joan Caulfield in The Petty Girl (1950), and Jeanne Crain in Gentlemen Marry Brunettes (1955).|
|Georgia Gibbs, born Freda Gibbons in 1920 first recorded for Brunswick Records at age 16. This led to a radio career including "Your Hit Parade" and additional recordings with leading bandleaders including Artie Shaw and Tommy Dorsey. Garry Moore dubbed her "Her Nibs Miss Gibbs" on Jimmy Durante's radio show in the 1940's. Gibbs first entered the charts in 1950 with a cover version of Eileen Barton's smash hit "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake" (Georgia's version went to number 5 - the second biggest of five hit versions). She had her first number 1 hit with "Kiss Of Fire", a vocal version of the 30s tango instrumental "El Choclo". She had several more big pop hits including "Tweedlee Dee" and "Wallflower (Dance With Me Henry)" and her last chart appearance was "The Hula Hoop Song" which peaked at #32 in 1958. She continued to make wonderful recordings for many years.|
|Eileen Barton was born in 1929. The daughter of vaudevillians, she was performing with people like Eddie Cantor and Milton Berle before she was 10. At 17 she was singing on the radio with Frank Sinatra. Eileen had one massive hit in 1950 called "If I Knew You Were Coming I'd Have Baked A Cake" that spent 10 weeks at number 1. It was so popular that there were four more hit versions by various artists including Georgia Gibbs and even a duet by Ethel Merman and Ray Bolger! Eileen continued to chart with minor to modest successes into 1954 but with the onslaught of rock 'n' roll around the corner it appears her recording career was done for. She continued to record into the sixties and even recorded some songs with Lawrence Welk. Other people that Eileen recorded with include Neal Hefti, Johnny Desmond, The McGuire Sisters and Jimmy Wakely. In 1963 Eileen had a small part in the movie "Promises, Promises", a comedy fiasco starring Jayne Mansfield.|
|Joanie Sommers was born in 1941. Her first chart single was a recording of "One Boy" from the Broadway Musical "Bye Bye Birdie" in 1959. Her big hit was "Johnny Get Angry" which went to #7 in 1963 and has possibly the most famous kazoo solo in a hit pop recording. Joanie became a popular New York cabaret performer in the 70's and again in the 80's. Vocally Joanie is also well remembered as the voice of The Pepsi Generation ad campaign through much of the 1960's.|
Texan Jean Martin was a nightclub dancer in the 1950's and appeared as Cindy Styles in the 1957 film "Jamboree" (titled "Disc Jockey Jamboree" in the UK). Jean got her start as a diving champ and went on to become Miss Houston. Not only beautiful, her singing talent didn't go unnoticed either as she went on to become a popular guest on many radio shows. This lead to a spot as a regular on Morey Amsterdam's TV Time and then to her own show on ABC. Jean also appeared in episodes of The Naked City and New York Confidential. We are now delighted to be presenting Jean's 1957 LP, Please Be Gentle With Me along with six bonus tracks on CD for the first time. For a view of the package, click here.
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