Bashful Blond/Let Me Belong to You

The Bashful Blond/Let Me Belong to You

by Brian Hyland
     
 
Brian Hyland was one of the more charming members of the pack of teen idols who overran the rock & roll scene in the early '60s. His first big hit was the innocuous "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," and it set the scene for the rest of his early-'60s work -- namely, sometimes silly pop
ock with female vocal choruses, gentle guitars, and Hyland's

Overview

Brian Hyland was one of the more charming members of the pack of teen idols who overran the rock & roll scene in the early '60s. His first big hit was the innocuous "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini," and it set the scene for the rest of his early-'60s work -- namely, sometimes silly pop
ock with female vocal choruses, gentle guitars, and Hyland's soft vocals. In 2004 BGO combined two of Hyland's early albums on one disc. Released in 1961, The Bashful Blond includes his big hit plus 11 other pop tunes. Most of them are novelties like the bopping "Cleo," "Cozy Little Compact Car," and the silly but catchy "Don't Dilly Dally, Sally." He also takes on a couple of vocal pop standards, "'A' You're Adorable" and "Baby Face," as well as making a valiant but doomed effort to make something of "I Don't Want to Set the World On Fire." Hyland's voice doesn't stretch quite far enough to find the melody here, but mostly he sticks to tunes that do accommodate his limited range. Let Me Belong to You, issued in 1962, is half made up of his versions of songs that were popular for others, like "Are You Lonesome Tonight," "I'm Sorry," "Lonely Weekends," "Bye Bye Love," and "All Shook Up." He really doesn't add anything to the originals at all, which makes the album somewhat less successful than its predecessor. The songs that work are those that were written for him by Gary Geld and Pete Udell, like the dramatic ballads "It Ain't That Way at All," "The Night I Cried," and "Let It Die." The songs are loaded with drama, tension, and energy. Hyland's vocals don't quite reach Gene Pitney territory; he comes off like Pitney's younger and less histrionic brother, though he almost matches him on "Walk a Lonely Mile." Taken together, the albums show an artist with more charm than talent, but it makes for pleasant listening just the same.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/09/2004
Label:
Bgo - Beat Goes On
UPC:
5017261206077
catalogNumber:
607
Rank:
157800

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Brian Hyland   Primary Artist,Vocals

Technical Credits

Charlie Rich   Composer
Elvis Presley   Composer
Otis Blackwell   Composer
Ronnie Self   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Felice Bryant   Composer
Boudleaux Bryant   Composer
Eddie Durham   Composer
Sharon Sheeley   Composer
Roy Turk   Composer
Peter Udell   Composer
Paul Vance   Composer
Rick Ward   Liner Notes
Fred Wise   Composer
Lee Pockriss   Composer
Johnny Black   Composer
Gary Geld   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Benny Davis   Composer
Lou Handman   Composer
Sol Marcus   Composer
Vera Matson   Composer
Ruth Lane   Composer
Sidney Lippman   Composer
Eddie Seiler   Composer
Dub Albritton   Composer
Malcolm Whitby   Liner Notes
James Wynn   Liner Notes

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