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Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2
     

The Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2

 
Like the first volume in this series, this is something of a spinoff from the concept driving Ace Records' long-running Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll series, which branched out from rock & roll into country, novelty, and folk hits (also covering the era approximately stretching from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s). More than the first volume, however, The

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Like the first volume in this series, this is something of a spinoff from the concept driving Ace Records' long-running Golden Age of American Rock'n'Roll series, which branched out from rock & roll into country, novelty, and folk hits (also covering the era approximately stretching from the mid-'50s to the mid-'60s). More than the first volume, however, The Golden Age of American Popular Music, Vol. 2 gathers pop hits from that era that weren't really related to rock & roll or any sort of American roots music, or only tenuously so at most. Some of these 28 tracks, nonetheless, transcended labels to make it onto rock & roll oldies stations' playlists, like Jimmie Rodgers' "Secretly," Gene McDaniels' "Chip Chip," Steve Lawrence's "Go Away Little Girl," and Nino Tempo & April Stevens' "Deep Purple." It's no accident, perhaps, that these are the biggest and best of the hits featured on this 28-track compilation, which concentrates mostly on lower-charting items -- though quite a few of these were solid Top 40 entries -- that have pretty much been forgotten, even by collectors specializing in this era of pop music. But there are still some pretty good other songs here, like Bobby Darin's "18 Yellow Roses" and Kitty Kallen's oft-covered "My Coloring Book," and some oddball selections with pretty interesting stories behind them, like actor Richard Chamberlain's "Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" (which actually made the Top Ten) and "Utopia" by Frank Gari (who actually wrote and recorded with Roger McGuinn shortly before McGuinn co-founded the Byrds). Much of the rest is featherweight pop, in many cases by well-known singers like the Lettermen, Anita Bryant, Ronnie Dove, Buddy Knox, Johnny Nash, Ruby & the Romantics, Brian Hyland, and producer Bob Crewe (whose "The Whiffenpoof Song" seems intended to emulate Bobby Darin's style in "Mack the Knife").

Product Details

Release Date:
11/11/2008
Label:
Ace Records Uk
UPC:
0029667033121
catalogNumber:
1191
Rank:
42433

Tracks

  1. 18 Yellow Roses
  2. I Dreamed
  3. Secretly
  4. Come Back Silly Girl
  5. Where The Blue Of Night
  6. Three Stars Will Shine Tonight
  7. Paradise
  8. Southtown USA
  9. Right Or Wrong
  10. My Little Corner Of The World
  11. Utopia
  12. I Love The Way You Are
  13. Baubles Bangles And Beads
  14. Apple Green
  15. Hula Love
  16. Go Away Little Girl
  17. My Summer Love
  18. Chip Chip
  19. Beach Time
  20. Shake Me I Rattle (Squeeze Me I Cry)
  21. Lovely One
  22. A Very Special Love
  23. Wishin' On A Rainbow
  24. My Coloring Book
  25. Deep Purple
  26. Ginny Come Lately
  27. Billy
  28. The Whiffenpoof Song

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