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When Boy Meets Girl/Wish Upon a Star
     

When Boy Meets Girl/Wish Upon a Star

by Peggy King
 
The Collectables reissue of two mid-'50s LPs by Peggy King reveals a singer who possessed a cute soprano voice with the character and subtle strength of Debbie Reynolds. The first of two concept LPs, 1955's Girl Meets Boy pairs King with Jerry Vale for a musical dissection of a love affair, beginning with King's sweetly innocent "The Boy Next Door" and

Overview

The Collectables reissue of two mid-'50s LPs by Peggy King reveals a singer who possessed a cute soprano voice with the character and subtle strength of Debbie Reynolds. The first of two concept LPs, 1955's Girl Meets Boy pairs King with Jerry Vale for a musical dissection of a love affair, beginning with King's sweetly innocent "The Boy Next Door" and continuing through "Would You Like to Take a Walk?" and "Let's Fall in Love." Felicia Sanders briefly catches the eyes of Vale with "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Temptation," but King of course wins the boy back and they celebrate with the closer, "Love Is Here to Stay." In similar company to Mel Tormé's Prelude to a Kiss and several other story-in-song LPs of the time, Girl Meets Boy leans less on jazz (or even jazz interpretation) than the musical scores that were lighting up the charts during the mid-'50s. Still, King carries the LP well, and Percy Faith's orchestration is appropriately grand, sweeping along at the pace of a promenade. The second record, 1956's Wish Upon a Star, finds King on the long road to fame, encompassing "When I Was Ten," "When You Wish Upon a Star," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Just before the title song is reprised at the end, King's character is discovered by an A&R executive while she sings a radio jingle for Hunt's Tomato Sauce, in the exact circumstances King is said to have been discovered by Mitch Miller. Between the theme of the LP and King's voice, listeners can barely stop thinking about Reynolds' role in the 1952 film smash Singin' in the Rain.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/25/2003
Label:
Collectables
UPC:
0090431761427
catalogNumber:
7614
Rank:
92758

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Peggy King   Primary Artist
Percy Faith   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Nacio Herb Brown   Composer
Arthur Freed   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Leigh Harline   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Hugh Martin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Dan Rivard   Reissue Producer
Harry Warren   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Ralph Blane   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Sam Coslow   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Richard A. Whiting   Composer
Mort Dixon   Composer
Harry Revel   Composer
Bickley S. Reichmer   Composer
Robert Graham   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Lionel Rand   Composer

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