Tales from the Atomic Age

Coloratura!:
Sopranos in the Sky

Still, for the majority of popular recordings, coloratura session vocalists routinely went uncredited. Gogi Grant's 1955 hit "Suddenly There's a Valley" gets under way with glorious coloratura vocals. Roger Williams' instrumental version of the country classic "Tumbling Tumbleweeds" places the echoing sopranos in a desert setting. Johnny Mathis occasionally used coloratura singers, conspicuous on his 1958 Conniff-backed hit "No Love (But Your Love)" and even ... MORE ››

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Perez Prado

Perez Prado's girl "Patricia" is in the upper 20 on the Top 100 One-Word Title Hits of the '50s and '60s! Check out the other 99 titles without spaces ... MORE ››

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PETULA CLARK

Petula Clark

Breaking into the U.S. music scene didn't happen immediately for Petula Clark. In fact, more than twenty years passed after her start in show business before she finally made her way "Downtown" and pulled it off. She would have been fine had she settled for simple superstardom in her native England, but it turns out she was marketable in any language. Born in Epsom, Surrey, Petula began her career on BBC radio in 1942 at the age of nine. Singing on broadcasts during World War II to entertain the troops, she worked for a time with a young Julie Andrews, also a native of Surrey. She became a mascot of sorts for the British Army, bearing comparisons to America's Shirley Temple. The motion picture industry came calling when director Maurice Elvey ... MORE ››



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♦ Baby Sittin' Boogie ♦
by Buzz Clifford

Before fate stepped in, as it always does, Reese Francis Clifford III had every intention of being a singer in the mold of Elvis Presley, the obvious rock and roll role model of the 1950s. The inevitable twist of fortune determined whether he had a chance at being in a league with, say, hitmakers like Eddie Cochran or Bobby Vee, or would wind up in a ... MORE ››