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Dark Moon: The Best of Gale Storm

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1. I Hear You Knocking
2. Never Leave Me
3. Memories Are Made of This
4. Teenage Prayer
5. For Someone [#]
6. Why Do Fools Fall in Love?
7. Ivory Tower
8. Sweet Georgia Brown
9. Making Believe [#]
10. Now Is the Hour [Maori Farewell Song]
11. Oh, Lonely Crowd
12. On Treasure Island
13. Tell Me Why
14. If I Had You
15. Lucky Lips
16. Dark Moon
17. High School Play [#]
18. Love by the Jukebox Light

Product Details

  • Audio CD (October 25, 1994)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • ASIN: B0000014UV
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #272,252 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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26 of 27 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on June 9, 1999
Format: Audio CD
Gale Storm tackled rock with an essentially classical soprano and absolutely no feeling for a rock beat, meter or irony. Which makes these records all the more miraculous. Everything she did was absolutely outstanding, maybe because she took every song, no matter how silly, seriously and brought the music up to her level rather than her coming down to its level. Gale Storm's records for Dot are remarkable for the range of material, the simple but effective production values and her distinct talent for covering songs recorded by other artists so notably the public sometime forgot the originals. Gale's rendition of "Why Do Fools Fall in Love" is every bit as historic as Frankie Lymon's. Her "Dark Moon" ups the bar on Bonnie Guitar's haunting original. She takes Gloria Mann's "Teenage Prayer" and infuses it with such angst poor Gloria's original version disappeared from public view. She went toe-to-toe with Dean Martin on "Memories Are Made of This" (she recorded her version just after Martin's original was released) and nearly matched him in sales. She could take '30s classics such as "On Treasure Island" and make them rock opuses. To think she only recorded a year-and-a-half! She quit for family reasons but had she continued it's a sure bet she'd still be recording today. There's never been anyone like her and if you don't believe that just listen to her first record on Dot,"I Hear You Knockin'" backed with "Never Again." Prepared to be knocked out! (In other words, GET this C.D. when it comes back on the market as inevitably will.)
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on April 23, 1999
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Gale Storm roared up the charts in the mid 50's with these tunes! "I Hear You Knocking" went to #2 on the charts and was awarded a gold record. Gale didn't just sing these songs...she breathed a life into these songs the writers could never have hoped for. Witness "Dark Moon"...Bonnie Guitar recorded this tune and did a successful version of it, but Gale's version reigned (and reigns) supreme. Chris Isaak's version doesn't even come close. Gale hit the charts 11 times and had 6 top ten hits...all this in the 18 months she recorded for Dot records. This CD is a must for all fans of Miss Storm and for fans of early 50's rock and roll. Sure, it probably is pop and roll, but Gale and Pat Boone gave most of us our first real dose of Rock and Roll. This cd also includes 3 excellent unreleased tracks from Gale...there are dozens more unreleased masters waiting for someone who cares to put into a boxed set. For an introduction to Gale's great recordings, you can't do better than this cd.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on August 2, 2000
Format: Audio CD
These tracks represent some of the best of the Classic Age of Pop. The singer and the songs may not be well-known to contemporary fans, but to those who appreciate sweetly and powerfuly sung songs that have a truly unique diction and force, this CD is the tops. PLEASE encurage its re-release.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By AvidOldiesCollector TOP 500 REVIEWER on September 30, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Josephine Cottle, born May 4, 1922 in Bloomington, Texas, relocated to Hollywood when she was 17 where she won "The Gateway to Hollywood Contest" held in 1940 at the CBS Radio Studio. First prize was a one-year contract with the Monogram movie studio, and throughout the 1940's and early 1950's she appeared in many films under her stage name Gale Storm. In 1952 she landed her own TV series, My Little Margie, which lasted to 1955, and from 1956 to 1962 hosted The Gale Storm Show.

In 1955 she landed a recording contract with Dot and, with the backing of the Billy Vaughn orchestra on all her ensuing hits, she chalked up 12 to 1957. And here you get all but one. And that one omission is one reason why I knocked off 3 stars, especially when tracks 5, 9 and 17 represent previously-unreleased recordings, 8 and 14 are from albums, and 11 and 18 were failed singles.

Her first was actually her best as her cover of the Smiley Lewis R&B hit, I Hear You Knockin', went to # 2 Billboard Pop Top 100/# 15 R&B in late 1955 b/w Never Leave Me, which is regarded as a Billboard "follow-along" hit. As the year drew to a close she had a cover of the Dean Martin hit, Memories Are Made Of This, commence its rise to # 5 Top 100 b/w Teen Age Prayer, a cover of a release by both Gloria Mann (# 19) and Kitty White (# 68), but despite being a B-side, Gale's finished higher at # 6 early in 1956.

The covers continued in March when her version of the Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers hit, Why Do Fools Fall In Love? topped out at # 9 Top 100 b/w I Walk Alone (not here).
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 20, 2001
Format: Audio CD
This CD brings back so many great listening memories. I only wish that the re-release also contain the beautiful song ..."Down Mexico Way" Her interpretation of "Dark Moon" is absolutely unsurpassed. Please reissue it soon.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By KAY HARTMAN on June 12, 2001
Format: Audio CD
GALE STORM IS THE VERY BEST THIS CD NEEDS TO BE RELEASED SO WE CAN ALL ENJOY HER MUSIC!
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