Jaye P. Morgan on RCA
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Top Customer Reviews
Well, here is a collection of her finest 45s (and one album cut) recorded for RCA in the 1950s. "The Longest Walk" , needless to say, never sounded better.
Many cuts are her sides with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. But one outstanding number is "Blind Date" written by Leiber- Stoller. Her plaintive delivery of that chestnut melts my heart. As for the rest of the selections, well they won't disappoint either. The song "The I'll Be Happy" (in stereo) was lifted from her second LP for the label "Just You,Just Me". The LP is a five star knock-out, and currently available as an import.
Her best work did not end at RCA, however. She signed with MGM Records in 1959 where she recorded the exemplary "Slow & Easy" as well as three more fine LPs including a delightful country album.
However, her best sides for that label were actually released on two 45s. The first was "Will He Like Me" from the broadway show "She Loves Me." The second was her quintessential version of the standard "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart." She really lets loose on this song. The orchestra, conducted by Marty Paiche on both songs, hits a home run.
I'm still hoping that Polygram, which I assume still owns the MGM masters, will release these records in the future. Jaye P.'s fans have waited long enough.
In doing that Collectors' Choice Music/BMG missed a golden opportunity to have, on the market, the best Jaye P. Morgan CD bar none. But what is here, coupled with the two pages of liner notes by Robert W. Rice and the discography of the contents, makes this a solid 4-star volume.
It starts of with her first RCA hit, and my personal favourite, That's All I Want For You which, with the backing of the Hugo Winterhalter orchestra, made it to # 3 Billboard Pop Top 100 in late 1954/early 1955 b/w Dawn (not included here). She followed that up a few months later, again with the Winterhalter orchestra, with the double-sided hit Danger! Heartbreak Ahead (# 12) b/w Softly, Softly which is registered as a "follow-along" hit. That summer she paired with the late, great Perry Como on Chee Chee-oo Chee (Sang The Little Bird) which reached # 12 in July b/w Two Lost Souls, from the musical Damn Yankees, which also charted at # 18. Both were backed by Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra.
Later that summer she was back with Winterhalter on The Longest Walk, a solid # 6 in September b/w the old Al Jolson hit, Swanee, which was regarded as a "follow-along" hit as well.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Jaye P. Morgan always sang so beautifully; I still love to hear her sing. This is a very good album for her fans even if it doesn't include all her hits while she recorded at RCA. Read morePublished on April 18, 2010 by Matthew G. Sherwin
Of the CD's available by this unique and talented song stylist, this one is fine (though an odd mix of songs.) 'The Longest Walk,' 'Easy Does It,' and 'Echo of Love' are standouts. Read morePublished on January 30, 2001 by Old Legend Lover