Tag Archives: 50s

Minnie & Rod

Minnie Pearl and Rod Brasfield were close friends, and even though their material hasn’t aged well it’s still fun to see them enjoying each other’s company. Minnie Pearl has a smile that could turn winter into spring.  😀

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Sad to Say

Harry Belafonte was a favorite of my mother’s.  While in college in the 50s, she sneaked off to see him perform live. She had most of his albums, and now I have them. Full lyrics HERE.

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The cause of an incident

I bought Sammy Davis Jr.’s autobiography Yes I Can at a charity sale for $1, and it has far exceeded my expectations.  I had no idea of the hell he went through on his way to becoming a headliner. In this excerpt he has just begun to have some success as an entertainer, but is …

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Part Of Me Still

Blueberry Hill was written in 1940, the music by Vincent Rose and the lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis.  Louis Armstrong had a hit with it in 1949– seven years before Fats Domino’s version went to number one.

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Pretty Pretty Pretty Pretty

In her autobiography Whatever Happened to Peggy Sue? ©2008, Peggy Sue Gerron– the inspiration for the Buddy Holly song “Peggy Sue“– writes of the reverse-discrimination The Crickets endured during their first tour in 1957: Jerry had told me about some of the problems the four Crickets had encountered on the tour. There was no set …

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He never washed his face and he never combed his hair…

Full lyrics HERE.

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Talk.

Yet another excerpt from Eddie Cantor‘s autobiography The Way I See It, © 1959: “Lack of communication is the big problem in marriages today… I’d much rather see a husband and wife argue, even heatedly, than see one of them go silent and walk out of the room.” Note those quotes? This is the opinion …

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Hmmm…

This seems like a weird song for a newlywed to sing, but it just occurred to me:  maybe his inspiration was his old group, The Crickets, with whom he’d recently parted ways. Full lyrics HERE.

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Not Fade Away

We all know now how their stories ended, but when this was filmed nobody knew: This colour clip was shot silent in 1955 in Oklahoma City while Holly and Elvis Presley were working the two bottom slots on a country package tour headlined by Hank Snow — and apparently represents not only the earliest film …

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