Frankie Laine - Answer Me
"Answer Me" was originally written in 1952 (with German lyrics, under the title "Mütterlein" by Gerhard Winkler and Fred Rauch. The English lyrics were written by Carl Sigman in 1952).
After the song was recorded by Frankie Laine in 1953, the "religious" version was banned by the BBC after complaints. Nevertheless it still reached number one on the UK Singles Chart, after another version was written by Sigman in which, instead of directing the question to God about why the singer has lost his love, the lyric is addressed directly to the lost lover. In the new lyric, "Answer me, Lord above..." is changed to "Answer me, oh my love..." with other appropriate changes. The new song, entitled "Answer Me, My Love," was again recorded by Laine, but became a bigger U.S. hit for Nat King Cole in 1954.
A friend kindly gave me this song on 7inch single in 1993. She had kept it from her childhood, even though she had never really liked it and had never played it!
Winnifred Atwell - Let's Have Another Party
"Let's Have Another Party" was a 1954 ragtime composition, which became a number one hit in the UK Singles Chart for the pianist Winifred Atwell. It is a composite of several pieces of music, and was a follow up to Atwell's successful hit "Let's Have a Party" of the previous year.
The music was written by Nat D. Ayer, Clifford Grey, James W. Tate, Ray Henderson, Mort Dixon and others. It was produced by Johnny Franz and first entered the UK chart on 26 November 1954 for an eight-week run, spending five of those weeks at number one. The medley included parts of the following tunes:
"Another Little Drink Wouldn't Do Us Any Harm"
"Bye Bye Blackbird"
"Honeysuckle and the Bee"
"I Wonder Where My Baby is Tonight"
"Lily of Laguna"
"The Sheik of Araby"
"Somebody Stole My Gal"
"When the Red, Red Robin (Comes Bob, Bob, Bobbin' Along)"
Atwell was the first black person to have a number one hit in the UK.
I just really love this recording! - it's so bad, it's great! This record was one of the last ones that I added to my Christmas No1's collection having searched for it for about 10 years. I found it in an old market in Glasgow on a 78 record for 20p but at that time didn't have a record player that could play 78's. About 4 years ago I finally found a 7inch version at a local car boot sale for 5p. Notice the brill electric guitar bit in the middle!!
I've actually got this one loaded on my MP3 player on my favourites playlist so I can listen to it all year round :)