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Jane Morgan – With Open Arms

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Jane Currier was born on Christmas day, 1920 in Boston Massachusetts, although she was raised in Florida. She later trained as a lyric soprano at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. Jane not only had a clear, strong voice, but also could sing in many languages. Jane was spotted in a night club and was whisked to France, where she became very successful. When she returned home, she was in demand on television and the night club circuit as “The American Girl From Paris”. She hit the Hot 100 five times. “With Open Arms” peaked at number 39 in 1959. I remember hearing it quite a lot on Cleveland radio when I was growing up, and always liked the song. That’s why I decided to share it with you. Listen for Jane on TUNEDEX MEMORIES

With Open Arms – written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

(Ah-blinka-chunk) Jane Morgan - With Open Arms

I wait with open arms
Down by the river where the boats come in
And when the boats come in
I run to him with open arms

Although he’s on the shore
His heart is still a hundred miles at sea
But then he kisses me
And I can tell he’s mine once more

All night I hold him tight
He’s mine until the dawn
Then when the fishing boats go out again, he’s gone
Gone away and…

I pray all through the day
That he’ll return and make my life begin
And when his boat comes in
I run to him with open arms

All night I hold him tight
He’s mine until the dawn
Then when the fishing boats go out again, he ‘s gone
Gone away and…

I pray all through the day
That he’ll return and make my life begin
And when his boat comes in
I run to him with o-pen arms

(Down by the river where the boats come in
A blinka-chunk!)

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Kenny Karen – Sixteen Years Ago Tonight

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Kenny Karen’s singing talent landed him a recording contract with Columbia records. After three releasesKenny Karen he was let go as an artist, but managed to survive and keep alive his budding writing career. Kenny paid his rent by singing demo recordings for a variety of music publishers who were attempting to place their music with major selling artists. During this period he became friends with Neil Diamond and Tony Orlando and spent a great deal of time in the “other” Brill Building. This background proved to be just what he needed to break into the jingle business.

Kenny was the recipient of NARAS’ “Most Valuable Player” award for six consecutive years, and is the only male studio singer ever to be honored with MVP Virtuoso Award, acknowledging his many years of achievement in the jingle industry. Kenny’s voice has ultimately been heard on more than 15,000 radio and television commercials. He remains the last link of studio singers combining the artistry of the “golden years” with the ever-changing world of pop music.

Today, Kenny is a devoted husband and father and devotes his musical attentions to the music of his upbringing and heritage, Jewish music. Long ago however, Kenny co-wrote with Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller one of the best “teen” songs I never heard before. You’ll get to hear and enjoy this tune on TUNEDEX MEMORIES

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Jimmy Griffin – What Kind Of Girl Are You

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Jimmy was born on August 10, 1943 in Cincinnati Ohio, but shortly after, his family moved to Memphis. He was inspired to develop his musical talents at the tender age of 7 after spending some time with a couple guys who lived across the street. The neighbors? None other than Dorsey and Johnny Burnette. While Jimmy was honing his performing skills, the Burnette brothers moved to California. After he graduated from high School in 1962, he visited Dorsey in Hollywood.the \

Dorsey was signed to Reprise at the time and introduced Jimmy to his producer Steve Venet. Steve and Jimmy wrote several songs together, but then Steve left Reprise. He was replaced by Jimmy Bowen and by September 1963, Jimmy was signed and recorded his first album.

Backing Jimmy on “Summer Holiday” was Leon Russell on piano, Glen Campbell on guitar and Hal Blaine on drums. While I enjoyed his cover of the title track, I chose to put the original by Cliff Richard in rotation on our play list, the Honor Roll of Hits.

Jimmy recorded many great Teen sides during his stint at Reprise, with “What Kind Of Girl Are You” being one of my favorites. I liked the Bobby Vee-like arrangement and Jimmy’s voice seemed to be a perfect fit for the song.

Jimmy GriffinJimmy never became the Teen Idol Reprise thought he’d be, but rebounded well as he co-founded the group Bread with David Gates, Robb Royer and Jim Gordon in 1968.

Jimmy had an impact on country music after Bread disbanded. He teamed up with Randy Meisner and Billy Swan to form Black Tie. They hit the country charts with the Buddy Holly penned single “Learning The Game”. He hit the Country charts three more times in the early 90’s with the group The Remingtons.

James Griffin died of cancer on January 13, 2005. He is survived by his wife Marti, daughter Alexis and son Jacob. This multi-talented singer, writer and producer will be missed. In addition to this song, listen for “She Used To Be Mine”, “My Baby Made Me Cry”, and “Running To You” on TUNEDEX MEMORIES.

 
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Posted by on May 18, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Leapy Lee – Little Arrows

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Lee Graham aka Leapy Lee is a one-hit wonder.Little Arrows” was written by Albert Hammond and managed to top the charts in 18 countries, enjoying global sales of nearly 3,500,000. This Decca release peaked at #16 on the Hot 100. Visit the official website of: http://www.leapylee.co.uk/

Leapy Lee

There’s a boy, a little boy
Shooting arrows in the blue
And he’s aiming them at someone
But the question is at who?
Is it me or is it you?
It’s hard to tell until you’re hit
But you’ll know it when they hit you
Cos’ they hurt a little bit

Here they come falling out of the blue
Little arrows for me and for you
You’re falling in love again, falling in love again
Little arrows in your clothing
Little arrows in your hair
When you’re in love you’ll find those little arrows everywhere
Little arrows that will hit you once
And hit you once again
Little arrows that hit everybody, every now and then

Wow ho ho the pain

Some folks run and others hide
But there is nothing they can do
And some folk put on armour
But the arrows go straight through
So you see, there’s no escape
So why not face it and admit
That you love those little arrows
When they hurt a little bit

Here they come falling out of the blue…

 
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Posted by on May 17, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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