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Born Giovanni Alfredo de Simone in Detroit 1919, Johnny Desmond was one of the substantial cohort of Italian-American crooners, most notably Frank Sinatra, who were such an important part of the popular music of the post-war era. He studied music before turning to night-club singing, and in 1939 formed a vocal trio called The Downbeats, changing their name to the Bob-O-Links when they joined Bob Crosby's Orchestra, with whom he had two hits before joining Gene Krupa as featured vocalist, and had another hit with Krupa. He was with Glenn Miller's military orchestra during WWII, returning to showbiz as a solo singer after the war, and forged a successful career, having hits through into the rock 'n' roll era, although he never attempted to compete in that musical metier. This 50-track 2-CD set comprises a few recordings with the bands of Bob Crosby and Gene Krupa, along with selected A & B sides of his singles on the RCA-Victor, MGM and Coral labels during this era, including recordings with Don Cornell, Alan Dale, Buddy Greco, Eileen Barton, The McGuire Sisters, Jane Russell and Monica Lewis. It features all his 20 and more career chart entries, including the Top 10 hits "Woman", "Play Me Hearts And Flowers", "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" and "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart". It's a varied showcase for his talents as a big band vocalist, top class ballad singer, novelty pop singer, and skilled interpreter of the repertoire typical of the era, and an entertaining introduction to an artist who has not had the attention which his success merits
Born Giovanni Alfredo de Simone in Detroit 1919, Johnny Desmond was one of the substantial cohort of Italian-American crooners, most notably Frank Sinatra, who were such an important part of the popular music of the post-war era. He studied music before turning to night-club singing, and in 1939 formed a vocal trio called The Downbeats, changing their name to the Bob-O-Links when they joined Bob Crosby's Orchestra, with whom he had two hits before joining Gene Krupa as featured vocalist, and had another hit with Krupa. He was with Glenn Miller's military orchestra during WWII, returning to showbiz as a solo singer after the war, and forged a successful career, having hits through into the rock 'n' roll era, although he never attempted to compete in that musical metier. This 50-track 2-CD set comprises a few recordings with the bands of Bob Crosby and Gene Krupa, along with selected A & B sides of his singles on the RCA-Victor, MGM and Coral labels during this era, including recordings with Don Cornell, Alan Dale, Buddy Greco, Eileen Barton, The McGuire Sisters, Jane Russell and Monica Lewis. It features all his 20 and more career chart entries, including the Top 10 hits "Woman", "Play Me Hearts And Flowers", "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" and "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart". It's a varied showcase for his talents as a big band vocalist, top class ballad singer, novelty pop singer, and skilled interpreter of the repertoire typical of the era, and an entertaining introduction to an artist who has not had the attention which his success merits
824046339029

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Format: CD
Label: Acrobat
Rel. Date: 08/06/2021
UPC: 824046339029

Singles Collection 1939-58
Artist: Johnny Desmond
Format: CD
New: Available to Order $18.00
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DISC: 1

1. You Forgot About Me
2. Do You Care
3. Two In Love
4. All Those Wonderful Years
5. Don't You Remember Me?
6. Do You Love Me?
7. I Don't Know Enough About You
8. Guilty
9. P.S I Love You
10. While The Angelus Was Ringing (Los Trois Cloches)
11. Four Winds And The Seven Seas
12. Don't Cry Joe (Let Her Go)
13. C'est Si Bon
14. Picnic Song
15. Just Say I Love Her
16. A Bushel And A Peck
17. Too Young
18. Because Of You
19. Mr And Mississippi
20. I'm Glad I Gave It Up For You
21. I Want To Be Near You
22. Hands Across The Table
23. Festival
24. Trying
25. Nina Never Knew
26. Stay Where You Are
27. Woman
28. The Gang That Sang "Heart Of My Heart"
29. Pine Tree, Pine Over Me
30. Cling To Me
31. The Zoo
32. East Side, West Side
33. Backward, Turn Backward
34. The High And The Mighty
35. A Wife
36. My Own True Love
37. The Song From Desiree
38. Play Me Hearts And Flowers
39. Togetherness
40. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie
41. Learnin' The Blues
42. This Too Shall Pass
43. The Yellow Rose Of Texas
44. I'm So Glad
45. Sixteen Tons
46. Never Again
47. A Girl Named Mary
48. I Just Want You To Want Me
49. A White Sport Coat
50. Anniversary Song

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Born Giovanni Alfredo de Simone in Detroit 1919, Johnny Desmond was one of the substantial cohort of Italian-American crooners, most notably Frank Sinatra, who were such an important part of the popular music of the post-war era. He studied music before turning to night-club singing, and in 1939 formed a vocal trio called The Downbeats, changing their name to the Bob-O-Links when they joined Bob Crosby's Orchestra, with whom he had two hits before joining Gene Krupa as featured vocalist, and had another hit with Krupa. He was with Glenn Miller's military orchestra during WWII, returning to showbiz as a solo singer after the war, and forged a successful career, having hits through into the rock 'n' roll era, although he never attempted to compete in that musical metier. This 50-track 2-CD set comprises a few recordings with the bands of Bob Crosby and Gene Krupa, along with selected A & B sides of his singles on the RCA-Victor, MGM and Coral labels during this era, including recordings with Don Cornell, Alan Dale, Buddy Greco, Eileen Barton, The McGuire Sisters, Jane Russell and Monica Lewis. It features all his 20 and more career chart entries, including the Top 10 hits "Woman", "Play Me Hearts And Flowers", "The Yellow Rose Of Texas" and "The Gang That Sang Heart Of My Heart". It's a varied showcase for his talents as a big band vocalist, top class ballad singer, novelty pop singer, and skilled interpreter of the repertoire typical of the era, and an entertaining introduction to an artist who has not had the attention which his success merits

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