Lost in the Fifties Tonight

Tuesday, May 22, 2007

I was chatting the other day via email with a new friend. I mentioned that the great weather this past weekend brought to mind the song, Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer. I didn't remember who sang it but the tune was stuck in my head. He wrote back that it was Nat King Cole who happened to be one of my mother's favorite singers.

That got me to thinking about growing up in the 50's and being exposed to my parent's music - not necessarily what we were forced to listen to in the back seat of the car (groan), but those delicious slices of Americana from that era.

Our record player resided in our combination den, sewing room, reading room and downstairs sick room (all three kids slept upstairs). Since I was the oldest of three and the only girl, I often lost myself in reading and music and the den was my favorite indoors spot (outdoors was high up in a pine tree in the woods across the street).

A couple of songs stick in my mind to this day:
  • Doris Day and Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)
  • Tex Ritter and The Red Deck of Cards
  • Patti Page and (How Much Is) That Doggie in the Window
  • Tennessee Ernie Ford and Sixteen Tons
  • Gale Storm and Ivory Tower
  • Gogi Grant and The Wayward Wind

A special favorite of mine was
The Old Philosopher by Eddie Lawrence. I'd play it over and over and over. Anyone who has ever heard that song will never forget it.
Hiya folks.
Ya say ya lost your job today?
Ya say its 4 A.M. and your kids ain't home from school yet?
Ya say your wife went out for a corned
beef sandwich last weekend - the corned beef sandwich came back but she didnt?
Ya say your furniture is out all over the sidewalk cause ya cant pay the rent and ya got chapped lips and paper cuts and your feets all
swollen up and blistered from pounding the pavement looking for work?
Is that whats troubling ya fellow?


Well lift your head up high and take a walk in the sun with dignity and stick-to-it-ness and ya show the world, ya show the world where to get off.
You'll never give up, never give up, never give up...that ship!
Ah yes, lost in the fifties tonight - your turn!
Top Ten Songs of 1950-1969

Till next time - keep on rollin',

1 comment:

  1. My childhood music memories include Oh Danny Boy by Jim Reeves, Walkin After Midnight by Patsy Cline, and Hey Good Lookin by Hank Williams. Yes, my parents listened to country music, from Ernest Tubb and early Willie Nelson, Hank Snow, and all the old ones. I still love Patsy Cline, I think she is my favorite singer of all time.


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