The Happy Organ - Dave Baby Cortez
Dance With Me Henry - Georgia Gibbs
Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
It's Now or Never - Elvis
Melodie DAmour - The Ames Brothers
Miracle Of Love - Eileen Rodgers
Patricia - Perez Prado
Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy
The Day the Rains Came - Jane Morgan
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Swingin' tunes from the 1950s are always great for a 50's party. If I were having a Tiki party, I'd want tunes that fit a Tiki party.
Lately, I've discovered klezmer music. I've always enjoyed ragtime & jazz, and I'm loving it. It's such happy music. In the 50's the European klezmer, especially the Hungarian was the kind you couldn't possibly stay sitting. You wanted to dance.
I would add I'm an amateur folklorist. I know. I should try to stick with the thread, but I had to say it. I guess I could ask someone to start a thread about various ethnicities and they indigenous music, but never mind. Probably wouldn't get more than a dozen posts.
R6, you sound like a very interesting person!
The big bands were really on the decline by the 1950's, OP. Their heyday was the late 30's through the 40's. The 50's (until Elvis) were a time of vocalists and lush orchestrations. Novelty songs. Many singers did "songbooks" or "theme albums. Ella and Frank, to name two. Rosemary Clooney. "Mambo Italiano" and "Come On A'My House." Eddie Fisher and "Oh My Papa." Patti Page and "How Much is that Doggy in the Window." There are many "big band" sounding songs out there from the 50's but it was not the pinnacle of the time for Glenn Miller, Harry James, the Dorseys, etc.
The 50's had Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley and the Comets. THAT is perhaps the best example of a "50's jitterbug" swing song.
OP, you need this wonderful album by Della Reese. You can download it on Amazon.
R7 gives an accurate, and very good, description of the music development. I love the 40's swing era. By the 1950's what was left of the Big Band sound developed into smaller "modern jazz" combos.
Well Ray Gonniff and Percy Faith were big in the 50's and 60's. Then there was Mitch Miller and the absolutely nauseating Guy Lombardo who hung on thru three or four decades until he died. Who the fuck listened to him I will never know. But then, WTF listened to Lawrence Welk.
Just a list of some of my favorites:
Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet
Last Date - Floyd Cramer
Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter
So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey
Moonglow/Picnic Theme - Morris Stoloff
It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
Peter Gunn Theme - Henry Mancini
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
More suggestions can be found at this web site:
OP, you might enjoy "Wheel of Fortune". They used it in "LA Confidential" to great effect.
Here is the lovely and talented Kay Starr, doing a shortened version of the song on Wayne Newton's television show.
"While the wheel is turning, turning, turning..."
Keely Smith's "When Your Lover Has Gone" arranged by Nelson Riddle (one of his greatest). Too bad it's not online, it really swings and she sounds amazing.
Some good ones in this thread!! .. "Sh-Boom" (I forget the group who sang it.) " Blueberry Hill," by Fats Domino. "Why Do Fools Fall In Love", by Frankie Lymon. "Mr. Sandman", by The Chordettes. "Istanbul", by The Four Lads. "Glowworm", by The Mills Bros. "Hold My Hand", by Don Cornell. "Dance With Me, Henry", by Georgia Gibb. "Hot-diggity Dog-diggity", by Perry Como. "That's Amore", by Dean Martin. "A Bushel And A Peck", byThe Lennon Sisters. .. These are off the top of my head. Let me think about it some more..
Here's 3 together. A fave of mine is the 1st one - At the hop
How about the Maguire Sisters with Sincerely.
Where's Johnny Ray? Vaughan Monroe?
Frankie Laine? My Gran used to baby sit me, and she had all those records. She even listened to Peggy Lee, and Julie London sing Cry Me a fuckin' River. Shit.
I hope you know that Martin Denny spent his twilight (not the movie) years playing Quiet Village to an empty room at a tiki bar in Honolulu.
Does anyone remember an album that was instrumental beach party music from the early 1960s in which you could hear "party sounds" from supposed dancers at a party within the song tracks? It was amazing. No other vocals that I remember.
How did the party go, OP?
"Die Moritat von Mackie Messer",is from the Three Penny Opera, premiering in Berlin in 1928. Bobby Darin had a hit with the song.
I like 1960s songs like
Who Can I Turn To
Call Me Irresponsible
What Kind of Fool Am I?
On a Clear Day
You're Nobody Til Somebody Loves You
Make someone Happy
I Ain't Got nobody
Ballin the Jack
My Kind of Town
Perez Prado, Yma Sumac, Perrey & Kingsley, The Free Design, Arthur Lyman, Esquivel, Lex Baxter, Alvino Rey and for a modern take on this type of music: Songs For The Jet Set.
Throw in some Swingle Singers for more fun!
I found this be-boppin' tune by Bert Convy and The Thunderbirds called "C'mon Back".
If you watch on YT, in the You Tube mix column there's a smooth big band sounding song by Jaye P. Morgan from 1955 titled The Longest Walk. One of the commenters posted that JPM performed at their 1952 prom in San Diego with Frank Devol!
Tiki was all the rage in the 1960's, so you might want to re-consider your music choices.
Anything from the 1950s by Teresa Brewer!
Let Me Go, Lover
A Sweet Old Fashioned Girl
Music, Music, Music (put another nickel in....)!
OP wants some suggestion for Easter songs to play at his Fourth of July party.
[quote]Tiki was all the rage in the 1960's, so you might want to re-consider your music choices.
Wrong. The tiki fad started in the years following the end of WWII as servicemen returned from the Pacific theater and started to miss the idyllic lifestyle of the Pacific islands. It peaked in the 50s and started to wane in the 60s.
Take THAT, R45. No pu-pu platter for YOU!
Big band and jazz seem completely out of place at a tiki party.
Tiki music gets tiresome quickly.
Gale Storm recorded a slammin' version of I hear You Knocking.
Mambo Italiano by Rosemary Clooney
Ev'rybody Loves a Lover by Doris Day
Dream Lover by Bobby Darin
Lazy River by Roberta Sherwood
Just for Once by Pat Suzuki
Ain't That a Kick in the Head by Dean Martin
Look What I Found by Vic Damone