Tales from the Atomic Age

Coloratura!:
Sopranos in the Sky

Pop music, meanwhile, had been infiltrated by coloratura singers toiling at a much less desirable level. Most were unknown, but a few managed to be credited, such as Loulie Jean Norman, playing the haunting "Swamp Girl" of Frankie Laine's 1950 hit. Later she was a member of The Ray Conniff Singers, stamping her signature sound on a version of the theme from Perry Mason that differs considerably from the CBS series' famous instrumental rendition; Loulie Jean ... MORE ››

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Bobby Hebb

"Sunny": five letters that can be used to describe July! Bobby Hebb is at #43 on the Top 100 One-Word Title Hits of the '50s and '60s! Check out the full list ... MORE ››

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PETULA CLARK

Petula Clark

Breaking into the U.S. music scene didn't happen immediately for Petula Clark. In fact, more than twenty years passed after her start in show business before she finally made her way "Downtown" and pulled it off. She would have been fine had she settled for simple superstardom in her native England, but it turns out she was marketable in any language. Born in Epsom, Surrey, Petula began her career on BBC radio in 1942 at the age of nine. Singing on broadcasts during World War II to entertain the troops, she worked for a time with a young Julie Andrews, also a native of Surrey. She became a mascot of sorts for the British Army, bearing comparisons to America's Shirley Temple. The motion picture industry came calling when director Maurice Elvey ... MORE ››



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Loop De Loop
by Johnny Thunder

Gil Hamilton grew up in Leesburg, Florida and studied agriculture at Florida A&M. After that he spent several years working as a driver for a local taxi service, though his main goal was to make it as a singer. His friend Lacey Hollingsworth left Leesburg and lucked into a job as a valet and road manager for The Drifters. When an opening for a singer ... MORE ››