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Housewives' ChoicePopular Hits of the 50s'Housewives' Choice' was a popular BBC radio show which enjoyed its heyday in the 1950s, playing thousands of records a year to the homes of Britain. The wide mix of musical styles is reflected in this selection of songs from the 1950s, featuring the usual roster of stars from the age: Guy Mitchell, 'Nat' King Cole, Tony Bennett, Doris Day and many more.1 This ole house Rosemary Clooney 2 She wears red feathers Guy Mitchell3 The story of my life Michael Holliday4 Secret love Doris Day 5 Mona Lisa Nat King Cole 6 Oh mein papa Eddie Calvert 7 On the street where you live Vic Damone 8 Dreamboat Alma Cogan 9 Yellow rose of Texas Mitch Miller 10 A white sport coat Marty Robbins11 Softly, softly Ruby Murray 12 Good luck, good health, God bless you Steve Conway13 I believe Frankie Laine 14 Cry Johnnie Ray15 Stranger in paradise Tony Bennett 16 No other love Ronnie Hilton 17 Here in my heart Al Martino 18 Side saddle Russ Conway 19 Let's walk that-away Doris Day and Johnnie Ray20 Freight Train Charles McDevitt with NancyWhiskey CCL CDG1226Cover image: Teatime! c Marc Arundale/AlamyThis compilation P & C 2009 Classical Communications LtdMade in Great BritainHousewives' ChoicePopular hits of the 50sCertain decades, by general consent, exhibit an identifiable character: the Naughty Nineties, the Roaring Twenties and, of course, the Swinging Sixties - 'shorthand' tags which convey our perceptions of the periods. The Nineteen Fifties has no such label attached to it. It is often depicted as a dull decade, but in fact, it was a time when hope outweighed despair and we had begun to put the war behind us. There was a real sense of optimism with a future that held the promise of a better life for all.In 1951 we looked back so as to look forward. The Festival of Britain, previously held in 1851, was the perfect showcase to boost our national pride. The Festival promoted British resources and achievements as well as the people and their way of life. It was a decided success and united the country for the five months that it was open.If there was cynicism and depression remaining, they were eradicated with the arrival of a lovely, young Queen and the promise of a new golden age. The Coronation in June 1953 was watched by millions in their homes on television. TV had arrived and its popularity would soar, especially with 'commercial' television only some two years away. June 2nd 1953 was also memorable for Mount Everest being conquered with a team that included a Briton. It was a great time to be British!If TV was however yet to make its national mark, there were other diversions in the early 50s. Radio was the main source of domestic entertainment and millions of us regularly listened to Housewives' Choice and Music While You Work (a relic from the War designed to boost morale and which survived until 1967). Families, and in particular women at home, were glued to the radio so as not to miss their favourite shows and music.Musically, the first half of the 50s was very much an extension of the 40s. Sentimental, innocent ballads and novelty songs were the stuff that the newly-introduced Hit Parades were made of. Our musical souvenir of the 1950s recalls some fondly remembered hits performed by the favourite stars of the time and I hope that each recording will strike a pleasant bell of memory recalling that diverse decade.
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