Tag: 1950s song

Mama Don’t Allow

From the double album Guitar – see Retro in the menu.

The Party’s Over

Surprising, perhaps, but this was written for the 1956 musical comedy, ‘Bells Are Ringing’. Lyrics by Betty Comden and Adolph Green, music by Jule Styne.

Manha De Carnaval

The 1959 film ‘Black Orpheus’ included this Luiz Bonfa and Antonio Maria Sigman song and began the craze for bossa nova (new trend). I wanted to sing this the way it was intended to be heard, in Portuguese, but was nervous of my pronunciation so…


Pianist Errol Garner wrote Misty as an instrumental in 1954 but Johnny Burke’s lyrics and Johnny Mathis’ recording brought it to world acclaim in 1959 and has since been recorded many times and sold many millions. There’s more about this album on Albums 6…

Sit Down, You’re Rockin’ The Boat

Frank Loesser’s brilliant song from his 1950 musical, Guys And Dolls. There’s more about this album on Albums 6 in the menu.