Georgia GIBBS - The Georgia Gibbs Hit List - Kiss of Fire
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One of the finest singers of her era, GEORGIA GIBBS' mellifluous, Jazz-tinged voice provided a clear link to the Big Band era she'd grown up in, long before she became an unlikely 50s Pop star.
Indeed, she was already in her thirties when she registered her first hit, in 1950, with the much-covered 'If I Knew You Were Comin' (I'd've Baked A Cake)', which made the U.S. Top 5.
A highly versatile singer, Georgia became briefly notorious in the mid-50s for her unlikely covers of R&B hits by Lavern Baker ('Tweedle Dee', 'Tra La La'), Etta James ('The Wallflower' aka Dance with Me Henry), Louis Jordan ('I Want You To Be My Baby'), Cathy Ryan ('24 Hours A Day (365 A Year)', etc, although she also successfully covered C&W material (Bonnie Lou's 'Seven Lonely Days') and even R&R (Jerry Lee Lewis' 'Great Balls Of Fire').
Between 1950-58 she chalked up no less than twenty-eight U.S. hit records - including two U.S. #1s, 'Kiss Of Fire' and 'Dance With Me Henry' - all of which appear on this unique compilation.
Surprisingly, perhaps, several of these sides are making their first appearance on CD herein.
Gibbs unexpectedly retired from singing in the mid-60s - whilst she was still very much at the peak of her popularity, fronting her own TV series - and she never recorded again, despite being inundated with offers.
1. IF I KNEW YOU WERE COMIN' (I'd've Baked A Cake)
2. (Play A) SIMPLE MELODY (with Bob Crosby)
3. I STILL FEEL THE SAME ABOUT YOU
4. TOM'S TUNE
5. GOOD MORNING MR ECHO
6. WHILE YOU DANCED, DANCED, DANCED
8. KISS OF FIRE
9. SO MADLY IN LOVE
10. MY FAVOURITE SONG
11. A MOTH AND A FLAME
12. SEVEN LONELY DAYS
13. A HOME LOVIN' MAN
14. SOMEBODY BAD STOLE DE WEDDING BELL
15. MY SIN
16. WAIT FOR ME, DARLING
17. LOVE ME
18. TWEEDLE DEE
19. DANCE WITH ME HENRY (Wallflower)
20. SWEET AND GENTLE
22. I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY
23. GOODBYE TO ROME (Arrivederci Roma)
24. 24 HOURS A DAY (365 A Year)
25. ROCK RIGHT
26. KISS ME ANOTHER
27. HAPPINESS STREET
28. TRA LA LA
29. SILENT LIPS
30. WALKING THE FLOOR OVER YOU
31. GREAT BALLS OF FIRE
32. THE HULA HOOP SONG
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