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Dickie VALENTINE - The Finger of Suspicion

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JASMCD2733

Historical perspective is rarely kind to British singers of the immediate pre-R&R era, and DICKIE VALENTINE, aka 'The Forgotten Teen Idol', is very much a case in point.

Yet Valentine was effectively the UK's first Pop idol, with a massive teenage fan base, worshipped by them in the same way that Tommy Steele would be idolised by his legion of teenagers, just a few years later.

He amassed fifteen UK chart records between 1952-59, with a further nine titles listed in Hits That Missed... The UK Bubbling Under Chart, 1954-61.

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Historical perspective is rarely kind to British singers of the immediate pre-R&R era, and DICKIE VALENTINE, aka 'The Forgotten Teen Idol', is very much a case in point.

Yet Valentine was effectively the UK's first Pop idol, with a massive teenage fan base, worshipped by them in the same way that Tommy Steele would be idolised by his legion of teenagers, just a few years later.

He amassed fifteen UK chart records between 1952-59, with a further nine titles listed in Hits That Missed... The UK Bubbling Under Chart, 1954-61.

This compilation presents the very best of his singles releases between 1950-61, variously for Decca, Melodisc and Pye.

Included are his two UK No.1s, 'Finger Of Suspicion' and 'Christmas Alphabet', alongside all his other hits, near-misses, a few that got away, and a genuine rarity in the shape of a cancelled A-side from 1958.

This is the first time that this body of work has been thus compiled and several of these sides are collector's rarities, difficult to find elsewhere on CD.

Track Listing

Disc 1

1. MONA LISA
2. LORELEI
3. BROKEN WINGS
4. THE HOMING WALTZ
5. YOU BELONG TO ME
6. ALL THE TIME AND EV'RYWHERE
7. LA ROSITA
8. IN A GOLDEN COACH (There's A Heart Of Gold)
9. DON'T LEAVE ME NOW
10. GUESSING
11. MOTHER NATURE AND FATHER TIME
12. TE AMO
13. MY ARMS, MY HEART, MY LOVE
14. CLEO AND ME-O
15. PINE TREE, PINE OVER ME
16. ENDLESS
17. IT'S MY LIFE
18. THE FINGER OF SUSPICION
19. WHO'S AFRAID (Not I, Not I, Not I)
20. MISTER SANDMAN
21. RUNAROUND
22. A BLOSSOM FELL
23. MA CHERE AMIE
24. I WONDER
25. YOU TOO CAN BE A DREAMER
26. HELLO MRS. JONES (Is Mary There?)
27. LAZY GONDOLIER
28. NO SUCH LUCK
29. THE ENGAGEMENT WALTZ

Disc 2

1. CHRISTMAS ALPHABET
2. THE OLD PI-ANNA RAG
3. FIRST LOVE
4. DREAMS CAN TELL A LIE
5. THE VOICE
6. THE BEST WAY TO HOLD A GIRL
7. OUT OF TOWN
8. MY IMPOSSIBLE CASTLE
9. GIVE ME A CARRIAGE WITH EIGHT WHITE HORSES
10. CHRISTMAS ISLAND
11. DICKIE VALENTINE'S ROCK'N'ROLL PARTY (medley)
(a) Christmas Rock'n'Roll
(b) Mountain Greenery
(c) A Woman In Love
(d) When Mexico Gave Up The Rhumba
(e) Just Walking In The Rain
(f) Christmas Rock'n'Roll
12. CHAPEL OF THE ROSES
13. MY EMPTY ARMS
14. PUTTIN' ON THE STYLE
15. JUST IN TIME
16. SNOWBOUND FOR CHRISTMAS
17. CONVICTED
18. RED RIVER ROSE
19. LOVE ME AGAIN
20. IN MY LIFE
21. TAKE ME IN YOUR ARMS
22. VENUS
23. A TEENAGER IN LOVE
24. ONE MORE SUNRISE (Morgen)
25. STANDING ON THE CORNER
26. ONCE, ONLY ONCE
27. HOW UNLUCKY CAN YOU BE
28. CLIMB EV'RY MOUNTAIN
29. SHALOM
30. I'LL NEVER LOVE AGAIN

JASMCD2733

Data sheet

Format
2CD
Price Code
B
Release Date
February 11th, 2022
UPC Bar Code No
604988273328