Monday, 25 November 2013

Stars on 45RPM: Columbia Records Easy Listening Stars Of The 1950s

Here's two recent charity shop finds on the UK Columbia Records label...
Nina and Frederik - EP Columbia, 1959
Nina And Frederik EP (SG7926) 1959
Danish-Dutch Popular music duo of the late 50s and early 60s Nina and Frederik cornered a market in folk, calypsos and Christmas standards. 

This early EP release was released in late summer of 1959, so no Christmas songs in sight although Listen To The Ocean would appear as a single within months. Contains a great version of Oh Sinner Man!

Norrie Paramor - Marianina/Enchanted April, Columbia 1958
Norrie Paramor and His Orchestra: Enchanted April (The Olive Grove) / Marianina (DB 4229) 1958

Despite producing Number One hit records for Cliff Richard, The Shadows and Frank Ifield among others during the 1950s and 60s Norrie Paramor also recorded several records with his Orchestra in his own right.

Enchanted April/ Marianina was released in December 1959. Although the single didn't chart the A-Side was picked as one of trumpeter Eddie Calvert's Desert Island Discs when he appeared on the BBC Radio show in 1960.

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