Still More Grampa's Favorite Songs, Singers -- With 38 Music Videos

Below Are Biographical Sketches and Videos of 38 Great Singers -- Including One Video of Tony Bennett Singing 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'

Singer Tony Bennett
Singer Tony Bennett

Bing Crosby Sings 'Gone Fishin' ' With Louis Armstrong

Bing Crosby

Bing Crosby, widely recognized as one of the most popular singers-actors-entertainers in history, was a major influence on those who followed him, including Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Perry Como. His career stretched over half a century. Crosby's more than 2,000 records, including the mega hit “White Christmas,” have amassed more than half a billion in circulation. The Oscar-winning actor was unrivaled over two decades in record sales, radio ratings and motion picture grosses. His Christmas television specials and road pictures with Bob Hope were immensely popular.

Sophie Tucker: 'The Man I Love'

Sophie Tucker

Sophie Tucker, nicknamed “The Last of the Red Hot Mamas,”  was one of the most popular American entertainers. The Russian-born actress and entertainer was known for her stentorian delivery of comical and risqué songs. She began her career in blackface. Among her most famous songs were “Some of These Days” and “My Yiddishe Momme.”  She appeared in many movies including “Broadway Melody of 1938.”

Sammy Davis Jr. Sings 'Mr. Bojangles'

Sammy Davis Jr.

Sammy Davis Jr. was a multi-talented African-American entertainer, singer, dancer and childhood vaudevillian who won fame as a recording artist, television and movie star, a member of Frank Sinatra’s “Rat Pack” and in performances on Broadway and Las Vegas. His biggest hit record was “The Candy Man.”  He was posthumously honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

Mahalia Jackson Sings 'A Closer Walk With Thee'

Mahalia Jackson

Mahalia Jackson, an influential African-American gospel singer who recorded 35 albums, had a dozen “gold” million-selling 45 rpm records. She had a powerful contralto voice and was the first “Queen of Gospel Music.” Nicknamed “Halie,” the New Orleans native had a 14-year association with composer Thomas A. Dorsey, “Father of Gospel Music.” Among her popular songs were “Amazing Grace,” “We Shall Overcome” and “You’ll Never Walk Alone.”

Perry Como: 'Catch a Falling Star'

Perry Como

Perry Como, known as “Mr. C,” was an Italian American singer whose career spanned more than half a century. He was a popular recording artist who sold millions of records and pioneered a popular weekly television show. The onetime barber’s career took a leap forward when he recorded “Till the End of Time” in 1945. Among his many hits were “If I Loved You,” “Prisoner of Love” and “Catch a Falling Star.”

Dusty Springfield Sings 'You Don't Have to Say You Love Me'

Dusty Springfield

Dusty Springfield, born Mary O’Brien, was a British pop artist who impressed the American market with her distinctive sensual sound.  She was noted as a white soul artist. Her first solo hit was “I Only Want To Be With You.” Other hits include “You Don’t Have to Say You Love Me” and “I Just Don’t Know What to Do With Myself.” Her rendition of “The Look of Love” was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Song.

Bobby Vinton Sings 'My Melody of Love

Bobby Vinton

Bobby Vinton is an American pop music singer of Polish origin whose father, Stan Vinton, was a well-known bandleader. His first big hit was “Roses Are Red (My Love).” Perhaps his most famous song was “Blue Velvet.” Both songs were No. 1 on the charts. Other Vinton hits include "My Melody of Love," “There! I’ve Said It Again” and “Mr. Lonely," which he wrote while serving in the U.S. Army as a chaplain’s assistant.

Marion Harris: 'I Ain't Got Nobody'

Marion Harris

Marion Harris, sometimes billed as “The Queen of Blues,” was the first widely known white pop singer to sing jazz and blues songs. She started in vaudeville and in theaters around Chicago in 1914. Her biggest hit was “I Ain’t Got Nobody.” Other hits include “After Your Gone,” “A Good Man Is Hard to Find” and “St. Louis Blues.” In her early radio performances she was billed as “The Little Girl With the Big Voice.”

Don Cornell Sings 'I'll Walk Alone'

Don Cornell

Don Cornell, a Bronx-born American singer of Italian heritage, sold more than 50 million records, including his big hit, “It Isn’t Fair.” He was a top nightclub performer whose other big hits include “I’m Yours,” “I’ll Walk Alone” and “Hold My Hand,” which sold over a million copies and topped the UK Singles Chart in 1954.

Nora Bayes Sings 'How Ya Gonna Keep 'em Down on the Farm'

Nora Bayes

Nora Bayes, a star on the vaudeville circuit as well as the Broadway stage, was a popular American singer, comedienne and actress of the early 20th Century. She introduced George M. Cohan’s “Over There” on her hit recording of the song, which was closely associated with World War I. Bayes collaborated with her second husband, singer-songwriter Jack Norworth, on the immensely popular “Shine On, Harvest Moon” which debuted in the Follies of 1908.

The Ames Brothers Sing 'The Naughty Lady of Shady Lane'

The Ames Brothers

The Ames Brothers, a singing quartet from Massachusetts, were famous for their popular music hits in the 1950’s. The brothers started their careers at a Boston nightclub and later won a job with bandleader Art Mooney. They became nationally known with their first big hit, “Rag Mop” in 1950 before gaining further popularity on radio, television and in nightclubs. Among their other hits were “You, You, You” and “Melodie D’Amour.”

Libby Holman:'Body and Soul'

Libby Holman

Libby Holman was an American torch singer and stage actress whose signature song was Ralph Rainger’s “Moaning Low.” She was notorious for her complex and unconventional life style. Actor Clifton Webb, her friend, gave her the nickname, “The Statue of Libby.” She introduced the hit song, “Something to Remember You By,” in Broadway’s “Three’s a Crowd.”

Tony Bennett Sings 'Boulevard of Broken Dreams'

Tony Bennett

Tony Bennett is an American singer whose career spans seven decades. The versatile entertainer sings popular music, show tunes, jazz and standards. His first No. 1 hit song was “Because of You” in 1951. His signature song is “I Left My Heart in San Francisco.” Bennett's career waned during the rock music era, but he staged a huge comeback in the 1980’s and ‘90’s. He has sold more than 50 million records worldwide.

Hazel Scott: 'Rhapsody in Blue'

Hazel Scott

Hazel Scott, a jazz and classical pianist and singer who performed often in Carnegie Hall, appeared in several motion pictures including “I Dood It,” “Broadway Rhythm” and “Rhapsody in Blue.” Scott was the first woman of color to have her own television show, The Hazel Scott Show, in 1950. Her album, “Relaxed Piano Moods,” is highly regarded by critics.

Russ Morgan Sings 'So Tired'

Russ Morgan

Russ Morgan was a big band leader and musical arranger in the U.S. during the 1930’s and ‘40’s. He played trombone and piano. His show, “Music in the Morgan Manner” was one of the most popular on radio. At the urging of Rudy Vallee, Morgan formed his own orchestra, which performed at the Biltmore Hotel in New York City. Four of his recorded songs made it big on the charts including “So Tired” and “Cruising Down the River.”

Judy Garland Sings 'Get Happy'

Judy Garland

Judy Garland, an American singer and actress virtually all her life, was an international star in movies, recordings and on the concert stage. The award-winning entertainer made more than two dozen movies, nine with longtime movie star Mickey Rooney, but would be identified mostly for her role in the successful 1939 movie “The Wizard of Oz.”

Blue Barron Sings 'Are You Lonesome Tonight'

Blue Barron

Blue Barron was a big band era orchestra leader in the 1940’s and early ‘50’s. The Cleveland born U.S. Army veteran was born Harry Freidman but adopted the stage name Blue Barron when he formed his own orchestra. His music was termed “sweet” to distinguish it from “Swing,” which was hugely popular at the time. His “Cruising Down the River” was a No. 1 hit in 1949.

Joni James: 'Till We Meet Again'

Joni James

Joni James is an American singer who was popular not only in America but in the Philippines and in the entire Asia-Pacific region. Her first hit song was “Why Don’t You Believe Me.” She had seven Top 10 hits on Billboard’s Hot 100 chart including “Have You Heard,” “Your Cheating Heart,” “My Love, My Love” and “How Important Can It Be?”

Tommy Edwards Sings 'It's All in the Game'

Tommy Edwards

Tommy Edwards was a singer and songwriter who is remembered best for his biggest hit, “It’s All in the Game." The R&B singer's single of the song sold more than 3.5 million copies globally and it achieved gold disc status. His first hit, "All Over Again," in 1951 reached No. 10 on the U.S. R&B chart. Another big Edwards hit was “Love Is All We Need,” which climbed to No. 15 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100.

Teresa Brewer Sings 'Your Cheating Heart'

Teresa Brewer

Teresa Brewer was one of the most prolific female American pop singers of the 1950’s. She recorded more than 600 songs. Her style incorporated elements of jazz, country, R&B musicals and novelty songs. Brewer's recording of “Music, Music, Music” sold more than a million copies and became her signature song. Among her other big hits was “Till I Waltz Again With You.”

Bobby Goldsboro Sings 'By the Time I Get to Phoenix'

Bobby Goldsboro

Bobby Goldsboro is an American country and pop singer and songwriter who had a string of hits from 1962 to 1982, five of which sold more than one million copies. His first hit song, which he wrote, was “See the Funny Little Clown.” It went “gold.” At one point Goldsboro had 11 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100 and on the country chart. His biggest hit was “Honey,” which topped the charts for four weeks in 1968.

Marlene Dietrich Sings 'Lili Marlene' (English version)

Marlene Dietrich

Marlene Dietrich was a German actress and singer who became a U.S. citizen and was a high-profile front line entertainer during World War II. Her performance in “The Blue Angel” brought her fame in America and throughout the world. Her glamorous and exotic looks, featured in such films as “Shanghai Express” and “Desire,” cemented her stardom and made her one of the highest paid actresses of her era.

Julie London: 'Cry Me a River'

Julie London

Julie London, an American singer and actress whose career lasted more than 35 years, was best known for her smoky, sensual voice. She recorded 32 albums and was named by Billboard the most popular female vocalist for 1955, 1956 and 1957. Her most famous single was “Cry Me a River.” Other big hits were “Don’t Worry About Me,” “Motherless Child” and “A Foggy Day.”

Steve Lawrence and Eydie Gorme Sing 'Fly Me to the Moon'

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme

Steve Lawrence & Eydie Gorme, an American pop vocal duet – a husband and wife team since the 1950’s – each also had separate careers as solo singers. The couple recorded on various labels. Their last U.S. chart record was “Hallelujah.” Their 1960 song, “We Got Us,” was the title tune on their ABC-Paramount LP album that earned them a Grammy Award in the same year.

The Brox Sisters Sing 'Falling in Love Again'

The Brox Sisters

The Brox Sisters were an American trio whose greatest popularity was enjoyed while singing in the 1920’s and ’30’s. Their career began in vaudeville around 1910 in the U.S. and Canada. The sisters achieved great success in the 1920’s before breaking up in the early 1930’s. They appeared in a number of films including “The Cocoanuts” with the Marx Brothers and “Singing in the Rain” with Cliff Edwards (Ukelele Ike.)

Eddie Fisher Sings 'Anytime'

Eddie Fisher

Eddie Fisher was an American singer and entertainer who won instant fame and nationwide exposure when he performed on the Eddie Cantor radio show in 1949. Cantor heard him performing at Grossinger’s Resort in the Borscht Belt in New York. Fisher became popular in nightclubs and had his own variety TV show in the ‘50’s. Among his big hits were “Thinking of You,” “Bring Back the Thrill” and “Anytime.”

Doris Day Sings 'Que Sera Sera'

Doris Day

Doris Day, who began her career as a band singer, is an American actress and singer who made her first big recording, “Sentimental Journey,” in 1945. She appeared in 39 films and recorded more than 600 songs. She was the top ranking female box office star of all time as of 2009 and ranked 6th among the top 10 box office performers. She won Academy Awards for Best Original Song with “Secret Love” (1953) and for "Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)" (1956.)

Glen Campbell: 'Wichita Lineman'

Glen Campbell

Glen Campbell, an American country pop singer and guitarist, had a series of hit songs in the 1960’s and ‘70’s and hosted his own popular television variety show. Among his many hits were “Gentle on My Mind,” “Wichita Lineman,” “By the Time I Get to Phoenix, “Southern Nights” and “Rhinestone Cowboy.” He released more than 70 albums during his more than five decades in show business.

Bobby Helms Sings 'Fraulein'

Bobby Helms

Bobby Helms, an American country music singer, reached a peak of success in 1957 with his huge hit, “Jingle Bell Rock” followed a year later with the 1957 single hit, “Fraulein” that hit No. 1 on the country music chart and into the Top 40 on the Billboard Hot 100. The same year “My Special Angel” also hit No. 1 on the country charts and the Top 10 on Billboard’s pop music chart, peaking at No. 7.

Snooky Lanson: 'Mr. Sandman'

Snooky Lanson

Snooky Lanson was an American singer who was known for co-starring on the popular NBC television series, “Your Hit Parade,” along with Russell Arms, Dorothy Collins and Gisele MacKenzie from 1950 to 1957. Later he performed in nightclubs and on Atlanta, Georgia., and Shreveport, Louisiana, area television shows.

Brenda Lee: 'Fly Me to the Moon'

Brenda Lee

Brenda Lee, a rockabilly, pop and country music singer, is an American performer who had 37 U.S. chart hits in the 1960’s. Nicknamed “Little Miss Dynamite,” Lee is best known for her hit signature song, “I’m Sorry” and for “Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree,” an American standard for five decades. Her biggest hits were “Jambalaya,” “Sweet Nothin’s” and “All Alone Am I.”

Tony Martin: 'Walk Hand in Hand'

Tony Martin

Tony Martin is an American actor and traditional pop singer who was a featured vocalist on the George Burns and Gracie Allen radio program. He starred in a number of musical movies and, between 1938 and 1942, had several hit records. During World War II he joined the U.S. Army and sang with the Glenn Miler band. Among his big hits were “To Each His Own,” a million-seller, “Begin the Beguine” and “Let’s Face the Music and Dance.”

Johnny Mathis: 'Chances Are'

Johnny Mathis

Johnny Mathis is an American singer of popular music who had several dozen gold and platinum albums and more than 60 that made the Billboard charts. His U.S. sales totaled more than 17 million units. Among his most popular songs were “Chances Are,” “It’s Not for Me to Say” and "Wonderful! Wonderful!"

Marty Robbins Sings 'El Paso'

Marty Robbins

Marty Robbins, one of the most popular country and western singers of his era, was an American singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist for nearly four decades. The Arizona born entertainer began his career on local radio and television and became known through appearances on the Grand Ole Opry in Nashville, Tennessee. Among his biggest hits were “A White Sport Coat and a Pink Carnation,” “El Paso” and “Don’t Worry.”

Ma Rainey: 'Booze and Blues'

Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey, billed as “The Mother of the Blues,” was one of the earliest known American professional blues singers. She was instrumental in developing and popularizing the blues and a big influence on such younger singers as Bessie Smith. Born Gertrude Pridgett, Ma Rainey made more than 100 recordings from 1923 to 1927, including “Moonshine Blues,” “Black Bottom” and “Soon This Morning.” She sang with an energetic voice in a moaning style reminiscent of the folk tradition.

Georgia Gibbs Sings 'Kiss of Fire'

Georgia Gibbs

Georgia Gibbs, often introduced as "Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs," was a popular American singer whose career began in a Boston vaudeville house in the early '30s. She appeared on many popular radio shows over the next two decades and sang with such big bands as Tommy Dorsey, Artie Shaw, Hal Kemp and Frankie Trumbauer. Among her big hits were "Kiss of Fire," "Shoo Shoo Baby" and "Autumn Leaves." She performed only rarely after 1966.

Al Martino Sings 'Spanish Eyes'

Al Martino

Al Martino, an Italian American "pop crooner," was popular through the '50s and '60s. In 1952 he won first place in Arthur Godfrey's popular Talent Scouts TV show. Martino's first hit song was "Here in My Heart" He gained further fame as an actor in the role of Johnny Fontane in "The Godfather." Among his other hit songs were "Spanish Eyes," "Speak Softly Love," "Al Di Là" and "Volare."

Jerry Vale: 'You Don't Know Me'

Jerry Vale

Jerry Vale -- A native of The Bronx, N. Y., Jerry was a popular singer who was born Gennaro Luigi Vitaliano. He won a contract with Columbia Records after Guy Mitchell's manager heard him singing at a Yonkers nightclub. Vale was popular in the late '50s through the '70s. Among his top recordings were "There Goes My Heart," "You Don't Have to Say You Love Me," and "Be My Love." His recording of "The Star-Spangled Banner" was a feature at numerous sporting events.

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

Absolutely delightful! Bing and Doris are my favorites but for movies - Judy is the very best! Tony Martin and Give My Your Hand is new for me. Wonderful Hub! 5 stars as usual my friend.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thank you, GmaGoldie. Although Bing is my big favorite, I love all these singers -- as well as the ones on "Your Grampa's Favorite Songs, Singer" and "More Grampa's Favorite Songs, Singers." It's amazing how many great talents we've had in the music industry (and that's one industry that never had to have a "bailout."


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compu-smart 6 years ago from London UK

Absolutely beautiful!! Thanks for sharing and reminding us of these truly iconic stars!


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm glad you like these great artists, compu-smart. Thanks for commenting, and come back again when you want to hear more beautiful music!


Bob J. 6 years ago

As you know William....My type of music. Loved it.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm glad you like these additional singers and songs, Bob. They sure are among the best!


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Dottie1 6 years ago from MA, USA

Had to laugh William, you really do keep Bing alive and I'm listening to him right now, he sounds alive and well! Loved Sammy Davis Jr. singing Mr. BoJangles, and I LOVE Dusty Springfield no matter what she sings just like my mother-in-law LOVES Johnny Mathis no matter what he sings. Awww, Bobby Vinton's Roses Are Red video was removed, shucks.. Didn't know the Ames Brothers were from my home state, learn something new everyday.. I remember my grandfather listening to 'It's ALL in the Game' by Tommy Edwards. I like how some of these great singers overlapped from my grandfathers generation, to my parents, and into mine. Thanks William this was a very entertaining and relaxing hub.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thanks a million, Dottie1. Bing Crosby will live forever! I'm really delighted that you enjoyed these wonderful singers. Way back then when I heard Tommy Edwards sing I always thought it was Nat King Cole singing -- until he got well into the song. I appreciate the heads-up on Bobby Vinton... I've replaced the "roses" with "Blue on Blue." Thanks, again.


chasingcars 6 years ago

Thanks for including Mahalia Jackson. Wonderful and a lot of work. Kudos


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm glad you liked these added artists, chasingcars, and I was happy to include Mahalia Jackson, one of the great singers.


Custom Gates 6 years ago

Yay! THANK YOU SO MUCH for including all of my fave musicians such us Glen Campbell and Doris and etc.


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ericsomething 6 years ago from Charleston, SC and Riverside, CA

William, excellent stuff. I didn't know some of these singers (see, I thought I knew music), but I probably know all of these songs. It's nice having faces and names to go with the music. This'll definitely get my mental jukebox going all day!


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thank you, ericsomething, for commenting. A few of these talented people go way back in time so I'm not surprised you didn't know every one of them. I love them all, but, of course, Bing Crosby is my No. 1 favorite. I got to see him in person when he appeared at the Uris Theater. I saw Joni James in person at an amusement park in Bridgeport, Connecticut, and Don Cornell at a dinner in Florida where he was featured. I wish I had seen all these great stars "live" in their heyday!


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quicksand 6 years ago

Hello Mr Torpey, I am glad to see Marty Robbins here. I like his Hawaiian tracks very much indeed. How come you left out Dean Martin? :)


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thanks, quicksand, for commenting. I admire Marty Robbins a great deal. I love his style. This is the third hub I've done on the great singers (following my first hub titled "Torpey's Favorite Songs, Singers") and Dean Martin is on the first one. Here is the URL: http://hubpages.com/entertainment/Your-Grampas-Fav...


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Kaie Arwen 6 years ago

This was fun............ thank you

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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm glad, Kaie Arwen, that you enjoyed these great songs and singers. That's exactly why I assembled these hubs -- to share my joy in listening to the American Songbook. (It also makes it very easy for me to watch and hear my favorite singers whenever I have a few spare minutes.


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suziecat7 6 years ago from Asheville, NC

I really love Louis Amstrong. "Gone Fishin'" puts me in mind of my brother-in-law who disappeared on his first wedding day leaving a note that said just that.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Louis was the greatest, suziecat7, and Bing thought so, too. Ir souns like your brother-in-law had quite a sense of humor.


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mquee 6 years ago from Columbia, SC

So many outstanding and talented people listed here. Doris Day has always been a favorite of mine(She could show a lot of young ladies today, how to be sweet and sexy and not show a thing). You listed Mahalia Jackson, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Mathis, Brenda Lee, and so many others. Of course there are others, but it doesn't get much better than this. Thanks so much William.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Doris Day seemed like an authentically nice woman, mquee. She had much success in both records and movies. I particularly liked "Young At Heart," which she made with Frank Sinatra. Thanks for commenting.


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WordPlay 6 years ago from Georgia, y'all

What a terrific hub and a great resource to find music that might otherwise be forgotten! It looks like you did a lot of work on it. Really nicely done. :-)


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thanks,WordPlay. It really wasn't any work at all... It was a labor of love! The "Grampa" hubs, plus "Torpey's Favorite" were the most enjoyable of all my hubs to produce. I'm very glad you enjoyed them.


SilverGenes 6 years ago

Many of these singers I know, but others I'm meeting for the first time. I remember Steve and Edie from the Carol Burnett show - and I knew the songs from Nora Bayes but didn't know about her until now. This was everything in one hub - entertaining, educational and just plain fun! You did an incredible job putting all this together.


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William F. Torpey 6 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

These are artists and songs that I love, SilverGenes. It truly is a labor of love. I listen to these often myself, including my previous hubs on "Grampa's Favorite...." "More Grampa's Favorite...." and "Torpey's Favorite...." I am very happy that you enjoyed the hub. I have been hoping these hubs would introduce these great artists to our younger generations.


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vocalcoach 5 years ago from Nashville Tn.

They don't make 'em like this anymore! A fantastic collection of singers, videos and resources. You have out-done yourself William! Bookmarking this one. I want to take my time and enjoy each song...several times.

What wonderful memories I have to go along with some of these priceless songs. UP and awesome!


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

It's the best popular music ever recorded, vocalcoach. I'm delighted that I could make these great songs and singers available to everyone. I, too, have many wonderful memories when I listen to these songs -- and the one on my other two "Grampa Favorites" and well as the hub on "Torpey's Favorites." Thank you for your very nice comment.


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Uninvited Writer 5 years ago from Kitchener, Ontario

Wow, quite the hub. Sorry I haven't visited before. Now I'm going to listen to some of the videos.


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm sure you'll have a great time listening to these great songs and singers, Uninvited Writer. I hope -- when you find lots of leisure time -- you'll listen to the three other hubs that offer more of this musical magic. Thanks.


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Fiddleman 5 years ago from Zirconia, North Carolina

Great selection.


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Thanks, Fiddleman. This is the last of three hubs on the great songs and singers of our grandfather's era (and mine.) I listen to the videos often.


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trusouldj 5 years ago from Indiana

Something about older music ... I was probably the only African American kid who watched variety and talk shows in the 70s ... Bobby Vinton, Lawrence Welk, The Jackie Gleason Show, Carol Burnett, Merv Griffin, Dinah Shore, Sonny and Cher ... What can I say? I love everybody :)


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

It's sad, trusouldj, that you have to search hard to find much of this old, great music on radio or TV these days. I put this hub together in the hope that the younger generations can find these wonderful artists a little easier. I hope you'll take a look -- and listen == to the first two "Grampa's Favorite" hubs where dozens more great singers can be heard on youtube videos. The artists you mention generally came a little later, but also are superb talents. Thanks for listening.


Julie 5 years ago

My Mom told me I was named after a radio star singer so I think it was Julie London. Until now I didn't know who she was. She has a beautiful voice...


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Your mom had good taste in music, Julie, and Julie London is a great namesake. Thanks for listening.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Hello again :)

Yet more memories of childhood and teenage years!

My Mum likes / liked Perry Como, Teresa Brewer, Eddie Fisher and Dusty Springfield, when she was in The Springfields.

Both parents liked Judy Garland ~ I love 'The Trolley Song'. Brenda Lee was also popular.

And my Dad loved Doris Day,

Johnny Mathis sang two or three lovely songs, including 'My Love for You'.

I really liked Bobby Vinton singing 'Blue Velvet' ~ and Bobby Goldsboro was a favourite during my teens.

My Dad talked about Russ Morgan's 'So Tired' for years, because he thought that it was brilliant, and he could not find a recording of it. Eventually I tracked one down for him! I now have a Russ Morgan CD, with 'So Tired' on it and the beautiful 'Cruising Down the River'.


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William F. Torpey 5 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I suppose it's because I grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., in the 1940's that I love "The Trolley Song," Trish_M, but it sure reflects the feelings I had riding the trolleys (until they were replaced by buses in 1952.) I also loved the song "So Tired" and sang it often when I was a young boy. But my favorite among these singers (not counting Bing Crosby, of course), is Marlene Dietrich. She was unique, and her "Lily Marlene" is a treasure.


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Trish_M 5 years ago from The English Midlands

Yes, William, I agree that Marlene Dietrich was talented and unique.

I like 'The Trolley Song' because it is so vibrant ~ and from a film that I enjoyed. ('State Fair', I think?)


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William F. Torpey 4 years ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

Hi Trish_M. I was just listening to all these great songs once again. Sorry I didn't acknowledge your comment earlier. I could listen to Marlene Dietrich sing "Lilly Marlane" all day and all night (I'm listening to it again now.) I believe "The Trolley Song" was from the 1944 movie, "Meet Me in St. Louis."


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Peggy W 6 months ago from Houston, Texas

My parents always played good music when I was growing up and I went on to purchase records from such singers as Perry Como, the Ames Brothers, Bing Crosby and more. My mother and I got to hear Bobby Vinton sing in his own theater in Branson, Missouri. What a great collection of good singers! Fun hub as it brings back memories.


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William F. Torpey 6 months ago from South Valley Stream, N.Y. Author

I'm glad you enjoyed this hub, Peggy W. These singers and songs were some of those I grew up hearing as a boy in Yonkers and later in Connecticut as well as many others featured on three of my other Hubs -- "Grampa's Favorites" and "More Grampa's Favorites" and "Torpey's Favorites" as well. I only wish this kind of popular music would make a comeback in today's world.

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