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Jane Morgan (3rd May birthday)

PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2017 10:50 am
by john poole
Jane Morgan, born Florence Catherine Currier on 3rd May, 1924 (Newton, Massachusetts), she’s 93 today.

She had a UK No.1 single at the beginning of 1959, ‘The Days the Rains Came’, an English language version of ‘Le Jour Ou La Pluie Viendra’ (she also recorded it in the original French language for the B-side) written by Gilbert Becaud with Pierre Delanoe and previously recorded by Dalida (aka Yolanda Gigliotti) - here performed (in English) by Jane, joined half way through by Louis Armstrong
Jane denied Little Richard what would have been his only No.1 record - he was at No.2 at the time, although with ‘Baby Face’ - probably not the best the song to remember him by.

‘With Open Arms’ (1959) - the first Bacharach/David song to be a hit for a female singer (although no higher than #39). In the UK it was covered by Adam Faith as a B-side.

She worked with Bacharach on her 1962 LP “What Now My Love” - the first US album that Burt produced and conducted in its entirety.

Re: Jane Morgan (3rd May birthday)

PostPosted: Thu May 04, 2017 9:37 am
by NormanD
1959? As late as that? "Late" meaning my early years of radio listening......

I thought she was one of those pre-rock big-voiced singers, beloved of UK big-band female vocalists who'd belt out her songs on the variety circuit and BBC progs.

Her Bacharach connections look worth investigating.

Re: Jane Morgan (3rd May birthday)

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 8:44 am
by AndyM
That No.1 of hers was the No.1 the week I was born. Which is of not interest (or not much) to anybody else, but it's always made me aware of her.

Re: Jane Morgan (3rd May birthday)

PostPosted: Fri May 05, 2017 9:48 am
by john poole
She was first successful at the end of the 1940s when she had a residency at a Paris Club with the French bandleader Bernard Hilda

Here with a version of Slim Gaillard's 'Cement Mixer Put-ti Put-ti'