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REVIEW - The Blenders: "Count Every Star" - DECCA 48158; MAY 1950
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DianeE
2021-01-13 15:29:47 UTC
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YOUTUBE -



SPONTANEOUS LUNACY VERDICT 2/10
Roger Ford
2021-01-13 16:16:07 UTC
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Post by DianeE
https://www.spontaneouslunacy.net/the-blenders-count-every-star-decca-48158/
YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/U6EyiI96knM
Here's how the Blenders fared in the 1950 Singles Battle

ROUND ONE
Post by DianeE
8 The Blenders - Count Every Star - Decca 48158
8 The Four Buds - Just To See You Smile Again - Savoy 769
Draw #3 and since I voted Blenders...............
WINNER : FOUR BUDS

I'd vote the other way today but either way its a win-win for the Buds
(this was the flip to their "I Will Wait")

As I've said before tho I'm not a huge fan of the "Count Every Star"
song itself I always liked the Rockers version best followed by the
inevitable Ravens. There's a decent Rivieras version out there too
with the Blenders following....
Post by DianeE
SPONTANEOUS LUNACY VERDICT 2/10
...and IMO certainly better than a meagre 2.

A 5 for me



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DianeE
2021-01-14 00:34:43 UTC
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Post by DianeE
https://www.spontaneouslunacy.net/the-blenders-count-every-star-decca-48158/
YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/U6EyiI96knM
Here's how the Blenders fared in the 1950 Singles Battle
ROUND ONE
Post by DianeE
8 The Blenders - Count Every Star - Decca 48158
8 The Four Buds - Just To See You Smile Again - Savoy 769
Draw #3 and since I voted Blenders...............
WINNER : FOUR BUDS
I'd vote the other way today but either way its a win-win for the Buds
(this was the flip to their "I Will Wait")
As I've said before tho I'm not a huge fan of the "Count Every Star"
song itself I always liked the Rockers version best followed by the
inevitable Ravens. There's a decent Rivieras version out there too
with the Blenders following....
Post by DianeE
SPONTANEOUS LUNACY VERDICT 2/10
...and IMO certainly better than a meagre 2.
A 5 for me
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I don't much like the song either, and like you, if I have to listen to
it I'll choose the Rockers.
Sav...@aol.com
2021-01-14 00:49:09 UTC
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Post by DianeE
https://www.spontaneouslunacy.net/the-blenders-count-every-star-decca-48158/
YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/U6EyiI96knM
Here's how the Blenders fared in the 1950 Singles Battle
ROUND ONE
Post by DianeE
8 The Blenders - Count Every Star - Decca 48158
8 The Four Buds - Just To See You Smile Again - Savoy 769
Draw #3 and since I voted Blenders...............
WINNER : FOUR BUDS
I'd vote the other way today but either way its a win-win for the Buds
(this was the flip to their "I Will Wait")
As I've said before tho I'm not a huge fan of the "Count Every Star"
song itself I always liked the Rockers version best followed by the
inevitable Ravens. There's a decent Rivieras version out there too
with the Blenders following....
Post by DianeE
SPONTANEOUS LUNACY VERDICT 2/10
...and IMO certainly better than a meagre 2.
A 5 for me
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I don't much like the song either, and like you, if I have to listen to
it I'll choose the Rockers.
The Rockers, Ravens and Rivieras are all solid 8's for me.
Dean F.
2021-01-14 02:13:00 UTC
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The Rockers, Ravens and Rivieras are all solid 8's for me.
Whaaat??? You don't like Donnie & The Dreamers?

(For the sarcasm impaired, I was joking.)
Roger Ford
2021-01-14 12:40:46 UTC
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Post by DianeE
https://www.spontaneouslunacy.net/the-blenders-count-every-star-decca-48158/
YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/U6EyiI96knM
Here's how the Blenders fared in the 1950 Singles Battle
ROUND ONE
Post by DianeE
8 The Blenders - Count Every Star - Decca 48158
8 The Four Buds - Just To See You Smile Again - Savoy 769
Draw #3 and since I voted Blenders...............
WINNER : FOUR BUDS
Despite this result The Blenders managed to make the Vocal Groups
Encore Battle too which I'd forgotten about.

They crashed out immidiately there too :-

ROUND ONE
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2 The Blenders -- Count Every Star -- Decca 48158 -- 1950
7 The Silhouettes -- Bing Bong -- Ember 1037 -- 1958
WINNER : SILHOUETTES

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Roger Ford
2021-01-14 13:48:41 UTC
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YOUTUBE - http://youtu.be/U6EyiI96knM
SPONTANEOUS LUNACY VERDICT 2/10
Just for the record here's the original version (in French) of the
song from 1948

Henri Salvador - Tout ça


Here are the English versions (as "Count Every Star") I know of from
the era we discuss here

Starting with what (I *think*) was the English language original
Ray Anthony (vcl Dick Noel) (Capitol) 1950

Hugo Winterhalter (RCA) 1950
Herb Jeffries (Columbia) 1950 *
The Ravens (National) 1950
Dick Haymes & Artie Shaw (Decca) 1950
Harry Babbit (Coral) 1950
The Blenders (Decca) 1950
Sonny Stitt (Prestige) 1950
Lester Young (Norgran) 1954
The Rockers (Carter) 1955
Al Hibbler (Decca) 1956
The Rivieras (Coed) 1958
The Ames Brothers (RCA) 1958
The Metronomes (Wynne) 1959 **
Billy Adams (Capitol) 1960 ***
Donnie & The Dreamers (Whale) 1961
Linda Scott (Canadian American) 1961
Jane Morgan (Kapp) 1961
Ike Quebec (Blue Note) 1962
The Kittens (Chestnut) 1963 ****

*I couldn't find the Jeffries on YT but all others are there

**this was another black vocal group version from 1959 featured on
their "And Now" LP on Wynne label


*** Pretty sure this is a different "Billy Adams" to the Kentucky RAB
guy as well as the different again Memphis guy who was on Sun

**** avoid this unless you dig horrid screechy girl groups


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DianeE
2021-01-14 14:19:06 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
Just for the record here's the original version (in French) of the
song from 1948
Henri Salvador - Tout ça
http://youtu.be/Y6Vi4vNEF_U
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That link doesn't work for me, but this one does:



"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
Roger Ford
2021-01-14 14:51:45 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
Just for the record here's the original version (in French) of the
song from 1948
Henri Salvador - Tout ça
http://youtu.be/Y6Vi4vNEF_U
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http://youtu.be/LheYBTVmQeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"


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md
2021-01-14 15:21:38 UTC
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Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?

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Roger Ford
2021-01-14 15:36:30 UTC
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Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"

Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"

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bbug
2021-01-14 20:11:04 UTC
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On Thu, 14 Jan 2021 09:21:38 -0600, md >
Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.

Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"
Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"
How about

L'homme a la moto

"Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots"?

By the way, Sampson shows better taste than the rest of this group when he rates "Count Every Star" by the Ravens as 10 out of 10.
bbug
2021-01-14 20:24:28 UTC
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Post by md
How about
L'homme a la moto
"Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots"?
Forgot the link:

http://youtu.be/ppVme3utQys
Roger Ford
2021-01-14 20:42:36 UTC
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Post by md
How about
L'homme a la moto
"Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots"?
http://youtu.be/ppVme3utQys
Dire!!

I don't like that song by anybody (not one of Jerry & Mike's finest
moments). This version is down there with Piaf's



The flip was a MUCH better song in itself---but is really disgusting
in this version




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How about
L'homme a la moto
"Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots"?
http://youtu.be/ppVme3utQys
Dire!!
I don't like that song by anybody (not one of Jerry & Mike's finest
moments). This version is down there with Piaf's
http://youtu.be/TYFfgM78hJY
The flip was a MUCH better song in itself---but is really disgusting
in this version
http://youtu.be/2umJVuFX0Wo
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Boy is that putrid!
Dean F.
2021-01-15 03:33:38 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
I don't like that song by anybody (not one of Jerry & Mike's finest
moments). This version is down there with Piaf's
http://youtu.be/TYFfgM78hJY
The flip was a MUCH better song in itself---but is really disgusting
in this version
http://youtu.be/2umJVuFX0Wo
No doubt about it: by 1955, Vaughn Monroe's career was over. I suspect even *he* knew it.
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2021-01-15 03:50:13 UTC
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No doubt about it: by 1955, Vaughn Monroe's career was over. I suspect even *he* knew it.
Monroe had 3 top 100 chart hits after 1955 including one that got to #11.

I wish my career could be "over" like that.
DianeE
2021-01-14 21:36:54 UTC
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Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"
Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"
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I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
Dean F.
2021-01-15 03:34:25 UTC
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Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
Here's my favorite version:


DianeE
2021-01-15 11:41:52 UTC
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Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
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I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens. I didn't hear the terrific Blue Notes version till many
years later.
Roger Ford
2021-01-15 13:45:42 UTC
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Post by Dean F.
Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
------------
I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens. I didn't hear the terrific Blue Notes version till many
years later.
I think the first English language release of the "Hymne a l'amour"
song as "If You Love Me (Really Love Me)" was by our own Vera Lynn in
late 1953 which was picked up and released in the USA early 1954 by
one of the better 50's pop thrushes Kay Starr and became a #4 hit.
Kay's was the first version I remember hearing as a kid

I agree totally with the above comments regarding the splendid Blue
Notes version from 1956 which like you I never heard until much,MUCH
later

In 1960 Brenda Lee recorded a fine version of the song which first
appeared on her 1961 "Emotions" album as well as a hard to find
special 7" Decca stereo single release




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2021-01-15 14:13:57 UTC
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I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
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I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens.
It wasn't a hit.
DianeE
2021-01-15 14:38:41 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
Post by Dean F.
Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
------------
I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens.
It wasn't a hit.
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Okay, well it's possible that one of my friends had the album and that's
where I heard it, but it still seems to me that I heard it on the radio.
Whatever--AFAIK that's the first version I heard.
Sav...@aol.com
2021-01-15 17:30:10 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
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Post by Roger Ford
Post by Dean F.
Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
------------
I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens.
It wasn't a hit.
-----------
Okay, well it's possible that one of my friends had the album and that's
where I heard it, but it still seems to me that I heard it on the radio.
Whatever--AFAIK that's the first version I heard.
This version was played on the radio in late 1960 and early 1961.


DianeE
2021-01-15 21:45:51 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
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Post by Roger Ford
Post by Dean F.
Post by DianeE
I like "Hymne a l'amour" ("If You Love Me") but I like it better by
Brenda Lee.
http://youtu.be/pcZL3zD4eE4
------------
I mentioned Brenda Lee because her version was a hit when I was in my
early teens.
It wasn't a hit.
-----------
Okay, well it's possible that one of my friends had the album and that's
where I heard it, but it still seems to me that I heard it on the radio.
Whatever--AFAIK that's the first version I heard.
This version was played on the radio in late 1960 and early 1961.
http://youtu.be/gtbM4RYr7OU
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Where, on Mars?

md
2021-01-15 03:55:57 UTC
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Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"
Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"
"Je Ne Regrette Rien" is currently being used here (nonsensically) for
insurance company ad, and it still sounds great. Her best song, imo, with "L
Vie En Rose" next in line. I agree with you about "Milord" and refuse t
please Bill by re-listening to the absurd motorcycle thing.
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2021-01-15 04:47:00 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"
Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"
"Je Ne Regrette Rien" is currently being used here (nonsensically) for a
insurance company ad, and it still sounds great.
It sound grate all right.
Roger Ford
2021-01-15 14:12:13 UTC
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Post by Roger Ford
Post by md
Post by Roger Ford
Post by DianeE
"Elevator music" (a phrase that will mean absolutely nothing to future
generations). I couldn't listen to it all the way through. I imagine
you couldn't either--you mentioned that you don't like French pop singers.
I always liked Charles Trenet's original "La Mer"
How about Edith Piaf?
Yeah, always kinda liked "La Vie En Rose"
Not so keen on "Je Ne Regrette Rien" and HATE "Milord"
"Je Ne Regrette Rien" is currently being used here (nonsensically) for a
insurance company ad, and it still sounds great. Her best song, imo, with "La
Vie En Rose" next in line. I agree with you about "Milord" and refuse to
please Bill by re-listening to the absurd motorcycle thing.
I'd add one other original French song to the mix - Gilbert Becaud's
"Je t'appartiens"

Better known in the English language version as "Let It Be Me" and
first recorded by Jill Corey in 1957 it was later picked up in the
version I guess we all remember best----and that I like best----the
famous 1959 Everly Brothers rendering which became their last Cadence
single (while still signed to the label) and IMO one of their greatest
ballad performances


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