woensdag 27 maart 2013

Angels In The Sky (1954)

"Angels In The Sky" is a popular song by Dick Glasser. It was published in 1953 and has been recorded by a number of artists. The first recording was by Glasser himself and was issued on Jack Gale's label, Triple A (#2522), flipped with "Is It Too Late?", another Glasser composition.

78 RPM - Dick Glasser - Angels In The Sky / Is It Too Late ? - Triple A - USA - 2522

Angels in the Sky - Wikipedia
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(c) Gene Autry (1954)
Recorded on December 3, 1953 at Radio Recorders, 7000 Santa Monica Blvd., Hollywood, CA –
Gene Autry [vcl], Carl Cotner Orchestra:Johnny Bond [gt], Jerry Scoggins, Bert Dodson [bass], Buddy Cole [organ])
Released March 1954 on Columbia 4-21229

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Buddy Cunningham recorded it next.

(c) Buddy Cunningham (1954)

45cat - Buddy Cunningham - Angels In The Sky / A Wasted Love - Valley - USA - V-113

Tony Martin recorded soon afterwards (around June, 1954), but only with the agreement that the Glasser version was withdrawn from the markeplace.
In 1954, Jack Gale would strike a deal with RCA Victor for the song and it was then recorded and released by Tony Martin on RCA Victor #5757 about August 1954, flipped with "Boulevard Of Nightingales". A part of the deal was that Glasser's recording would be withdrawn from the market.

45cat - Tony Martin - Angels In The Sky / Boulevard Of Nightingales - RCA Victor - USA - 47-5757

(c) The Van Cleaf Sisters (1954)

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(c) Herb and Kay (1954)

45cat - Herb And Kay - This Ole House / Angels In The Sky - King - USA - 45-1376

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The biggest hit for the song would happen later in the following year with a version by The Crew-Cuts on Mercury Records #70741. It first reached the Billboard Magazine charts on December 17, 1955. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at #16; on the Best Seller chart, at #11; on the Juke Box chart, at #13; on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached #13. The flip side was "Mostly Martha".
The Crew Cuts (1955) had an eigteen week run in the US hitparade (#11 spot)

45cat - The Crew Cuts - Angels In The Sky / Mostly Martha - Mercury - USA - 70741X45

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(c) The Monarchs (1955)

45cat - The Monarchs [Wing] - Wanna Go Home / Angels In The Sky - Wing - USA - W-90040X45

(c) The Rockets (1956)

45cat - Various Artists - Rock And Roll Waltz / Are You Satisfied - Prom - USA - 45-707

See You Later, Alligator; Angels In The Sky : Gurdy : Free Download & Streaming : Internet Archive

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Listen here (at 2 min and 30 sec): See You Later, Alligator; Angels In The Sky - Gurdy.mp3

Dick Glasser re-recorded the song after having signed with Columbia Records by Autumn 1958. It was released as his third single for the label (#41357) about March 1959, this time flipped with "Get Thee Behind Me".

Dick Glasser - Get Thee Behind Me / Angels In The Sky (Vinyl) at Discogs

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(c) Bobby Vee (1961)

Vinyl Album - Bobby Vee - Bobby Vee - Liberty - USA

(c) Gene McDaniels (1961)

Vinyl Album - Gene McDaniels - 100 Lbs. Of Clay - Liberty - USA

(c) Joel Christie (1965)

45cat - Joel Christie - Angels In The Sky / Lead Me On - Imperial - USA - 66142

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(c) Glen Campbell (1970) 

Vinyl Album - Glen Campbell - Oh Happy Day - Capitol - USA

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