Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Jeri Southern - The Touch of Love b/w You're Gonna Flip Mom (1957)

Jazz and pop singer Jeri Southern was at the height of her popularity in the 1950's around the time of this release.

She had a distinctively beautiful voice well suited to 'torchy' or languorous tunes.

The A-side of this scratchy old 45, used as "The Love Theme From The Paramount Picture 'The Devil's Hairpin'" was written by Ross Bagdasarian (a.k.a. David Seville) who also had a supporting role in the film.

'The Touch of Love' was released about 6 years following Bagdasarian's success with his composition
'Come on-a My House', and about 2 years prior to his
enormous good fortune with singing chipmunks.

Listen to:
Jeri Southern (with Orchestra directed by
Gus Levene) - The Touch of Love

Decca 45, 1957

(click for audio)

- - But it's the B-side that deserves more attention - - A gentle jab at the hep
mid-1950's patois of the American teenager.

Listen to:
Jeri Southern (with Orchestra directed by
Pete Rugolo) - You're Gonna Flip Mom

Decca 45, 1957
(click for audio)

See also:
- A 1958 Southern LP on the Roulette label, 'Coffee, Cigarettes & Memories', archived at Singin' & Swingin'

- 'Our friend, Mister Comma', a blog rant about the absence of correct punctuation in the 'Flip' side's song title, plus further song data and postulations, at People vs. Dr. Chilledair


thombeau said...


Johnny C said...

Thanks for posting those songs. I'm a huge Jeri fan, but I've never heard them. She is one of the forgotten songstresses of the 50's.

Tim said...

Thanks for the beautiful music. I'm blown away by her voice. I'm ashamed to admit I'd never her of her. Now I will tell everyone. Thanks for sharing.

Ravel said...

Thanks, from me too, as I didn't know this great singer...

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