The Little White Cloud That Cried – Johnnie Ray (1951)
Genre: Rhythm & blues / Traditional pop
Origin: Hopewell > Oregon > US
Tidbit: Ray was one of the most controversial recording artists of the 50’s. His emotional, animated performances caused a stir, but such behavior would soon become the fabric of an emerging genre called Rock & Roll.
Come On-A My House – Rosemary Clooney (1951)
Genre: Traditional pop / Vocal standards
Origin: Maysville > Kentucky > US
Tidbit: One of the top vocalists of the 50’s, Clooney’s career languished during the 60’s while she battled depression, bipolar disorder, addiction to prescription medication, and two divorces. She returned to the spotlight in the 70’s and was one of the most prolific recording artists of her generation: She released an album almost every year from 1977 until her death in 2002.