Tag Archives: 1951

Old School: Johnnie Ray

The Little White Cloud That Cried – Johnnie Ray (1951)

Johnnie Ray
(1927-1990)

Genre: Rhythm & blues / Traditional pop
Origin: Hopewell > Oregon > US
Career: 1951–1989
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.

Old School: Rosemary Clooney

Come On-A My House – Rosemary Clooney (1951)

Rosemary Clooney
(1928-2002)

Genre: Traditional pop / Vocal standards
Origin: Maysville > Kentucky > US
Career: 1946-2001
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.