Pepper Hot Baby (Wanna Go Where You Go-Do What You Do)
If You Don't Want My Love
Chee-Chee-Oo-Chee (Sang The Little Bird)
Two Lost Souls
Not One Goodbye
My Bewildered Heart
Echo Of Love
Just Love Me
I Thought It Was Over
Take A Chance
Mutual Admiration Society
My Blind Date
Then I'll Be Happy
Easy Does It
Jaye P. Morgan may be forever associated with The Gong Show in the minds of younger generations, but this pop vocalist and former girl singer with Hank Penny's band racked up a healthy string of hits in the '50s. Duets w... more »ith Perry Como and Eddy Arnold, and her career hit 'That's All I Want From You,' are present on this 20-track anthology of Morgan's RCA years. Also of note is the exciting 1955 hit 'Pepper Hot Baby,' a song that has become something of a minor rock & roll classic among collectors. Jaye P. Morgan on RCA passes up some of her lesser hits in favor of more obscure selections, but all of the important singles are here on this effective single-disc anthology. Collectors' Choice. 1997.« less
Jaye P. Morgan may be forever associated with The Gong Show in the minds of younger generations, but this pop vocalist and former girl singer with Hank Penny's band racked up a healthy string of hits in the '50s. Duets with Perry Como and Eddy Arnold, and her career hit 'That's All I Want From You,' are present on this 20-track anthology of Morgan's RCA years. Also of note is the exciting 1955 hit 'Pepper Hot Baby,' a song that has become something of a minor rock & roll classic among collectors. Jaye P. Morgan on RCA passes up some of her lesser hits in favor of more obscure selections, but all of the important singles are here on this effective single-disc anthology. Collectors' Choice. 1997.
"From the moment that I heard "The Longest Walk" for the first time (and that was in the early seventies), I became an avid fan of Jaye P. Morgan, buying her records whenever I could find them.Well, here is a collection of her finest 45s (and one album cut) recorded for RCA in the 1950s. "The Longest Walk" , needless to say, never sounded better. Many cuts are her sides with the Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra. But one outstanding number is "Blind Date" written by Leiber- Stoller. Her plaintive delivery of that chestnut melts my heart. As for the rest of the selections, well they won't disappoint either. The song "The I'll Be Happy" (in stereo) was lifted from her second LP for the label "Just You,Just Me". The LP is a five star knock-out, and currently available as an import.Her best work did not end at RCA, however. She signed with MGM Records in 1959 where she recorded the exemplary "Slow & Easy" as well as three more fine LPs including a delightful country album.However, her best sides for that label were actually released on two 45s. The first was "Will He Like Me" from the broadway show "She Loves Me." The second was her quintessential version of the standard "I'm Nobody's Sweetheart." She really lets loose on this song. The orchestra, conducted by Marty Paiche on both songs, hits a home run.I'm still hoping that Polygram, which I assume still owns the MGM masters, will release these records in the future. Jaye P.'s fans have waited long enough."
Excellent album, Jaye P. Morgan is at her peak.
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Jaye P. Morgan's clean, crisp singing style is apparent and the sound is good on this album. Jaye P. sings with a style that shows much creativity as she uses subtle changes in each song. If she were around today, she could adapt her style and be comtempory in today's ballad music. She sings with much heart and sensitivity on the ballad songs and sings with a bright, fun heart on the more upbeat songs. They bring back the 50's with a bang. She was so popular for a few years and then disappeared. This album shows her very unique style and is a must for any Jaye P. Morgan fan. It's good to hear from her again."
Great music from an excellent song stylist!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This compilation collects many of Jaye P.'s wonderful hit recordings from her RCA tenure, also included are some great LP cuts. Jaye P.'s voice is outstanding, she is a great vocal stylist! The quality of the CD is top notch! This is a welcome addition to anyones CD library."
Could Have Been The Best Jaye P. Morgan CD Available
(4 out of 5 stars)
"I know this isn't labeled her "best" or "greatest" at RCA, and is merely meant to present some of the cuts she made for that label, but to have over a third of the contents represent failed singles (I Thought It Was Over, Take A Chance, My Blind Date, and Easy Does It) and obscure cuts (Echo Of Love, Graduation Ring, and Then I'll Be Happy) seems a bit extreme. Especially when they give us her first 10 RCA hits and, after skipping over the next five, her final two in 1956.
In doing that Collectors' Choice Music/BMG missed a golden opportunity to have, on the market, the best Jaye P. Morgan CD bar none. But what is here, coupled with the two pages of liner notes by Robert W. Rice and the discography of the contents, makes this a solid 4-star volume.
It starts of with her first RCA hit, and my personal favourite, That's All I Want For You which, with the backing of the Hugo Winterhalter orchestra, made it to # 3 Billboard Pop Top 100 in late 1954/early 1955 b/w Dawn (not included here). She followed that up a few months later, again with the Winterhalter orchestra, with the double-sided hit Danger! Heartbreak Ahead (# 12) b/w Softly, Softly which is registered as a "follow-along" hit. That summer she paired with the late, great Perry Como on Chee Chee-oo Chee (Sang The Little Bird) which reached # 12 in July b/w Two Lost Souls, from the musical Damn Yankees, which also charted at # 18. Both were backed by Mitchell Ayres & His Orchestra.
Later that summer she was back with Winterhalter on The Longest Walk, a solid # 6 in September b/w the old Al Jolson hit, Swanee, which was regarded as a "follow-along" hit as well. She then capped off a pretty successful 1955 when If You Don't Want My Love, once more with Winterhalter backing, topped out at # 12 in December b/w Pepper-Hot Baby, which peaked at # 14, with the backing of Joe Thomas & His Orchestra, and on December 24 saw Not One Goodbye begin its climb up the charts to # 48 in early 1956, backed by Hugo Winterhalter and with My Bewildered Heart as the flipside.
Two more double-sided hits followed in 1956, along with one single-sided hit, but unfortunately none are included here: Get Up! Get Up! (You Sleepyhead), a cover of a Lavern Baker hit b/w Sweet Lips (# 83 and # 85 respectively in April); Lost In The Shuffle (# 69) b/w Play For Keeps (# 79) which peaked in June; and Johnny Casanova which went to # 81 in July b/w The West Point Dress Parade. But the October hit, Just Love Me (# 97) is here, although not the B-side, The Call Of The Wild. All these 1956 hits and their flipsides had the backing of Hugo Winterhalter.
The last hit in 1956 is also here, a duet with Eddy Arnold on Mutual Admiration Society from the musical Happy Hunting, which made it to # 47 in December b/w If'n (not here). She was then off the charts for all of 1957 and 1958, but came back in 1959/60 with three - all omitted: Are You Lonesome Tonight? (# 65) b/w Miss You (# 78) in March 1959 with Ray Ellis & His Orchestra; and I Walk The Line (# 66 in September 1960 b/w Wondering Where You Are).
Born Mary Margaret Morgan in Mancos, Colorado on December 3, 1931, and the sister of The Morgan Brothers singing group, Jaye P. sang with the Frank DeVol orchestra from 1950 to 1953, and in 1953/54 had her first two solo hits with the small Derby label on Just A Gigolo (# 22 in September 1953) and Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries (# 26 in December 1953/January 1954), both backed by the DeVol orchestra)."