The Solo Singles Collection 1950-54
Styles: Easy Listening, Pop
Catalogue Number: ACTRCD9030
Although Teddy Johnson was best-known for his Eurovision hit “Sing Little Birdie” with his wife Pearl Carr, he was a prolific and popular recording artist during the ‘50s, making 30 singles for EMI, having been the original presenter of the sheet music chart show for Radio Luxembourg. This collection brings together on CD for the first time both sides of all of those singles, along with both sides of his unique Transatlantic duet with Jo Stafford. As a special and highly collectable bonus, the anthology also includes all six sides of three early 45rpm medley “EPs” from 1951, featuring solo tracks from Teddy along with other artists, including his brother Bryan, the Beverley Sisters and one of the last recordings by the great Steve Conway. The collection showcases the quality and versatility of Teddy’s vocal styling, and is a worthy tribute to a much-underrated artist. Some of the tracks have been re-mastered from 78s, which were of variable quality, and while they have been cleaned as far as practical in re-mastering, where this would have prejudiced the essential character and integrity of the performance, we have chosen to minimize the de-noising process, and some tracks therefore retain clicks and surface noise.