Steve Lawrence–Classic Series–“PRETTY BLUE EYES”

Hello,  When you think of Steve Lawrence you don’t usually think of him as an artist that had many hit records during the rock era of the 1950’s-60’s, but the fact is he did.  Beginning in 1957, he has put 21 records on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  His first came in 1957 with “THE BANANA BOAT SONG” on Coral Records.  His Top 10 hits include “PARTY DOLL”-#5 in ’57, “FOOTSTEPS”-#7 in 1960 on ABC-Paramount Records, “PORTRAIT OF MY LOVE”-9 in 1961 on United Artists Records and his #1 hit record from 1962, “GO AWAY LITTLE GIRL”, on Columbia Records.

His classic recording of “PRETTY BLUE EYES”, on ABC-Paramount Records in 1959 is the subject today.  On November 23, 1959 Steve made his Billboard chart debut with “Pretty Blue Eyes”.  It would be his first Top 10 hit since 1957 (“Party Doll”).  It would also be his first Top 10 hit for ABC-Paramount.  Steve’s record gained much air-play and became a huge favorite with the teen-age record buyers of the day.  Its easy-going melody and catchy lyrics made it a natural and Steve’s great vocal performance made “Pretty Blue Eyes” a winner, as it reached #9 on the Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 18 weeks.  It has through the years, remained a favorite, along with “Go Away Little Girl”, on oldies radio stations everywhere in the U.S.

Steve Lawrence was born Sidney Leibowitz on July 8, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York.  He married singer Eydie Gorme in December of 1957. Steve and  Eydie were headliners in Las Vegas, where they remain a popular nightclub act.  In a singing career that began over fifty years ago, his “Classic” recording of “Pretty Blue Eyes” remains as one of his high water marks  in a long and successful career.

Till the next time—Joe

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