My Foolish Heart: selected vocal harmony group recordings, 1956-1966

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See also the original feature page: My Foolish Heart.

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My Foolish Heart (m. Victor Young, w. Ned Washington)

From the Wikipedia song profile:

The music was written by Victor Young and the lyrics by Ned Washington. The song was introduced by the singer Martha Mears in the 1949 film of the same name. The song failed to escape critics’ general laceration of the film. Time wrote in its review that “nothing offsets the blight of such tear-splashed excesses as the bloop-bleep-bloop of a sentimental ballad on the sound track.”[1] Nevertheless, the song was nominated for an Oscar, losing out to “Baby, It’s Cold Outside” by Frank Loesser.

The song was also a popular success, with two recordings of the song listed among the top 30 on the Billboard charts in 1950. Gordon Jenkins’s recording of “My Foolish Heart”, Sandy Evans, vocal, reached the top ten on the charts. However, Billy Eckstine’s version became a million seller, spending 19 weeks on the charts and peaking at number six.

(above) The Joytones performing in the mid-1990s — photo credit: SoulfulDetroit.com forum

The Joytones – issued in 1956 on Rama 215, b/w “Jimbo Jango”

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The Del Vikings – 1957

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The Teddy Bears: Phil Spector, Marshall Leib, lead singer Annette Kleinbard

The Teddy Bears – 1958

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The Excels – #5094 Gone Records, 1960; B-side: Just You and I Together

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The Belmonts

Recorded by The Belmonts, probably soon after Dion’s departure, c.1960, with lead vocal by Carlo Mastrangelo. I haven’t found a good Belmonts discography. The biography at the official website of the group (http://www.thebelmonts.net) says they made just one recording, Teenage Clementine, in 1957 before Dion joined them shortly thereafter for the recording of We Went Away, which became the first single of Dion & the Belmonts.

The provider of the first video below uses the cover of a compilation which does not contain this recording. I’ve included it because the audio quality seems slightly better than that of the second video.

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The Roomates – 1961

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The Demensions – 1963

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The Arbors – from their debut LP A Symphony For Susan, 1966

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The Firebirds – from the album Dance Girl Dance, 2004

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