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The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs

Hit Parade Records
The Complete Original Hits Of
Georgia Gibbs

Read Greg Adams’ final interview with Georgia Gibbs

Hit Parade CD #12304     $14.98     

Born in 1919 in Worcester, Massachusetts, Freda Lipschitz rose from humble beginnings to the very top of the pop pantheon. Freda took the name Gibson when her mother remarried, and she began singing regularly in clubs by the age of 13. Not even 18 years old when she made her radio debut, Georgia was soon lending her bold and brassy pipes to the big bands of Frank Trambauer and Artie Shaw. After joining the Garry Moore–Jimmy Durante radio show in the late ’40s, Moore bestowed her with the playful sobriquet that stuck – “Her Nibs, Miss Georgia Gibbs!”

Soon thereafter, Georgia struck out on her own and joined the Hit Parade, scoring 25 hit singles on the Coral and Mercury labels over the next two decades, including two #1 smashes – “Kiss Of Fire” (1952) and “Dance With Me Henry” (1955). Now, Hit Parade Records has collected all of her Top 50 hits onto one album – many on CD for the first time ever!

The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs contains the original versions of Georgia’s greatest hits – not the versions she recorded for other labels later in her career. Here, you’ll find her chart debut, the Top 5 novelty tune, “(If I Knew You Were Comin’) I’d’ve Baked a Cake,” recorded for Coral Records in 1950. And you’ll thrill to Georgia’s upbeat renditions of rock, country, and R&B songs like “Tweedlee Dee” (LaVern Baker), some of which were bigger hits for the gorgeous Miss Gibbs than for the original performers. With the passing of Her Nibs in December 2006, The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs stands as a loving tribute to a remarkable performer and the most comprehensive anthology of her popular recordings ever compiled.

Hit Parade Records is a new Canadian label dedicated to finding, restoring, and preserving lost treasures like these, and it employs many of the same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric CDs – including Greg Adams, whose detailed liner notes (including new information from Georgia’s final interview, conducted especially for this release) will fascinate you for nearly as long as the 58-plus minutes of music contained on The Complete Original Hits Of Georgia Gibbs! And, don’t miss Hit Parade’s other great collections Fabulous Fifties Divas and Fabulous Fifties Crooners, as well as Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1956.

– ORIGINAL HIT SINGLE VERSIONS – FIVE CD DEBUTS –
– SUPERBLY REMASTERED FOR HIGHEST QUALITY SOUND –

Track Title Chart Date
1. KISS OF FIRE #1 1952
2. Mercury version BALLIN’ THE JACK 1954
3. Coral – Rare on CD (If I Knew You Were Comin’) I’D’VE BAKED A CAKE #5 1950
4. DANCE WITH ME HENRY (Wallflower) #1 1955
5. TWEEDLE DEE #2 1955
6. SEVEN LONELY DAYS #5 1953
7. I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY #14 1955
8. Coral – CD Debut I STILL FEEL THE SAME ABOUT YOU (with Owen Bradley Sextet) #18 1951
9. CRY #24 1951
10. SO MADLY IN LOVE #21 1952
11. WHILE YOU DANCED, DANCED, DANCED #6 1951
12. HAPPINESS STREET #20 1956
13. TOM’S TUNE #21 1951
14. MY FAVORITE SONG #25 1952
15. GOOD MORNING MISTER ECHO #21 1951
16. Coral – Rare on CD SIMPLE MELODY (with Bob Crosby) #25 1950
17. SWEET AND GENTLE #12 1955
18. SOMEBODY BAD STOLE DE WEDDING BELL (Who’s Got De Ding Dong?) #18 1954
19. KISS ME ANOTHER #30 1956
20. CD Debut TRA LA LA #24 1956
21. CD Debut in USA THE HULA HOOP SONG #32 1958
22. CD Debut ROCK RIGHT #36 1956
23. CD Debut GREAT BALLS OF FIRE 1957

Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series of Billboard chart books.

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