Don Cherry (Vocals)

Genres: Vocals
Decades Active: 1950s 1960s 1990s 2000s

Biography

11 January 1924, Wichita Falls, Texas, USA. Cherry sang briefly with the post-war orchestras of Jan Garber, Victor Young and Tommy Dorsey. His first solo hits for Decca Records in 1950/1 were ‘Thinking Of You’ from the Fred Astaire / Vera-Ellen movie Three Little Words, ‘Vanity’ and ‘Belle, Belle, My Liberty Belle’, the latter beaten to the upper reaches of the US chart by Guy Mitchell’s version. Switching to Columbia Records, Cherry had a massive seller in 1955 with the Bob Musel and Jack Taylor ballad, ‘Band Of Gold’ (not to be confused with another song with the same title which was a hit in 1970 for Freda Payne). The unusual choral backing on the Cherry record signified trombonist/arranger Ray Conniff’s first arrangement for Columbia. He had further US chart success in 1956 with ‘Wild Cherry’, ‘Ghost Town’ and ‘Namely You’. In the 60s, Cherry, always a keen amateur golfer, launched...

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