Don Cherry (Vocals)
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 Mitchells 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 Conniffs 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...