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Tony Bellus (born Anthony J. Bellusci; April 17, 1936) is an American Chicago-born vocalist and musician, whose first recording was with Shi-Fi Records in 1958. His best known recorded song is "Robbin' The Cradle",a self-composed ballad he recorded in his native Chicago in 1959.
The recording of "Robbin' The Cradle" contained a number of styles and musical combinations.[ citation needed ] It combined an Italian pop singer playing an accordion à la Dick Contino, being backed with a basically country/rockabilly band, augmented with a background Latino vocal group.[ citation needed ]
Upon hearing Bellus perform the song in Chicago, NRC leased the master for the NRC label, and the song peaked at No. 25 on August 17, 1959, and stayed on the Billboard Hot 100 for 26 weeks, the most weeks for any Hot 100 entry all within the calendar year 1959.On April 20, 1959, Bellus performed "Robbin' The Cradle" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV weekday-afternoon program, American Bandstand . One week later on April 27 the song entered Billboard's Hot 100 chart at position No. 87, sixteen weeks later it peaked at No. 25 for one week
Attempts at follow-ups were hampered when the original National Recording Corporation went bankrupt April 27, 1961. The company reappeared in 1962 under the aegis of Georgia theatre magnate Frederick Storey. The reorganization and a stint in the Army took the momentum from Bellus' career.[ citation needed ]
In the 1960s and 1970s, Bellus was a singing sensation throughout the Chicago area nightclub scene. He was a mainstay performer appearing nightly at Fritzel's restaurant at the corner of State and Lake Streets in downtown Chicago. Fritzel's was a personal favorite of local and visiting celebrities and dignitaries.[ citation needed ]
In the 1980s and 1990s, Bellus continued composing music, also performing at beach hotels and restaurants on the west coast of Florida, where he had relocated from the Chicago area.
The old NRC music library was purchased by Georgia music historian and producer Johnny F. Carter in 2004. Bellus returned to the NRC label with a CD release of the 1959 album that followed the success of "Robbin' The Cradle". Bellus' connection with the new NRC ended with the death of Carter in 2016.
Bellus is re-inventing his career through Bellusci Music Publishing Company and M.M.P. (Marathon Musical Productions), offering two new CD singles: "I Want Florida for Christmas" and "Mackinac Island", which is a remix and remastering of his 1986 45 rpm version.
Bellus resides in Florida with his wife Tammy, also a songwriter. Directing his attention to Christian music, his desire is to lift up the Lord Jesus Christ through his song, "It Is Finished (e' finito)".
Brenda Mae Tarpley, known professionally as Brenda Lee, is an American singer. Performing rockabilly, pop and country music, she had 47 US chart hits during the 1960s and is ranked fourth in that decade, surpassed only by Elvis Presley, the Beatles and Ray Charles. She is known for her 1960 hit "I'm Sorry", and 1958's "Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree", which has become a Christmas standard.
"All My Trials" is a folk song which became popular during the social protest movements of the late 1950s and 1960s. Alternative titles it has been recorded under include "Bahamian Lullaby" and "All My Sorrows." The origins of the song are unclear, as it appears to not have been documented in any musicological or historical records until after the first commercial recording was released on Bob Gibson's 1956 debut album Offbeat Folksongs.
Kenneth Arnold Chesney is an American country music singer, songwriter, and record producer. He has recorded more than 20 albums. He has also produced more than 40 Top 10 singles on the US Billboard Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts, 31 of which have reached number one. Many of these have also charted within the Top 40 of the US Billboard Hot 100, making him one of the most successful crossover country artists. He has sold over 30 million albums worldwide.
Bill Lowery was an American music entrepreneur.
"Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me" is a song written by Harry Noble and originally performed by Karen Chandler in 1952. It has been re-recorded several times since then, the most notable covers being by Mel Carter in 1965 and Gloria Estefan in 1994.
"The Twist" is an American pop song written and originally released in 1958 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to "Teardrops on Your Letter". Ballard's version was a moderate hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100. On the US Billboard Hot R&B Sides chart, the original version of "The Twist" first peaked at number sixteen in 1959 and at number six in 1960.
"Bluebirds over the Mountain" is a song written and recorded in 1958 by Ersel Hickey, later covered by artists such as The Beach Boys, Ritchie Valens and Robert Plant.
"I Only Have Eyes for You" is a romantic love song by composer Harry Warren and lyricist Al Dubin, written for the film Dames (1934) when it was introduced by Dick Powell. Several successful recordings of the song were made in 1934 and later there were charted versions by The Flamingos (1959), and by Art Garfunkel (1975). There is a new version of the song performed in S1E7 of The Bletchley Circle San Francisco.
Orange Blossom Special is the 21st album released by musician Johnny Cash on Columbia Records in 1965. The recordings include country and folk standards, such as "The Long Black Veil", "When It's Springtime in Alaska", "Danny Boy" and "Wildwood Flower".
"I'll Be Seeing You" is a popular song about nostalgia, with music by Sammy Fain and lyrics by Irving Kahal. Published in 1938, it was inserted into the Broadway musical Right This Way, which closed after fifteen performances. The title of the 1944 film I'll Be Seeing You was taken from this song at the suggestion of the film's producer, Dore Schary. The song is included in the film's soundtrack. The earliest recording of the song was by Dick Todd in 1940 on the Bluebird label.
"Near You" is a popular song written and originally recorded by Francis Craig and His Orchestra in 1947, with lyrics by Kermit Goell, that has gone on to become a pop standard.
Alvin Wayne Casey was an American guitarist. He was mainly noted for his work as a session musician, but also released his own records and scored three Billboard Hot 100 hits in the United States. His contribution to the rockabilly genre has been recognized by the Rockabilly Hall of Fame.
Richard Noel Marx is a Grammy-winning American adult contemporary and pop/rock singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer.
"I Wish I Could Have Been There" is a song co-written and recorded by American country music artist John Anderson. It was released in April 1994 as the fourth and final single from his album Solid Ground. It peaked at number 4 in the United States, and number 21 in Canada. Anderson co-wrote this song with Kent Robbins.
Jeremy Phillip Felton, known professionally as Jeremih, is an American singer, songwriter, rapper, and record producer. In 2009, he signed a record deal with Def Jam Recordings. Jeremih's commercial debut single, "Birthday Sex", peaked at number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 chart—leading his self-titled debut album released in June that year, reaching number six on the US Billboard 200 chart. Jeremih's success continued with the release of his second album, All About You, led by the single "Down on Me", which also reached the top five of the Billboard Hot 100. In 2014, his single "Don't Tell 'Em" with YG became his third top-ten hit on the Billboard Hot 100. After multiple delays, Jeremih released his third studio album, Late Nights in 2015. Jeremih's latest project, a collab album with Ty Dolla Sign titled MihTy was released on August 24, 2018.
"Walk on By" is a song written by Kendall Hayes and performed by American country music artist Leroy Van Dyke. It was released in June 1961 as the first single and title track from the album Walk On By. The song was Van Dyke's most successful single, spending 37 weeks on the country chart and a record-breaking 19 at the number-one position. "Walk on By" crossed over to the pop chart peaking at number five, and was named by Billboard magazine, in its 100th anniversary issue (1994), as the biggest country music record in history.
Tha Carter IV is the ninth studio album by American rapper Lil Wayne, released on August 29, 2011, through Young Money Entertainment, Cash Money Records and Universal Republic Records. Recording sessions for the album began in late 2008, shortly after Lil Wayne's sixth studio album, Tha Carter III (2008) was released to strong sales and critical acclaim: however, the sessions were put on hold, as Lil Wayne claimed he did not want to follow an album he held in high regard so quickly with another, potentially inferior release. In the interim, Lil Wayne released his two other albums in 2010: the largely rock-themed Rebirth, and I Am Not a Human Being. The latter was reportedly composed from unreleased material from the original Tha Carter IV sessions, as the album was released whilst Wayne served a prison sentence at Rikers Island prison for illegal possession of a weapon, and was thus unable to record any new material: this also meant Tha Carter IV's recording sessions were once more put on hold.
"Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" is a song by songwriter Johnny Marks based on the 1939 story Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer published by the Montgomery Ward Company. Gene Autry's recording hit No. 1 on the U.S. charts the week of Christmas 1949.
"Elmer's Tune" is a 1941 big band and jazz standard written by Elmer Albrecht, Dick Jurgens and Sammy Gallop. Glenn Miller and his Orchestra and Dick Jurgens and his Orchestra both charted with recordings of the composition.
Nova Wav is an American GRAMMY Award winning record producer and songwriting duo composed of Brittany “Chi” Coney and Denisia “Blu June” Andrews. Over the course of their career, Nova Wav has wrote and produced on tracks and albums for artists including Beyonce, Rihanna, Dj Khaled, Ariana Grande, Jay-Z, Saweetie, Nicki Minaj, Teyana Taylor, Kehlani and more. They were signed to Warner Chappell Music by Ryan Press and "Big Jon" Platt. They were named Billboards 2018 R&B/Hip-Hop 100 Power Players and listed on Revolt's Top 9 producers of 2019 that demanded the sound of Hip Hop and R&B.