When Boy Meets Girl: Wish Upon A Star


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Review Text The Collectables reissue of two mid-'50s LPs by Peggy King reveals a singer who possessed a cute soprano voice with the character and subtle strength of Debbie Reynolds. The first of two concept LPs, 1955's Girl Meets Boy pairs King with Jerry Vale for a musical dissection of a love affair, beginning with King's sweetly innocent "The Boy Next Door" and continuing through "Would You Like to Take a Walk?" and "Let's Fall in Love." Felicia Sanders briefly catches the eyes of Vale with "I Wanna Be Loved" and "Temptation," but King of course wins the boy back and they celebrate with the closer, "Love Is Here to Stay." In similar company to Mel Tormé's Prelude to a Kiss and several other story-in-song LPs of the time, Girl Meets Boy leans less on jazz (or even jazz interpretation) than the musical scores that were lighting up the charts during the mid-'50s. Still, King carries the LP well, and Percy Faith's orchestration is appropriately grand, sweeping along at the pace of a promenade. The second record, 1956's Wish Upon a Star, finds King on the long road to fame, encompassing "When I Was Ten," "When You Wish Upon a Star," and "Hooray for Hollywood." Just before the title song is reprised at the end, King's character is discovered by an A&R executive while she sings a radio jingle for Hunt's Tomato Sauce, in the exact circumstances King is said to have been discovered by Mitch Miller. Between the theme of the LP and King's voice, listeners can barely stop thinking about Reynolds' role in the 1952 film smash Singin' in the Rain. ~ John Bush

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CD: 1

  1. 1. Boy Next Door - 2:39
  2. 2. Would You Like to Take a Walk? - 2:06
  3. 3. All I Do Is Dream of You - 2:10
  4. 4. Let's Fall in Love - 2:49
  5. 5. You Better Go Now - 3:16
  6. 6. Goodnight My Love - 3:32
  7. 7. I Wanna Be Loved - 3:25
  8. 8. Temptation - 4:40
  9. 9. Conflict - 1:26
  10. 10. It's Easy to Remember - 2:27
  11. 11. Just One More Chance - 2:54
  12. 12. Love Is Here to Stay - 3:47
  13. 13. Part I: When I Was Ten (Beginning) - 2:55
  14. 14. When You Wish Upon a Star - 3:53
  15. 15. When I Was Ten (Conclusion) - 1:55
  16. 16. Part II: A Girl With a Band - 1:36
  17. 17. Let There Be Love - 2:49
  18. 18. Part III: New York - 1:27
  19. 19. Little Girl Blue - 3:28
  20. 20. Hooray for Hollywood - 1:44
  21. 21. Part IV: Screen Test/Long Ago (And Far Away) - 3:03
  22. 22. Part V: Nobody Asked Me to Sing - 1:05
  23. 23. Ev'ry Time - 3:17
  24. 24. Paret VI: Discovery/Hunts Tomato Sauce Jingle - 1:59
  25. 25. When You Wish Upon a Star (Reprise) - 1:11

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