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Jukebox Pearls: Pledging My Love

Jukebox Pearls: Pledging My Love

by Margie SingletonMargie Singleton


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Jukebox Pearls is Bear Family's series focusing on the unsung female country singers of the '50s and '60s, but Margie Singleton's volume, Pledging My Love, doesn't play particularly country. A collection of sides she recorded for Mercury between 1960 and 1964, this does indeed have duets with Faron Young and a nice version of "Walk on By," but Singleton's sound is a little bit too sweet to be considered pure country. She's a precise singer, lacking grit but never attempting to conjure some dirt, either. She was happy singing pop covers -- she did a nice version of Jerry Butler's "He Will Break Your Heart" (best known as "He Don't Love You," here called "She Will Break Your Heart") -- and, notably, she sang a version of Joe Meek's "Telstar" called "Magic Star," a move that certainly didn't read country. Nevertheless, Singleton did record with Faron and George Jones, and she wrote some of her own material long before this was commonplace, especially among female country singers, and her Louisiana background was distinctly country. Pledging My Love, on the other hand, sounds like '60s crossover pop -- two steps removed from Patsy Cline, music determined to appeal to a broad audience; music that has a hint of Hollywood peeking around the corners of its Nashville gloss. This slickness is part of its appeal but over the course of 30 tracks, it can get a little cloying, no matter how well it's performed. The most interesting elements of the collection are the songs that play to either extreme: the country duets and the pure pop sides, both redolent of the sound of AM radio in the early '60s, or perhaps a jukebox in a diner somewhere in middle America.

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Product Details

Release Date: 11/05/2013
Label: Bear Family
UPC: 5397102173028
catalogNumber: 1196812
Rank: 143771


  1. Chained To A Promise
  2. Forget Me Not
  3. Living In The Danger Zone
  4. Her Image Keeps Getting In The Way
  5. I Don't Have To Look Pretty (To Stay Home And Cry)
  6. I Knew I Would See Him Again
  7. It's Too Much
  8. How Lonely She Must Be
  9. There You Go
  10. Sincerely Your Friend
  11. Poor Man's Roses
  12. Your Old Love Letters
  13. Pledging My Love
  14. I'll Just Walk On By
  15. I Don't Want You This Way
  16. No Thanks, I Just Had One
  17. Magic Star (Telstar)
  18. Walkin' Back To Happiness
  19. Don't Be Good To Me
  20. Another Woman's Man, Another Man's Woman
  21. The Cypress Tree
  22. Only Your Shadow Knows
  23. Burnt Fingers
  24. How Do You Celebrate Goodbye
  25. Are You Ever Too Young?
  26. She Will Break Your Heart
  27. Voices Of Love
  28. Destination Love
  29. Toss A Pebble In The Water
  30. I Don't Have to Look Pretty (To Stay Home and Cry)

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Margie Singleton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Faron Young   Vocals,Guest Appearance
Merry Melody Singers   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Joe Meek   Composer
Marlin Greene   Composer
Johnny Bond   Composer
Carl Belew   Composer
Jerry Kennedy   Composer
John Schroeder   Composer
Shelby Singleton   Composer,Producer
Marijohn Wilkin   Composer
Alex Zanetis   Composer
George Kent   Composer
Merle Kilgore   Composer
Margie Singleton   Composer,Illustrations
R.A. Andreas   Illustrations
Richard Weize   Reissue Producer,Tape Research
Eddie McDuff   Composer
Christian Zwarg   Tape Comparison
Andreas Merck   Photo Scanning
Mike Hawker   Composer
Jewly Hight   Liner Notes,Biographical Information
Dan Pennington   Composer
Sidney Singleton   Illustrations

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