1957 Della Reese – And That Reminds Me
Delloreese Patricia Early grew up in Detroit and began singing in church by the time she was six years old. She sang with a gospel group headed by Mahalia Jackson when she was 13 and still graduated from high school when she was only 15 years old. She began singing in clubs and shortened her name to Della Reese.
Della signed with Jubilee Records in 1953 and began recording and releasing jazz-flavored pop tunes.
Italian musician Camillo Bargoni wrote and released the instrumental Concerto d’autunno. Several versions of the song were released as Autumn Concerto in 1956. Al Stillman and Paul Siegel wrote English lyrics for the song.
Della released the first commercial version of the song with the new lyrics.The Honey Dreamers were a vocal group that had been singing together since the late forties, and they backed up Della’s singing on the record.
The single became Della’s first charting record, reaching #12 on the Hot 100 in 1957. It sold over a million copies and earned her a gold record.
Kay Starr released a cover version of the song a week after Della’s record. Her record company renamed her single My Heart Reminds Me, and it peaked at #9 on the Hot 100.
While Della continued recording on Jubilee Records, she did not have another hit until she moved to RCA Records in 1959.
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