1958 Kirby Stone Four – Baubles, Bangles, and Beads
Edward Knoblock wrote the play Kismet in 1911. Charles Lederer and Luther Davis adapted the play into a musical in 1953, in part by adding music based on the works of the Russian composer Alexander Borodin. The play became successful and even won a Tony Award for the Best Musical.
The most popular song in the play became Baubles, Bangles, and Beads. Peggy Lee released a popular single version of the song near the end of 1953 that landed as high as #30 on the pop charts.
Singer Kirby Stone formed the Kirby Stone Four after World War II. The group sang in clubs in the New York City area and began appearing on television shows.
In 1958, the group signed with Columbia Records and released a new version of Baubles, Bangles, and Beads. They recorded a more upbeat version of the song backed by Jimmy Carroll And His Orchestra. The single peaked at #25.
The group’s popularity waned as the sixties wore on. In 1966, the group attempted to move in a pop music direction. They recorded with the Tokens as the United States Double Quartet. New York radio played Life Is Groovy when the single came out, but nobody seemed to notice. After that, Kirby began directing television variety shows.
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