Here is the finest CD available of one of England’s all-time great singers, Steve Conway, who died tragically young.
Bethnal Green-born Walter “Jimmy” Groom (1920-1952) was one of the finest and most distinctive popular vocalists England ever produced, and it was a tragedy that, after building a fine career under the stage name of “Steve Conway”, he died at the age of just 31. Steve always sang softly and sincerely and, like Al Bowlly, always meant what he sang. His mellow voice had a wonderful and effortless range; smooth yet thrilling, it was warm, rich and relaxed with perfect pitch and depth.
All the unique qualities of Steve Conway’s vocal artistry are demonstrated in Retrospective’s collection of his 25 finest recordings. Every track is a charmer from his opening, highly appropriate, theme song I Poured My Heart Into A Song through to the closing number At The End Of The Day (which always ended Radio Luxembourg’s transmissions), on which he was joined by the Hastings Girls Choir.
As has been shown with the recent publication of British Hit Singles 1940-1952, Steve Conway had no fewer than 23 78s in the Top 20 best sellers before ever charts were printed, and 19 are included here, the biggest being I Can’t Begin To Tell You and Good Luck, Good Health, God Bless You, both at No.3. Conway’s smooth renditions of these and such evergreens as My Foolish Heart, When We Were Sweet Sixteen, Autumn Leaves, Too Young and How Little We Know bear comparison with any of popular music’s great vocal interpreters.