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Don Cornell: I'm Yours - A Centenary Tribute, His 28 Finest 1942-1958



One of the legendary vocalists of the post-war era has his centenary in April 2019. To mark the occasion, Retrospect celebrates the artistry of Luigi Francisco Varlaro, otherwise “Don Cornell”. This powerful purveyor of romantic ballads gained legendary status over his six decades as an entertainer. I’m Yours, Retrospective’s tribute to a fine artist, contains Don’s 28 best recordings made during his vintage years of 1942-1958. 13 top ten hits are here, including three million sellers: I’m Yours, It Isn’t Fair, and Hold My Hand which topped the British charts in 1954. For most of the 40s Don was the star vocal attraction of the Sammy Kaye Orchestra, with whom he had a string of golden hits (there are 11 on the CD: That’s My Desire, Room Full Of Roses), before going solo in the 50s and enjoying continued success.

Don Cornell: I'm Yours - A Centenary Tribute, His 28 Finest 1942-1958


After a successful career in the boxing ring, Cornell gave up his sport to become a full time singer, finding fame as one of the vocalists with the Sammy Kaye band, Swing and Sway with Sammy Kaye. This collection, apart from the opener and title track, I'M YOURS, is a chronologically based trawl through Cornell's career, taking in his hits with Kaye and his subsequent solo career with the Coral label, where he notched up an impressive sequence of hits in the 50s, including his British number one, HOLD MY HAND and STRANGER IN PARADISE, recorded in London, which gave him his only other chart success in the UK. As the 50s wore on and singers of his generation fell victim to the onslaught of teenage tastes, he attempted to move with the times, even recording ROCK ISLAND LINE but as this compilation shows, he was one of the best exponents of standard post war popular music. The usual excellent production values from Retrospective guarantee an all round standard which makes this collection a very worthwhile encapsulation of a very fine singer and serves to remind us yet again of how many fine singers there were on the post war musical scene.

- InTune Magazine

Don Cornell: “I’m Yours” - focuses on the period 1942 to 1958, and includes eleven of his 1940s recordings with Sammy Kaye, he of the optimistic “Swing and Sway” slogan (lampooned as “Swing and Sweat with Charlie Barnet”). Cornell’s smooth baritone spoke of his Italian-American roots, and the presence of a vocal chorus on many of the numbers places this reissue in the easy listening category.