Guy Mitchell

Singin' Up a Storm

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Guy Mitchell made a minor comeback in the late '60s recording country music for the Starday label. Although they were marketed to the country audience, Mitchell's Starday recordings aren't very different from the pop remakes of country songs with which he enjoyed great success in the '50s. Between the Nashville sound and the prevalence of crossover country music in the '60s, in a way country music came to Guy Mitchell rather than the other way around. Singin' Up a Storm is his second Starday album and features the minor hit "Frisco Line," one of several country-folk cuts comparable in style to the hits George Hamilton IV and Sonny James were having at the time. There is also a remake of Mitchell's '50s hit "Heartaches by the Number" and a cover of Webb Pierce's "Memory Number One." Mitchell isn't generally known as a songwriter, but he wrote two of the songs on the album, one of which ("I Was Born When You Kissed Me") is an intriguing collaboration with Mack Vickery. The novelty flavor of Mitchell's early hits is missing, but Singin' Up a Storm is a sturdy effort from a singer whose career took him from country to pop and back again.

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