February 9, 2011

Vintage 365: In love with vintage love songs

Day 40 of Vintage 365

♪ ♪ ♪ Dee-deee-dee-deee, la-laaa-laaa-laaa ♪ ♪ ♪  Oh hi, didn't see you there, I was busy humming a romantic melody Smile  Ok, before you start thinking I've gotten into the cooking sherry, let me explain. You see, I'm rather fond of seasonal and festive music. I like to set the annual celebrations in my life up with a soundtrack, and February's upcoming holiday is no exception.

For the last few days I've been catching myself daydream-ily humming or singing lines and tunes from a bevy of great vintage love songs. The season of amour is upon us, and I've been sweep up by its timelessly romantic charm, which means that vintage love songs are in heavy rotation around my house at the moment.

There are so, so many stellar songs from the 30s, 40s, and 50s that centre around love (it is a rather popular theme for songs, isn't it? ;D), that it’s nearly impossible to pick a favourite - one that I've always really liked is the 50s beauty "My special angel", which reminds me of my husband (whom I loving call "angel" as a pet name). Luckily there are compilation CDs devoted entirely to vintage romance music that can help you instantly put together the foundation of Valentine's Day playlist.

{Legendary singer Pat Boone, seen here with actress/singer Shirley Jones in the 1950s, is amongst the talented artists whose work appears on today's feature CD of romantic vintage songs.)

One such CD is Chart Topper: Romantic Hits of the 50s, which features 15 classic mid-century ballads (such as "I only have eyes for you", "Donna", "Love is a many splendored thing", "Kisses sweater than wine", "Sea of Love", and the aforementioned "My special angel") that are perfect for slow dancing to with your honey, playing during a candlelit diner, or enjoying anytime you're in the mood for romance.

Sung by an array of wonderful 50s crooners (such as The Four Aces and Ritchie Valens), this selection of Valentine's Day songs really does feel like it could be soundtrack to a stellar vintage movie that definitely wraps up with a "happily ever after" sort of ending. If you're interested in Romantic Hits of the 50s, you can pick it up for the very reasonable price of $9.95 on Amazon.

Do you have a favourite vintage love song? What's going to be on your playlist this February 14th? I for one will lining up many of the songs on this delightful CD and singing right along with all of them. ♪ ♪ ♪


  1. These songs still make my heart sing. I wish vintage clothing and apparel could be so timeless!

  2. Oh, I love old music. I have several playlists for my blog, and I switch between them. One is all Frank Sinatra (what I'm currently using), one is all Big Band, and one is a combination of those, with old love songs added in as well. I especially like The Platters, the Four Aces, and Nat King Cole. (Love Is a Many Splendored Thing and Unforgettable are two faves.)

    I also enjoy 60's love songs, like Bobby Vinton and Engelbert Humperdinck.