Jon Sondra Steele Lonesome For You Moonbeam 1948 10" 78
Condition: USED Good+
Red (dark) colored label
Lonesome For You
(Louise Lee-Lew Quadling)
Sondra Steele Jon Steele at the piano TWILIGHTERS
Sailing On A Moonbeam
Jon and Sondra Steele
Record is visually graded.
It has not been tested by playing on a record player.
of the melody with different lyrics was written by Borney Bergantine in
1933. The most famous version of the song, with lyrics by Betty
Peterson Blasco, was published for the first time in 1948. The first
known recording of this version was in December of 1947 by the Marlin
Sisters but the song first became a hit in May 1948 as recorded by Jon
and Sondra Steele (Damon 11133) (#3) with rival versions by The Pied
Pipers (Capitol 1628/ 15094)1 and Ella Fitzgerald (Decca 24446)
entering the charts that June reaching respectively #4 and #8 with the
Marlin Sisters version (Columbia 38217) finally charting with a #24
peak that July. "My Happiness" was one of two songs - the other being
"That’s When Your Heartaches Begin" - that Elvis Presley recorded at
his first recording session at the Memphis Recording Service (Sun
Studios) in the summer of 1953. Connie Francis - whose favorite song at
the age of eight had been the Jon and Sondra Steele version of "My
Happiness" - remade the song in a 6 November 1958 session at the Radio
Recorders studio in Hollywood, CA produced by Morton Craft and Jesse
Kaye; David Rose conducted the orchestra. The song almost became
Francis' first #1 hit in the first months of 1959 but was kept at #2 by
another remake of a standard: the Platters' version of "Smoke Gets in
This is a vintage record 10" in diameter that plays at 78 rpm on a turntable, record player, phonograph or jukebox.
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the bottom or on the spine. Tape, writing, ring wear or other defects
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Poor (P), Fair
Generally worth 0-5
percent of the Near Mint
price. The record is cracked, badly warped, and won't play through
without skipping or repeating. The picture sleeve is water damaged,
split on all three seams and heavily marred by wear and writing. The LP
cover barely keeps the LP inside it. Inner sleeves are fully seam
split, crinkled, and written upon. Except for impossibly rare records
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