Tommy Edwards – It’s All In The Game.
Tommy Edwards – It’s All In The Game. 45 rpm single.
It’s All In The Game was originally released by Tommy Edwards in 1951 with reasonable success. However, it wasn’t until 1958 that the record made its biggest impact thanks to a new arrangement more in tune with the rock ‘n’roll phenomenon sweeping the world.
The 1958 version was a number one hit on both sides of the Atlantic, selling over 3.5 million copies and earning Edwards a gold disc for it.
This was to be Edwards’ biggest record by far and although he continued releasing music his popularity quickly declined. He died only eleven years after his hit record at the age of 47.
The song had started life as the instrumental tune A Melody In A Major composed by Charles Gates Dawes in 1911. Lyrics were added to it in 1951 by Carl Sigman and It’s All In The Game was born.
Several artists including Dinah Shore, Louis Armstrong and Nat King Cole recorded the track with their own arrangements before Tommy Edwards released his chart topping single.
Since then All In The Game has been covered many times by artists such as the Four Tops and was a UK number two for Cliff Richard in 1963. Several more Tommy Edwards songs have also gone on to be hits for other performers over the years.
Charles Gates Dawes, the original composer of the melody for It’s All In The Game was Vice-President of the United States from 1925 – 1929. He was also a co-recipient of the 1925 Nobel Peace Prize for his work towards the Locarno Treaties.
He is the only US Vice-President or Nobel Peace Prize laureate to have a writing credit on a US number one single. Now that’s one for your next pub quiz!
Tommy Edwards – It’s All In The Game. 1958 version.
Tommy Edwards – It’s All In The Game. Performed on The Ed Sullivan Show. 14th September 1958.
If you like this 1950’s classic you may also like this single by Ricky Nelson.
Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome / Folsom Prison Blues.
Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome / Folsom Prison Blues. 7 inch single.
Recorded in 1955 with Johnny Cash’s backing band of Luther Perkins and Marshall Grant aka The Tennessee Two. Both songs feature on Cash’s debut album Johnny Cash With His Hot And Blue Guitar.
Folsom Prison Blues is one of Cash’s most loved songs and for decades was the one he opened most of his concerts with. He was inspired to write it after watching the film ‘Inside The Walls Of Folsom Prison’ and is sung from the viewpoint of a prison inmate.
The song’s popularity with prisoners led Johnny Cash to play concerts for inmates at several prisons over the next decade. On the 13th of January 1968 he performed the song at two shows in Folsom State Prison, California. Live recordings from these concerts were used for his now triple platinum album At Folsom Prison.
Far from Folsom prison, that’s where I want to stay, and I’d let that lonesome whistle blow my blues away.From Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash.
Johnny Cash – So Doggone Lonesome. Performed at the Grand Ole Opry. 1955.
Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Three. Folsom Prison Blues. Live at San Quentin State Prison. 24th February 1969.