Music from the 1950s
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I have not included the R and B, Folk nor Rock music that arose in the mid and late fifties. I enjoyed that too but the background music I most remember in the Cincinnati area, prior to leaving home for the Navy, was primarily in the style of what you see below. They were the songs of our young lives at that time. The music was a constant. It played at our favorite diners, parties and dances and always, always from our car radios.
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The Hilltoppers - Trying
The Hilltoppers - Poor Butterfly   1954
The Hilltoppers - P.S. I Love You
The Hilltoppers - Must I Cry Again  1952
The Hilltoppers - Love Walked In   1953
The Hilltoppers - Till Then   1954
Platters - The Great Pretender
Platters - Only You (And You Alone) (Original)
Les Paul and Mary Ford - How High the Moon
Jo Stafford - You Belong To Me
Jo Stafford - Begin the Beguine
Johnnie Ray - Cry   1951
Joni James - My Love, My Love  1953
Joni James - Why Don't You Believe Me
Doris Day -  Again
Doris Day -  When I Fall In Love
Patti Page -  Allegheny Moon
Georgia Gibbs - Kiss Of Fire  1952
Jaye P. Morgan - That's All I Want From You  1954
Jaye P. Morgan -  Life Is Just A Bowl Of Cherries  1953
EddieFisher - Any Time  1951
June Christy - Midnight Sun
June Christy - Something Cool   1953
June Christy - Supposin'  1950
Billy Eckstine - I Apologise
Billy Eckstine - Blue Moon
Top Songs of 1946 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1947 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1948 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1949 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1950 - YouTube
Rosemary Clooney - Tenderly   1952
Chris Connor - Spring Is Here  1954
The McGuire Sisters - Sincerely   1955
The De Castro Sisters - Teach Me Tonight  1954
The Fontane Sisters - Hearts Made of Stone
Nat King Cole - When I Fall in Love
Nat King Cole - A Blossom Fell
Nat King Cole - Stardust
Nat King Cole - Autumn Leaves
Vaughn Monroe - Red Roses For A Blue Lady
The Four Freshmen- Mood Indigo
The Four Freshmen- It's a Blue World
Hugo Winterhalter - Canadian Sunset
Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra - Blue Tango
Tony Bennett - Because of You  1951
Tony Bennett - Stranger in Paradise
Tony Bennett - Rags To Riches 
Tony Bennett - Here In My heart  1952
The Four Aces -  Tell Me Why
The Four Aces ~ Heart Of My Heart
The Four Aces - It's No Sin   (original 1951 version)
The Four Tunes - Marie
The Four Tunes - Marie   on Jubilee
Ray Anthony - That Old Feeling
Perez Prado - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White 1955
Perry Como - Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes
Top Songs of 1951 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1952 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1953 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1954 - YouTube
Top Songs of 1955 - YouTube
Bonus round:
Rosemary Clooney  and her sister Betty appeared frequently on Cincinnati TV in the late '40s. 
Her brother, Nick Clooney worked in Cincinnati TV for a long time. His son is George Clooney