Almost A Doo Wop Record
:: Karen Chandler - I Remember Dear::
I found this record tucked safely inside an LP by Hank Locklin, which I picked up at some used record store. "Cool", I thought, "a bonus disc". Upon playing it, I was pleasantly surprised to find it's almost a doo wop record, in a very white sort of way. Next, I fired up the old computer and started checking out the internets to see if I could find anything about Karen Chandler And Her Jacks. The answer came back, "not much". I did find some other people trying to find out about Karen Chandler on Genealogy sites and whatnot, and I was able to piece together the following facts: Born Eva Nadauld in Rexburg, Idaho sometime in the 1920s, she sang in Benny Goodman's band in 1946 using the stage name Eve Young. Later going solo as Karen Chandler, she met and married arranger Jack Pleis. She had a hit on the Coral label in 1953, "Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me", but that was about it. By the time she made this record for Decca, everything was rock, and she found herself trying to fit in. Anything for a hit.
Actually it's sad to find a record by somebody on a major label, yet you're not able to find anything about them. Of course there are millions of one hit wonders, and no hit wonders, and I plan to collect as many records by as many of them as possible.
The A side of this single is "Sail Along Silv'ry Moon", which is pleasant enough, but I like the B side, "I Remember Dear", written by Frank Paul and Sam Lembo. I don't know if anyone else has recorded this song, but it sounds familiar. Now I'm going to sound like one of those Genealogy sites I saw on the internets, but if anyone knows anything more about Karen Chandler or any of the other stuff I've mentioned in this half assed post, lemme know.