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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

The Unsinkable Mary Frances

Artist: Debbie Reynolds
Song: I Can't Love You Anymore (a-side) (b-side is Love Is A Simple Thing)
Label: Dot 45-15937
Number: MW-12224
Songwriter: Allie Wrubel - Herbert Magidson
Time: 2:14
Released: 1960

Everyone knows Debbie Reynolds from such movies as Singin' In The Rain, Tammy And The Bachelor, Bundle Of Joy, The Singing Nun and The Mating Game, among some of her most popular roles. But Debbie, who was born Mary Frances Reynolds, enjoyed a sporadic recording career which saw her achieving some lofty chart positions through the years. Her first hit record was Aba Daba Honeymoon, top 3 in 1951. Her smash recording of the theme song Tammy went straight to the top of the charts and held the number one position for a total of five weeks. Other hits for her were A Very Special Love and Am I That Easy To Forget, from 1958 and 1960 respectively.
Today's song is one that was released in 1960 on the album Am I That Easy To Forget. I Can't Love You Anymore, with the subtitle of (Any More Than I Do), features an arrangement by Jerry Fielding, who also conducts the orchestra. The flipside was released the previous year on the album entitled simply Debbie. She was still riding the crest of popularity from her hit Tammy, so her recordings of both these songs are from that same period of time. What a great voice she had and still haves! She still performs regularly to packed houses and keeps making appearances on the big and little screens - she is one of America's treasures. Just ask any fan of hers. If you haven't heard her singing lately, be sure to get Debbie Reynolds performing I Can't Love You Anymore (Any More Than I Do) and reintroduce yourself to a voice that is oh so enchanting! You'll be glad you did.

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