Mindy Carson ©2002JCMarion


Mindy Carson was born in July of 1927 in New York City. As a teenage vocalist, she got her first big break winning an audition for a spot on the "Stairway To The Stars" radio program in 1946 which starred Paul Whiteman and Martha Tilton. Later that year she became vocalist for singing bandleader Harry Cool and sang on "My Guy's Come Back" on Signature #15007. Carson's first appearance on the best seller charts was in late 1946 with the tune "Rumors Are Flying" a big song for the year. The duet with Harry Cool on Signature #15043 made it to number 12 on the best sellers list. "Either It's Love Or It Isn't" on #15062 and "It's A Good Day" on #15069 rounded out the Signature releases for Carson and Cool. It was to be four long years before Mindy Carson was heard from again on the record charts.


Carson appeared on the syndicated radio program "Guy Lombardo Time" in the late forties, and in 1949 the CBS radio network thought enough of Mindy Carson to give her a musical variety show under her name with announcer Don Pardo and the orchestra of Russ Case. NBC then jumped in and offered Mindy a television variety show beginning in September of 1949. The show featured violinist Florian Zabach (famous for "The Hot Canary") and the orchestra of Earl Sheldon. The show ran until 1951. At about this time Mindy was signed to a recording contract with RCA Victor Records. "Blame My Absent Minded Heart" and "Song Of Surrender" was released on #3508 and did nothing. The next time would be different however.


A happy novelty jump tune much like "If I Knew You Were Comin' I'd've Baked A Cake" was set for release by RCA on #3204. "Candy And Cake" was paired with "My Foolish Heart" with the orchestra of Henri Rene. "Candy" took off immediately, but then the movie song ballad began to sell. The rhythm side almost made the top 10 while the ballad got as high as number 6 and remained on the charts for three months. The two sided hit record and the TV show had made Mindy Carson an identifiable personality in the entertainment industry. Later in the year "A Rainy Day Refrain" with Andrew Acker's orchestra charted on #3921. The next few for RCA did not - "If I Were A Bell" / "Just For A While" on #3944, "Button Up Your Overcoat" / "Together" on #4039, "Thank Your Father" / "Just A Memory" on #4040, "The Best Things In Life Are Free" / "You're The Cream In My Coffee" on #4041, and "Gotta Find Someone To Love" on #4119. By late 1952 RCA ended the search for another hit by Mindy Carson and dropped her from the label. Shortly she was signed by rival Columbia Records.


The first move made by Carson's new label was to pair her with Guy Mitchell (probably at the insistence of Mitch Miller) with "Cause I Love You That's-A-Why" on Columbia #39879. The record was a top 25 seller in late 1952. "All The Time And Everywhere" and "Barrels And Barrels Of Roses" on #39889 got lost, but a cover of The Gaylords "Tell Me Your Mine" on #39914 was a good seller (peaking at number 22) and two more duets followed - "So Am I" / "I Want You For A Sunbeam" on #39950, and "Tell Us Where The Good Times Are" / "There's Nothing As Sweet As My Baby" on #39992 which got into the top 25 best sellers during the summer of 1953. "Darling, Darling" / I Never Let You Cross My Mind" on #40057 did not do much, but "This Above All" on #40206 was a top 30 chart hit in the summer of 1954.


A year later Mindy Carson was back in a big way. In late August she recorded "Wake The Town And Tell The People" on Columbia#40537 bucked the rock 'n roll tidal wave and was a huge success, one of her biggest ever. The ballad peaked nationally at number 13 and was a solid seller on the charts for more than two months. As mainstream pop singers faded into the background in the mid and late fifties, Carson had one more chart hit. This came early in 1957 and was a pop cover of Ivory Joe Hunter's "Since I Met You Baby" on #40789. After eleven years as a recording star on the pop charts, Mindy Carson gave Broadway a try in the 1958 show "The Body Beautiful" by Sheldon Harnick and Jerry Bock. Although the show failed to attract an audience, it was another facet of Carson's varied career. By 1960 she had mostly disappeared from the American pop music scene, but the memories linger on. Mindy Carson - radio, records, television, and the Broadway stage. That's quite a career !

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