Columbia CL 2567 (Album)
Guys And Dolls – Various Artists
Issued January 1956 – 33 rpm LP
(Guys And Dolls, by Harry James and His Orchestra)
(Pet Me, Poppa, by Rosemary Clooney)
If I Were A Bell
Matrix No. RHCO 10440 * Recorded 27th March 1953
(A Woman In Love, by Frankie Laine)
(Adelaide, by Jerry Vale)
(I'll Know, by Harry James and His Orchestra)
‘If I Were A Bell’ was initially only released in the United Kingdom, on Philips PB 145 (Single, May or June 1953). Flipside was ‘A Bushel And A Peck’ – a duet with Frankie Laine (Matrix No. RHCO 10439). ‘A Bushel And A Peck’ was not issued in the US during Jo Stafford’s career.
The album ‘Guys and Dolls’ was issued in Columbia’s ‘House Party’ series, a series of budget price 10-inch LP’s marketed in 1955 and 1956 (catalog numbers CL 2501 through CL 2606).
The first mentioning of this album I found was in the January 14, 1956 edition of the Journal and Courier (Lafayette, Indiana): ‘Frank Loesser tunes from “Guys and Dolls,” the film, have been issued by Columbia records in its new “House Party” series. In the album are Rosemary Clooney’s “Pet Me Poppa,” Frankie Laine’s “A Woman in Love,” Jo Stafford’s “If I Were a Bell,” and Jerry Vale’s “Adelaide.” ‘ This means this album must have been issued in January, 1956 (all price guides and websites for record collectors state that ‘Guys and Dolls’ was released in 1956).