Thursday, March 23, 2017

Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)

Bill Darnel and Betty Clooney
with Sid Bass and orchestra

Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So)
Wilson - Porter - Levy
Meridian Music

X Records 4x-0087

Cover of the Gene and Eunice [Forrest Gene Wilson and Eunice Levy] song first issued by Combo Records in 1954.

According to the always knowledgeable mickey rat at regarding the copyrights intricacies :
Theoretically "Ko Ko Mo" should have funded the futures of Gene Forrest and Eunice Levy and hopefully healthy royalties trickled down to them. The initial Combo label issue added label owner Jake Porter as a joint songwriter and his Combo Music as publisher, meaning he personally would have got a much larger cut of publishing royalties than either Gene or Eunice. They were all lucky that at that time the major labels were flirting with R&B and rock& roll and this song fit the bill for established white artists to record. Every man (and woman) and their dogs recorded the song, notably Perry Como. The song was a big hit. E.H. "Buddy" Morris's Meridian Music bought the publishing from Jake Porter and sheet music was published.

Picture credit :  Second Hand Songs

Bill Darnel was a band singer in the 1940s. By the end of that decade he started a solo career recording for a variety of labels in the 1940s and 1950s : Coral, Decca, X,  Rex, London ,Jubilee and Paris.

Betty Clooney was a singer and television performer from Kentucky. With her older sister, Rosemary Clooney, she sang with the Tony Pastor band in the 1940s. In the 1950s she appeared on network television shows and made solo recordings (Coral, Columbia and X Records)

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