“I’m not alone in the night, when I have all the love you write. I memorize every line, I kiss the name that you sign…”–Ketty Lester, “Love Letters” (Era Records, 1961)

In recent columns on my choices as the best vintage pop vocalists, space precluded naming a number of other notables. Thus, in response to a torrent of requests from Amsterdam News readers, here are my picks of the best of the rest, female and male.

While some also scored with blues, jazz and R&B, this is about their pop music solos. By the way, my all-time fave of the genre was the steel guitar-vocal blockbuster hit “How High the Moon” by Les Paul and Mary Ford (Capitol Records, 1951). That was the peak.

First, the women:

  • Shirley Bassey: “Goldfinger”; “Diamonds Are Forever”; “Moonraker”; “The Impossible Dream”; “If You Go Away”; “Yesterday When I Was Young”
  • Rosemary Clooney: “Hey, There”; “Half As Much”; “Tenderly”; “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To”; “Be My Life’s Companion”; “This Ole House”; “Mambo Italiano”
  • Ethel Ennis: “Now I Have Everything”; “Off Shore”; “Matchmaker Matchmaker”
  • Connie Francis: “Who’s Sorry Now”; “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool”; “Where the Boys Are”; “Lipstick on Your Collar”; “Among My Souvenirs”; “Stupid Cupid”
  • Brenda Lee: “I’m Sorry”; “All Alone Am I”; “Emotions”; “I Want to Be Wanted”; “Losing You”; “Fool No. 1”
  • Ketty Lester: “Love Letters”; “This Land is Your Land”; “But Not For Me”; “I’m a Fool to Want You”; “Fallen Angel”; “When a Woman Loves a Man”
  • Abbey Lincoln: “We Insist”; “Hi-Fly”; “I Got Thunder”; “You Must Believe in Spring and Love”; “The World is Falling Down”; “First Song”
  • Julie London: “Cry Me a River”; “I’ll Cry Tomorrow”; “Baby, Baby All the Time”; “Blue Moon”; “Don’t Worry About Me”; “Desafinado”; “Go Slow”; “Shadow Woman”
  • Lulu: “To Sir With Love”; “I Could Never Miss You”; “I’m a Fool for You Baby”; “Man With the Golden Gun”; “Call Me”; “If I Were You”; “How ‘Bout Us”; “Shout”
  • Nellie Lutcher: “Mean to Me”; “Fine Brown Frame”; “I Thought About You”
  • Barbara McNair: “Livin’ End”; “Let Him Go”; “I Enjoy Being a Girl”; “You’re Gonna’ Love My Baby”; “Face to Face With Love”; “The Touch of Time”
  • Freda Payne: “Band of Gold”; “Bring the Boys Home”; “Deeper and Deeper”
  • Linda Ronstadt: “Just One Look”; “Blue Bayou”; “Hurts So Bad”; “Ohh Baby Baby”; “You’re No Good”; “Heat Wave”; “It’s So Easy”; “How Do I Make You”
  • Carly Simon: “Too Late Baby”; “Nobody Does It Better”; “Haven’t Got Time for the Pain”; “You’re So Vain”; “Anticipation”; “Spy Who Loved Me”; “You Belong to Me”
  • Barbra Streisand: “The Way We Were”; “People”; “Evergreen”; “Eyes of Laura Mars”; “The Main Event”; “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers”; “Stoney End”; “Guilty”
  • Caterina Valente: “Poinciana”; “Malaguena”; “Moonlight in Vermont”; “Take Me in Your Arms”; “In the Still of the Night”

Now the men:

  • Paul Anka: “Diana”; “Lonely Boy”; “Havin’ My Baby”; “Times of Your Life”; “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”; “My Hometown”; “You Are My Destiny”; “Puppy Love”
  • Brook Benton: “It’s Just a Matter of Time”; “Endlessly”; “Walk on the Wild Side”; “The Ties That Bind”; “Think Twice”; “The Boll Weevil Song”
  • Jerry Butler: “For Your Precious Love”; “Moon River”; “He Will Break Your Heart”; “Only the Strong Survive”; “Need to Belong”; “Mr. Dream Merchant”; “Lost”
  • Glen Campbell: “Wichita Lineman”; “By the Time I Get to Phoenix”; “Rhinestone Cowboy”; “Southern Nights”; “It’s Only Make Believe”; “Galveston”; “True Grit”
  • Joe Cocker: “You Are So Beautiful”; “With a Little Help From My Friends”; “Delta Lady”; “Up Where We Belong”; “She Came in Through the Bathroom Window”
  • Tommy Edwards: “It’s All in the Game”; “A Fool Such as I”; “Mr. Melancholy Baby”; “Love is All We Need”; “Baby, Baby, Baby”; “You Win Again”
  • Richard Harris: “MacArthur Park”; “Didn’t We”; “My Boy”; “Here in My Heart”; “Turning Back the Days”; “Filling the World With Love”
  • Johnny Hartman: “All of Me”; “You Came a Long Way From St. Louis”; “I Should Care”; “There Goes My Heart”; “Goodbye”; “Close Your Eyes”; “September in the Rain”
  • Dick Haymes: “It Can’t Be Wrong”; “In My Arms”; “I’ll Get By”; “Till the End of Time”; “Laura”; “It Might as Well Be Spring”; “Mam’selle”; “The Old Master Painter”
  • James Ingram: “Just Once”; “Get Ready”; “Somewhere Out There”; “I Don’t Have the Heart”; “One Hundred Ways”; “What About Me”
  • Al Jarreau: “Try a Little Tenderness”; “We’re in This Love Together”; “We Got By”; “Fly”; “After All”; “Breakin’ Away”; “Moonlighting”
  • Herb Jeffries: “Flamingo”; “Say It Isn’t So”; “Time on My Hands”; “If I Were King”; “You Are Here”; “Wicked Woman”; “Dancing With You”
  • Tom Jones: “It’s Not Unusual”; “What’s New Pussycat”; “Thunderball”; “Help Yourself”; “Delilah”; “Green Grass of Home”; “All You Need is Love”
  • Nolan Lewis: “Let’s Start All Over Again”; “There’s No One Like You”; “Always Look Up”; “The Song of the Fool”; “Call Me Darling”
  • Kenny Loggins: “This Is It”; “I’m Alright”; “Footloose”; “Danger Zone”; “Nobody’s Fool”; “Meet Me Half Way”; “Whenever I Call You Friend”
  • Al Martino: “Here in My Heart”; “Red Roses For a Blue Lady”; “Take My Heart”; “I Love You Because”; “Silver Bells”; “Spanish Eyes”; “I Love You More Every Day”
  • Matt Monro: “Walk Away”; “From Russia With Love”; “My Kind of Love”; “Softly As I Leave You”; “Portrait of Love”; “Yesterday”; “Softly As I Leave You”
  • Aaron Neville: “Everybody Plays the Fool”; “Tell It Like It Is”; “Can’t Stop My Heart from Loving You”; “Don’t Take Away My Heaven”; “Hercules”
  • Neil Sedaka: “Breaking Up is Hard To Do”; “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen”; “Bad Girl”; “Calendar Girl”; “Laughter in the Rain”; “Next Door To An Angel”
  • O.C. Smith: “By The Time I Get to Phoenix”; “Wichita Lineman”; “Hickory Holler’s Tramp”; “Little Green Apples”; “Daddy’s Little Man”; “Baby I Need Your Lovin’”
  • Mel Torme: “The Christmas Song”; “Blue Moon”; “You’re the Top”; “Again”; “Isn’t It Romantic”; “Blues in the Night”; “Careless Hands”
  • Luther Vandross: “Endless Love”; “Power of Love”; “Till My Baby Comes Home”; “Stop to Love”; “Dance With My Father”; “Don’t Want to Be a Fool”; “Here and Now”
  • Andy Williams: “Moon River”; “Canadian Sunset”; “Can’t Get Use to Losing You”; “Are You Sincere”; “A Fool Never Learns”; “Hawaiian Wedding Song”; “Butterfly”
  • Joe Williams: “Every Day”; “Alright, Okay, You Win”; “Smack Dab in the Middle”
  • Paul Williams: “Where Do I Go From Here”; “An Old Fashioned Love Song”; “You and Me Against the World”; “Nice to Be Around”; “Rainy Days and Mondays”

That’s the best of the rest, whose music is forever. And that’s the name of that tune.