#964: (If’n You Don’t) Somebody Else Will by Monica Lewis
Peak Month: May 1957
15 weeks on Vancouver’s CKWX chart
Peak Position #16
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
May Lewis was born in Chicago in 1922. Her father Leon, was a musical director for CBS and her mother, Jessica, sang with the Chicago Opera Company. Lewis began to take singing lessons in her childhood. She overcame early poverty, capitalized on lucky breaks, was discovered by Benny Goodman, crooned “Put the Blame on Mame” and “Autumn Leaves” as “America’s Singing Sweetheart,” performed with Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis, was wooed by Ronald Reagan (she said she rejected his marriage proposal), appeared in films and on television, and resumed her singing career in her 60s. Miss Lewis was studying at Hunter College when she was hired as a $25-a-week vocalist on a radio wake-up program called Gloom Dodgers to help support the family. She soon had her own radio show, Monica Makes Music. Then she won the part of a singing cigarette girl in the short-lived Broadway show Johnny 2×4, starring alongside a very young Lauren Bacall.