Anita Bryant (b. March 25, 1940) is a traditional pop singer with crystal clear mezzo soprano vocals who became famous during the late 1950s and early 1960s. She is best known for her smash cover of the Fred Spielman/Janice Torre-penned pop standard, "Paper Roses" (1960).
Born in Barnsdall, Oklahoma, Bryant began singing as a child and made her first public appearance at age six at a local fair. At 18, after graduating high school, she won the Miss Oklahoma beauty pageant and became second runner-up in the 1959 Miss America pageant. She began her recording career that year with the release of her eponymous debut album on Carlton before moving to Columbia, later concentrating on Christian music. Throughout the 1960s, Anita Bryant performed at numerous White House functions and frequently accompanied Bob Hope on holiday tours for the United Service Organizations. In 1969, she became the spokeswoman for the Florida Citrus Commission and became famous for the catchphrase,
breakfast without orange juice is like a day without sunshine.
Anita Bryant debuted in 1959 with the romantic ballad, "Till There Was You," which made the Pop/Rock Top 40. Her fame took off the following year with "Paper Roses" (1960), which became her biggest hit, reaching #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and crossing over to the R&B Top 20. She also had major hits with "In My Little Corner Of The World" (1960) and her cover of Bert Kaempfert's "Wonderland By Night" (1960), which reached #10 and #18, respectively, on the Billboard Hot 100. Her long string of hits also includes "Six Boys And Seven Girls" (1959), "Promise Me A Rose (A Slight Detail)" (1959), "Do-Re-Mi" (1959), "One Of The Lucky Ones" (1960), "A Texan And A Girl From Mexico" (1961), "I Can't Do It By Myself" (1961), and "The World Of Lonely People" (1964), the latter of which also made the Adult Contemporary Top 20. Her final charting song came in 1964 with "Welcome, Welcome Home."
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- Paper Roses 1960
(This song later also became a hit for Marie Osmond (1973).)
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