Of all the artists I've played on my show since posting online playlists ten years ago (partial list of artists here), none has generated more e-mails to me by wayward fans than Lou Carter, The Singing Cab Driver. I was attracted to Lou Carter by songs with titles like If I Had A Nose Full of Nickels or Whattsa Matter Wit Me (MP3s). But most of the e-mails I get are from people who remember Louie The Cabbie from his appearances on the Perry Como TV show back in the late 1950s.
In fact, Louie the Cabbie was the Mrs. Miller of his day, having been created for the Perry Como TV show, which spawned a semi-successful recording career. Newark-born Carter was actually a piano player and arranger for the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, but he enjoyed his greatest fame as Louie, even getting paired up with superstars of his day like Bobby Darin. Here's his entire first LP, Louie's Love Songs.