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Wayne's Music 15/16 October 2011. The 1950s.

If You've Got The Money (I've Got The Time) Lefty Frizzell with his hit song in 1950, the year of the first modern credit card.
Johnny B Goode
Chuck Berry released this when the Hope Diamond was Donated to the Smithsonian (1958):
The Bells
Billy Ward and the Dominos - in 1953 when 27-year-old Hugh Hefner published the very first Playboy magazine.
Heartbreak Hotel it was 1956 when Ed Sullivan booked Elvis for three shows. Sullivan paid Elvis the huge sum of $50,000 for appearing on three of his shows:
Don't You Just Know It
Huey "Piano" Smith & The Clowns with a one off hit in 1958.
What'd I Say Ray Charles when Fidel Castro became Dictator of Cuba.

Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On Jerry Lee Lewis.
Mean Old World Little Walter with his hit song in the year car seat belts were introduced, 1957.
Shake Rattle And Roll Big Joe Turner - when Britain sponsored a programme to search for the abominable snowman.
Tears On My Pillow Little Anthony & The Imperials sang this when LEGO Toy Bricks were First Introduced (1958):
I Only have Eyes For You The Flamingoes - on the charts when The Sound Of Music opened on Broadway in 1959. The Cattle Call Eddy Arnold in the year when Disneyland Opens (1955):
You Send Me
Sam Cooke from 1957 when Dr Seuss Published The cat In The Hat.
Chances Are Johnny Mathis received the Lifetime Achievement Award in 2003, by the Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.
Kansas City Wilbert Harrison in 1959 the year of the Kitchen debates between US president Richard Nixon and Soviet Leader leader Nikita Krushchev.
Do You Want To Dance
Bobby Freeman in 1958 - the year when NASA was founded, and pioneering heart surgeon Brian Barratt-Boyes performed New Zealand's first open heart surgery at Greenlane Hospital in Auckland.
Mack The Knife Bobby Darin - with one of his signature songs in 1959 when the first performance of Bruce Mason's one-man play "The End Of The Golden Weather was said to represent the birth of "authentic New Zealand based drama.

Wayne's Music Sunday 16 October 2011. The 1950s. PART ONE.

Tipitina professor Longhair in 1953, when Queen Elizabeth visited 46 towns or cities in New Zealand and attended 110 separate functions. It was said, that three in every four New Zealanders saw her.
Reconsider Baby Lowell Fulson in 1954 - in its centenary year, The New Zealand Parliament was for the first time opened by a reigning monarch, The visiting Queen Elizabeth The Second.
I've Got A Woman Ray Charles with his big hit in 1955 when The New Zealand Cricket Team set an unwanted world record … ALL OUT FOR AN ALMOST UNBELIEVABLE 26 runs in the second test against England.
Only You The Platters - also in 1955, a busy year on the gallows. The 50s was the last decade in which capital punishment was used in New Zealand. Of the 28 executed for murder in the 20th century, eight w ere hanged in the 1950s - four in 1955 alone.
Crazy Arms Ray Price with his signature number on the radio when there was a BIG controversy over an exhibition of Henry Moore drawings and sculptures in Auckland. It was described as "a nauseating sight" by Auckland Mayor John Luxford, yet record crowds attended in both Auckland and Christchurch.

PART TWO.

Hippy Hippy Shake Chan Romero, the rock and roll pioneer of Spanish and Apache stock, hit the bright lights of Los Angeles where he wrote Hippy Hippy Shake and his career skyrocketed in 1959.
Ne Me Quitte Pas Jacques Brel - The Belgian Chansonnier with his breakthrough song at the end of the fifties.
Blue Monday Fats Domino released Blue Monday about the time when "Owls Do Cry", the first novel by Janet Frame was published. That book is regarded as one of the most significant pieces of New Zealand fiction in the post war period.
Red Hot Billy Lee Riley from the Sun Studios rockabilly roster - in 1957. Jerry Lee Lewis provides the piano backing on the single.
I'm Movin On Hank Snow's Country standard from 1950 - one of three songs in the history of the Billboard Country Chart to spend 21 weeks at #1. (The others are "I'll Hold You In My Heart" by Eddy Arnold in 1947; and "In The Jailhouse Now" by Webb Pierce in 1955).
It's Only make Believe
Conway Twitty with his chart topper on both the pop and country charts in 1958 when 54% of New Zealand households had access to a refrigerator.
Mama he Treats Your Daughter mean
When Ruth Brown was on the radio with this song, Auckland became the first New Zealand city to introduce parking meters.
El Paso Marty Robbins with the song he made his own - well, he wrote it after all, but it has all the ingredients of a classic western tale with the narrative, haunting harmonies by Bobby Sykes and Jim Glaser (of the Glaser Brothers), and the wonderful Spanish guitar licks by Grady Martin. I've Got You Under My Skin Frank Sinatra with the song written by Col Porter in 1936. Ten years Later Francis Albert sang it on his weekly Radio Show, then came this swinging BIG BAND version with Nelson Riddle in charge of the orchestra.
Not fade Away The Crickets, in 57 recording in Clovis New Mexico and using the distinctive Bo Diddley Beat.
I Wonder Why Dion crashing on the scene in 1959 - the year the All Blacks defeated the touring British Lions by three tests to one.
Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry. When you first heard this rock and roll classic from the Granddaddy of the business, New Zealander Barry Briggs was the World Speedway Champion;
He'll have To Go Jim Reeves, with one of the early numbers that fell into the "country-pop" vein.
Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers with the song about 30 other artists had rejected before they re corded it.
Soul On Fire this is the first release for the Rhythm and Blues Queen in 1953, LaVerne Baker.
Since I Don't Have You Skyliners with one of the great oldies from 58, with Jimmy Beaumont's powerful lead voice and Janet Vogel's soprano on the final chorus.
Hey Good Lookin' Hank Williams.
Take Five Paul Desmond's famous piece for the Dave Brubeck Quartet on the 1959 album "Time Out". The unusual quintuple time gave the piece it's title of course … and it has been used everywhere over the past fifty plus years. When he died in 1977, Paul Desmond left the rights to royalties to The American Red Cross which has since received combined royalties of approximately $100,000 per year.