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Wayne’s Music 25/26 August 2012.  best Rock Albums of The 50s.

Blue Moon            this was one of five previously unreleased SUN RECORD productions that RCA put on Elvis Presley’s debut album in 1956 to bring the running time of the album (Just called Elvis Presley) up to an acceptable length.  Musicians on that first album included Chet Atkins, Scotty Moore, Floyd Kramer, Bill Black and D J Fontana.                  

Maybe Baby                          from The Chirping Crickets lead by Buddy Holly – the debut for Holly and the band in 1957.

Long Tall Sally              from the first album by Little Richard – 1957 – his highest charting album believe it or not. 

Bo Diddley                            Ellas Otha bates – known as Bo Diddley – The originator because of his key role in the transition from the blues to rock … he influenced a host of performers who picked up on his insistent driving rhythms.

Everyday                                       Buddy Holly released only three albums in his lifetime. Nonetheless, he recorded so prolifically that Coral Records was able to release brand-new albums and singles for 10 years after his death, although the technical quality was very mixed, some being studio quality and others home recordings. 

Midnight Train            Johnny Burnette and The Rock And Roll Trio …consisted of Johnny and his older Brother Dorsey Burnette – and friend Paul Burlison. 

Maybelline                  Chuck Berry from his Third Album “Chuck Berry Is On Top” …released by Chess Records in 1959. 

Blue jean Bop             cut in June 1956, was a rushed affair -- which is obvious from the haphazard song selection -- but manages to be one of the most exciting LPs to come out of the early rock & roll era, for Gene Vincent and The Blue Caps. 

Blue Suede Shoes            from Carl Perkins’first LP for SUN – which didn’t do as well as it should have because Perkins was leaving Sam Phillips to go to Columbia Records – and Phillips rushed the album out for release, and it didn’t make much of an impact on the charts in 1958. .

Why Do Fools Fall In Love                Frankie Lyman and The Teenagers were at the top of the entertainment world for eighteen months in 1956/57 only to separate at their peak, and not one of them was successful again. 

Ain’t That A Shame              the album originally titled Carry On Rockin’ by fats Domino in 1955 was his first, but by then he had been recording singles for seven years.

Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On                    one of the pioneers in that first “teenage” era, when a generation refused to be seen and NOT heard, was the loudest and most outspoken of them all – Jerry Lee lewis from Farraday, Louisianna.

This Little Girl Of Mine                    the harmonies that captured world attention came out on the first single in 1955, and their close harmony style influenced many of the rock and pop stars in the 60s.  So, did the Everlys, plus the Nashville studio cats, plus Chet Atkins who believed in them, plus Cadence records, not forgetting song-writers Felice and Boudleaux Bryant of course, really invent country rock? 

 I Know That Someday You’ll Want Me To Want You                  Ricky Nelson from the debut album “Ricky” in 1957.

 I Almost Lost My Mind                    where were you when you first heard “Mr Twangy Guitar”, Duane Eddy.  He rocked onto the scene in 1958 with his first album called “Have Twangy Guitar Will Travel”.

Hot Dog Buddy Buddy           Rock And Roll Stage Show was the fourth album by Bill Haley and The Comets in 1956. 

Let The Good Times Roll                   The Genius Of Ray Charles was released in 1959 signifying Brother Ray’s breakout from Rhythm and Blues onto a broader musical stage. 

El Paso                                 here’s the album that was hailed by All Music as “the single most influential album of Western songs in post-World War II American music".  It’s Gunfighter ballads and Trail songs from 1959 by Marty Robbins …

Beyond The Sea             When Bobby Darin released That's All in 1959, he was already famous in the teen market--first as a rock & roll singer-songwriter ("Splish Splash," "Queen of the Hop"), then later as a teen idol (for his gorgeous "Dream Lover"). When he decided to release an album of pop standards aimed at the adult market, however, his label and even teen kingpin Dick Clark told him he was nuts.

Wayne’s Music Sunday 26 August 2012.  best Rock albums of the 50s.  PART ONE.       

I Walk The Line             Johnny Cash in 57 from the first LP ever issued on Sam Phillips’ SUN label.  It contained four of Johnny Cash’s hit singles, and featured guitarist Luther Perkins and bassman  Marshall Grant.

That’s The Way Love Is           Bobby Darin’s second album for the Atco label, That's All, was an album of standards, an idea that was put forward by his friend and publicist Harriet Wassler.

Apron Strings                 The first album Cliff was released in April 1959 and reached No. 4 in the UK album chart.

Love Me               from  ELVIS, the second album from Mr P … released in October 1956 – after three days at Radio recorders Studio in Hollywood …

Suzie Q                  Dale Hawkins with his rockabilly number which captured the spirit of Louisianna in 1957. 


Remember When                      One of if not the most successful African American groups of the 1950s, The Platters broke the mould during the course of their hit run. Whilst many of their rivals were all-male and a few were all-female line-ups, The Platters had a mixed line-up, with Zola Taylor the lone female alongside four males.

Bony Moronie                                                    Larry Williams wrote some classic rock and roll numbers for a couple of years at the end of the fifties. 

My True Love                Jack Scott lived the American Dream. He was born in Canada, raised in Detroit, an Italian hillbilly who worshipped Hank Williams, and became a rock and roll star. 

 La Bamba             Ritchie Valens was a Mexican-American singer, songwriter and guitarist. A rock and roll pioneer and a forefather of the Chicano rock movement, His recording career lasted only eight months. At 17 he was the youngest to die in the plane crash with Buddy Holly and JP Richardson immortalized as “the day the music died”.

Tears On My Pillow                     Little Anthony and The Imperials

Right Or Wrong                              Wanda Jackson, the rock and roll pioneer, encouraged by Elvis to sing rockabilly. She stopped releasing records in the 1980s but she never really stopped working, and gave two shows in New Zealand a couple of years ago. 

Where or When               from the first album in 58 “presenting Dion And The Belmonts 

I’m Gonna Get married           Lloyd price …In all of these early recordings of Lloyd Price, Merritt Mel Dalton was the lead Sax Man …Merritt, was in the traveling band as well.

The Game Of Love                                  LaVerne Baker       in 1956 from the first album                   

 It’s Only Make Believe                          Conway twitty                                             n

You Send Me                                              Sam Cooke from the first album.

You Make Me feel So Young   Frank Sinatra from his tenth studio album of 1956  

Tom Dooley                 The Kingston Trio’s first album was on the charts for nearly four years … Dave Guard, Nick Reynolds and Bob Shane teamed up in California in 1957 – a year later the world was singing their songs. 

 I Want You I Need You I Love You            Elvis another one f rom the second album

 That’ll Be The day                The Chirping Crickets -  the first of the three albums Buddy Holly made before he died.

 Be-Bop-A-Lula                      Gene Vincent And The Blue Caps

 Please Don’t Leave me                    Fats Domino

When Will I be Loved               Everly Brothers

Shake Rattle And Roll              Bill Haley from his 6th album in 1958.