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Wayne’s Music November 3 / 4   2012. 1950s Top Ten Singles.

Can Anyone Explain              Ames Brothers with their perfect harmonies 1950s style

500 Miles Away From Home Bobby bare with his great country classic …Chet Atkins once again in the Producer’s chair. 

Blue Tango                             leRoy Anderson reached the #1 spot with this release in 1952 …he was one of the masters of American light orchestral music. 

I Wanna be Loved                   The Andrews Sisters – well Patty Andrews handles the solo until Maxene and Laverne join in later.

Oh Lonesome me                    Don Gibson with one of his big ones – when he was working with Chet Atkins at RCA, and many site this recording as the beginning of “The Nashville Sound”.

You Are My destiny                 Paul Anka

Tweedle Dee                  Georgia Gibbs – her nibs

Venus                            Frankie Avalon the former trumpet player who became a teen idol virtually on the strength of this well-produced number aimed directly at the teen market at the end of the 50s. 

The Little Shoemaker              Gaylords  - got the recording out first I think

Takes Two To Tango              Pearl Bailey – or Pearly Mae as she was known to her friends was a bundle of fun …

Frankie                         Connie Francis with yet another hit song written for her by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield.

Stranger In Paradise               Hauntingly beautiful melody by Alexander Borodin, the "Gliding Dance of the Maidens," adapted for “Kismet” sung here by Tony Bennett.

Freight Train                Nancy Whiskey, who took a bit of persuading to join the Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group to record this chart topper in 1957. 

Baby You’ve Got What It Takes                 Brook Benton and Dinah Washington  with one of the classic pop duets –

Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy           this was Red Foley’s biggest hit song, his million seller in 1950, which blazed the trail for modern country music. 

Johnny B Goode            Chuck Berry …This song is based on Berry's life

Til I Kissed You            Everly Brothers –…they had their first exposure to the music industry performing with their parents Ike and Margaret in Shenandoah, Iowa as The Everly Family.

Why Baby Why              Pat Boone from his classic years in the 50s when he was the second biggest charting artist behind Elvis Presley.

Happy Go Lucky me               Paul Evans was a part of the 50's - and the 60's as the writer and singer of many million-sellers.

Wayne’s Music Sunday 4 November 2012.  1950s Top Ten Singles.  PART ONE

Oh Boy                           The Crickets … the raw energy of Buddy Holly and The Crickets in those early days at the Petty Studios in Clovis, new Mexico with Buddy belting it out and the Picks providing the backing vocals. 

Til I Waltz Again With You             Teresa Brewer with possibly her best selling hit record – The sweet Old Fashioned Girl is often dismissed as just another pop singer, but most of her songs have a decidedly pre-rock beat to them. 

Margie                           Fats Domino, the man who introduced the rolling piano with a strong back beat to the world.

bring It On Home                   Sam Cooke with his true soul classic … Lou Rawls sings background harmonies.

Forty Miles Of Bad Road                 Duane Eddy did his part to help keep the raunchy spirit of rock & roll alive, during a time in which it was in danger of being watered down


Queen Of The Hop                  Bobby Darin in the early days

Hold Me Thrill me Kiss me              Karen Chandler the singing star from Idaho, sang under several names – she was Eve Young when she started out in the 1940s, and emerged in the 50s under the name of Karen Chandler.

It’s Almost Tomorrow             Dream Weavers formed up at The University Of Florida by Gene Adkinson and Buff Wade who composed a number of songs while they were still at High School.

Searchin                        The Coasters with the song written specifically for them by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller –

My Baby Don’t Care (No More)                  De John Sisters – Julie and Dux, from Philadelphia with their one and only hit song which they co-wrote with their brother Leo.

The Fool                        Sanford Clark, the rockabilly man with one of Lee Hazelwood’s early songs.

A Guy Is A Guy             Doris Day with a song which was based on an old British number that appeared in 1719, then known as “I Went To The Alehouse ( A Knave Is A Knave)”

Honky Tonk                            Wild Bill Doggett the pianist and organist with The Rhythm and Blues hit of 1956 - As one of the basic tunes in the R&B and rock and roll repertoire, it went on to be recorded by many instrumental groups.

Born To Be With You             The Chordettes  

On The Street Where You Live                   Vic Damone - 

Sam’s Song                             Lou Busch is best known for his honky-tonk piano recordings under his stage name, Joe "Fingers" Carr. 

hey There                       Rosemary Clooney … was there a warmer, more engaging voice that came to prominence in the 1950s than Rosemary Clooney’s?

Play A Simple Melody            Bing And Gary Crosby with the song Irving Berlin wrote in 1914

Darling je Vous Aime Beaucoup               Nat King Cole 

Magic Moments                      Perry Como with that magical number that seems to sum up those kinder and much more simple days of the 1950s.

Petite Fleur                               Chris Barber

16  Candles                                       The Crests, The New York doo-wop group with their lasting hit …  

Moonlight Swim           Tony Perkins in 1957 when he was a sensitive jazz singer but decided to try his luck at acting, gaining work on Broadway and early Television