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