Wayne’s Music 26/27 October (Labour Weelkend) 2013. Remembering The 50s.
‘I Hear You Knocking’ Gale Storm watering down a rhythm and blues hit song for a mainstream label and achieving bigger sales than the original.
‘Johnnies Comin’ Home’ Johnnie Ray
‘Seventeen’ Boyd Bennett and His Rockets – the rockabilly singer from Alabama made the original recording -
‘Learnin’ To Love’ Peggy King – a regular singer on American TV in the 50s recording with what sounds like Les Paul, or someone who had mastered his technique.
‘The Shifting Whispering Sands’ Billy Vaughn was musical director at DOT records when he recorded this with the man who was famous for his “narration” at the time, Ken Nordine.
‘Give Me Love’ The McGuire Sisters
‘Forgive My Heart’ Nat King Cole –
‘Day By Day’ The Four Freshmen – one of the most innovative harmony groups of the 50s with their complex, improvised arrangements.
‘Magic Fingers’ Eddie Fisher doing what he did best, being a romantic ballad singer.
‘The Longest Walk’ Jaye P Morgan was one of RCA’s biggest stars when she laid this one down.
‘Searching’ The Hilltoppers featuring Jimmy Sacca, with the trademark saxophone sound of Billy Vaughn’s arrangements, who was a former Hilltopper.
‘Croce Di Oro’ Patti page - THE biggest selling female artist of the 50s.
‘No Arms Can Ever Hold You’ Pat Boone with his version of a very popular mid-fifties song.
‘My Bonnie Lassie’ The Ames Brothers
‘I’ll Never Stop Loving You’ Doris Day working with Percy Faith
‘Burn That Candle’ Bill Haley and The Comets riding on the success of Rock Around The Clock that helped spark the rock and roll explosion that would change the face of popular music.
‘When All The Streets Are dark’ Somethin Smith and The Redheads – with a Bob Merrill song (he was the king writer of novelty numbers in those days)
‘Love And Marriage’ Dinah Shore with the song that Frank Sinatra had pole position on – but Dinah made a chart showing , although it was a modest one by her standards.
‘Autumn Leaves’ Roger Williams with his first hit – which became the only piano instrumental to top the Billboard Chart..
Wayne’s Music Sunday 27 October 2013. From the First US Top 100 in 1955. PART ONE.
‘Daddy-O’ The Fontane Sisters – in full cover version mode –with a song said to have been inspired by a character in the 1955 movie Blackboard Jungle
‘Song Of The Dreamer’ Eddie Fisher, by the time he recorded this he had notched up no less than 50 top 100 entries, and this was considered to be his first foray into material from the Rhythm and Blues idiom.
‘Suddenly There’s A valley’ The Mills Brothers were celebrating their 25th year in the business when they recorded this in 1955.
‘At My Front Door (Crazy Little Mama)’ Pat Boone covering yet another one from the Rhythm and Blues market – and he outscored the original by the El Dorados.
‘Paper Roses” the solitary chart entry for a singer called Lola Dee (1955)
‘I Want You To Be My baby Georgia Gibbs, was a very versatile interpreter of jazz, blues and Rhythm and Blues, since her performing days in vaudeville with big bands in the 30s, so it’s no surprise that this jump blues number made the top 20 in 1955.
‘When Rock And Roll Came To Trinidad’ Nat King Cole embracing the rock and roll scene briefly with this novelty calypso tune in 1957.
‘Let Me Go Lover’ Teresa Brewer – with another notch in her unsurpassed chart domination of 1955.
‘You Don’t Owe Me A Thing’ Johnnie Ray with Ray Coniff
‘hawke Eye’ Frankie Laine
‘Any Old Iron’ Peter Sellers & Mate’s Spoffle Group with a parody on the skiffle scene. Sellers recorded in his persona as Goon Show character “William Mate Cobblers”
‘Teach me Tonight’ The DeCastro Sisters, Cuban raised Peggy, Babette and Cherie – shared billings with Noel Coward, George Burns, Bobby Darin and they were regulars on the Ed Sullivan and Perry Como TV shows.
‘It Isn’t Right’ The original Platters – Tenor Tony Williams on lead, with David Lynch, Herb Reed, Paul Robi and Zola Taylor.
‘Young Abe Lincoln’ Don Cornell – with his 29th hit – a patriotic novelty record set to the tune of the Battle Hymn Of The Republic.
‘Reet Petite’ Jackie Wilson - the former lead singer of the Dominos who had most of his early material supplied by Berry Gordy who used his success through Wilson’s songs to form the famous Tamla Motown label.
‘Majorca’ a classic from Petula Clark when the Holiday Island of Spain was only accessible to the very wealthy, its eventual popularity as a holiday destination for the British was still many years away.
‘Knee Deep In The Blues’ Tommy Steele,
‘My Boy Flat Top’ Dorothy Collins – the Canadian songstress singing about the men’s hair-style in 1955 … the crew cut – or Flat Top.
‘Good Evening Friends’ Frankie Laine and Johnny Ray with their duet rendition of the Al Jolson song from the 1931 movie “The Wonder Bar” which was also the theme for Jolson’s Radio series “Shell Chateau”.
‘Rose Marie’ Slim Whitman believe it or not, this yodeling ballad was the biggest hit of 1955.
‘I Like Your Kind Of Love’ Andy Williams and Peggy Powers – with Williams in full pop/rock mode a la Elvis Presley – a style that changed rapidly when his Record Company decided he was better off as a straight ballad singer.
‘Sweet Kentucky Rose’ Kitty Kallen
‘All The Way’ Frank Sinatra with one of his best (in my book) from “The Joker Is Wild” in 1957
‘Evermore’ Ruby Murray with what turned out to be her fifth hit of 1955 …
‘Stranger In Paradise’ The Four Aces.