Wayne’s Music Saturday 8, Sunday 9 December 2012. Don’t knock the 50s.
No One But You Billy Eckstein, the ballad singer and band leader from the swing days captured a lot of attention with this chart entry in 1954.
Heartbeat Ruby Murray - 19 year old Ruby Murray’s first hit song - with ray Martin’s Orchestra …
Don’t Go To Strangers Ronnie Harris .
If You Believe Johnny Ray the man who moved a million hearts in mono …
A Blossom Fell Dickie Valentine from Marylebone, trained as a singer when he was a child actor, learned stagecraft in various clubs around London and later was hired as one of the lead singers with Ted Heath’s orchestra
prize of Old Gold possibly the first song I ever heard from Joan Regan – it was 1955 and you had to have a quality voice to get on record in those days.
Give Me Your Word Tennessee Ernie Ford -
Mambo Rock Bill haley -First band leader to form a Rock 'n' Roll group.
Ready Willing And Able Doris Day put this one into the charts when it was used in the 1954 Movie “Young At Heart”
Cool water Frankie Laine with the song w ritten by Bob Nolan in 1936
Unchained Melody Al Hibbler – This first appeared in the 1955 movie Unchained, a black singer named Todd Duncan sang the version in the movie
Dream Boat one of Alma Cogan’s best known hits in 1955.
Rose Marie Slim Whitman …
Love Me Or leave Me Sammy Davis Jr with a song that came out in the 20s and by the time he had recorded it in the 50s it was coming out of sound systems everywhere –
The Breeze And I Caterina Valente –
Love Is A many Splendored Thing Four Aces with what would have to be their million selling signature tune,. …
Suddenley There’s A valley Petula Clark with one of her big selling 50s numbers ..
Learnin’ The Blues Frank Sinatra making it all seem easier than it really is …although the final release was take 31 so Frankie worked hard on this one.
Wayne’s Music Sunday 9 December 2012. Those 50s chart songs. PART ONE.
Rock A Beatin Boogie Bill haley Haley
No other Love Ronnie Hilton - another superb singer from the times of innocence and wonder
Lost John Lonnie Donegan was a lovably inclusive singer, treating his band and his listeners as part of the gang, as this intro to the song shows: ‘
Rock And Roll Waltz Kay Starr thought this song was a bit of a joke when the Record Company picked it out for her to sing … but it became her first single of any significance for RCA – and a chart stayer for 6 weeks.
Bluebell Polka Jimmy Shand …Charted at #20 on UK Singles chart in December 1955. This record was released as a single in the US in early 1956 and this was the Billboard review: "This recording, an import from Scotland, presents typical folk dance material from that country. The "Bluebell Polka" is a bonnie tune, with a firm beat, and falls easily on the ears
Stairway Of Love Michael Holiday, that much under-rated UK singer … with his 1958 hit song.
twilight Time The Platters with the third #1 single, written by the seminal force behind the group, Buck Ram –
Who’s Sorry Now Connie Francis with her breakthrough hit, which Isham Jones originally recorded back in 1923.
Tom Hark Elias And The Zig Zag Jive Flutes – alias Aaron jack Lerole, a South African penny whistle player and singer.
Reet petite Jackie Wilson – the man they called “Mr Excitement” …a master showman who recorded over 50 hit singles.
I Love You Baby here’s a big 50s memory from Paul Anka breaking into a Dixie style.
Honeycomb Jimmy Rogers whose successful pop career was cut short by Spasmodic Dysphonia, a vocal disorder that affects the nerves and muscles that control the larynx.
A Wonderful Time Up There Pat Boone with a gospel message that shot up the charts at the end of the 50s.
Last Train To San Fernando Johnny Duncan became a skiffle star in the UK through this song in 1957 …
Island In The Sun Harry Belafonte The Calypso King with so many big sellers bringing world acclaim.
Mr Wonderful Peggy Lee …
Yes Tonight Josephine Johnny Ray with the Mitch Miller production sounds written all over it …
Knee Deep In The Blues Tommy Steele with his cover version of the Marty Robbins song .
Woman In Love Frankie Laine - seems to be one of Frankie's less well remembered songs yet stayed at no.1 for 4 wks in Oct/Nov '56,
Blue Bottle Blues The Goons with just one of 14 singles released by Harry Secombe, Peter Sellers and Spike Milligan.
Green Door Jim Lowe - Bob Davie wrote this and played the honky-tonk piano.
Don’t You Rock me Daddy-O Vipers Skiffle Group -
Theme From The Threepenny Opera Billy Vaughn