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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

PART TWO

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