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Wayne’s Music 16/17 February 2013.  Songs that changed the course of popular music in the 1950s.

Ain’t Got No Home                 Clarence Frogman Henry earned his nickname from an uncanny ability to sing like a frog

Heartbreak Hotel                              Elvis Presley  In the world of rock mythology, ‘Heartbreak Hotel’ was inspired by a real life suicide, the story of which propelled songwriting duo Axton and Durden to pen this track.

Freight Train                Elizabeth Cotton   got her belated break in 1957 at the grand old age of 62 when her shimmering guitar playing talents were finally spotted by the Seeger family.

You Send me                           Sam Cooke  Sometimes the best songs are the most simple.
Fever                             Little Willie John Covered by countless artists – Peggy Lee, Madonna, Beyoncé, The Doors, you name 'em –

Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On                    Jerry Lee lewis 
Cry                       Weepy Johnnie Ray found his signature tune in this number, swamping Churchill Kohlman's song with his sobbing tones and topping the Billboard chart too.

I’ve Got You Under My Skin            Cole Porter had written the track back in the 1930s but it was covered by Sinatra for his ‘Songs For Swingin’ Lovers’ album in 1956 .

My Baby Just Cares For me             Nina Simone’s 1958 hepcat jazz cut was a cover of a number from the 1930 musical Whoopee!

Walkin After Midnight           Patsy Cline The gossamer tones of Cline’s voice and honky tonk rhythms changed the direction of country music forever. 

Ain’t That A Shame                New Orleans pianist Antoine 'Fats' Domino was a profound influence on later pop idols Elvis Presley and John Lennon, bringing swing to rock'n'roll's baby steps.

Folsom Prison Blues               Johnny Cash         

Train Kept A Rollin                Memphis-born Johnny Burnette and his trio patented that dirty rock'n'roll sound pretty much by accident when guitarist Paul Burlison knocked over his Fender Deluxe amp.

Yakety Yak                              The Coasters         Penned by legendary songwriting duo Leiber and Stroller, this bit of teenage rage and door slamming was given to vocal harmony group The Coasters. Mike Stoller played the piano. 

Chantilly Lace               Chunky Jiles Perry Richardson (The BIG BOPPER) went down in the same plane crash that killed Buddy Holly and Ritchie Valens, but not before releasing this twisting plea to a cute girlfriend.

Not Fade Away              Buddy Holly . 

What A Difference A Day makes      Dinah Washington 

Bo Diddley                     Bo Diddley the inventor of The Bo Diddley Beat –

Rock me baby                B B  King Plundering the early blues catalogue for inspiration, King created his own standard, 

Jailhouse Rock              You'd be hard-pushed to pick a definitive Elvis single, but 'Jailhouse Rock' has to be one of the most iconic Pelvis tunes,.

 

Wayne’s Music  Sunday 17 February 2013.  Best of The 50s.  PART ONE

I Got A Woman             Ray Charles with the song that takes inspiration from the gospel piece 'It Must Be Jesus', in the process marking out the territory for what would become soul music. 

In The Still Of The Night                 The Five Satins with a meaty doo-wop stayer led by Fred Parris's clearcut vocals and backed by rootsy, grainy sax. 

The Tennessee Waltz               Patti Page

Honest I Do                    Jimmy Reed  with a slow blues drawl featuring guitar and harmonica duelling from himself. Reed's pure voice and persuasive playing had a deep impact on the approaching rock' n' roll boom, particularly The Rolling Stones who covered 'Honest I Do' on their 1964 debut album.

All I have To Do is Dream                Everly  Brothers

 

PART TWO

C’Mon Everybody                             Eddie Cochran lived fast and died young in classic teen rebellion style but left a beautiful body of work to show for his two short years in the business.– another briefly burning rock'n'roller. 

Pledging My Love                            Johnny Ace Pledging My Love' was a posthumous hit for Ace who weeks earlier had suffered the ultimate rock'n'roll demise, shooting himself in a blitzed round of Russian Roulette. He left behind this delicate ballad – reputedly the first record Paul Simon ever bought. 

.Rock Around The Clock                  Bill Haley - This is the one that shoved rock'n'roll into the charts, but for an essentially teen movement it was odd to see Bill Haley front and centre.

Reet petite             Jackie Wilson

Be Bop A Lula              Gene Vincent was Signed up by Capitol Records in Los Angeles as a quick fix for their lack of Elvis, He made an iconic splash first time out with the sexy, 'Be-Bop-A-Lula'.

At The Hop          Danny And The Juniors -

Rock And Roll Music              Chuck Berry a quickfire tribute to the form, written by Berry and produced by the Chess brothers for their own leading blues label.

Got My Mojo Working            McKinley 'Muddy Waters' Morganfield wasn't the first artist to record 'Got My Mojo Working' – that accolade goes to gospel singer Ann Cole

Lucille                           Little Richard's 'Lucille' showcases the flamboyant rock'n'roll pianist at his blistering best.

Rocket 88                       Jackie Brenston and His delta Cats

Jambalaya                    Hank Williams Named after the Creole rice and meat dish,

Cry me A River              Julie London  Cry Me A River' made its big screen debut in Jayne Mansfield's The Girl Can't Help It, with London performing it as the sultry, unattainable siren.

I met Him On A Sunday                  The Shirelles

Willie And The hand Jive       Johnny Otis …

Ooby Dooby                   Roy Orbison  with the record that convinced Sam Phillips to give him his Sun records break and introduce to the world one of its finest pop voices. 

Diana                   Paul Anka Recorded when he was only 15, this perky slice of doo-wop turned into one of the biggest selling singles of all time, apparently shifting nine million units.

The Great pretender                this is the one that established the Los Angeles vocal group in 1955.