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50 Song Hits

1956

 

How many songs do you know from this year?

 

Here is a list of titles and the best known recording artists for...

50 Song Hits from 1956

 

+Allegheny Moon -- Patti Page
+Band of Gold -- Don Cornell
Be-Bop-A-Lula-- Gene Vincent
Blueberry Hill -- Fats Domino
+Blue Sude Shoes -- Carl Perkins
Blue Velvet -- The Moonglows
+Don't Be Cruel -- Elvis Presley
Fever -- Little Willie John
Folsom Prison Blues -- Johnny Cash
+Friendly Persuasion (Thee I Love) -- Pat Boone
+The Great Pretender -- The Platters
+The Green Door -- Jim Lowe
+Heartbreak Hotel -- Elvis Presley
+Hot Diggity -- Perry Como
+Hound Dog -- Elvis Presley
How Little We Know -- Frank Sinatra
+I Almost Lost My Mind -- Pat Boone
+I'm in Love Again -- Fats Domino
In the Still of the Nite -- The Five Satins
+Ivory Tower -- Cathy Carr
I Walk the Line -- Johnny Cash
+I Want You, I Need You, I Love You -- Elvis Presley
+Just Walking in the Rain -- Johnnie Ray
Let the Good Times Roll -- Shirley and Lee
Please Send Me Someone to Love -- The Moonglows
Long Tall Sally -- Little Richard
+Love Me Tender -- Elvis Presley
+The Magic Touch -- The Platters
+Memories are Made of This -- Dean Martin
+My Prayer -- The Platters
+No, Not Much -- The Four Lads
+On the Street Where You Live -- Vic Damone
Please, Please, Please -- James Brown
Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) -- Doris Day
Rip It Up -- Little Richard
+Rock and Roll Waltz -- Kay Starr
A Rose and A Baby Ruth -- George Hamilton IV
Round and Round -- Perry Como
See Saw -- The Moonglows
See You Later, Alligator -- Bill Haley & His Comets
Since I Met You Baby -- Ivory Joe Hunter
+Singing the Blues -- Guy Mitchell
+Standing on the Corner -- The Four Lads
Treasure of Love -- Clyde McPhatter
+True Love -- Bing Corsby & Grace Kelly
Tutti Fruitti -- Little Richard
+The Wayward Wind -- Gogi Grant
Why Do Fools Fall in Love? -- Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Wonderful! Wonderful! -- Johnny Mathis
Written on the Wind -- The Four Aces

+ = from Billboard Top 1000 Singles, 1955-1996, compiled by Joel Whitburn

Singers with most recordings listed:


Elvis Presley = 5
The Moonglows = 3
Little Richard = 3
Perry Como = 2
The Platters = 2

 


"Love Me Tender"-- History of a Song Hit

Do you know who really wrote this song hit from 1956?

Read the truth about "Love Me tender" at

Early Elvis

 


Recommended Recordings on CD

 

Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1956

Hard to Find Jukebox Classics 1956

1. The Green Door -- Jim Lowe (#1, 9/1956)
2. Black Denim Trousers -- The Cheers (#6, 9/55)
3. The House Of Blue Lights -- Chuck Miller (#9, 6/55)
4. Moonlight Gambler -- Frankie Laine (#3, 12/56)
5. In A Shanty In Old Shanty Town --
Somethin' Smith & The Redheads (#27, 6/56)
6. It's A Sin To Tell A Lie -- Somethin' Smith & The Redheads (#7, 4/55)
7. The City Of Angels -- The Highlights (#19, 10/56)
8. It's Almost Tomorrow -- The Dream Weavers (#7, 11/55)
9. True Love -- Bing Crosby & Grace Kelly (#3, 9/56) [STEREO]
10. On The Street Where You Live -- Vic Damone (#4, 56)
11. Two Different Worlds -- Don Rondo (#11, 10/56)
12. From The Candy Store On The Corner To The Chapel On The Hill --
Tony Bennett (#11, 8/56)
13. Can You Find It In Your Heart? -- Tony Bennett (#16, 4/56)
14. Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody -- Jerry Lewis (#10, 11/56)
15. Moonglow And The Theme From PICNIC -- Morris Stoloff (#1, 4/56) [STEREO]
16. Tonight You Belong To Me -- Patience & Prudence (#4, 8/56)
17. I Dreamed -- Betty Johnson (#9, 11/56)
18. White Silver Sands -- The Owen bradley Quintet (#18, 7/57)
19. Cinco Robles (Five Oaks) -- Russell Arms (#22, 12/56)
20. Cindy, Oh Cindy -- Vince Martin with The Tarriers (#9, 10/56)
21. Wringle Wrangle -- Fess Parker (#12, 12/56)
22. Rock Island Line -- Lonnie Donegan (#8, 3/56)
23. My Boy - Flat Top -- Dorothy Collins (#16, 11/55)
24. The Rock & Roll Waltz -- Kay Starr (#1, 1/56)

For more information about this and other Hard to Find CDs, go to:

www.ericrecords.com

 

Most people have heard about the sudden rise to stadom of Elvis Presley in 1956.

But there many other singers who were popular back then?

This is a fine nostalgic collection of...

Top Hits of 1956

Top Hits Of The Fifties: 1956

Blue Suede Shoes --Carl Perkins
Just Walking in the Rain --Johnnie Ray
Sixteen Tons --Tennessee Ernie Ford
The Rock and Roll Waltz --Kay Starr
Standing On The Corner --The Four Lads
The Great Pretender --The Platters
Hot Diggity --Perry Como
Singing the Blues --Guy Mitchell
Allegheny Moon --Patti Page
The Poor People of Paris --Les Baxter
The Wayward Wind --Gogi Grant
I Almost Lost My Mind --Pat Boone
Born to be with You --The Chordettes
Canadian Sunset -- Hugo Winterhalter
Dungaree Doll --Eddie Fisher
The Green Door --Jim Lowe
Ivory Tower --Cathy Carr
Band of Gold --Don Cherry
Lisbon Antiqua --Nelson Riddle
Whatever Wil Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) --Doris Day


The Magnificent Moonglows

Blue Velvet: The Ultimate Collection

They were among the greatest of all r & b ( or doo wop) groups. Originally named The Crazy Sounds, their name was suggested by Alan Freed from his Moondog radio show in Cleveland and they became known as The Moonglows. They consisted of Prentiss Barnes, Bobby Lester, Alexander "Pete" Graves Warren , Harvey Fuqua, and Billy Johnson (guitar)]. Their first big hit of "Sincerely" (recorded in 1954) was covered by The McGuire Sisters, who had a multi-million selling hit record. The Moonglows had other hits too, like"See Saw" and"Please Send Me Someone to Love" from 1956. Their greatest pop hit and one of the great doo wop ballads was: "The Ten Commandments of Love." This 2 CD set includes all those hits plus beautiful ballads from 1956: "Don't Say Goodbye"; "Blue Velvet"; "Love is a River" and "The Beating of My Heart." This is an essential treasury from one of the greatest 50s doo wop groups!

 

To order this great CD set, click on this link:

The Moonglows: Blue Velvet/ The Ultimate Collection

 


Songwriter Memories

Read about songs from the 1950s and '60s, including a chapter about Elvis Presley from 1955-1956, in these two illustrated discs playable on any computer, with music files by songwriter Roger Hall:

 

 

Both of these memoirs by Roger Lee Hall are available at

Multimedia Music Series

 

 


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