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50 Song Hits from 1958

+All I Have To Do Is Dream -- The Everly Brothers

+At The Hop -- Danny and The Juniors

+Bird Dog -- The Everly Brothers

The Book of Love -- The Monotones

+Catch A Falling Star -- Perry Como

A Certain Smile -- Johnny Mathis (from the movie of the same title)

Chanson D'Amour (Song of Love) -- Art & Dotty Todd

Chantilly Lace -- The Big Bopper

+Don't --Elvis Presley

Doncha' Think It's Time -- Elvis Presley

+Donna -- Ritchie Valens

For Your Precious Love -- Jerry Butler and The Impressions

+Get A Job -- The Silhouettes ("Sha-Na-Na" lyrics)

Great Balls of Fire -- Jerry Lee Lewis

+Hard-Headed Woman -- Elvis Presley (from KING CREOLE movie)

I Beg Of You -- Elvis Presley

+He's Got The Whole World In His Hands -- Laurie London

If I Had A Hammer -- The Weavers

+It's All In The Game -- Tommy Edwards

+It's Only Make Believe -- Conway Twitty

Johnny B. Goode -- Chuck Berry

+Little Star -- The Elegants

Magic Moments -- Perry Como

One Night -- Elvis Presley

+Patricia -- Perez Prado

+Poor Little Fool -- Ricky Nelson

Put Your Head On My Shoulder -- Paul Anka

Queen Of The Hop -- Bobby Darin

Rebel-Rouser -- Duane Eddy

Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay -- Danny and The Juniors

Rockin' Robin -- Bobby Day

Satin Doll -- Duke Ellington and His Orchestra

+Smoke Gets In Your Eues -- The Platters

Splish Splash -- Bobby Darin

Stagger Lee -- Lloyd Price

+Sugartime -- The McGuire Sisters

Ten Commandments of Love -- The Moonglows

+Tequila -- The Champs

+To Know Him, Is To Love Him -- The Teddy Bears

To Love and Be Loved (from SOME CAME RUNNING) -- Frank Sinatra

+Tom Dooley -- The Kingston Trio

+Twilight Time -- The Platters

+Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) -- Domenico Modugno

We Belong Together -- Robert and Johnny

+Western Movies -- The Olympics

Who's Sorry Now? -- Connie Francis

Witchcraft -- Frank Sinatra

+Yakety Yak -- The Coasters

You Cheated -- The Shields

You Are My Destiny -- Paul Anka

+ = Billboard Top 40 Hits, 1955 To The Present, compiled by Joel Whitburn

Singers with most recordings listed:

Elvis Presley = 5
Paul Anka = 2
Perry Como = 2
Bobby Darin = 2
Danny and The Juniors = 2
The Everly Brothers = 2
The Platters = 2
Frank Sinatra = 2

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They were among the greatest of all r & b ( or doo wop) groups. Originally named The Crazy Sounds, their new 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 record. The Moonglows had other hits too, like"See Saw" and"Please Send Me Someone to Love." Another pop hit and one of the great doo wop ballads was: "The Ten Commandments of Love" from 1958.

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