Bill Haley and the Saddlemen Rock The Joint
Before Bill Haley was Bill Haley and the Comets, he was Bill Haley
and the Saddlemen and in 1952 he and his group would record Rock
The Joint. The song had previously been recorded by Jimmie Preston
and this would version would not make the Billboard charts. It
still was part of the beginning of Bill Haley.
Don Howard Oh Happy Day
This is not the Oh Happy Day that many church goers are familiar
with. This song written by and performed by Don Howard was originally
first performed at a high school dance; the young adults loved
it and asked for it to be performed for a total of 13 times.
The song was then recorded at a local recording studio the song
became an immediate local hit. From there the song was released
at the national level and it made it up to number #4 on the
Billboard chart. Time magazine would say of the song the "Mystery
Hit" and went on to say that the song was the "rarest
kind of hit, unplanned and unplugged."
Frank Sinatra I Get A Kick Out Of You
This song could be considered one of the first songs that spoke
out against drug use as one of its lyrics is "I get no
kick form cocaine, I know that if I took even one little sniff,
it would be bore me incredibly too, but I get a kick out of
you." The song was written for the 1934 musical and originally
sung by Ethel Merman and was one of three songs that would become
hits for the time the other two being You're The Top and the
title song, "Anything Goes."
Gene Kelly Singin in the Rain
Singin in the Rain has a legacy that began with one of the very
first talking motion picture. It was sung in an MGM musical
with a man playing a Banjo with a line of chorus girls. Judy
Garland and others would sing it in other motion pictures or
record it. But in 1952 Singin in the Rain became a movie musical
and was given the royal treatment. The Film would star Gene
Kelly, Debbie Reynolds and Donald O'connor. This film would
be considered one of the best ever made and Gene Kelly dancing
in the rain while singing the title song would be considered
one of films greatest moments.
Four Aces Heart and Soul
Heart and Soul is one song that almost every young pianist is
quickly taught as a first piano duet. The song was published
in 1938 with music by Hoagie Carmichael and lyrics by Frank
Loesser. In 1952 The Four Aces recorded the song and it maxed
out on the charts at #11.
Hank Williams Jambalaya
Jambalaya is a Cajon dish that consists of rice sausage chicken
and or shrimp with hot spices. One of the most popular of Cajon
foods Jambalaya even has a mix that you can easily make at home.
The song was written and released by Hank Williams and would
stay # 1 on the Country Music Charts, but the song wouldn't
stay in the country music category and would be recorded by
other artists most notably The Carpenters who would record the
song on their Now and Then Album. This version would reach number
12 in the UK.
Karen Chandler Hold me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me
Written by Harry Noble in 1952 the song is considered to be
an early hit of the pop rock era. When Karen Chandler recorded
the song it would make it to #7 on the charts, and would be
the only charted song for her career.
The Mills Brothers Glow Worm
The original song was titled Das Gluhwurmchen and was part of
Paul Linck's 1902 operetta Lysistrata, when translated into
English the song became a standard and was titled Glow Worm.
Johnny Mercer would expand the lyrics and this is the song that
would become a hit for The Mills Brothers.
Johnny Ray Walkin My Baby Back Home
This song was originally written in 1930 by Roy Turk, lyrics,
with music by Fred E. Ahlert and charted in 1931 at #8. Nat
King Cole made a hit out of the song in 1951, 52 Johnny Ray
also had a hit with the song. In 1953, the song would become
the title of a film starring Donald Oconnor.
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