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
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
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