1955 Top Ten Music Charts

1955’s Biggest Artists and Songs Autumn Leaves was a huge song in 1955. It was released by Roger Williams (#1 on Billboard Charts), Steve Allen, Mitch Miller, Jackie Gleason, Victor Young, and The Ray Charles Singers. Based on the 1945 French song “Les feuilles mortes” (literally “The Dead Leaves”) it had a pretty good run,… Read More

1956 Top Ten Music Charts

1956’s Biggest Artists, Albums and Songs Elvis Presley managed to do what no one had done before – crossing over Pop, R&B, and Country, all while making Rock and Roll almost respectable. His single Don’t Be Cruel, with the reverse side Hound Dog, spent most of the summer on ’56 in the top Billboard chart… Read More

1959 Top Ten Music Charts

1959’s Biggest Artists and Songs Bobby Darin (1st Best New Artist Grammy Winner, for 1958, awarded in 1959) Bobby’s career started with a songwriting partnership with Don Kirshner. His first hit was written after a bet that he could not write a song that started out with the words, “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a… Read More

About Music of the Fifties

About Music of the Fifties… Things You Need To Know Rock and Roll, Jazz and Doo Wop evolved from the Blues, which came from the African-American community in the decades after slavery with gospel, spirituals, work songs, and chants which, with the addition of some instruments, became Rhythm and Blues. It’s a much longer story… Read More

Top 100+ Oldies 1959-1963

Oldies: Pre-Beatles The post-50s-pre-Beatles brought an amazing and often under-estimated, even forgotten, selection of quality popular music. This Era of Pop Music brought us the Girl Groups, Phil Spectre and the post-do-wop sound of rock and roll. After this era, the Beatles changed music again. Oldies – 1959-1963/4 The Top Instrumentals 1959-1963/4 1. Yakety Sax… Read More

1958 Top Ten Music Charts

1958’s Biggest Artists and Songs New Artists in the Pop Charts Included: Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Big Bopper, Johnny Otis Show, Link Wray, Dion and the Belmonts, Ritchie Valens “Tom and Jerry” had a top 50 Billboard hit with Hey, Schoolgirl. They did much better for themselves when they used their real names,… Read More

1957 Top Ten Music Charts

1957’s Biggest Artists and Songs Harry Belafonte’s The Banana Boat Song was the most-recorded pop song of the year – recordings by The Tarriers, Fontane Sisters, Steve Lawrence, Sarah Vaughn, and Stan Freberg all also cracked the top 25 Billboard charts with the song. New Artists in the Pop Charts Included: Sam Cooke, Jimmy Rodgers,… Read More

1959 Grammy Award Winners

1959 Grammy Award Winners Winners Announced: May 4, 1959 Held at: Beverly Hilton Hotel, Los Angeles & New York Host/Emcee: Mort Sahl Eligibility Year: January 1, 1958 – December 31, 1958 1959 Grammy Winners Record of the Year: Nel Blu Dipinto di Blu (Volare), Domenico Modugno Album of the Year: The Music From Peter Gunn,… Read More

1959 Oscars 31st Academy Awards

1959 Oscars 31st Academy Awards Winners Announced: April 6, 1959 Held at: Pantages Theatre, Hollywood, California Host: Jerry Lewis, Mort Sahl, Tony Randall, Bob Hope, David Niven and Laurence Olivier Eligibility Year: 1958 Trailer – The Blob (1958)Watch this video on YouTube Gigi earned 9 nominations, winning all nine. Cuts were made to make the… Read More

1958 Fun Facts, Trivia and History

1958 History, Trivia and Fun Facts Quick Facts from 1958: World Changing Event: President Dwight Eisenhower signed the National Aeronautics and Space Act, creating NASA. The Top Song was At The Hop by Danny & The Juniors Influential Songs include: Tequila by The Champs, Tom Dooley by The Kingston Trio and Rebel Rouser by Duane Eddy The Movies to Watch include South Pacific,… Read More