A LOOK AT EVERY UK & US FULL CHART ENTRY 1954-1964


 

Act (Nationality)

Title   US peak (wks on) entry & peak date/R&B/C&W peaks    UK charts info

 
 

BILLY ABBOTT & THE JEWELS (US)

 Billy Abbott was actually named Billy Vaughn, but changed it so as not to be confused with the orchestra leader of that name. He previously recorded with The Corvells who released the Billy Jackson songs 'Daisy'/ 'Take My Love' on ABC-Paramount in 1962 (a group of that name also recorded on Lido, Tip Top and Blast). Prior to their short tenure as The Jewels, Billy's backing band had been The Latineers and later had a string of hits as The Tymes. The vocal group also later backed acts liked Chubby Checker and Johnny Maestro and can be heard on Len Barry's best known number, '1-2-3'. Billy and the group's follow up (and his last Parkway single), which featured noteworthy revivals of two 1950s favourites, Don Cornell's 'It Isn't Fair' and Hank Williams' 'Hey Good Lookin'', failed to chart.

 
 
"GROOVY BABY"(PARKWAY)

US (PEAK=55 (8) ENT=20/07/63 PK =31/08/63)

Comps: Billy Jackson, Roy Straigis

US 'B':  Come On Dance With Me

 Nice soulful slow groover composed by Cameo Parkway A&R Man Jackson (an ex member of The Revels who clicked with 'False Alarm' in 1955 and the Bill penned Halloween hit 'Dead Man's Stroll' in 1959) who also wrote both sides of the aforementioned Corvells single and wrote and produced many of The Tymes hits. Co-writer Straigis was a musical arranger who later worked on The Tymes hits.

 

ACCENTS (US)                                          

There were at least ten different vocal groups tagged The Accents in the period covered by this list. The most successful of them was this Philly based R&B vocal sextet fronted by Robert Draper Jr and including Robert Armstrong, Billy Hood, Arvid Garrett, Isreal Goudeau and James Jackson. The group's less successful follow-ups included the pretty Draper-penned ballad 'I Give My Heart To You' coupled with 'Ching A ling' and 'Anything You Want Me To Be' and a worthy revival of 'Autumn Leaves'a song that pianist Roger Williams hadtaken to the top in the US in 1955.

 

 "WIGGLE, WIGGLE" (Brunswick)

US (PEAK=51 (12) ENT=22/12/58 PK=19/01/59/R&B=16)

Comps: Robert Draper

US 'B':  Dreamin' And Schemin'

 The slightly risqué (at the time) song owed something to 'Little Bitty Pretty One'. It was covered in the UK by 6-5 Special regular Don Lang and later was included on an album by Emile Ford & The Checkmates. The song was written by The Accents lead singer Robert Draper Jr and their original version received some air play in the UK but not enough to help chart it.

 

JOHNNY ACE (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Johnny_ace

 

 "PLEDGING MY LOVE"(DUKE)

US (PEAK=17(9) ENT=19/02/55 PK=19/03/55/R&B=1)

Comps: Don Robey, Ferdinand Washington

US 'B': No Money

 Released just days before his death, Ace's first posthumous release gave him his biggest hit. Johnny was backed on the track by the Johnny Otis Orchestra and Otis' vibes and Ace's piano playing are featured on the track., which holds the distinction of being the first record to be awarded the Billboard Triple Crown for topping the R&B Sales, Juke Box and Air Play charts. There were lots of cover versions at the time including ones by Teresa Brewer, Louis Armstrong and the Four Lads in the US and Tony Brent in the UK. Unusually Johnny's original R&B recording crossed over into the pop charts in his homeland. The song, which was credited to label owner, nightclub owner and entrepreneur Robey and wheelchair-bound DJ Washington, had a melodic resemblance to the folk song 'Down In The Valley'. 'Fats' Washington's widow says he wrote it as a poem, and that musical arranger Joe Scott added the music. Incidentally, in the following year Washington's composition 'I'll Be Home' headed the UK chart by Pat Boone. In the UK, this was the first release on the Vogue label. Johnny, who was named Most Programmed R&B Artist of 1954 by Cash Box, topped the R&B lists for nine weeks with this song which was later recorded by such greats as Aretha Franklin, Wilson Pickett, Roy Orbison, The Platters, Pat Boone, Conway Twitty and Brook Benton. Despite Duke Records claim that the follow up, 'Anymore', had 300,000 advance orders it failed to cross over pop and only scraped into the R&B Top 10. After his death playing Russian roulette, there were several tribute records released including the R&B hit 'Johnny Has Gone' by Varetta Dillard and 'Johnny Ace's Last Letter' by Johnny Moore, and many year later in 1983 Paul Simon released 'The Late, Great Johnny Ace'. On a spooky note, the song was the b-side of Elvis' first posthumous hit 'Way Down' and Johnny's earlier hit 'Cross My Heart' included the words "I hope to die"!

 

CLIFF ADAMS ORCHESTRA (UK)    

                  

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cliff_Adams_Singers

http://www.radiorewind.co.uk/radio2/cliff_adams_page.htm

http://www.campaignlive.co.uk/news/48803/

 

 "THE LONELY MAN THEME"(PYE INTERNATIONAL)

UK (PEAK=39 ENT=28/04/60 PK=28/04/60)

Comps: Cliff Adams/Howard Barnes

UK 'B': Trigger Happy

 The first TV ad (for Strand Cigarettes) to chart in the UK came from the man who was vocalist Dick James' (later the Beatles' and Elton John's publisher) accompanist on stage in the 1940s, and with him formed The Stargazers in 1949. Adams, who had also briefly sun with The Keynotes, hosted BBC's long running (1959-2001) show, Sing Something Simple.

 

RAY ADAMS (Norway)

 Multi-lingual Norwegian born middle of the road singer/entertainer who was particularly popular in Sweden. Born Ragnar Asbjornsen (23/03/31)in Oslo he is best known for his 1961 Swedish hit 'Violetta', and he is reported to have recorded an unbelievable 400 albums in his lifetime. He semi-retired and started a salad bar in Sweden in the 1970s and followed this with a dry cleaners in Oslo. However, he never gave up performing and was still attracting audiences in the 21st Century. He died in Sweden on 04/08/03.

 

  "(HEAR MY SONG)VIOLETTA"(LAURIE)

US (PEAK=119 ENT=05/05/62 PK =05/05/62)

Comps: Othmar Klose, Rudolph Lukesch, Harry Pepper

US 'B':  You Belong To My Heart

 Song was written in Austria in 1938 as 'Hor Mein Lied Violetta', and in 1940 Glenn Miller took it into the US chart. It was popular in the UK in 1947, thanks to recordings by such acts as Tommy Dorsey (with Frank Sinatra), Mantovani and Josef Locke. On listening to Adams rendition of the old favourite it is hard to believe that he is not an American or British vocalist as his English pronunciation is near perfect.

 

MARIE ADAMS & THE THREE TONS OF JOY (US)

See Johnny Otis

 

CANNONBALL ADDERLEY (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cannonball_Adderley

 

 "AFRICAN WALTZ"(RIVERSIDE)

US (PEAK=41(6) ENT=10/04/61 PK=08/05/61/R&B=21)

Comps: Galt MacDermot, M. Mitchell, N. Sachs

US 'B': Kelly Blue

 The noted alto saxophonist outsold the earlier British hit version of this catchy instrumental by Johnny Dankworth in the US. Canadian Composer MacDermot, who wrote this song while living in South Africa in the 50s, later co-wrote the acclaimed ground breaking rock musical Hair.

 

  "THE JIVE SAMBA"(RIVERSIDE)

US (PEAK=66(7) ENT=16/02/63 PK=16/03/63)

Comps: Nat Adderley

US 'B':  Lillie

This single from Nat's sextet was unexpectedly one of the year's biggest selling singles in Italy. Jazz vocalist Dianne Reeves later added lyrics to this oft-recorded tune (her version starting with attribute to jazz giant 'Cannonball").

 

ADDRISI BROTHERS (US)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Addrisi_Brothers

 

 "CHERRYSTONE"(DEL-FI)

US (PEAK=62(6) ENT=01/06/59 PK=06/07/59)

Comps: Don & Dick Addrissi

US 'B': The Lilies Grow High

 Handclapping soft rocker in the Everly Brothers mould gave Don & Dick their first chart entry. The rest of their seven US hits all coming in the 1970s. I have a note that they recorded for the Brad label in 1958 but no track details. This was their first release on Del-Fi (The West Coast label that earlier that year lost their top act, Ritchie Valens)and they followed it with 'Saving My Kisses' and then 'It's Love' coupled with a great end of summer vacation song 'Back To The Old Salt Mine'. However, these two singles and their last Del-Fi release,'Gonna See My Baby', sold relatively few copies. The duo, who started out as part of a family trapeze act in the circus are probably best known as composers, writing songs for acts like Glen Campbell and The Carpenters and penning the chart topping 'Never My Love' by The Association.

 

 

CHUCK ALAIMO QUARTET (US

Great sax fronted rock'n'roll band from Rochester, New York that consisted of lead singer and saxophonist Chuck Alaimo, drummer Tommy Rossi, bass man Pat Magnolia and pianist Bill Irvine.

 

 "LEAP FROG"(MGM)

US (PEAK=92() ENT=29/04/57 PK=        )

Comps: Joe Garland, Leo Corday

US 'B': That's My Desire

 Often overlooked rockin' instrumental that was penned by veteran saxophonist/ clarinet player Garland and had been popular previously by Les Brown's band. Garland worked with many top bands including Jelly Roll Morton, Earl Hines and Louis Armstrong, but was best known as the composer of Glenn Miller and Joe Loss' signature tune, 'In The Mood'. Sax man Alaimo's recording was originally released on the Kem label coupled with a late cover version of the current Fats Domino hit 'Blueberry Hill'. When MGM picked up the record they re-coupled it with Chuck's vocal revival of Frankie Laine's 'That's My Desire'. Future MGM releases that fared less well were 'Local 60-6', 'Where's My Baby' and a noteworthy boogie rocker 'Hop In My Jalop', on which Chuck sings and honks on sax.

 

 

STEVE ALAIMO (US)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Alaimo

 http://www.benmclane.com/alaimo.htm

 

 "MASHED POTATOES (PART 1)"(CHECKER)

US (PEAK=81(1) ENT=17/03/62 PK=17/03/62)

Comps: Dessie Rozier

US 'B':  Mashed Potatoes (Part 2)

 The multi-faceted singer, who had performed alongside such headliners as Connie Francis, Duane Eddy and Neil Sedaka in Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars in 1959, made his chart debut with a double sided revival of the 1960 R&B crossover hit by the James Brown Band under the name of Nat Kendricks & The Swans (Nat being James' drummer at the time). Composer Rozier is in fact Mr Mashed Potatoes, James Brown, himself.

 

 "EVERY DAY I HAVE TO CRY"(CHECKER)

US (PEAK=46(10) ENT=05/01/63 PK=02/03/63)

Comps: Arthur Alexander

US 'B':  Little Girl (Please Take A Chance With Me)

 The pop hit version of a track first recorded by its composer, distinctive R&B singer Alexander. The song later re-charted by The Gentry's (1966) and a re-recording by composer Alexander scored in 1975. At the time, many people assumed Alaimo was an African American, due to his sound and the fact that he was one of the few white acts recording for the Chess group.

 

 "DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING"(CHECKER)

US (PEAK=125(1) ENT=17/08/63 PK=17/08/63)

Comps: Joe Greene

US 'B': I Told You So

 This was not the Gerry & The Pacemakers' song but the earlier jazz song that Louis Jordan had a big R&B hit in 1946 and which Ray Charles had taken into the R&B Top 20 in 1960. Despite an appearance singing this on Bandstand (09/08/63)it only managed one lowly week on the chart.

 

 "MICHAEL - PART 1"(CHECKER)

US (PEAK=100(1) ENT=05/10/63 PK=05/10/63)

Comps: trad. (arr. by Steve Alaimo)

US 'B':  Michael - Part 2

 Handclapping revival of The Highwaymen's 1961 hit, whose semi-live feel was probably inspired by Trini Lopez' current hit 'If I Had A Hammer'. Trini turned the tables on Steve when he recorded this song in the same vein the following year.

 

 "GOTTA LOTTA LOVE"(IMPERIAL)

US (PEAK=74(6) ENT=16/11/63 PK=21/12/63)

Comps: Al Hoffman, Dick Manning

US 'B': Happy Pappy

 A move to Imperial Records resulted in a change of style for Steve as he entered the "Bobby" (a little Rydell and a little Darin) territory with this happy bouncy ditty penned by the guys that gave you such gems as 'Gilly Gilly Ossenfeffer…", Hot Diggity", 'Oh, Oh I'm Falling In Love Again' and 'Papa Loves Mambo'.

 

  "I DON'T KNOW"(ABC-Paramount 10580)

US (PEAK=103(5) ENT=12/09/64)

Comps: Lloyd Campbell

US 'B': That's What Love Will Do

 The multi-faceted singer, who performed alongside such headliners as Connie Francis, Duane Eddy and Neil Sedaka in Dick Clark's Caravan Of Stars in 1959, tried his hand at Ska on this song composed by Jamaican Lloyd Campbell and originally recorded by his duo The Blues Busters.

 

EDDIE ALBERT (& SONDRA LEE) (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eddie_Albert

 

 

 "LITTLE CHILD"(KAPP)

US (PEAK=56(4) ENT=18/02/56 PK= 03/03/56)

Comps: Wayne Shanklin

US 'B':  Jenny Kissed Me

 

The song 'The Little Boy And The Old Man" was recorded by Frankie Laine and Jimmy Boyd as the b-side of their 1953 hit 'Tell Me A Story'and then was quickly forgotten in the US. However, it became so popular in France that it returned to the US in 1956 under the new title 'Little Child'. This time it was recorded by many acts including Danny Kaye & his daughter Dena, Cab Calloway & his daughter Lael and noted actor Eddie Albert. The part of his daughter on the record was taken by 25 year-old petite actress Sondra Lee who, among other things, had played Tiger Lily in the successful 1954 musical Peter Pan. Sondra, who like Albert had a long acting career, published her interestingly titled autobiography I've Slept With Everybody in 2009. The song, which reached No. 15 on the US sheet music chart, came from the pen of Shanklin whose other hits include 'Jezebel' (Frankie Laine) and 'Chanson D'Amour' (Art & Dotty Todd/Manhattan Transfer).

  

 

WILLY ALBERTI (Holland)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_alberti

 

 

 "MARINA"(LONDON)

US (PEAK=42(8) ENT=30/11/59 PK=28/12/59)

Comps: Rocco Granata

US 'B': Cerasella

 

Three versions of this perky European song reached the US Top 100 by different European artists. There was the original recording by the song's Italian born composer Granta, an instrumental interpretation by Frenchman Jacky Noguez and his Orchestra and this rending from popular veteran Dutch vocalist Alberti, who scored his second Dutch No. 1 with this record (the first being with another internationally popular European song 'Come Prima'.

 

 

 

 

AKI ALEONG (Trinidad)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aki_Aleong

 

 

 "TRADE WINDS, TRADE WINDS" (Reprise)

US (PEAK=101(4) ENT=13/11/61)

Comps: Jennings, Wynn, Aelong

US 'B':  Without Your Love

 

The singer/actor only narrowly missed the Top 100 with his second release on Reprise, a Caribbean based story song(on which he's backed by the Liquorice Twisters) in which he jealously kills a man who tries to take his sweetheart, Sally Brown. In the song,he has to go on the run but all ends when the judge says he shot the man in self defence. His less successful follow up coupled 'Moon River Twirl' with 'Tonight Twist'. Incidentally, Aki grew up in New York and worked with several R&B group on the West Coast including The Medallions and the aptly named Aktones. Aki has had a long career in film and TV and amongst other positions he has held is Executive Director of AIM (Asians in Media).

 

 

 

ARTHUR ALEXANDER (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arthur_Alexander

 

 

 "YOU BETTER MOVE ON"(DOT)

US (PEAK=24(12) ENT=24/02/62 PK=21/04/62)

Comps: Arthur Alexander

US 'B':  A Shot Of Rhythm And Blues

 

Arguably Arthur's best known song. It not only gave him his first hit, but also gave Fame Recording Studios in Muscle Shoals Alabama their first of countless soul successes in the sixties. The song was covered by the Rolling Stones on their chart topping first EP. The flip side was a part of many 60s beat groups repertoires (including Gerry & The Pacemakers and The Beatles) and gave Johnny Kidd & The Pirates a UK hit.

 

 "WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE"(DOT)

US (PEAK=58(8) ENT=26/05/62 PK=30/06/62)

Comps: Barry Mann, Cynthia Weil

US 'B':  Soldier Of Love

 

Both sides of this single were among Alexander's recordings that were later cut by the Beatles. Alexander is one of a very few artists whose records has been covered by The Beatles, The Stones, Bob Dylan ('Sally Sue Brown') and Elvis ('Burning Love').

 

 

 "ANNA (GO TO HIM)"(DOT)

US (PEAK=68(6) ENT=27/10/62 PK=24/11/62/R&B=10)

Comps: Arthur Alexander

US 'B': I Hang My Head And Cry

 

Their cover version this Alexander composition was included by The Beatles on their debut album. It's hard to believe that this (and several other Alexander recordings) did not go higher on the charts. It should also be noted that Arthur was also the author of the oft-recorded 'Every Day I Have To Cry'.

 

 

 "GO HOME GIRL"(DOT)

US (PEAK=102(3) ENT=12/01/63)

Comps: Arthur Alexander

US 'B':  You're The Reason

 

More often than not both sides of Arthur Alexander's singles could have been a-sides in their own right, and this one was no exception with his uptempo R&B take of Bobby Edwards' country pop crossover hit certainly being worthy of a Top 100 placing.

 
 

 

 "PRETTY GIRLS EVERYWHERE"(DOT)

US PEAK 118 (4) (ENT = 10/08/63)

Comps: Eugene Church, Thomas Williams

US 'B':  Baby, Baby

 

For a change, Arthur revived an oldie on this his last chart entry of the 1960s. The song had been taken into the pop Top 40 in 1959 by its Eugene Church & The Fellows, and had been written by group members Church and Williams. Some of you may remember it better by Bobby Vee (who recorded it with The Ventures) or the Walker Brothers, who released it just before 'Make It Easy On Yourself'.

 

 

ALICE WONDER LAND (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alice_Wonder_Land

 

 

 "HE'S MINE (I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM, I LOVE HIM)"(BARDELL)

US (PEAK=62(7) ENT=14/09/63 PK=12/10/63)

Comps: Steve Schlaks, Charles Weiss

US 'B':  Cha Linde

 

The story goes that this unlikely named singer (who was born Alice Faye Henderson)was a baby sitter to composer/producer and keyboard player Steve Schlaks who recorded her both as Wonder Land and later as Marie Antoinette with the similar sounding 'He's My Dream Boy'. Schlaks, who had also been responsible for the groundbreaking 1961 hit 'Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night'. Schlaks, who also owned the Bardell label and co-produced this Spector-like production with Howard Faber (although I've seen it listed as produced by Bob Yorey), later found most fame in Italy where he recorded a lot of albums for the successful Baby label. The song, which was about a guy who was not a rebel, was covered at the time in the US by The Swans and in the UK by The Chants (who evolved into Real Thing) as 'She's Mine'.

 

CHAD ALLEN (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chad_Allan_%28musician%29

  "LITTLE LONELY"(SMASH)

US (PEAK=112(2) ENT=13/11/61 PK= 13/11/61)

Comps:

US 'B': Domino

Chad, who is best known for his relatively brief stay in The Guess Who, first tasted success with this tale about a boy whose been drafted and promises his "little lonely one" that he'll be back to marry her soon. The record, which Smash picked up from the Lama label, bears a resemblance to The Jarmels' 'Little Lonely One', which was released earlier that year. I don't have a composer for it (yet) so you'll have to "guess who" wrote it. Also, at around the same time, Chad released a cover of Mike Berry's UK hit 'Tribute To Buddy Holly'on the Canadian American label.

 

 LEE ALLEN (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Allen_%28musician%29

http://tamingthesaxophone.com/saxophone-lee-allen.html

 

 "WALKIN' WITH MR. LEE"(EMBER)                         US (PEAK=54() ENT=13/01/58)

Comps: Promenade

US 'B':  Lee Allen

 The legendary New Orleans saxophonist had his biggest hit with this honker whose title was inspired by The Bobbettes recent big hit 'Mr Lee'. The track was covered by Johnny 'Swinging Shepherd Blues' Pate, but it was Lee's original recording that walked up the chart (thanks in part to several plays on American Bandstand). Lee followed this with 'Strollin' With Mr Lee'(which naturally was a little slower paced) and in 1962 released 'Twistin' With Mr Lee'.

 

 "TIC TOC"(EMBER)

US (PEAK=92(1) ENT=29/09/58 PK=29/09/58)

Comps: Lee Allen

US 'B': Chuggin'

 

Mr. Lee was without doubt one of the greatest and most successful rock'n'roll saxophonists. He first recorded in 1948 and had played on record with many of the all time greats including Little Richard, Fats Domino and Joe Turner. Lee briefly returned to the Hot 100 with this track on which he shared the limelight with his organist.

 

 "CAT WALK"(Ember 1057)

US (PEAK=102(3) ENT=19/10/59 PK=19/10/59)

Comps: Lee Allen - Allen Toussaint

US 'B':  Creole Alley

 It seemed that the cat walked a little faster than Mr. Lee on this track which also saw a UK release courtesy of Top Rank. At the time of its release, Lee was filming a cameo appearance in the movie Sweet Beat. Composers credits on this one are shared with his organist Allen Toussaint (who would go on to be one of New Orleans' most successful writers/producers).

 

REX ALLEN (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rex_Allen

   "DON'T GO NEAR THE INDIANS"(MERCURY)             US (PEAK=17(8) ENT=15/09/62 PK=20/10/62/C&W=4)

Comps: Lorene Mann

US 'B':  Touched So Deeply

 One of the all time great Western movie stars made countless recordings during his long career, and had previously visited the US Top 20 pop charts with 'The Roving Kind' in 1951(you may recall it best by Guy Mitchell) and 'Crying In The Chapel' in 1953. This track, composed by future country star Lorene Mann, dealt with the unusual subject of incest. In the song, unbeknownst to him, Rex was stolen from the Indians as a boy and finds out that Nova Lee the Indian girl he's fallen in love with, is his actual sister! It probably won't surprise you to know that it was banned by many radio stations including, of course, the BBC. The track was produced by one of Nashville's finest, Jerry Kennedy, and Rex is backed on it by The Merry Melody Singers. You may like to check out the parody version, 'Don't Go Near The Eskimos', by Ben Colder (aka Sheb Wooley).

 

RICHARD ALLEN (UK)

 British vocalist whose signing to Parlophone was considered worthy of mentioning the NME of November 27th 1959. Little is known about the act who was helped on his way by appearances on Joan Regan's TV show. He released three singles on the label, the other two being 'Everyday'/'Doctor In Love'(July 1960) and a cover of 'Poetry In Motion' coupled with 'Don't Ever Say You're Gonna Leave Me' (November 1960).

 

  "AS TIME GOES BY"(PARLOPHONE)

UK (PEAK=43(1) ENT=24/03/60 PK=24/03/60)

Comps: Herman Hupfield

UK 'B': Only One

 The Ken Jones Orchestra backed Richard on this single that managed just one brief week on the chart. The song was composed for the revue Everybody's Welcome in 1931, when Rudy Vallee had a Top 20 entry with it. It is best remembered now as the song that Sam plays again the classic Humphrey Bogart 1942 movie Casablanca. "As Time Goes By' is always seen in All Time Great Love Song lists and is among the 20 most performed compositions at weddings. The song, which returned to the UK Top 30 in 1992 by Jason Donovan, reached it's highest placing in Britain in 1977 when the Casablanca soundtrack recording by Dooley Wilson reached No.15.In the US, no versions have made the sales Top 40 since 1943, when Vallee's original 1931 cut re-charted and climbed as high as No.2.

 

RICHIE ALLEN (US)

http://www.rockabilly.nl/references/messages/richard_podolor.htm

  "STRANGER FROM DURANGO"(IMPERIAL)

US (PEAK=90(2) ENT=21/11/60 PK=28/11/60)

Comps: Richie Podolor

US 'B': Redskin

 Session guitarist/composer/producer Richie Allen, or to give him his real name Richard Podolor, is one of the more successful "one-hit wonders" as you will find when you check his biography. He got his first record deal at 16, played on his first hit ('Dark Moon' by Bonnie Guitar) at 17 and co-wrote and co-recorded Sandy Nelson's million selling international instrumental hits 'Teen Beat' and 'Let There Be Drums'. Added to that he recorded with such luminaries as The Monkees, Grateful Dead, The Turtles, Three Dog Night and many more. His only hit under this name would have made an idea western movie theme, suggesting as does a lone gunman walking slowly up a deserted Colorado cow town street (probably at high noon).

 

RICKY ALLEN (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ricky_Allen

  "CUT YOU A-LOOSE"(AGE) 

US (PEAK=126(2) ENT=21/09/63/R&B=20)

Comps: Mel London

US 'B': Faith

 He may have had a name like a teen idol but Ricky was a groundbreaking blues man, whose fifth release on the Mel London owned Age label gave this Nashville cat his only taste of chart success. The song told the age old story of his woman, who was only nice to him "when I cash my cheque". His follow up was 'All About My Baby' (released as by Eddie Allen) and 'Early In The Morning. In the mid 60s Ricky returned with releases on U.S.A. and Bright Star. Composer London had previously penned such R&B hits as 'Poison Ivy' for Willie Mabon, Who Will Be Next' for Howlin' Wolf and 'Sugar Sweet' and the classic 'Manish Boy' both for Muddy Waters.

 

STEVE ALLEN (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Steve_Allen

 

 "AUTUMN LEAVES"(CORAL) WITH GEORGE CATES ORCHESTRA & CHORUS

US (PEAK=35(12) ENT=12/11/55 PK=        )

Comps: Joseph Kosma, Johnny Mercer

US 'B':  High And Dry (George Gates alone)

 

'Autumn Leaves' was one of the most popular tunes in the US in 1955 and the original TV talk show host was one of six acts to chart with the French song, and only Roger Williams' chart topping performance outsold Allen's keyboard treatment. The song that started life in 1945 as 'Les Feuilles Mortes' had been popular in 1950 (especially in the UK) when recorded by acts like Jo Stafford, Bing Crosby and Mitch Miller. This was the first chart entry for orchestra leader Cates, who was to have a Top five hit in his own right a few months later.

 

  "WHAT IS A WIFE"(CORAL) 

US (PEAK=56() ENT=17/12/55 PK=11/01/56)

Comps: Ruth Roberts, Bill Katz, Gene Piller

US 'B':  Memories Of You

 

The modern women may not be too impressed with the lyrics of this ode to man's "better half", which basically tells how she doesn't work, continually treats herself and spends every penny hubby makes. It ends with her saying those three little words when he comes home from a hard day's work, 'Where's The Money'. For some reason it was especially popular in Boston (a town famous for banning things) where it reached the Top 10. Steve followed it with the equally hilarious (!) 'What Is A Husband'(with his wife Jayne Meadows).

 

 

 "LOLA'S THEME"(CORAL)

US (PEAK=75(4) ENT=18/08/56 PK=15/08/56)

Comps: Malcolm Arnold

US 'B': Conversation

 

It was back to the piano for the man who at times on his top rated TV show played host to rock'n'roll pianists Jerry Lee Lewis (who appeared three times in 1957 and even named his son Steve Allen Lewis) and Fats Domino. Incidentally, Steve's biggest TV ratings came when he hosted a motionless Elvis in a tuxedo singing 'Hound Dog'.This time Steve scored with his version of an English penned piece of music from the circus film Trapeze starring Burt Lancaster, Tony Curtis and Gina Lollobrigida (who played 'Lola').

 

  "GRAVY WALTZ"(DOT)

US (PEAK=64(7) ENT=27/04/63 PK=25/05/63)

Comps: Steve Allen, Roy Brown

US 'B': Preacherman

                      

Steve not only played the piano on this catchy opus, he also co-wrote it.You might like to note that apart from the hits listed here Mr. Allen also recorded versions of such unlikely songs as 'The Ballad Of Davy Crockett', 'Gotta Have Something In The Bank, Frank', Sonny Knight's rockin' 1953 song 'But Officer' and 'The Space Man' (a cut-up single in the vein of 'Flying Saucers' with none other than Alan Freed). Steve's other rock'n' roll credentials include appearing in the Conway Twitty movie College Confidential and in the Jerry Lee Lewis biopic Great Balls Of Fire.

 

 

 "CUANDO CALIENTA EL SOL (WHEN THE SUN IS HOT)"(DOT)

US (PEAK=85(5) ENT=12/10/63 PK=02/11/63)

Comps: Carlos Rigual, Michael Vaughn

US 'B':  Leave It To Me

 

The Spanish language song first arrived on the scene in 1961 by the Cuban Rigual Brothers, but it was Steve rendering that first appeared on the US charts. The romantic song was more successful later in the decade, under the title 'Love Me With All Your Heart', by The Ray Charles Singers, the Bachelors and in the UK Karl Denver. It has since been recorded by numerous acts including Petula Clark, Bing Crosby, Connie Francis and Engelbert Humperdinck.

 

 

 

ALLEY CATS (US)

L.A. R&B vocal group who comprised Brice Coefield, James Barker, cousins Chester & Gary Pipkin, Sheridan 'Rip' Spencer and on their hit record they were joined by Bobby Sheen (whose part on the road was taken by Walter Riley). Mr Sheen was the Bob B. of Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans ('Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah')and during his career sang with such legendary groups as The Coasters, Penguins and the Robins. He also recorded as Johnny in Marvin & Johnny ('Another Helping Of Cherry Pie' in 1961), sang a high tenor on The Crystals' million selling 'He's A Rebel'. He can also be heard on several other big Spector produced hits and during his career recorded many solo releases on a handful of lables including 'Mr Love' which was popular on the UK Northern Soul scene). Coefield too recorded as a solist and appeared in numerous groups, including The Gents (with Chester Pipkin - who previously sang in The Squires of 'Cindy' fame), The Untouchables and the Valiants (singing on the first released version of 'Good Golly Miss Molly' in 1957).Brice also toured the UK in the mid 60s in a group billed as The Fabulous Temptations.

 

http://www.uncamarvy.com/Valiants/valiants.html

 

 

 

 "PUDDIN N' TAIN (ASK ME AGAIN, I'LL TELL YOU THE SAME)"(PHILLES) 

US (PEAK=43(7) ENT=12/01/63 PK=16/02/63/R&B=21)

Comps: Brice Coefield, Gary Pipkin, Alonzo Willis

US 'B':  Feel So Good

 

The song, based on the children's nursery rhyme that originated in the British Isles, was composed by Pipkin and Willis with Coefield adding the finishing touches. Willis (who had recorded with the Brentwoods) recorded the song first with his group The Splendours (whose lead singer was James Williams)on Jano. Soon afterwards, producer Phil Spector recruited his old school friend Bobby Sheen to front Coefield and Pikins' group The Untouchables (who under that name had recorded for Madison and Liberty) and renamed them The Alley Cats - probably after the recent hit of that name by Bent Fabric. Their rendering was arranged by Jack Nitzsche, and you might spot trumpeter Herb Alpert among the musicians. You might like to note that Willis also penned the hits 'The Roach' by Gene & Wendel and pioneering surf star Dick Dale's big L.A. hit 'Peppermint Man'.'Puddin N' Tain' appears to be the groups only release under the name Alley Cats - they were next heard a few months later as The Happy Tones with 'Summertime Nights'on Colpix  - a track they originally recorded in 1961 as The Untouchables (are you following this?).

 

 

GENE ALLISON (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gene_allison

http://www.sirshambling.com/artists_2012/A/gene_allison/index.php

 

  "YOU CAN MAKE IT IF YOU TRY"(VEE JAY) 

US (PEAK=36(4) ENT=10/02/58 PK= 10/03/58/R&B=14)

Comps: Ted Jarrett

US 'B': Hey, Hey, I Love You

 

Groundbreaking original recording of this oft-recorded soulful and uplifting song performed by the singer who in his career recorded for at least 10 labels (including Decca, Monument, Champion, Abner, Valdot, S & H, Calvert, Cherokee, Paradise and Ref-o-Ree).It was recorded with the Joe Morris band (who had scored a No.1 R&B hit in 1950 with 'Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere') in Nashville at the Owen Bradley Studios, where countless country hits were cut. When Allison later wrote his autobiography he called it 'You Can Make It If You Try'.

 

 "HAVE FAITH"(VEE JAY)

US (PEAK=73(6) ENT=05/05/58 PK=03/05/58/R&B=20)

Comps: Sonny Thompson, Henry Stone

US 'B':  My Heart Remembers

 

Henry Stone, who went on to form the very successful TK group of labels (KC & The Sunshine Band, George McCrae etc) was credited as co-writer on this soulful church-style slowie, which had a similar message to his earlier hit. The other writer was the band leader on the session (which took place at Universal Studios in Chicago) Sonny Thompson - best known for his two No.1 R&B hits in 1948, 'Long Gone' and 'Late Freight'. Allison's gospel styled R&B sound was ahead of its time, and what better compliment could he have had then when fellow soul pioneer Sam Cooke said, "I wish I could sing like Gene Allison".

 

 

 ALLISONS (US)

This R&B girl group are probably fronted by Darlene Love, and quite possible that it's the Blossoms again under yet another name.

 

 

 "SURFER STREET"(TIP TOP) 

US (PEAK=93(1) ENT=14/12/63 PK=14/12/63)

Comps:

US 'B':  Money

The label for this Tip Top release showed no composers listed, which could be because the trendy surf lyrics are sung to exactly the same tune as The Olympics' 1960 hit 'Bad Boy Pete'. It is coupled with another 1960 R&B favourite, Barrett Strong's 'Money', which was covered by numerous acts in Beat Boom era including The Beatles. The ladies follow up release was a revival of the Five Keys/the Charms 1955 doo wop favourite, 'Ling Ting Tong', which they spread over two sides.

 

 

ALLISONS (British)

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Allisons

 

 "ARE YOU SURE"(LONDON)

US (PEAK=102(4) ENT=03/04/61)//UK (PEAK=2(16) ENT=23/02/61 PK=09/03/61)

Comps: Bob & John Allison

UK & US 'B':  There's One Thing More

 

John wrote this song in 1959 for an ex-girl friend, and was surprised when it was selected for release. The duo had not even heard of the Eurovision Song Contest when they were told they would be representing the UK in it (it was the third UK entry in a row to finish in second place). They were also second on the Official UK chart, but it topped the NME, Record Mirror and Disc charts, as well as the listings for juke box and radio plays and sheet music sales.

 

 

 "WORDS"(FONTANA)

UK (PEAK=34(5) ENT=18/05/61 PK=        )

Comps: John Alford/Bob Day

UK 'B': Blue Tears

 

The duo was one of very few UK acts at the time who composed their own songs and their first album contained five of the original songs (arguably a record for a UK act at the time). John, like many other acts of the time, had started playing skiffle. His group was called The Shadows Skiffle Group and they evolved into The Shadow Brothers before the duo adopted the name Allisons.

 

 "LESSONS IN LOVE"(FONTANA)

UK (PEAK=30(6) ENT=15/02/62 PK=09/02/62)

Comps: Sy Soloway/Shirley Wolfe

UK 'B': Oh, My Love

 

The duo's third release ' What A Mess' failed to chart, but they returned to the Top 30 with their version of a song featured in Cliff Richard's film The Young Ones. It was Cliff who was a judge on a talent competition that they won and he helped them on their way in the business. At one stage Brian Epstein expressed an interest in managing them, and some say it was The Allisons' lapel less suits that inspired Beatles' jackets.

 

 

HERB ALPERT & The Tijuana Brass(US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Herb_alpert

 

 "THE LONELY BULL"(A&M)

US (PEAK=6(14) ENT=27/10/62 PK=08/12/62)//UK (PEAK=22(9) ENT=05/01/63 PK=        )

Comps: Sol Lake

US & UK 'B': Acapulco 1922

 

The track that launched one of the biggest selling album acts of the 1960s. Like several of Herb's hits it was composed by his good friend Solomon Lachoff, who was known as Sol Lake. The instrumental was originally called 'Twinkle Star' and the recording, which features Herb on double tracked trumpet, reportedly cost him just $65.Herb had previously recorded with little success as a small group (Herbie Alpert Sextet) and as a solo singer under the name Dore Alpert. Success finally came when he experimented with the 'Tijuana Brass' sound. As they say, one Dore closes…..

 

 "STRUTTIN' WITH MARIA"(A&M)

US (PEAK=102(1) ENT=23/03/63 PK=23/03/63)

Comps: Herb Alpert

US 'B':  "MARCHING THRU MADRID"(A&M)

US (PEAK=96(1) ENT=30/03/63 PK=30/03/63)

Comps: Sol Lake

 

 

You may recall this song better as the them for the TV game show Personality (which was hosted by Larry Blyden)which ran from 1967-69 on NBC. The track came from the band's first album, 'The Lonely Bull, which was on the US chart for over three years. This was not Herb's first taste of fame as a composer, as he had co-written two Sam Cooke greats. 'Only Sixteen'(a UK No.1 song) and 'Wonderful World'. When Herb's "bull-ring of fire" sounding double sided follow up to a Top 10 debut only spend one week on the Hot 100, little could he have thought that this band would be the most successful instrumental act of the rock'n'roll era, who would at times have four albums simultaneously in the Top 10 (1966) and amass a dozen consecutive gold LPs. His 50 million album sales, Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award and star on the Hollywood Boulevard Walk Of Fame much have seemed like impossible dreams at that time to Herb

 

 

AMES BROTHERS (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ames_Brothers

 

 "THE MAN WITH THE BANJO"(RCA)

US (PEAK=7() ENT=03/04/54 PK=15/05/54)

Comps: Fritz Schulz Reichel, Robert Mellin

US 'B':  Man, Man Is For The Woman Made

 

A year before he became an album chart topping sensation in the US, German ragtime pianist Crazy Otto (Fritz Schulz Reichel) had chart success as a composer with this

Tale about a George Formby-like character whose music made everybody happy. As with their recent No.1 'You, You, You' the lyrics came from noted wordsmith Robert Mellin. Interestingly, the b-side was part of RCA's big Calypso music push in 1954(the label's belief in the music paid off in 1956)

 

 "THE NAUGHTY LADY OF SHADY LANE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=3(15) ENT=27/11/54 PK=01/01/55)//UK (PEAK=6(6) ENT=04/02/55 PK=11/02/55)

Comps: Sid Tepper/Roy Bennett

US & UK 'B':  Addio

 

As Billboard said "A delightful new song about a naughty wee girl - which has sold 309, 748 in just 10 days" which gave The Urick Brothers their first UK Record Chart entry.In the US, Archie Bleyer (of Arthur Godfrey Show fame)gave the Brothers a run for their money, while in the UK Dean Martin shared the spoils with them.

 

 "MY BONNIE LASSIE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=11(11) ENT=08/10/55 PK=05/11/55)

Comps: Sid Tepper, Roy Bennett

US 'B':  So Will I

 

'Scotland The Brave' goes pop on this US Top 20 hit on which regular hit writers Tepper & Bennett give us all the Scottish clichés you could want, yes the kilt, the heather, the bagpipes, the bluebells, The Highland fling and even the tama shanta are all there. The melody returned to the charts five years later as 'Tunes Of Glory'.

 

 

 "FOREVER DARLING"(RCA)

US (PEAK=35(12) ENT=25/02/56 PK=        )

Comps: Sammy Cahn, Bronislau Kaper

US 'B': "I'M GONNA LOVE YOU"(RCA)

US (PEAK=84(2) ENT=03/03/56)

Comps: Ray Passman, Arthur Shaftel

 

Both sides of this early 1956 release reached the US charts. The former came from a Lucille Ball and Desi Arnaz movie of the same name, in which James Mason plays an angel who helps save their marriage. The up tempo flip was targeted more at the teenage crowd, who were now starting to buy records by the Brothers' RCA label mate Elvis Presley.

 

 

 

 "IT ONLY HURTS FOR A LITTLE WHILE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=16(17) ENT=02/06/56 PK=23/06/56)

Comps: Mack David, Fred Spielman

US 'B':   "IF YOU WANNA SEE MAMIE TONIGHT"(RCA)

US (PEAK=89(1) ENT=30/06/56 PK=30/06/56)

Comps: Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain

 

Another double sided hit form the group who first recorded as the Amory Brothers (Amory being brother Vic's middle name). The 'A' side, a standout lost love lament, was revived and taken to the top of the country chart in 1978 by Margo Smith. The flip is from the Jane Russell movie The Revolt Of Mamie Stover and if you do wanna see Mamie, I suggest you try Hernando's Hideaway.

 

 

 "49 SHADES OF GREEN"(RCA)

US (PEAK=49(7) ENT=08/09/56 PK= 06/10/56)

Comps: Sid Tepper, Roy Bennett

US 'B':  "SUMMER SWEETHEART"(RCA)

US (PEAK=67(6) ENT=08/09/56 PK=06/10/57)

Comps: Fred Ebb, Paul Klein

 

Another double sider from the group who had three No.1s before 1954; 'Rag Mop'(1950), 'Sentimental Me'(1950) and 'You, You, You'(1953.The A-side was another cute Tepper and Bennett tune about the guy whose jealous buddies turn 49 shades of green over his girlfriend (co-incidentally the record peaked at 49. The flip seemed a little dated at a time when rock'n'roll was quickly taking off. Perhaps oddly, The brothers were one of the first acts to have their music described as rock'n'roll in an advert by their label (August 1955).

 

 

 "I SAW ESAU"(RCA)

US (PEAK=51(9) ENT=24/11/56 PK= 12/12/56)

Comps: Cy Coben

US 'B':  The Game Of Love

 

The Ames Brothers had planned to being touring in the UK at the time this novelty tongue-twister (Cy Coben's clearly one of the cleverest composers of this type of tune - say that fast five times!) but the visit was postponed. In case you were unaware, the brothers were the most successful vocal group in America for the period 1950-1954.

 
 

 

 "TAMMY"(RCA)

US (PEAK=24(24) ENT=12/08/57 PK=16/09/57)

Comps: Ray Evans, Jay Livingston

US 'B':  "ROCKIN' SHOES"(RCA)

US (PEAK=24(13) ENT=12/08/57 PK=16/09/57)

Comps: David Hill, Augustus Stevenson

 

Debbie Reynolds had the most popular version of the theme from the movie Tammy And The Bachelor in which she starred with Leslie Nielsen and Walter Brennan. However, the version from Ames' siblings was not too far behind in the US. It was coupled with their most rockin' track yet - which was penned by David Hill, who first released 'All Shook Up' and whose song 'I Got Stung' was taken to the top by Elvis. In the UK, Britain's leading bothers act, The King Brothers covered the track.

  

 "MELODIE D'AMOUR" (Melody Of Love)(RCA)

US (PEAK=12(16) ENT=14/10/57 PK=11/11/57)

Comps: Leo Johns, Henri Salvador

US 'B':  So Little Time

Originally written and recorded by noted French Guiana singer/guitarist Henri Salvador in 1947 took off in the US ten years after by the brothers, who had their first release on the National label in the year this Latin American feeling song was penned. This version was also a big hit In the Netherlands and Germany.

 

  "LITTLE GYPSY"(RCA)

US (PEAK=67() ENT=24/02/58 PK=        )

Comps: Billy Smith, Luther Dixon, Bert Keyes

US 'B': In Love

The Brothers added an R&B feel to their repertoire, with this song penned by three noted R&B songsmiths, including Luthor Dixon who went on to be A&R man at Scepter Records, producing and writing hits for acts like The Shirelles and Chuck Jackson.

At the time this charted in the US, the brothers' one time pianist/accompanist, Burt Bacharach, was enjoying his second UK No.1 in a row as a composer.

 

 "A VERY PRECIOUS LOVE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=65(11) ENT=31/03/58 PK=19/05/58)

Comps: Paul Francis Webster, Sammy Fain

US 'B':  Don't Leave Me Now

 

The group who were voted favourite group on Campus and No.1 by DJs in 1951, had the American hit version of the melodic Oscar nominated movie theme to the Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly film Marjorie Morningstar. In the UK it was outpaced by Doris Day's interpretation.

 

 

 "STAY"(RCA)

US (PEAK=90(1) ENT=04/08/58 PK=04/08/58)

Comps: Sid Tepper, Roy Bennett

US 'B':   "LITTLE SERENADE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=98(1) ENT=04/08/58 PK=04/08/58)

Comps: Paolo Esposita, Anionio Amuri, Geoffrey Parsons, John Turner

 

The combination of Tepper & Bennett's songs and the Ames Brothers vocals produced yet another hit, albeit only a small one with a "don't go" love song, which managed to snake in a reference to their previous No.1, 'You, You, You'. The coupling was their take on the Italian song 'Piccolissima Serenata" ,with UK-penned English lyrics telling the tale of a boy and his mandolina. Among earlier versions was one by golden trumpeter Eddie Calvert.

 

  "PUSSYCAT"(RCA)

US (PEAK=17(15) ENT=29/09/58 PK=03/11/58)

Comps: Sunny Skylar, Tom Glazer

US 'B':  "NO ONE BUT YOU (IN MY HEART)"(RCA)

US (PEAK=45(9) ENT=29/09/58 PK=20/10/58)

Comps: Robert Mellin, Otto Riedlmayer

 

Catchy hand clapping foot tapper composed by Tom Glazer of "Melody Of Love". "Skokiann" and "On Top Of Spaghetti" amongst others. The story song, which comes complete with a happy ending, bears a resemblance to Jimmie Rodgers hit a year earlier, 'Honeycomb'. Robert 'You, You, You' Mellin wrote the English lyric to the ballad b-side penned by veteran German composer Riedlmayer.

 

 

 "RED RIVER ROSE"(RCA)

US (PEAK=37(10) ENT=29/12/58 PK=19/01/59)

 Comps: Tommy Connor, Johnnie Reine

US 'B':  When The Summer Comes Again

 A British penned back-from-war ditty that the quartet sang live on the UK's No.1 TV show, 'Sunday Night At The London Palladium, on their first UK visit in January 1959 (when they (minus Gene) also watched their first soccer match, Arsenal Vs Everton).Its composers were among the most successful UK songwriters in the decade, with Connor penning the chart topping Christmas standard, 'I Saw Mommy Kissing Santa Claus'.

 

 "SOMEONE TO COME HOME TO"(RCA)

US (PEAK=78(4) ENT=18/05/59 PK=01/06/59)

Comps: Jimmy Williams, Jimmie Steward

US 'B': Mason-Dixon Line

 There's a western plains feel to the only chart entry in 1959 by the foursome who had had amassed 21 chart entries in the pre 1954 era, and would finally call it a day in 1961 with Ed Ames later having several solo hits.

 

 "CHINA DOLL"(RCA)

US (PEAK=38(13) ENT=01/02/60 PK=29/02/60/R&B=30)

Comps: Cindy Walker

US 'B': Christopher Sunday

Cindy Walker, who was one of the first female songwriters to solely pen a No. 1 hit('Distant Drums'), composed the Ames Brothers last Top 100 entry. Surprisingly, the country composer's lost love lament also gave the quartet their only entry in the R&B charts (although that's due more to the way the chart was compiled at thetime than to the record's sound.

 

 

 "WASHINGTON SQUARE"(EPIC)

US (PEAK=129(1) ENT=26/10/63 PK=26/10/63)

Comps: Bob Goldstein, David Shire

US 'B': Knees Up, Mother Brown

 The last time the name Ames Brothers made any chart was with this vocal version of the million seller by the Village Stompers. The lyric was a tribute to Greenwich Village and the folk music that was then emanating from that area. It was an unusual choice of material for the act, but they handled it well, and did not sound that different from many of the folk bands that were springing up at that time.

 

 

 BILL ANDERSON (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Anderson_%28singer%29

 

 "MAMA SANG A SONG"(DECCA (US)) 

US (PK=89(4) ENT=27/10/62 PK=03/11/62/C&W=1)

Comps: Bill Anderson

US 'B': On And On And On

 

No other country composer has had such a span of newly composed hits as "Whispering" Bill, who first charted in 1958 with 'City Lights', and picked up the CMA Song of the Year award in 2007 for 'Give It Away'. His first crossover hit came with this heartfelt song about him mama, whose hymn singing kept their family going in tough times. Surprisingly, jazz legend Stan Kenton covered the song and his version, like that of old western actor Walter Brennan, outsold Bill's original recording in the pop field.

 

 "STILL"(DECCA)

US (PK=8(15) ENT=13/04/63 PK=08/06/63/C&W=1)

Comps: Bill Anderson

US 'B': You Made It Easy

 

Among the many honours that this Country Music Hall Of Fame member has had bestowed on him is to have a street named after him in Commerce, Georgia, the town where he lived and worked as a country DJ when he first made a name for himself. 'Still' was his first international hit as a songwriter, reaching the UK Top 40 by both Ken Dodd and Karl Denver. Nevertheless, no one sings "Still" like Bill.

 

 "8 X 10"(DECCA (US))

US (PK=53(6) ENT=24/08/63 PK=14/09/63/C&W=2)

Comps: Bill Anderson, Walter Haynes

US 'B': One Mile Over - Two Miles Back

 

Just like his previous sad hit saga 'Still', his '8 X 10' was also covered in Britian by comic turned vocalist Ken Dodd, and it did not need a photo finish to see who won the race up the UK chart. You might be interested to know that Dodd also made the Anderson-penned 'Happiness' his theme song. The distinctive vocalist and master of monologues, has been nominated as Country songwriter of the Year six times. Among the other of oft-recorded Anderson songs are the classic 'The Tips Of My Fingers', 'Once A Day', 'I Love You Drops' and 'Five Little Fingers'.

 

 

ELTON ANDERSON (US)

New Orleans based blues/swamp pop singer/guitarist who hailed from Lake Charles, Louisiana. He first recorded for Ace Records boss Johnny Vincent on his new Vin label in 1958, before recording on Trey. After a couple of release on Mercury he moved on to Lanor and then to Capitol, but never broke into the big time.

 

 "SECRET OF LOVE"(MERCURY) 

US (PK=88(4) ENT=25/01/60 PK=25/01/60/R&B=22)

Comps: Eddie Shuler, William Wildridge

US 'B': Cool Down Baby

 After their Louisiana purchase of Phil Phillips million selling 'Sea Of Love' went gold, Mercury Records returned to Creole country to pick up another swamp pop record that was taking off down South. 'Secret Of Love' was recorded at the Goldband Studios, the home of Zydeco and Cajun music. It was composed by studio owner Shuler and originally released on the Trey label. On the track Elton is backed by his regular band, the Sid Lawrence Combo. His follow up,'Walking Alone'/'Crying The Blues', failed to chart as did several other singles including versions of Fats Domino's 'Sick & Tired'(1962) and The Coasters' novelty "(Sorry) I'm Gonna Have To Pass'(1963).

 

 

ERNESTINE ANDERSON (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ernestine_Anderson

 

 "A LOVER'S QUESTION"(MERCURY)

US (PK=98(1) ENT=27/02/61 PK=27/02/61)

Comps: Jimmy Williams, Brook Benton

US 'B': That's All I Want From You

 Few artists who have spent just one week on the Top 100 can have had such long and successful careers in music as jazz song stylist Anderson, who has recorded 30+ albums in her 60 years in show business. Her sole entry came with her distinctive treatment of a Brook Benton penned song that Clyde McPhatter clicked with in 1958.

 

LALE ANDERSON (Germany)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lale_Anderson

 

 "(A SHIP WILL COME) EIN SCHIFF WIRD KOMMEN"(KING)

US (PK=88(4) ENT=24/04/61 PK=08/05/61)

Comps: Manos Hadjidakis, Fini Busch

US 'B': Manchmal Traum Ich Vom Kornfeld

 

The legendary German songstress, who first popularised the World War II favourite, Lili Marleen', had her sole visit to the US chart at the age of 56 with a German vocal version of the much recorded movie theme , 'Never On Sunday'.

 

 

LEROY ANDERSON & HIS "POPS" ORCHESTRA (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leroy_Anderson

 

 "FORGOTTEN DREAMS"(Brunswick)

UK (PK=24(4) ENT=28/06/57 PK=14/09/57)

Comps: Leroy Anderson

UK 'B': The Last Rose Of Summer

 

The Songwriters Hall Of Fame member and orchestra leader, also penned such light music classics as 'The Syncopated Clock', 'The Typewriter' and the perennial Christmas favourite 'Sleigh Ride'. However, he is best remembered for the two million selling 'Blue Tango', which was the most successful chart record in the US in the pre-rock 1950s.  His only UK hit (where charts did not start till 1952) came with this unforgettable melody which also became a hit for Cyril Stapleton. Surprisingly though, it was first released in 1955 and took two years to make it.

 

EAMONN ANDREWS (British)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eamonn_Andrews

  "THE SHIFTING WHISPERING SANDS (PART 1)"(PARLOPHONE)

UK (PK=18(3) ENT=20/01/56 PK=03/02/56)

Comps: Mary Hadler/Jack Gilbert

UK 'B': The Shifting Whispering Sands (Side 2)

 

The very popular Irish born TV show host and sports commentator had his only hit with a cover of this western narrative number that both Billy Vaughn and Rusty Draper had taken into the US Top 10.It was one of three singles that producer George Martin had simultaneously in the UK Top 20. The entertainer, who was first "discovered" by bandleader Joe Loss, followed this with his version of another similar Vaughn offering, 'The Ship That Never Sailed'.

 

 

LEE ANDREWS & THE HEARTS (US)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lee_Andrews_%26_the_Hearts

 

 "LONG LONELY NIGHTS"(CHESS)

US (PK=45(10) ENT=12/08/57 PK=26/08/57)

Comps: Mimi Uniman, Bernice Davis, Lee Andrews, Doug Henderson

US 'B': The Clock

 Chess Records picked up the master for the master for the Philly based group's first chart entry from the Main Line label (co-owned by top R&B DJ and credited co-writer "Jocko" Henderson), which narrowly outpaced a cover version by the Ex-Drifters' leader Clyde McPhatter on the pop charts. However, in the R&B field, despite an appearance on Bandstand and a week at the famed Apollo Theater with Fats Domino and Bo Diddley, McPhatter's platter easily out performed Lee's original recording. The song was also released at the time by recent chart topper Kitty Kallen and it was later revived by The Four Seasons (1964), Bobby Vinton (1965) and The Dells (1970)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

 

 "TEAR DROPS"(CHESS)

US (PK=20(12) ENT=25/11/57 PK=30/12/57/R&B=13)

Comps: Larry Brown, Helen Stanley, Roy Calhoun, Barry Golder

US 'B': The Girl Around The Corner

 The groups' first tenor Roy Calhoun and Barry Golder, the other co-owner of Main Line Records, are credited as co-composers on the act's follow up single, which proved even more successful in the pop market and gave them their only R&B Top 10 entry. At the time of the hit they were starring in Alan Freed Xmas Show alongside acts like Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Everly Brothers, Paul Anka and The Teenagers.

 

 "TRY THE IMPOSSIBLE"(UA)

US (PK=33(3) ENT=09/06/58 PK=16/06/58)

Comps: Thomas Curry, Barry Golder

US 'B': Nobody's Home

 

After two releases and two crossover hits on Chess, These doo wop favourites next appeared on Main Line Records' sister company, Casino (owned by Golder's brother Mickey) with a track that they had sold relatively few copies when they had originally released it exactly a year earlier on Main Line itself. This time, after it was picked up by United Artists, it reached the Top 40 and the group were seen performing it on the Dick Clark Show. The group's next release, ;Why Di I' was a Top 100 entry on Cash Box but not Billboard. Unusually, all three of the group's hits were re-recording of tracks they had first cut on the Gotham label in 1956.   

 

PATTY ANDREWS (US)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Patty_Andrews

 

 "SUDDENLY THERE'S A VALLEY"(CAPITOL)

US (PK=69(5) ENT=12/11/55 PK=02/11/55)

Comps: Chuck Meyer, Biff Jones

US 'B': Booga-Da-Woog 

 

The Andrews Sisters charted an amazing 71 times between 1940 and 1951, and Patty was their leader with Maxene and Laverne completed the most successful female trio of all time. This was the only solo success that any of the sisters achieved was with a cover of a song that also charted by the Mills Brothers, Julius LaRosa and Jo Stafford, and which Gogi Grant took into the Top 20. In the UK, the semi-religious ballad reached the 20 by Stafford, Lee Lawrence and Petula Clark. Patty who was 37 at the time had several releases in the mid 50s, but maybe her 1956 single 'Too Old To Rock And Roll' said it all.

 

 

BOBBY ANGELO & THE TUXEDOS (UK)

 Bobby Angelo (born Robert Hemming 24/07/41) and the band came from Walton On Thames in Surrey, England. They initially called themselves Bobby Vincent & The Shadows (1960) before naming themselves after the Tuxedo guitar. The other Group members were lead guitarist Pete Cresswell, rhythm guitarist and saxophonist Colin Griffin, bassist David Brown and at various times the drummer was Roger Brown or Mick Avory - who later found fame and fortune as a member of The Kinks. The group were part of the lively Kingston, Surrey scene in the early 60s that also included Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck and Eric Clapton. The group later recorded for Sonet and Bobby quit show business in the late 60s and is now works in engineering in London. The Tuxedos evolved into The Innocents, who backed Mike Berry, and it is rumoured that Bobby was the bass voice on Ricky Valance's chart topper, 'Tell Laura I Love Her'.

 

 

 "BABY SITTIN'"(HMV)

UK (PK=30(6) ENT=10/08/61 PK=24/08/60)

Comps: Myron Wachendorf

UK 'B': Skinny Lizzie

 

Angelo's only taste of chart fame came via his Abbey Road recorded cover of a song penned and originally recorded by Myron Lee on Keen - who like Buddy Holly was a Norman Petty discovery. Despite the fact that the group were credited on the follow up, 'Don't Stop', it was actually recorded by Bobby and a team of session musicians.

 

 

 

ANGELS (US)

 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Angels_%28American_group%29

 

 "P.S. I LOVE YOU"(ASTRO) (AS THE STARLETS)

US (PK=106(2) ENT=20/06/60)

Comps: Gordon Jenkins, Johnny Mercer

US 'B': Where Is My Love Tonight?

 

The Starlets first release and debut chart entry came with soft-softing girl group revival of a 1934 song that Rudy Vallee scored with at the time, and which The Hilltoppers had turned to gold in 1953.The vocalist may have been a little off key at times on this song about love letters but the overall feel is good. On the subject of letters The Angels' likeness appeared on a US postage stamp in 2002.

 

 "'TIL"(CAPRICE)

US (PK=14(14) ENT=16/10/61 PK=06/01/62)

Comps: Carl Sigman, Pierre Burisson, Charles Sansanes

US 'B': A Moment Ago

 

The girls financed their own recording of this song which gotthem a deal with the Gerry Granahan owned label Caprice under their new name The Angels (There were at least nine other acts who recorded under that name in the early rock era).The song, which first found fame in 1957 when played by pianist Roger Williams,was later a hot for The Vogues and Tom Jones in the US and Tom, Tony Bennett and Dorothy Squires in the UK. 

 

 

 "CRY BABY CRY"(CAPRICE)

US (PK=38(11) ENT=17/02/62 PK=07/04/62)

Comps: Morris Bailey Jr.

US 'B': That's All I Ask Of You

 

Classy slow early 1960s girl group sound on which the girls' plaintive vocals were augmented by Hutch Davie's Orchestra.

 

 

 "EVERYBODY LOVES A LOVER"(SMASH)

US (PK=103(7) ENT=26/05/62 PK=        )

Comps: Richard Adler/Robert Allen

US 'B': Blow, Joe

 

The song that Doris Day had taken into the Top 20 in 1958 was given a straight, if somewhat dated, rendition by the girls. Composer Adler has been responsible for many hits including 'Heart', 'Hernando's Hideaway', 'Whatever Lola Wants' and 'Hey There'.

 

 "MY BOYFRIEND'S BACK"(SMASH)

US (PK=1(14) ENT=03/08/63 PK=31/08/63/R&B=2)//UK (PK=50(1) ENT=03/10/63 PK=03/10/63)

Comps: Bob Feldman, Gerald Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer

US & UK 'B': Now, (Love Me)

 

Composer Feldman saw a teenage girl telling a boy who had been pestering her "My boyfriends and you're going to be in trouble". He rushed straight off to his co-writers with the idea for this song that went on to top the chart.It was the first record by a white female rock'n'roll act to reach No.1.Bobby Comstock charted with a sequel record, 'Your Boyfriend's Back'. Before joining the group, lead singer (and intro talker), Peggy Santiglia, had appeared on Broadway in Do Re Mi and ater leaving co-wrote The Four Seasons hit 'Beggin''.

 

 

 "COTTON FIELDS"(ASCOT)

US (PK=119(1) ENT=21/09/63 PK=21/09/63)

Comps: Leadbelly

US 'B': Irresistible

 

The Angels rang the musical changes yet again with this folk song that such diverse acts as The Beach Boys, Harry Belafonte, Ace Cannon, The Highwaymen and Arthur Lyman have also charted with. Folk/blues legend Huddie 'Leadbelly' Ledbetter first introduced the song in 1940 and since then it has become one of the best known and most recorded songs in that genre. 

 

 "I ADORE HIM"(CAPRICE)

US (PK=25(7) ENT=30/11/63 PK=        /R&B=13)

Comps: Artie Kornfeld, Jan Berry (of Jan & Dean)

US 'B':  "THANK YOU AND GOODNIGHT"(CAPRICE)

US (PK=84(3) ENT=07/12/63 PK=21/12/63)

Comps: Bob Feldman, Jerry Goldstein, Richard Gottehrer, Marty Sanders

 

Jan, of Jan & Dean co-wrote the top side while the flip was heard as Murray The K's end of show song for many months.In her career, lead singer Peggy Santiglia also sang on hits by The Delicates and Dusk, and members of the angels sang on records by Frank Sinatra, Neil Diamond, Frankie Valli, Lesley Gore, Bobby Lewis and Ben E. King, and can be heard on Jackie Wilson's 'Higher & Higher' and the chart topping 'Lightnin' Strikes' by Lou Christie.

 

 ANITA & THE SO-AND-SO'S (US) See ANITA KERR

 
 

PAUL ANKA (Canada)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paul_Anka

 

  "DIANA"(ABC PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=1(18) ENT=29/07/57 PK=09/09/57/R&B=1)//UK (PK=1(25) ENT=09/08/57 PK=30/08/57)

Comps: Paul Anka

US & UK 'B': Don't Gamble With Love

 

Paul was just 15 when he recorded the single which topped the charts and sold over a million copies on both sides of the Atlantic. It was his second single, he having recorded an Ernie Freeman produced cover version of the 4 Dots track 'I Confess', with the Jacks (aka the Cadets)on RPM records in 1956. He composed the song about his family's baby sitter, Diana Ayoub, who was three years older than him. At the time Mr Ayoub was not attracted to Paul, although it is reported that she became more so when the royalties came in. With world sales of over 10 million, this is one of rock'n'roll's biggest selling singles.

 

   "I LOVE YOU BABY"(ABC-PARA)

US (PK=97(1) ENT=16/12/57 PK=16/12/57)//UK (PK=3(15) ENT=08/11/57 PK=13/12/57)

Comps: Paul Anka

US & UK 'B' "TELL ME THAT YOU LOVE ME"

UK (PK=25(2) ENT=08/11/57 PK=15/11/57)

Comps: Paul Anka

 

Not surprisingly, Paul could not repeat the success of his previous single which was one of the biggest hits in history. However, few would have expected it to manage only one lone week at the bottom of the US Top 100. In Britain though the lively bouncy number, which featured the harpsichord of Dick Hyman, reached the Top 3 and its flip also charted. The song returned to the British Top 20 in 1964 by Freddie & The Dreamers.

 

 

 "YOU ARE MY DESTINY"(ABC PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=9(12) ENT=27/01/58 PK=24/02/58/R&B=14)//UK (PK=6(13) ENT=31/01/58 PK=07/03/58)

Comps: Paul Anka

US & UK 'B': When I Stop Loving You (That'll Be The

 

After a slight hiccup, Anka returned to the US Top 10 with his third ABC Paramount release a self-penned big ballad on which, unusually for a teen-targeted artist at the time, the track employed a string section. It was a very mature composition and performance for a 16-year-old. Paul was reportedly inspired to do this after hearing the strings on Billy Ward & The Dominoes hit revival of 'Stardust'.  

 

 

 "LET THE BELLS KEEP RINGING"(ABC PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=16(11) ENT=21/04/58 PK=05/05/58)

Comps: Paul Anka

US & UK 'B': "CRAZY LOVE"(ABC PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=15(11) ENT=21/04/58 PK=05/05/58)//UK (PK=26(1) ENT=30/05/58 PK=30/05/58)

Comps: Paul Anka

 

Paul scored a double sided US Top 20 hit with these two self-penned songs. The 'A' side tells a cheery tale of love in Italy, while the more downbeat and emotionally sung 'Crazy Love' was also a minor UK hit. Paul promoted the single on the road in The Greatest Show Of Stars, which also starred Sam Cooke, The Everly Brothers and Frankie Avalon among others.

 

 

 "MIDNIGHT"(ABC-PARA)

US (PK=69(5) ENT=04/08/58 PK=18/08/58)//UK (PK=26(1) ENT=26/09/58 PK=26/09/58)

Comps: Paul Anka

US & UK 'B': Verboten (Forbidden)

 

This uptempo track told about the things lovers do in the midnight hour. It came complete with catchy echo style backing vocals, and it kept Anka active on the charts on both sides of the Atlantic. It was coupled with a German movie theme.On the subject of films, Paul was then being seen on the big screen alongside acts like The Royal Teens, Danny & The Juniors and Roy Hamilton in Lets Rock aka Keep It Cool.

 

 

 

 "JUST YOUNG"(ABC-PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=80(5) ENT=06/10/58 PK=20/10/58)

Comps: Lya Roberts

US 'B': So It's Goodbye

 

Not only did Anka, for the first time, not compose this hit, but he also had a chart battle on his hands and surprisingly lost the chart race with newcomer Andy Rose on this with this typical teen-targeted tune.

 

 

 "(ALL OF A SUDDEN) MY HEART SINGS"(ABC PARAMOUNT)

US (PK=15(17) ENT=22/12/58 PK=02/02/59)//UK (PK=10(13) ENT=30/01/59 PK=13/02/59)

Comps: Harold Rome/Henri Herpin

US & UK 'B': That's Love

 

After a relatively quiet period for Paul, he bounded back up the transatlantic charts with a revival of a song from the 1945 Kathlyn Grayson film Anchors Away, which at the time had been made popular by both Johnnie Johnson & Martha Stewart.

It was Paul's father who suggested he record the song which the recent Conway Twitty chart topper 'It's Only Make Believe' had been likened to.

 

 

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