JUKE BOX SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER 2015
1. 1950 - CHATTANOOGIE SHOE-SHINE BOY - FREDDY CANNON
The "Boom Boom" man gives the Red Foley/Bing Crosby US chart topper his distinctive interpretation.
2. 1951 - BECAUSE OF YOU - CARL MANN
The Tony Bennett big ballad is given a typical Carl Mann rockabilly workout.
3. 1952 - HALF AS MUCH - BILL BLACK'S COMBO
The song that was written by C&W performer Curley Williams, recorded successfully in the country field by Hank Williams and taken to the top in the pop field by George's aunty, Rosemary Clooney, is given the unique BBC treatment.
4. 1953 - VAYA CON DIOS - THE DRIFTERS
Rudy Lewis sang lead on this soulful 1964 revival of the No.1 hit by Les Paul & Mary Ford.
5. 1954 - THREE COINS IN THE FOUNTAIN - BILLY WARD & THE DOMINOES
The Four Aces had the top selling version of the oft-recorded film song, which is sung here by the pioneering R&B vocal group fronted this time by Jackie Wilson.
6/7 1955 - LET ME GO DEVIL - JOHNNY BOND/LET ME GO LOVER - WANDA JACKSON
The song that started life telling about the perils of drinking, topped the best sellers when the lyrics were remodelled to tell of the perils of love. Teenage one-hit wonder, Joan Webber, whose version sold 500,000 in its first week (after being heard six times in a top TV show) had her first baby days before appearing on Ed Sullivan's show to promote it.
8. 1956 - MY PRAYER - FOUR SEASONS
The very successful doo-wop based outfit with their tasteful interpretation of the Platters' gem.
9. 1957 - PARTY DOLL - STEVE LAWRENCE
Unusually, here's a "square" singer singing a rock'n'roll song. Believe it or not Steve's version gave Buddy Knox's original a good run for its money and made the US Top 20.
10. 1958 - SUGARTIME TWIST - MCGUIRE SISTERS
Just for a change, here is a 1962 "twist" treatment of the song the girls had taken to the top of the US Radio Play chart less than four years earlier. The girls peaked at No. 107 with this long forgotten sequel.
11. 1959- KANSAS CITY - FATS DOMINO
Yet another version of the much recorded Leiber & Stoller song. This time the Fat Man gives it his unique stamp.
12. 1960 - SAVE THE LAST DANCE FOR ME - JERRY LEE LEWIS & FRIEND
Two Sun recording artists duet on the Drifters biggie.