Monthly Archives: May 2011

Four Aces – Love is a Many Splendored Thing

First Hit #1: October 8, 1955 I obviously have no idea what it was like to live in 1955. Oh sure, I’ve heard stories and I have the music and film from the era, but as for what it was … Continue reading

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Mitch Miller – The Yellow Rose of Texas

First Hit #1: September 3, 1955 The parents fight back! There’s something fascinating about how right after Rock Around the Clock, a flag bearer for youth culture and one of the sparks that started a new musical movement, we get … Continue reading

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Bill Haley and the Comets – Rock around the Clock

First Hit #1: July 9, 1955 The cultural impact and the actual content of Rock Around the Clock are somehow strangely opposed to each other. In context, the song represented rebellion, kids taking a new sound – this Rock and/or … Continue reading

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Perez Prado – Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom Wine)

First Hit #1: April 30, 1955 After all that American patriotic whosits, I need a drink. Here we go, Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom Wine), which is a surprisingly boozy number. It’s the trumpet really, as it starts strong, and … Continue reading

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Bill Hayes – The Ballad of Davy Crockett

First Hit #1: March 26, 1955 The weird thing about this project is that right now, I’m hitting the period where my parents grew up. Yes, my mom would go around humming the chorus to this song for no obvious … Continue reading

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McGuire Sisters – Sincerely

First Hit #1: February 12, 1955 Now, after some poppy trifles, the girl groups have set about proving they can be serious, or at least, uh, sincere. Unlike the less serious songs of their contemporaries, the McGuire Sisters’ first hit … Continue reading

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Fontane Sisters – Hearts of Stone

First Hit #1: February 5, 1955 Trying to capture the musical identity of an era, or even a year, can sometimes be a tricky business. I know in decades to come we’ll see a scatter shot of wildly disparate ways … Continue reading

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