Monthly Archives: June 2011

Elvis Presley – Don’t / I Beg of You

First Hit #1: February 10, 1958 The combination of the titles here is kind of hilarious. Don’t is kind of an uncomfortable song. Elvis wants to love a young lady, the young lady keeps pushing him away, and he continually … Continue reading

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Danny and the Juniors – At the Hop

First Hit #1: January 3, 1958 Bless musical shorthand. Want to establish something as happening in the 1950s? Then put on At the Hop, and have young ladies in poodle skirts dance with their beaus. The lyrics are basically worthless, … Continue reading

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Pat Boone – April Love / When the Swallows Come Back to Capistrano

First Hit #1 – December 23, 1957 What better single to reach the top of the charts immediately before Christmas than a celebration of spring, and lovely ladies found in spring? I suppose it served as a reminder that spring … Continue reading

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Sam Cooke – You Send Me / Summertime Pt. 1

First Hit #1: December 2, 1957 The world needs another Sam Cooke. Hell, the world still needs the original Sam Cooke, since he was killed at 33. Part of this is due to his social conscience, as evidenced in A … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley – Jailhouse Rock / Treat Me Nice

First Hit #1: October 21, 1957 Jailhouse Rock is dumb fun, and I’m a full on supporter of dumb fun. It’s not the most complex song, but it’s full of intriguing little details and Elvis is on form as usual. … Continue reading

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Everly Brothers – Wake Up Little Suzie

First Hit #1: October 14, 1957 Too hot for Boston radio, it’s the Everly Brothers and their supposedly suggestive lyrics. It’s a great, silly song about a couple young people defying curfew, with the Suzie falling asleep and everyone assuming … Continue reading

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Jimmie Rodgers – Honeycomb

First Hit #1: September 30, 1957 It’s interesting to see how genres cross-pollinate through the years. Honeycomb has elements of country in its presentation, in particular the chugging backing track which propels the song. It’s an old trick used by … Continue reading

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