Category Archives: 1955

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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Tennessee Ernie Ford – Sixteen Tons

First Hit #1: November 26, 1955 First, a bit of housekeeping with Billboard’s US charts. Billboard published three separate charts from 1940 to mid-1955, most sales, most jukebox plays, and most played by jockeys. I’ve been using the best sales … Continue reading

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Roger Williams – Autumn Leaves

First Hit #1: October 29, 1955 Every so often a song comes along, and when you look at the title you just think to yourself, yeah, that’s about right. I’m not talking about the obvious ones, like that Black Eyed … Continue reading

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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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