Category Archives: 1956

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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Guy Mitchell – Singing the Blues

First Hit #1: December 8, 1956 Elvis’ unprecedented run at the top of the charts couldn’t last forever – though it’s not like he’s far away, they had to put him in the Army to stop him getting hit singles. … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender / Any Way You Want Me

First Hit #1: November 3, 1956 Here we have Elvis – who it is probably obvious by now I quite like – deciding to show a bit of range, and a bit of tenderness. It’s just him, an acoustic guitar … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel / Hound Dog

First Hit #1: August 18, 1956 Now this is what you call a double A-side. Both tracks here are bona fide classics, a performance of Hound Dog on the Milton Berle show causing millions of young girls to suddenly become … Continue reading

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The Platters – My Prayer / Heaven on Earth

First Hit #1: August 4, 1956 There’s a very weird undercurrent to My Prayer that I missed the first time I listened to it. On first listen, it was a pleasant love song, a good enough track that has nice … Continue reading

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Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You / My Baby Left Me

First Hit #1: July 28, 1956 Explaining why an artist catches on is always a difficult trick, especially when you have someone like Elvis who simply dominated when he first hit the scene. Look at the charts for 1956 and … Continue reading

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Gogi Grant – The Wayward Wind

First Hit #1: June 16, 1956 Well this doesn’t make very much sense, but it is a good song. What do I mean? Well, it’s supposed to be a biography of someone, but it jumps everywhere and you’re never quite … Continue reading

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