Category Archives: 1958

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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The Chipmunks with David Seville – The Chipmunks Song (Christmas Don’t Be Late)

First Hit #1: December 22, 1958 Warning, the following entry has language unsuitable for children, and a song suitable for nobody. Discretion is advised. Oh fuck everything about this. The melody is dreary and awful, the sped up vocals are … Continue reading

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Teddy Bears – To Know Him is to Love Him

First Hit #1: December 1, 1958 I kind of hate this song a lot. I’m not sure why really, it might be the drawn out chorus, or the annoying voice of the lead singer, or the fact that the melody … Continue reading

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The Kingston Trio – Tom Dooley

First Hit #1: November 17, 1958 Folk music never really goes away. The reason is pretty simple, everyone who can pick up a guitar can usually play the songs, and it’s about storytelling rather than vocal theatrics. It’s curious I … Continue reading

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Conway Twitty – It’s Only Make Believe

First Hit #1: November 20, 1958 Now, we learn the value of getting the right backing track. I say this because It’s Only Make Believe has great lyrics, Twitty puts in a fantastic vocal performance, and the 50’s doo wop … Continue reading

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Tommy Edwards – It’s All in the Game

First Hit #1: September 29, 1958 For a moment there, I thought I was listening to the Ink Spots. Something about Tommy Edwards’ voice, it’s very much in the same vein as that group. Just a little too high. It’s … Continue reading

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The Elegants – Little Star

First Hit #1: August 25, 1958 And now, a lullaby, because why not? This is a doo wop re-imagining of Twinkle Twinkle Little Star. I want to be kind to it, I really do, but as I listen I can’t … Continue reading

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