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OLD 55's One Song Per Artist Top 500 1955- 1963

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Hi Dear Laurie. :) There were some great singers around in the 50s. Tony Bennett is still alive - I'm not sure if he's still performing though !

I remember my Dad giving me 6 shillings (old currency) to buy Al Martino's "Here In My Heart" record to give Mum as a Birthday present in 1952.

Music can stir many memories.

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Thanks Brad. :) Here's my next 50. Hope they bring back more memories.

Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (three in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#9, 1961) song peaked at #9 in 1961

(#7, 1962/3) song entered in 1962 but peaked at #7 in 1963

301. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance - Gene Pitney (#4, 1962)

302. Cindy, Oh Cindy - Vince Martin With The Tarriers (#9, 1956)

303. Heat Wave * - Martha & The Vandellas (#4, 1963)

304. I Like It Like That, Part 1 - Chris Kenner (#2, 1961)

305. In The Mood # - Ernie Fields Orch. (#4, 1959)

306. Billy - Kathy Linden (#7, 1958)

307. The Longest Walk - Jaye P. Morgan (#6, 1955)

308. Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes (#6, 1957)

309. Washington Square # - The Village Stompers (#2, 1963)

310. You Cheated - The Shields (#12, 1958)

311. Percolator (Twist) # - Billy Joe & The Checkmates (#10, 1962)

312. Allegheny Moon - Patti Page (#2, 1958)

313. The Day The Rains Came - Jane Morgan (#21, 1958)

314. Miracle Of Love - Eileen Rodgers (#18, 1956)

315. Take Good Care Of Her - Adam Wade (#7, 1961)

316. Dark Moon - Gale Storm (#4, 1957)

317. Oh Julie - The Crescendos (#5, 1958)

318. Tell Him No - Travis & Bob (#8, 1959)

319. Yellow Bird # - Arthur Lyman Group (#4, 1961)

320. Over The Mountain, Across The Sea - Johnnie And Joe (#8, 1957)

321. Just One Look - Doris Troy (#10, 1963)

322. Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence (#1, 1962/3)

323. What Am I Living For - Chuck Willis (#9, 1958)

324. This Time - Troy Shondell (#6, 1961)

325. Those Oldies But Goodies (Remind Me Of You) - Little Caesar and The Romans (#9, 1961)

326. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes (#1, 1961)

327. What’s Your Name - Don & Juan (#7, 1962)

328. You Belong To Me - The Duprees (#7, 1962)

329. You’ll Lose A Good Thing - Barbara Lynn (#8, 1962)

330. Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton (#13, 1963)

331. But I Do - Clarence “Frogman” Henry (#4, 1961)

332. You Can’t Sit Down - The Dovells (#3, 1963)

333. You Got What It Takes - Marv Johnson (#10, 1959/60)

334. Manhattan Spiritual # - Reg Owen And His Orchestra (#10, 1958/9)

335. A Little Bitty Tear - Burl Ives (#9, 1961/2)

336. (Seven Little Girls) Sitting In The Back Seat - Paul Evans (#9, 1959)

337. Who Put The Bomp (In The Bomp, Bomp, Bomp) - Barry Mann (#7, 1961)

338. One Summer Night - The Danleers (#7, 1958)

339. A Tear Fell - Teresa Brewer (#5, 1956)

340. Transfusion - Nervous Norvus (#8, 1956)

341. Angel Baby - Rosie & The Originals (#5, 1960/1)

342. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace (#17, 1955)

343. Maybe - The Chantels (#15, 1958)

344. With All My Heart - Jodie Sands (#15, 1957)

345. Never On Sunday # * - Don Costa And His Orchestra And Chorus (#19, 1960)

346. Boom Boom * - John Lee Hooker (#60, 1962)

347. Nut Rocker # - B.Bumble & The Stingers (#23, 1962)

348. Mama Didn’t Lie - Jan Bradley (#14, 1963)

349. The Walk - Jimmy McCracklin (#7, 1958)

350. I Hear You Knocking - Smiley Lewis (R&B #2, 1955)

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311. Percolator (Twist) # Billy Joe & The Checkmates (#10, 1962))

I loved this one since I was a child... I plan to nominated one odf these days... :)

I am youtubing the ones I don't know... :)

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We're half way there. :headphones:

Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (six in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#9, 1961) song peaked at #9 in 1961

(#7, 1962/3) song entered in 1962 but peaked at #7 in 1963

251. Let there Be Drums # - Sandy Nelson (#7, 1961)

252. A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young with The Innocents (#3, 1960)

253. Red River Rock # - Johnny And The Hurricanes (#5, 1959)

254. Mule Skinner Blues - The Fendermen (#5, 1960)

255. The Stripper # - David Rose and His Orchestra (#1, 1962)

256. Rock Island Line * - Lonnie Donegan And His Skiffle Group (#8, 1956)

257. Greenfields - The Brothers Four (#2, 1960)

258. I’m Leaving It Up to You - Dale & Grace (#1, 1963)

259. I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door - Eddie Hodges (#12, 1961)

260. Western Movies - The Olympics (#8, 1958)

261. Don’t You Just Know It - Huey “Piano” Smith And The Clowns (#9, 1958)

262. Watermelon Man # * - Mongo Santamaria (#10, 1963)

263. The Wonder Of You - Ray Peterson (#25, 1959)

264. Tonight You Belong To Me - Patience & Prudence (#4, 1956)

265. Melodie D’Amour (Melody Of Love) - The Ames Brothers (#5, 1957)

266. A Blossom Fell - Nat “King” Cole (#2, 1955)

267. Tea For Two Cha Cha # - The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Starring Warren Covington (#7, 1958)

268. The Mountain’s High - Dick And DeeDee (#2, 1961)

269. Mr. Bass Man - Johnny Cymbal (#17, 1963)

270. Bongo Rock # - Preston Epps (#14, 1959)

271. Two Different Worlds - Don Rondo (#11, 1956)

272. Marianne - Terry Gilkyson and The Easy Riders (#4, 1957)

273. Topsy II # - Cozy Cole (#3, 1958)

274. On The Street Where You Live - Vic Damone (#4, 1956)

275. Peter Gunn # - Ray Anthony And His Orchestra (#8, 1959)

276. You’re Sixteen - Johnny Burnette (#8, 1960)

277. Butterfly - Andy Williams (#1, 1957)

278. Party Lights - Claudine Clark (#5, 1962)

279. You Talk Too Much - Joe Jones & His Orchestra (#3, 1960)

280. Gone - Ferlin Huskey (#4, 1957)

281. Lisbon Antigua # - Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra (#1, 1955/6)

282. Short Shorts - Royal Teens (#3, 1958)

283. Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey (#7, 1961)

284. Let Me In - The Sensations (#4, 1962)

285. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers (#5, 1957)

286. Just Out Of Reach (Of My Two Open Arms) - Solomon Burke (#24, 1961)

287. Moon River # * - Henry Mancini And His Orchestra (#11, 1961)

288. Black Slacks - Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones (#17, 1957)

289. Image Of A Girl - The Safaris (#6, 1960)

290. Mr. Sandman * - The Chordettes (#1, 1954)

291. Daddy's Home - Shep & The Limelites (#2, 1961)

292. You Don’t Have To Be A Baby To Cry - The Caravelles (#3, 1963)

293. Bony Moronie * - Larry Williams (#14, 1957)

294. Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter (#12, 1956)

295. I Know (You Don't Love Me No More) - Barbara George (#3, 1961/2)

296. Money (That’s What I Want) * - Barrett Strong (#23, 1960)

297. It’s A Sin To Tell A Lie - Somethin’ Smith & The Redheads (#7, 1955)

298. Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right - Peter, Paul & Mary (#9, 1963)

299. Learnin’ The Blues - Frank Sinatra (#1, 1955)

300. I’ve Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott (#3, 1961)

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Great songs here Darryl. Black Slacks, Learning The Blues - Ole Blue Eyes, Money by Barret Stong,

The Wonder Of You ( a bigger hit for Elvis), and the unforgettable Bongo Rock by Preston Epps. :coolio:

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Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (six in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#4, 1963) song peaked at #4 in 1963

(#14, 1962/3) song entered in 1962 but peaked at #14 in 1963

201. Cry Baby - Garnet Mimms & The Enchanters (#4, 1963)

202. Susie-Q * - Dale Hawkins (#27, 1957)

203. I Love How You Love Me - The Paris Sisters (#5, 1961)

204. Swingin’ School - Bobby Rydell (#5, 1960)

205. Palisades Park - Freddy Cannon (#3, 1962)

206. Love Is Strange * - Mickey and Sylvia (#11, 1957)

207. Willie And The Hand Jive - Johnny Otis Show (#9, 1958)

208. Tammy - Debbie Reynolds (#1, 1957)

209. Mission Bell - Donnie Brooks (#7, 1960)

210. Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond (#26, 1960)

211. Don’t You Know - Della Reese (#2, 1959)

212. You Don’t Know What You’ve Got (Until You Lose It) - Ral Donner (#4, 1961)

213. Sixteen Reasons - Connie Stevens (#3, 1960)

214. True Love - Bing Crosby and Grace Kelly (#3, 1956)

215. He’s Got The Whole World (In His Hands) - Laurie London (#1, 1958)

216. Sad Movies (Make Me Cry) - Sue Thompson (#5, 1961)

217. Mexico # - Bob Moore and His Orchestra (#7, 1961)

218. Sally, Go ‘Round The Roses - The Jaynetts (#2, 1963)

219. I Saw Linda Yesterday - Dickie Lee (#14, 1962/3)

220. Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles (#1, 1960)

221. Memories Are Made Of This- Dean Martin (#1, 1955/6)

222. Rock And Roll Waltz - Kay Starr (#1, 1955/6)

223. Sukiyaki - Kyu Sakamoto (#1, 1963)

224. He’ll Have To Go * - Jim Reeves (#2, 1959/60)

225. My True Story - The Jive Five (#3, 1961)

226. Please Mr.Custer - Larry Verne (#1, 1960)

227. Sugartime - The McGuire Sisters (#1, 1957/8)

228. Nel Blu Di Pinto De Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno (#1, 1958)

229. The Three Bells - The Browns (#1, 1959)

230. Quiet Village # - The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny (#4, 1959)

231. The End - Earl Grant (#7, 1958)

232. Seventeen - Boyd Bennett And His Rockets (#5, 1955)

233. Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler (#3, 1955)

234. The Poor People Of Paris # - Les Baxter, his Chorus and Orchestra (#1, 1956)

235. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler (#7, 1960)

236. Pretty Little Angel Eyes - Curtis Lee (#7, 1961)

237. At Last -* Etta James (#47, 1961)

238. What In The World’s Come Over You - Jack Scott (#5, 1960)

239. Melody Of Love # - Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (#2, 1954/5)

240. The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale (#13, 1958 to 62)

241. Chanson D'Amour (Song Of Love) - Art & Dotty Todd (#6, 1958)

242. Hearts Of Stone - The Fontane Sisters (#1, 1954/5)

243. Shout! Shout! (Knock Yourself Out) - Ernie Maresca (#6, 1962)

244. Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go - Hank Ballard And The Midnighters (#6, 1960)

245. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter - Billy Williams (#3, 1957)

246. Asia Minor # - Kokomo (#8, 1961)

247. Sincerely * - The Moonglows (#20, 1955)

248. Paper Roses - Anita Bryant (#5, 1960)

249. Louie Louie * - The Kingsmen (#2, 1963)

250. Little Bitty Pretty One - Thurston Harris (#6, 1957)

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I've nominated Susie-Q this week in the Top Ten. I don't think I've ever seen a picture of Dale Hawkins before. I thought he was black 'soul' and that's a compliment. Funny how you get an impression in you mind of a singer. I've got the 45 of 'Hand Jive' somewhere. I'm glad you think the songs are getting better Chutz !

Laurie, you're probably surprised that I didn't place 'At Last' higher. I'm sure it would be in some people's all time Top Ten.

:)

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486 views to date. I hope remembering these great old songs brings back happy, maybe sometimes sad but fond, memories to those who know them.

I remember buying the 45 of the Poni Tails 'Born Too Late' when I was on holidays with my parents (over 55 years ago) and having to wait two weeks until I got home to play it on my record player. 1958 was the year that singles started being issued in stereo.

Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (14 in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#4, 1962) song peaked at #4 in 1962

(#1, 1961/2) song entered in 1961 but peaked at #1 in 1962

151. Let's Dance - Chris Montez (#4, 1962)

152. Sheila - Tommy Roe (#1, 1962)

153. Peppermint Twist – Part 1 - Joey Dee & The Starliters (#1, 1961/2)

154. Suzie Darlin' - Robin Luke (#5, 1958)

155. Wolverton Mountain - Claude King ( #6, 1962)

156. Born Too Late - The Poni –Tails (#7, 1958)

157. The Theme From "A Summer Place" - # * - Percy Faith and his Orchestra (#1, 1960)

158. Beep Beep - The Playmates (#4, 1958)

159. Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera) * - Doris Day (#2, 1956)

160. Little Darlin' - The Diamonds (#2, 1957)

161. Walk On By - Leroy Van Dyke (#5, 1961)

162. It’s Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton (#3, 1959)

163. Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing * - The Four Aces (#1, 1955)

164. From A Jack To A King - Ned Miller (#6, 1962/3)

165. Tom Dooley - * The Kingston Trio (#1, 1958)

166. Silver Threads And Golden Needles - The Springfields (#20, 1962)

167. Mockingbird - Inez Foxx with Charlie Foxx (#7, 1963)

168. Shout * - The Isley Brothers (#47, 1959)

169. Alley Cat # * - Bent Fabric and His Piano (#7, 1962)

170. Poetry In Motion - Johnny Tillotson (#2, 1960)

171. You're The Reason - Bobby Edwards (#11, 1961)

172. Guitar Boogie Shuffle # - The Virtues (#5, 1959)

173. Moments To Remember - The Four Lads (#2, 1955)

174. Maria Elena # - Los Indios Tabajaras (#6, 1963)

175. Easier Said Than Done - The Essex (#1, 1963)

176. Monster Mash - Bobby “Boris” Pickett And The Crypt-Kickers (#1, 1962)

177. Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini - Brian Hyland (#1, 1960)

178. Two Faces Have I - Lou Christie (#6, 1963)

179. Love Letters In The Sand - Pat Boone (#1, 1957)

180. The Fool - Sanford Clark (#7, 1956)

181. Black Denim Trousers - The Cheers (#6, 1955)

182. Honky Tonk (Parts 1 and 2) # * - Bill Doggett (#2, 1956)

183. I've Had It - The Bell Notes (#6, 1959)

184. Moonglow and Theme From “Picnic” # - Morris Stoloff Conducting The Columbia Pictures Orchestra (#1, 1956)

185. Denise - Randy & The Rainbows (#10, 1963)

186. The Lonely Bull # * - The Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert (#6, 1962)

187. Cindy's Birthday - Johnny Crawford (#8, 1962)

188. Desafinado # * - Stan Getz/Charlie Byrd (#15, 1962)

189. Secretly - Jimmie Rodgers (#3, 1958)

190. In The Still Of The Nite * - The Five Satins (#24, 1956)

191. Wonderland By Night # - Bert Kaempfert And His Orchestra (#1, 1960/1)

192. Walking The Dog * - Rufus Thomas (#14, 1963)

193. Big Man - The Four Preps (#3, 1958)

194. The Green Door - Jim Lowe (#1, 1956)

195. Wipe Out # * - The Surfaris (#2, 1963)

196. Broken-Hearted Melody - Sarah Vaughan (#7, 1959)

197. Take Five # * - Dave Brubeck (#25, 1961)

198. What A Difference A Day Makes * - Dinah Washington (#8, 1960)

199. Oh Lonesome Me - Don Gibson (#7, 1958)

200. The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley (#1, 1958)

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557 views. Getting to the 'Business' end of the List now.... :guitar:

Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (13 in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#3, 1963) song peaked at #3 in 1963

(#2, 1959/60) song entered in 1959 but peaked at #2 in 1960

101. Hello Stranger - Barbara Lewis (#3, 1963)

102. Handy Man - Jimmy Jones (#2, 1959/60)

103. Big Bad John * - Jimmy Dean (#1, 1961)

104. My Special Angel - Bobby Helms (#7, 1957)

105. A Theme From The Threepenny Opera ( Mack The Knife) * - Louis Armstrong & His All-Stars (#20, 1955)

106. Stranger On The Shore # - Mr. Acker Bilk (#1, 1962)

107. Hey Paula - Paul & Paula (#1, 1962/3)

108. Surf City * - Jan & Dean (#1, 1963)

109. Do You Love Me * - The Contours (#3, 1962)

110. So Much In Love - The Tymes (#1, 1963)

111. Bo Diddley * - Bo Diddley (#1 R&B, 1955)

112. Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton (#1, 1963)

113. The Loco-Motion * - Little Eva (#1, 1962)

114. Mother-In-Law - Ernie K-Doe (#1, 1961)

115. Johnny Angel - Shelley Fabares (#1, 1962)

116. Our Day Will Come - Ruby And The Romantics (#1, 1963)

117. Banana Boat (Day-O) * - Harry Belafonte (#5, 1957)

118. Canadian Sunset # - Hugo Winterhahalter/ Eddie Heywood (#2, 1956)

119. My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own - Connie Francis (#1, 1960)

120. Deep Purple * - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (#1, 1963)

121. I’m Sorry - * Brenda Lee (#1, 1960)

122. Midnight In Moscow # - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen (#2, 1962)

123. The Battle Of New Orleans * - Johnny Horton (#1, 1959)

124. Cry Me A River * - Julie London (#9, 1955)

125. Petite Fleur (Little Flower) # - Chris Barber’s Jazz Band (#5, 1959)

126. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do - Neil Sedaka (#1, 1962)

127. The All American Boy - Bill Parsons (recording is actually by Bobby Bare) (#2, 1958/9)

128. My Heart Is An Open Book - Carl Dobkins Jr. (#3, 1959)

129. Tell Him - The Exciters (#4, 1962/3)

130. So Rare # - Jimmy Dorsey Orchestra (#2, 1957)

131. The End Of The World - Skeeter Davis (#2, 1963)

132. Bobby’s Girl - Marcie Blane (#3, 1962)

133. Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer (#4, 1958/9)

134. When - Kalin Twins (#5, 1958)

135. Tower Of Strength - Gene McDaniels (#5, 1961)

136. Endless Sleep - Jody Reynolds (#5, 1958)

137. Dear One - Larry Finnegan (#11, 1962)

138. Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch (#4, 1963)

139. Witch Doctor - David Seville (#1, 1958)

140. Walk Right In - The Rooftop Singers (#1, 1963)

141. Love Potion No.9 * - The Clovers (#23, 1959)

142. He’s So Fine - The Chiffons (#1, 1963)

143. Rumble # * - Link Wray & His Ray Men (#16, 1958)

144. I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March (#1, 1963)

145. Kansas City * - Wilbert Harrison (#1, 1959)

146. Calcutta # - Lawrence Welk And His Orchestra (#1, 1960/1)

147. Ivory Tower - Cathy Carr (#3, 1956)

148. You’ve Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles (#8, 1962/3)

149. There's A Moon Out Tonight - The Capris (#3, 1960/1)

150. If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul (#1, 1963)

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603 views, so here's my next 50. :)

Legend:

* after song, means song is included in Grammy and/or Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame (18 in this 50)

# after song, means it is an instrumental

(#2, 1959) song peaked at #2 in 1959

(#1, 1956/57) song entered in 1959 but peaked at #1 in 1960

51. Sea Of Love - Phil Phillips With The Twilights (#2, 1959)

52. Young Love - Sonny James (#1, 1956/7)

53. Green Onions # * - Booker T. & The MG’s (#3, 1962)

54. Chances Are * - Johnny Mathis (#1, 1957)

55. Raindrops - Dee Clark (#2, 1961)

56. At The Hop * - Danny & The Juniors (#1, 1957/8)

57. It’s My Party - Lesley Gore (#1, 1963)

58. Then He Kissed Me - The Crystals (#6, 1963)

59. Tossin' And Turnin' - Bobby Lewis (#1, 1961)

60. My Boyfriend’s Back - The Angels (#1, 1963)

61. Wheels # - The String-A-Longs (#3, 1961)

62. It's All In The Game - Tommy Edwards (#1, 1958)

63. The Happy Organ # - Dave ‘Baby’ Cortez (#1, 1959)

64. Will You Love Me Tomorrow * - The Shirelles (#1, 1960/1)

65. Just A Dream - Jimmy Clanton And His rockets (#4, 1958)

66. Since I Don't Have You - The Skyliners (#12, 1959)

67. Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford (#14, 1959)

68. A Lover's Question - Clyde McPhatter (#6, 1958/9)

69. Raunchy # * - Bill Justis (#2, 1957)

70. Stand By Me * - Ben E. King (#4, 1961)

71. Telstar # - The Tornadoes (#1, 1962)

72. New Orleans - Gary (U.S.) Bonds (#6, 1960)

73. Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner (#3, 1959)

74. Ring Of Fire * - Johnny Cash (#17, 1963)

75. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White # - Perez Prado (#1, 1955)

76. Yakety Yak * - The Coasters (#1, 1958)

77. Chantilly Lace * - Big Bopper (#6, 1958)

78. Surfin’ U.S.A. * - The Beach Boys (#3, 1963)

79. Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel (#1, 1962)

80. To Know Him, Is To Love Him - The Teddy Bears (#1, 1958)

81. Let The Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland (#7, 1960)

82. Tears On My Pillow - Little Anthony & The Imperials (#4, 1958)

83. Tragedy - Thomas Wayne With The Delons (#5, 1959)

84. Sugar Shack - Jimmy Gilmer and The Fireballs (#1, 1963)

85. Venus - Frankie Avalon (#1, 1959)

86. Duke Of Earl * - Gene Chandler (#1, 1962)

87. The Twist * - Chubby Checker (#1, 1960 & 61/62)

88. Just Walking In The Rain - Johnnie Ray (#2, 1956)

89. Catch A Falling Star * - Perry Como (#1, 1958)

90. The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant (#1, 1956)

91. It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty (#1, 1958)

92. Running Bear - Johnny Preston (#1, 1959/60)

93. Diana - Paul Anka (#1, 1957)

94. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) * - The Penguins (#8, 1954/5)

95. Blue Moon * - The Marcels (#1, 1961)

96. Sixteen Tons * - Tennessee Ernie Ford (#1, 1955)

97. I Only Have Eyes For You * - The Flamingos (#11, 1959)

98. El Paso * - Marty Robbins (#1, 1959/60)

99. Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell (#1, 1956)

100. The Lion Sleeps Tonight - The Tokens (#1, 1961)

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Marty Robbins = my fave country singer. His lyrics were like listening to a condensed book instead of the usual "drink my troubles away" types. Too often singers depend on a single line "hook" to repeat in hopes of keeping you listening. Marty sang a story that kept you listening because you wanted to hear how it turns out. "Big Iron" is another example. Even with the catchy chorus, one will listen to the story being told. Probably one of the best storytellers.

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