Song 86 – Little Darlin’

SONG: Little Darlin’ ARTIST: The Diamonds YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Little Darlin’ was written by Maurice Williams and recorded by the Gladiolas in 1957.  The group didn’t have very wide distribution so the song didn’t do that well, and the group changed their name to Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs inContinue reading “Song 86 – Little Darlin’”

Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day

SONG: That’ll be the Day ARTIST: Buddy Holly YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: That’ll Be the Day was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. Holly first recorded it in 1956 with Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, but re-recorded it with the Crickets in 1957. This song quickly gained success. ItContinue reading “Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day”

Song 84 – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

SONG: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On ARTIST: Jerry Lee Lewis YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On has unconfirmed origins, but it usually attributed to songwriter Dave “Curlee” Williams.  Big Maybelle was the first to record it on March 21, 1955, with the session being arranged and conducted byContinue reading “Song 84 – Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On”

Song 80 – Folsom Prison Blues

SONG: Folsom Prison Blues ARTIST: Johnny Cash YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Folsom Prison Blues was written by Johnny Cash in 1953 and not released until 1955.  It was originally released on his debut studio album Johnny Cash With His Hot and Blue Guitar and a live recording from Folsom Prison itselfContinue reading “Song 80 – Folsom Prison Blues”

Song 78 – Ella

SONG: Ella ARTIST: José Alfredo Jiménez YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Ella was written by Jose Alfredo Jiminez in 1942 in the style of vals meijcano.  He was 18 years old at the time and sang of a broken heart.  It has been covered many times by prominent Latinx musicians. THE ARTIST:Continue reading “Song 78 – Ella”

Song 76 – I Walk the Line

SONG: I Walk the Line ARTIST: Johnny Cash YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Walk the Line was written by Johnny Cash, recorded by him in April of 1956 and released in May of the same year.  It sold over 2 million copies and was on the charts for over 43 weeks.  CashContinue reading “Song 76 – I Walk the Line”

Song 72 – Heartbreak Hotel

SONG: Heartbreak Hotel ARTIST: Elvis Presley YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Heartbreak Hotel” was written in 1955 by Tommy Durden and Mae Boren Axton.  There are two conflicting stories of how the song started out, but the most agreed-upon version is from a newspaper article about the suicide of a lonely manContinue reading “Song 72 – Heartbreak Hotel”