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”

Album 8 – The Chirping Crickets

ALBUM TITLE: The “Chirping” Crickets ARTIST NAME: The Crickets YEAR OF RELEASE: 1957 Favourite Song: Holly: Not Fade Away Kelly: Not Fade Away ALBUM HISTORY: The “Chirping” Crickets was recorded from February through September of 1957 and released in November of that year as the Crickets’ debut album.  It was the only album released whileContinue reading “Album 8 – The Chirping Crickets”

Song 70 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

SONG: Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye ARTIST: Ella Fitzgerald YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye was written by Cole Porter for the 1944 musical revue “Seven Lively Arts”.  The song became a jazz standard and has enjoyed many cover versions up to this day. THE ARTIST: To learnContinue reading “Song 70 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye”

Song 68 – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)

SONG: Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall in Love) ARTIST: Ella Fitzgerald YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Let’s Do it (Let’s Fall in Love) was written by Cole Porter in 1928 for his Broadway musical Paris and originally sung by Irene Bordoni.  The song was the first in what became a trademark writingContinue reading “Song 68 – Let’s Do It (Let’s Fall In Love)”