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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”

Song 71 – Be-Bop-A-Lula

SONG: Be-Bop-A-Lula ARTIST: Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Be-Bop-A-Lula was written by Gene Vincent and his manager, Bill “Sherill Tex” Davis in 1955. Vincent started writing the song as he recuperated from a motorcycle accident at the US Naval Hospital in Portsmouth, Virginia with his hospitalizedContinue reading “Song 71 – Be-Bop-A-Lula”

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 67 – Burundanga

SONG: Burundanga ARTIST: Celia Cruz YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song is a mystery. There’s nothing about who wrote it, where it came from, or anything I can find online. It was written by a maestro who was one of Celia Cruz’s music teachers. According to lore, Fidel Castro loved toContinue reading “Song 67 – Burundanga”

Song 66 – Blue Monday

SONG: Blue Monday ARTIST: Fats Domino YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Blue Monday was written by David Bartholomew in 1953 and originally recorded and released by Smiley Lewis in 1954.  The most popular version was recorded by Fats Domino in 1956, and Fats claims some of the songwriting credit!  The song wasContinue reading “Song 66 – Blue Monday”


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