Holly and Kelly review all 1,001 songs, and 1,001 albums we must hear before we die. Join us!
SONG: Blueberry Hill ARTIST: Fats Domino YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here: THE SONG: Blueberry Hill was actually published way back in 1940, but didn’t become famous until this version we’re listening to today. The music was written by Vincent Rose, and the lyrics by Larry Stock and Al Lewis. It’s super weird, but theContinue reading “Song 73 – Blueberry Hill”
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: 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 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: 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: I’ve Got You Under My Skin ARTIST: Frank Sinatra YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here: THE SONG: We’re on a Cole Porter kick right now on the blog, with today’s number having been written by this legend in 1936. That same year it was in a musical film called Born to Dance and wasContinue reading “Song 69 – I’ve Got You Under My Skin”
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)”
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: 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”
SONG: I’m a Man ARTIST: Bo Diddley YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here: THE SONG: I’m a Man was written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955, so this is the original recording of this song, and was one of Bo Diddley’s first hits. Bo Diddley would become more known for his other hit, recordedContinue reading “Song 65 – I’m a Man”
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