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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”

Song 64 – Sixteen Tons

SONG: Sixteen Tons ARTIST: Tennessee Ernie Ford YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Sixteen Tons” was written by Merle Travis in 1946 and tells of a Kentucky coal miner working under the truck system (a scrip system that saw wages paid via house or other living expense credit so that the worker seesContinue reading “Song 64 – Sixteen Tons”

Song 62 – Only You

SONG: Only You ARTIST: The Platters YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Only You (and You Alone) was written by Buck Ram in 1954 and originally recorded by the Platters that same year, however the recording was not released.  The group moved to Mercury records in 1955 and re-recorded the song and releasedContinue reading “Song 62 – Only You”

Song 61 – Tutti Frutti

061 SONG REVIEW – Tutti Frutti SONG: Tutti Frutti ARTIST: Little Richard YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Tutti Frutti, which Wikipedia has helpfully translated to “All fruits” was written by Little Richard and Dorothy LaBostrie, and was Little Richard’s first major hit record. The very first refrain (A-wop-bop-a-loo-mop-a-lop-bam-boom) was originially Little Richard’sContinue reading “Song 61 – Tutti Frutti”


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