Song 110 – Shout

SONG: Shout (Parts 1 & 2) ARTIST: The Isley Brothers YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Shout (Part 1 and 2) were written and recorded by the Isley Brothers in 1959.  During their performances the previous year, the original 3 Isleys would end their set with “Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson.  At aContinue reading “Song 110 – Shout”

Song 109 – Ne me quitte pas

SONG: Ne me quitte pas ARTIST: Jacques Brel YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Ne me quitte pas” (“Don’t Leave Me”) was written and performed first by Belgian singer-songwriter Jacques Brel and is considered by some as “Brel’s ultimate classic.” He wrote it after his mistress threw him out of her life. TheContinue reading “Song 109 – Ne me quitte pas”

Song 108 – I Only Have Eyes For You

SONG: I Only Have Eyes For You ARTIST: The Flamingos YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I Only Have Eyes For You was written by Harry Warren and Al Dubin for the movie Dames in 1934, but the song saw real success when it was recorded and released by doo-wop group the FlamingosContinue reading “Song 108 – I Only Have Eyes For You”

Song 107 – What’d I Say

SONG: What’d I Say ARTIST: Ray Charles YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “What’d I Say” is considered one of the first soul songs. Written by Ray Charles, and released as a two-part single in 1959, it started out as an improvised tune that Charles, his orchestra, and backup singers messed around withContinue reading “Song 107 – What’d I Say”

Song 106 – Brand New Cadillac

SONG: Brand New Cadillac ARTIST: Vince Taylor and the Playboys YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Brand New Cadillac” was written and recorded by Vince Taylor in 1959.  Although the song didn’t see a lot of airplay in Vince’s native UK it was a big hit in continental Europe, especially Scandinavia, being successfullyContinue reading “Song 106 – Brand New Cadillac”

Song 105 – To Know Him is To Love Him

SONG: To Know Him is To Love Him ARTIST: The Teddy Bears YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: The often covered “To Know Him Is to Love Him” was written by Phil Spector in 1958, inspired by the words on his father’s tombstone, “To Know Him Was to Love Him.” The first recordingContinue reading “Song 105 – To Know Him is To Love Him”

Song 104 – All I Have to Do is Dream

SONG: All I Have to Do Is Dream ARTIST: The Everly Brothers YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: All I Have to do is Dream was written in 1958 by Boudleaux Bryant and recorded and released by the Everly Brothers that same year.  They recorded it in only 2 takes with country giantContinue reading “Song 104 – All I Have to Do is Dream”

Song 103 – Volare

SONG: Volare (Nel blu dipinto di blu) ARTIST: Domenico Modugno YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Nel blu, dipinto di blu,” which translates roughly to “In the blue-painted sky” is the real name of the song more popularly known as Volare. This song was written by the singer Domenico Modugno and his writingContinue reading “Song 103 – Volare”

Song 102 – Le poinconneur des Lilas

SONG: Le Poinçonneur des Lilas ARTIST: Serge Gainsbourg YEAR: 1959 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Le poinçonneur de Lilas” was written and recorded by Serge Gainsbourg in 1958 and appeared on the album Du chant à la une!  It was his first hit.  The song is from the perspective of a metro ticket puncher,Continue reading “Song 102 – Le poinconneur des Lilas”

Song 101 – One For My Baby

SONG: One For My Baby ARTIST: Frank Sinatra YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “One for My Baby (and One More for the Road)” is a song that was written by Harold Arlen and Johnny Mercer for the movie musical The Sky’s the Limit. Described by Harold Arlen as “another typical Arlen tapeworm”,Continue reading “Song 101 – One For My Baby”