Song 86 – Little Darlin’

SONG: Little Darlin’ ARTIST: The Diamonds YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Little Darlin’ was written by Maurice Williams and recorded by the Gladiolas in 1957.  The group didn’t have very wide distribution so the song didn’t do that well, and the group changed their name to Maurice Williams and the Zodiacs inContinue reading “Song 86 – Little Darlin’”

Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day

SONG: That’ll be the Day ARTIST: Buddy Holly YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: That’ll Be the Day was written by Buddy Holly and Jerry Allison. Holly first recorded it in 1956 with Buddy Holly and the Three Tunes, but re-recorded it with the Crickets in 1957. This song quickly gained success. ItContinue reading “Song 85 – That’ll Be the Day”

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 83 – Rock Island Line

SONG: Rock Island Line ARTIST: Lonnie Donegan YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: The earliest known version of this song was written in 1929 by Clarence Wilson, a member of the Rock Island Colored Booster Quartet. The lyrics in this early version are quite different from the lyrics of the more popular versionsContinue reading “Song 83 – Rock Island Line”

Song 81 – I Put a Spell on You

SONG: I Put a Spell On You ARTIST: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I Put a Spell on You was written by Screamin’ Jay Hawkins in 1956, and according to Hawkins, the original vision was for the song to be a refined ballad. However, the producer, Arnold Maxin, broughtContinue reading “Song 81 – I Put a Spell on You”

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 79 – Take My Hand, Precious Lord

SONG: Take My Hand, Precious Lord ARTIST: Mahalia Jackson YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Take My Hand, Precious Lord is a gospel song written by the Reverend Thomas A. Dorsey, who is not the same person as Tommy Dorsey. Reverend Dorsey composed the melody by leaning heavily on the 1844 hymn tune,Continue reading “Song 79 – Take My Hand, Precious Lord”

Album 9 – The Atomic Mr Basie

ALBUM TITLE: The Atomic Mr Basie ARTIST NAME: Count Basie and His Orchestra YEAR OF RELEASE: 1958 Favourite Song: Holly: The Flight of the Foo Birds Kelly: The Flight of the Foo Birds ALBUM HISTORY: This album was originally called Basie, and was also known as E=MC2. It’s one of Basie’s most famous and criticallyContinue reading “Album 9 – The Atomic Mr Basie”