Song 78 – Ella

SONG: Ella ARTIST: José Alfredo Jiménez YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Ella was written by Jose Alfredo Jiminez in 1942 in the style of vals meijcano.  He was 18 years old at the time and sang of a broken heart.  It has been covered many times by prominent Latinx musicians. THE ARTIST:Continue reading “Song 78 – Ella”

Song 77 – Knoxville Girl

SONG: Knoxville Girl ARTIST: The Louvin Brothers YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Ah, good. It’s been months since we’ve talked about a good ol’ murder ballad. And that is exactly the genre under which Knoxville Girl falls. This song was derived from a 19th Century Irish ballad “The Wexford Girl”, which wasContinue reading “Song 77 – Knoxville Girl”

Song 76 – I Walk the Line

SONG: I Walk the Line ARTIST: Johnny Cash YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Walk the Line was written by Johnny Cash, recorded by him in April of 1956 and released in May of the same year.  It sold over 2 million copies and was on the charts for over 43 weeks.  CashContinue reading “Song 76 – I Walk the Line”

Song 75 – Honey Hush

SONG: Honey Hush ARTIST: The Johnny Burnette Trio YEAR: 1956 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Honey Hush is another Big Joe Turner original, which he recorded and released in 1953. His recording was a bit of a slapdash affair as his record company was worried that they were getting low on Big Joe TurnerContinue reading “Song 75 – Honey Hush”

Song 73 – Blueberry Hill

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 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”

Song 70 – Ev’ry Time We Say Goodbye

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 69 – I’ve Got You Under My Skin

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”