Song 92 – Move It!

SONG: Move It! ARTIST: Cliff Richard and the Drifters  YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Move It was written by Ian Samwell and recorded by Cliff Richard and the Drifters (eventually became the Shadows) in 1958.  It was Richard’s debut single and his first ever hit – it was originally intended to beContinue reading “Song 92 – Move It!”

Song 91 – Johnny B. Goode

SONG: Johnny B. Goode ARTIST: Chuck Berry YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Johnny B. Goode was written by Chuck Berry in 1958 and was released as a single. Now, it’s considered one of the most recognizable songs in the history of popular music, and is the first rock and roll hit aboutContinue reading “Song 91 – Johnny B. Goode”

Song 90 – It’s Only Make Believe

SONG: It’s Only Make Believe ARTIST: Conway Twitty YEAR: 1958 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: It’s Only Make Believe was written by drummer Jack Nance and relative unknown Conway Twitty in their tour across Canada in 1958.  The song was the B side for I’ll Try and was the only pop single of Twitty’sContinue reading “Song 90 – It’s Only Make Believe”

Song 89 – You Send Me

SONG: You Send Me  ARTIST: Sam Cooke YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “You Send Me” was Sam Cooke’s first hit, and was released as the B-side to his song “Summertime”. It spent 6 weeks as number 1 on the Billboard R&B chart, as well as having mainstream success. On the success ofContinue reading “Song 89 – You Send Me”

Song 88 – When I Fall in Love

SONG: When I Fall In Love ARTIST: Nat King Cole YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: When I Fall in Love was written in 1952 by Victor Young and Edward Heyman.  It was first recorded in 1952 by Jen Southern for the movie One Minute to Zero and became a popular jazz standard,Continue reading “Song 88 – When I Fall in Love”

Song 87 – Great Balls of Fire

SONG: Great Balls of Fire ARTIST: Jerry Lee Lewis YEAR: 1957 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Jerry Lee Lewis recorded Great Balls of Fire in 1957, and the song was featured in the 1957 movie Jamboree. It was written by Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer (maybe not his real name). The song was anContinue reading “Song 87 – Great Balls of Fire”

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”