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 65 – I’m a Man

SONG: I’m a Man ARTIST: Bo Diddley YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: I’m a Man was written and recorded by Bo Diddley in 1955, so this is the original recording of this song, and was one of Bo Diddley’s first hits. Bo Diddley would become more known for his other hit, recordedContinue reading “Song 65 – I’m a Man”

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 63 – Cry Me A River

SONG: Cry Me a River ARTIST: Julie London YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Cry Me a River is the first American torch song we’ve had on the blog. A torch song is basically a type of sentimental unrequited love song, where the singer is usually singing about a love who is unawareContinue reading “Song 63 – Cry Me A River”

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”

Song 60 – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning

SONG: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning ARTIST: Frank Sinatra YEAR: 1955 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning was written in 1955 by David Manna and Bob Hilliard and the title track on the Frank Sinatra album of the same name.  Both men were songwritingContinue reading “Song 60 – In The Wee Small Hours of the Morning”

Song 59 – I Get Along Without You Very Well

SONG: I Get Along Without You Very Well ARTIST: Chet Baker YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “I Get Along Without You Very Well” was composed by Hoagy Carmichael in 1939, with lyrics based on a poem written by Jane Brown Thompson and the main melodic theme based on the Fantaisie-Impromptu in CContinue reading “Song 59 – I Get Along Without You Very Well”

Song 58 – Rock Around the Clock

SONG: Rock Around the Clock ARTIST: Bill Haley & His Comets YEAR: 1954 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: There is some debate as to when Rock Around the Clock was first written, some sources say 1953 and others indicate it was 1952.  It was written by Max C. Friedman and James E. Myers (MyersContinue reading “Song 58 – Rock Around the Clock”