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Help: 50's well known songs & tunes

Sam Pirt 25 Mar 02 - 05:30 AM
kendall 25 Mar 02 - 07:02 AM
kendall 25 Mar 02 - 07:04 AM
GUEST,Geordie 25 Mar 02 - 07:50 AM
masato sakurai 25 Mar 02 - 09:07 AM
Amos 25 Mar 02 - 09:40 AM
George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca 25 Mar 02 - 11:11 AM
Jerry Rasmussen 25 Mar 02 - 11:56 AM
Jeanie 25 Mar 02 - 01:03 PM
SINSULL 25 Mar 02 - 02:43 PM
Bobert 25 Mar 02 - 03:36 PM
Willa 25 Mar 02 - 06:28 PM
Joe Offer 25 Mar 02 - 07:27 PM
kendall 25 Mar 02 - 07:52 PM
53 25 Mar 02 - 07:58 PM
Sam Pirt 26 Mar 02 - 04:46 AM
masato sakurai 26 Mar 02 - 05:19 AM
53 26 Mar 02 - 11:03 AM
MARINER 26 Mar 02 - 03:22 PM
Gene 26 Mar 02 - 10:19 PM
GUEST,50's chick 26 Mar 02 - 11:10 PM
Gene 26 Mar 02 - 11:47 PM
M.Ted 26 Mar 02 - 11:50 PM
Genie 27 Mar 02 - 12:10 AM
Terry K 27 Mar 02 - 02:51 AM
GUEST,Aldus 27 Mar 02 - 08:47 AM
GUEST,Gene 28 Mar 02 - 10:13 AM
SINSULL 28 Mar 02 - 11:13 AM
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Subject: NEED 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 05:30 AM

Hi

I am going to be playing at a street party and I need to play some 50's songs & tunes. Can anyone name any? does anyone have a tep I could borrow of them?

Any help would be greatfully recived.

Cheers, Sam


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: kendall
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:02 AM

The Wayward Wind (Gogi Grant)
Mule Train (Frankie Lane)
Far Away Places
Nature Boy
Mac, "the knife"


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: kendall
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:04 AM

Unchained Melody
Rosemarie... dont laugh, Slim Whitman.


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: GUEST,Geordie
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:50 AM

Shrimp Boats...Jo Stafford
Yoy Belong to Me ...Jo Stafford
Mockingbitd Hill..Pattie Page
It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards

Anything by

The Platters
The Drifters
The Coasters..well I could go on forever.

Let us know what you choose.

Geordie


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: masato sakurai
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 09:07 AM

Check out these sites.

Songs of the 1950s

Easy Listening 1950s

Fifites Tunes

Google Directory - Arts - Music - Styles - By Year - 1950s (links)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Amos
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 09:40 AM

This Old House
Hot Diggety, Dog Diggety, Boom What You Do To Me
You Butterfly
Honeycomb
This Old House
Blue Suede Shoes
Lollipop, Lollipop
The Green Door
Fernando's Hideaway
Hound Dog
Don't Be Cruel
All Shook Up
Love Letters In the Sand
Love Forever True
Dream
Anastasia
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (?)
Crazy(?)
Que Sera, Sera

(?)= Not sure of decade

That's just a sample rapidly dredged from memory. Better to ask the man who owns one!! :>)

A


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: George Seto - af221@chebucto.ns.ca
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 11:11 AM

Hi. I have a TON of lyric sites, including several dedicated to the 50s and 60s. Check at

http://www.geocities.com/george_seto.geo/lyric.htm

Then do a find for 50s


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Jerry Rasmussen
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 11:56 AM

For those with clear memories, but no idea WHEN something was popular, there's a wonderful (depending on your tastes) book called Pop Memories 1890-1954 by Joel Washburn. It lists every artist who had a record hit the top 40 furing that time period, lising every song that hit the charts including the year, the date it hit the charts, how many weeks it was on the chrat, and how high it reached. There's also a brief description of the artist and a discography of their charting records. A great bathroom book... Anyone ever heard Sal Hopii and His Novelty Quartet singing Little Grass Shack? It hit number 1 on the charts on Januray 20, 1934. I don't remember it either..

Jerry


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Jeanie
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 01:03 PM

Magic Moments;
Catch a Falling Star;
Mountain Greenery;
Little Boy Fishing (Shirley Abacair - goodness, I'd forgotten all about her till just now! She played the zither. Came from Australia);
Little White Bull;
My Old Man's A Dustman;
Come Outside;
Zambezi;
Does your chewing gum lose its flavour;
Puttin' on the style;
What did Della Wear?;
Rock around the clock;
Sing little birdie


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: SINSULL
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 02:43 PM

The Everly Bros. - Bye Bye Love, Wake Up little Susie, Cathy's Clown.
The Fleetwoods - Call Me Mr. Blue, Come Softly To Me
Johnny Mathis had a ton of hits


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Bobert
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 03:36 PM

Just a few to add to Amos's list:

"At the Hop" by Danny and Juniors
"Sea Cruise" by ??? (same problem as Amos's)
"Peggy Sue" by Buddy Holly
"Thousand Stars" by Kathy Young (nice old slow dance song)
"Chantilly Lace" by the Big Bopper
"Donna" by Richie Valens (another slow dance tune)
"16 Tons" by Tennessee Earnie Ford
"Jail House Rock" by Elvis
"Charlie Brown" by the Coasters

Nice thing about all of these is that they can all be played with 3 or 4 basic chords. Hey, what am I saying. It's the 50's, Bobert... Good luck


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Willa
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 06:28 PM

Hi, Sam,
I have dots/words/chords for these. Dates are those given as copyright dates in the book. Let me know if any of these are suitable, and I'll bring them to Cottingham when you're next there.
Please Release Me (1954) With These hands (1950) Love Me Tender (1956) Chanson D'Amour (1958) Smile Though Your Heart is Aching (1954) Unforgettable (1951) Mockin' Bird Hill (1949) Jailhouse Rock (1957) I Love You Because (1949) Eternally (1953) Answer Me (1952) Secret Love (1953) Alright, OK, You Win (1955) Allentown Jail (1951)


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Joe Offer
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:27 PM

My favorite pop lyrics site is Lyrics World. They have songs listed by title, artist, and by year - and also a list of #1 hits for each year from 1930-1999.
There are days when I'm not in the mood for folk music, and you're likely to hear me singing Broadway or girl group songs. My falsetto is most impressive....
-Joe Offer-


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: kendall
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:52 PM

Amos, isn't that Hernando's Hideaway?


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: 53
Date: 25 Mar 02 - 07:58 PM

Runaway, by Del Shannon.


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Sam Pirt
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 04:46 AM

Thanks for your help, I'll look into some of those sights.

Willa I am not going to be at Cottingham until after April as I am in sweden, but I might see you in May?

Cheers, Sam


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: masato sakurai
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 05:19 AM

There's a good site for listening to a lot of 50s songs & music in Real Audio.

The Beat: The Music of the 50s (And More)

~Masato


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: 53
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 11:03 AM

Palisades Park,by Freddy Cannon, and Hello Mary Lou by Ricky Nelson.


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: MARINER
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 03:22 PM

Bobert, Sea Cruise ,by Frankie Ford was definitely from the 50s. However, there was a version by Little Shelton which used the same backing track plus a few extras, now that was from the 60s, I believe. Mariner


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Gene
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 10:19 PM

Songs from the 50s - mostly non-country


Directory: Back To The Fifties (Disc 1)

01-Chantilly Lace-(The Big Bopper)
02-Don't Forbid Me-(Pat Boone)
03-Dance With Me Henry-(Georgia Gibbs)
04-Love Is Strange-(Mickey And Sylvia)
05-Tequila-(The Champs)
06-Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots-(Vaughn Monroe)
07-Diana-(Paul Anka)
08-Kansas City-(Wilber Harrison)
09-The Happy Organ-(Dave Cortez)
10-Papa Loves Mambo-(Perry Como)
11-Melodie d'Amour-(The Ames Brothers)
12-Lipstick On Your Collar-(Conie Francis)
13-Love And Marriage-(Dinah Shore)
14-26 Miles-(The Four Preps)
15-A Tear Fell-(Teresa Brewer)
16-Little Star-(The Elegants)
17-It's Not For Me To Say-(Johnny Mathis)

Directory: Back To The Fifties (Disc 2)

01-Little Darlin'-(The Diomonds)
02-Personality-(Lloyd Price)
03-Teach Me Tonight-(The McGuire Sisters)
04-The Great Pretender-(The Platters)
05-Oh! Carol-(Neil Sedaka)
06-I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter-(Bill)
07-Banana Boat Song (Day-O)-(Harry Belafonte)
08-Sorry-(The Impalas)
09-At The Hop-(Danny And The Juniors)
10-Wake Up Little Susie-(Everly Brothers)
11-Tweedlee Dee-(LaVern Baker)
12-So Rare-(Jimmy Dorsey)
13-I Need You Now-(Eddie Fisher)
14-I Hear You Knocking-(Gale Storm)
15-Lazy Mary-(Lou Monte)
16-Chanson d'Amour-(Art And Dotty Todd)

Directory: Back To The Fifties (Disc 3)

01-Lollipop-(The Chordettes)
02-Juke Box Baby-(Pery Como)
03-Dungaree Doll-(Eddie Fisher)
04-Young Love-(Sonny James)
05-Seventeen-(The Fontane Sisters)
06-Butterfly-(Andy Williams)
07-It's All In The Game-(Tommy Edwards)
08-The Green Door-(Jim Love)
09-Scarlet Ribbons-(The Browns)
10-Ain't That A Shame-(Fats Domino)
11-That's All I Want From You-(Jaye P Morgan)
12-Four Walls-(Jim Reeves)
13-Canadian Sunset-(Hugo Winterhalter)
14-Blue Suede Shoes-(Carl Perkins)
15-Venus-(Frankie Avalon)
16-Wake The Town And Tell The People-(Mindy Garson)
17-See You Later Alligator-(Bill Haley)

Directory: Unforgettable Fifties (Disc 1)

01-Sh Boom-(The Crew Cuts)
02-Catch A Falling Star-(Perry Como)
03-I'm Walking Behind You-(Eddie Fisher)
04-Que Sera Sera-(Doris Day)
05-Oh Lonesom Me-(Don Gibson)
06-The Naughty Lady Of Shady Lane-(The Ames Brothers)
07-Ne Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)-(Domenico Modugno)
08-This Ole House-(Rosemary Clooney)
09-Slow Poke-(Pee Wee King)
10-Patricia-(Prez Prado)
11-Love Me Tender-(Elvis Presley)
12-Be My Love-(Mario Lanza)
13-Mona Lisa-(Nat King Cole)
14-You Belong To Me-(Jo Stafford)
15-Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White-(Prez Prado)
16-He'll Have To Go-(Jim Reeves)
17-The Tennessee Waltz-(Patti Page)
18-Round And Round-(Perry Como)

Directory: Unforgettable Fifties (Disc 2)

01-That's Amore-(Dean Martin)
02-My Prayer-(The Platters)
03-Don't Be Cruel-(Elvis Presley)
04-Rock And Roll Waltz-(Kay Star)
05-You You You-(The Ames Brothers)
06-The Cattle Call-(Eddy Arnold)
07-OH My Pa Pa-(Eddie Fisher)
08-The Wayward Wind-(Gogi Grant)
09-Sixteen Tons-(Tennessee Ernie Ford)
10-Chances Are-(Johnny Mathis)
11-The Three Bells-(The Browns)
12-Because Of You-(Tony Bennett)
13-Mack The Knife-(Bobby Darrin)
14-The Thing-(Phil Harris)
15-Mr Sandman-(The Chordettes)
16-Hot Diggity-(Perry Como)
17-Heartaches By The Number-(Guy Mitchell)
18-The Purple People Eater-(Sheb Wooley)

Directory: Unforgettable Fifties (Disc 3)

01-Love Is A Many Splendored Thing-(Four Aces)
02-Music Music Music-(Teresa Brewer)
03-Autumn Leaves-(Roger Williams)
04-April Love-(Pat Boone)
05-Tammy-(Debbie Reynolds)
06-Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy-(Red Foley)
07-Sugartime-(The McGuire Sisters)
08-Sincerely-(The McGuire Sisters)
09-Moonglow And Theme From Picnic-(Morris Stoloff)
10-Blue Tango-(Leroy Anderson)
11-Rag Mop-(The Ames Brothers)
12-Harts Of Stone-(The Fontane Sisters)
13-Little Things Mean A Lot-(Kitty Kallen)
14-Goodnight Irene-(Gordon Jenkins)

Directory: Wonderful Fifties (Disc 1)

01-Theme From A Summer Place-(Percy Faith)
02-Memories Are Made Of This-(Dean Martin)
03-Allegheny Moon-(Patti Page)
04-The Yellow Rose Of Texas-(Mitch Miller)
05-My Happiness-(Connie Francis)
06-Honeycomb-(Jimmie Rodgers)
07-Fascination-(Jane Morgan)
08-Smoke Gets In Your Eyes-(Platters)
09-Marianne-(Terry Gilkyson)
10-Don't You Know-(Della Reese)
11-Rags To Riches-(Tony Bennett)
12-The Poor People Of Paris-(Les Baxter)
13-Anytime-(Eddie Fisher)
14-Secret Love-(Doris Day)
15-Unchained Melody-(Al Hibbler)
16-Blueberry Hill-(Fats Domino)
17-Standing On The Corner-(The For Lads)

Directory: Wonderful Fifties (Disc 2)

01-Hey There-(Rosemary Clooney)
02-Just Walking In The Rain-(Johnnie Ray)
03-Kiss Of Fire-(Georgia Gibbs)
04-Love Letters In The Sand-(Mitch Miller)
05-Let Me Go Lover-( Joan Weber)
06-Band Of Gold-(Don Cherry)
07-My Heart Cries For You-(Guy Mitchell)
08-Earth Angel-(Crew Cuts)
09-I Believe-(Frankie Laine)
10-Till I Waltz Again With You-(Teresa Brewer)
11-Too Young-(Nat King Cole)
12-Three Coins In The Fountain-(The Four Aces)
13-Shrimp Boats-(Jo Stafford)
14-Eternally-(Jerry Vale)
15-The Third Man Theme-(Guy Lombardo)
16-It's No Sin-(Eddy Howard)
17-Wheel Of Fortune-(Kay Starr)

Directory: Wonderful Fifties (Disc 3)

01-Vaya Con Dios-(Les Paul And Mary Ford)
02-Smile-(Johnny Mathis)
03-Takes Two To Tango-(Pearl Bailey)
04-Wanted-(Perry Como)
05-Singing The Blues-(Guy Mitchell)
06-A White Sport Coat-(Marty Robbins)
07-Cold Cold Heart-(Tony Bennett)
08-The Song From Moulin Rouge-(Percy Faith)
09-Cry-(Johnnie Ray)
10-Half As Much-(Rosemary Clooney)
11-Harbor Lights-(Sammy Kaye)
12-Mule Train-(Frankie Laine)
13-A Guy Is A Guy-(Doris Day)
14-No Not Much-(The Four Lads)
15-Are You Sincere-(Andy Williams)
16-Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight-(The McGuire Sisters)


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: GUEST,50's chick
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 11:10 PM

Here are a few others I can think of:
(Bear in mind that a lot of songs popular in one decade were written and first recorded in previous ones.)

You'll Never Walk Alone
Stranger In Paradise
Memories Are Made Of This
Doggie In The Window
Jambalaya
Heart
Hearts of Stone
Muskrat Ramble
Mr. Sandman
Tennessee Waltz
Hey There
All The Way
Rock Around The Clock
Johnny B. Goode
Maybelline
Come Go With Me
Count Your Blessings
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White
Four Walls
Your Cheatin' Heart
If You Love Me
Melody Of Love
Moments To Remember
Doggie In The Window
Suspicion
The Three Bells
All I Have To Do Is Dream
Let It Be Me
Cattle Call
Wings Of A Dove
Tammy (?)
My Prayer
Sixteen Tons
Heartbreak Hotel
Bebop-a-Lula
Volare
High Hopes
He'll Have To Go
Sweet Nothin's
I Walk The Line
Ring Of Fire
Tom Dooley
Allegheny Moon
Old Cape Cod
April In Portugal
Roll Over, Beethoven
Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
High Noon
Blueberry Hill
Oh, My Papa
Any Time
Ivory Tower
Crazy Little Mama (At My Front Door)


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Gene
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 11:47 PM

TIME LIFE COUNTRY 1950s' COLLECTION


1950-Hillbilly Fever; Birmingham Bounce; If You've Got The Money I've Got The Time; My Bucket's Got A Hole In It; Throw Your Love My Way; Remember Me (I'm The One Who Loves You); Cuddle Buggin' Baby; The Gods Were Angry With Me; Moanin' The Blues; I Love You A Thousand Ways; Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy; I'm Moving On; Anticipation Blues; Why Don't You Love Me; The Lovebug Itch; Letters Have No Arms; I Love You Because; A-Sleepin' At The Foot Of The Bed; Mississippi; Take Me In Your Arms And Hold Me; Quicksilver; Long Gone Lonesome Blues; Mule Train; Goodnight Irene;

1951-The Golden Rocket; Howlin' At The Moon; The Shot Gun Boogie; There's Been A Change In Me; Mom And Dad's Waltz; Let Old Mother Nature Have Her Way; Hot Rod Race; Hey Good Lookin; Kentucky Waltz; Down Yonder; Slow Poke; Always Late (With Your Kisses); Alabama Jubilee; The Rhumba Boogie; Poison Love; I Can't Help It (If I'm Still In Love With You); Let's Live A Little; I Want To Be With You Always; Cherokee Boogie (Eh Oh Aleena); I Want To Play House With You; The Tennessee Waltz; Music Makin' Mama From Memphis; Cold Cold Heart; Peace In The Valley

1952-Jambalaya (On The Bayou); Blackberry Boogie; That Heart Belongs To Me; Midnight; Are You Teasing Me; Give Me More More More (of Your Kisses); A Full Time Job; The Wild Side of Life; It Wasn't God Who Made Honky Tonk Angels; Half As Much; Back Street Affair; Almost; Too Old To Cut The Mustard; I'm an Old Man (Tryin' to Live While I Can); (When You Feel Like You're In Love) Don't Just Stand There; Easy On the Eyes; Indian Love Call; Waiting In The Lobby of Your Heart; Don't Let the Stars Get in Your Eyes; Wondering; Don't Stay Away ('Till Love Grows Cold); Missing In Action; I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive; The Gold Rush Is Over;

1953-No Help Wanted; Hey Joe; Eddy's Song; There Stands the Glass; Paying for That Back Street Affair; Yesterday's Girl; I Let the Stars Get in My Eyes; Your Cheatin' Heart; (Now and Then There's) A Fool Such as I; I Couldn't Keep from Crying; It's Been So Long; Crying in the Chapel; Mexican Joe; Rub-a-Dub Dub; Kaw-Liga; I Forgot More than You'll Ever Know; I'll Go on Alone; Shake a Hand; I'm Walking the Dog; (How Much Is) That Hound Dog in the Window; Bimbo; Take These Chains from My Heart; A Dear John Letter; Wake Up Irene;

1954-That's All Right; Sure Fire Kisses; Honky-Tonk Girl; More & More; I Don't Hurt Anymore; If You Ain't Lovin' (You Ain't Livin'); You Better Not Do That; Back Up Buddy; I'll Be There (If You Ever Want Me); I Really Don't Want to Know; If You Don't Somebody Else Will; Secret Love; Blue Moon of Kentucky; Even Tho; Two Glasses Joe; One by One; Loose Talk; Let Me Go Lover; This Ole House; Whatcha Gonna Do Now; Slowly; Release Me; The New Green Light; Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight;

1955-Live Fast Love Hard Die Young; I've Been Thinking; There She Goes; When I Stop Dreaming; I Forgot To Remember To Forget; Yellow Roses; Love Love Love; Why Baby Why; Sixteen Tons; Just Call Me Lonesome; Makin' Believe; It Tickles; Mystery Train; In The Jailhouse Now; Cry Cry Cry; All Right; Eat Drink And Be Merry (Tomorrow You'll Cry); The Cattle Call; Wildwood Flower; As Long As I Live; Kisses Don't Lie; A Satisfied Mind; I Don't Care; Yonder Comes A Sucker;

1956-Heartbreak Hotel; Why Baby Why; I've Got Five Dollars And It's Saturday Night; Cash On The Barrel Head; I Take The Chance; The Blackboard Of My Heart; Singing The Blues; Crazy Arms; I Want You I Need You I Love You; I'm A One-Woman Man; You And Me; I Walk The Line; Blue Suede Shoes; Any Old Time; I Don't Believe You've Met My Baby; Trouble In Mind; I've Got A New Heartache; Searching; You Are The One; Sweet Dreams; Yes I Know Why; Folsom Prison Blues; You're Running Wild; You Don't Know Me;

1957-Honky Tonk Song; A White Sport Coat; Dixie Fried; Home of the Blues; Walking after Midnight; My Special Angel; Bye Bye Love; Gonna Find Me a Bluebird; A Fallen Star; Four Walls; Repenting; The Story of My Life; My Shoes Keep Walking Back to You; Young Love; I'm Tired; Fraulein; I Found My Girl in the USA; You Win Again; I'm Coming Home; Knee Deep in the Blues; Am I Losing You; Tangled Mind; Honeycomb; Gone;

1958-Oh Lonesome Me; Tupelo County Jail; Just Married; Invitation to the Blues; Pick Me Up on Your Way Down; Don't; Guess Things Happen That Way; Treasure of Love; All I Have to Do Is Dream; She's No Angel; I Can't Stop Loving You; Squaws along the Yukon; Cigarettes and Coffee Blues; Half a Mind; Alone with You; Blue Boy; City Lights; It's Only Make Believe; My Baby's Gone; Bird Dog; Ballad of a Teenage Queen; Blue Blue Day; Life to Go; Send Me the Pillow You Dream On;

1959-The Battle Of New Orleans; White Lightning; Who Cares; The Three Bells; Black Land Farmer; The Same Old Me; El Paso; Amigo's Guitar; I Ain't Never; Cabin On The Hill; Gotta Travel On; He'll Have To Go; Who Shot Sam; Country Girl; Set Him Free; When It's Springtime In Alaska; Under Your Spell Again; Don't Take Your Guns To Town; Tennessee Stud; Heartaches By The Number; Come Walk With Me; Waterloo; Don't Tell Me Your Troubles; The Long Black Veil;


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: M.Ted
Date: 26 Mar 02 - 11:50 PM

What do you mean by well known songs of the 50's? There were lots of different genres, both in the US and UK--and, at least in the US, they didn't mix well---God help you if you played Kendall's list (as much as I approve of it) for a crowd expecting Rockabilly music-- of course, the 50's were a great decade for electric blues (Chicago and otherwise), but a crowd expecting 50's blues would get a bit rangey when you played "April in Portugal"--Merle Haggard pointed out that "Hank and Lefty crowded every jukebox, that's the way it was in '51", but not the jukeboxes with Les and Larry Elgar, or Stan Kenton--Best to figure out where you want to hang your hat before you start- learning songs--personally, I always enjoyed Mr. Aker Bilk--


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Genie
Date: 27 Mar 02 - 12:10 AM

Yeah, MTed,
There was a sea-change in popular music about 1954/1955, when R&B got more popular and rock and roll was 'born' with folks like Chuck Berry, Bill Haley and The Comets, Elvis, Jerry Lee Lewis, etc. Then at the end of the decade the popular folk revival started with The Kingston Trio, etc. Country music was kind of a different matter, but there was a lot of crossover, with Hank Williams's songs being recorded by Tony Bennett, Jo Stafford, etc. The Everly Brothers, Eddy Arnold, Patsy Cline, Elvis and others helped bridge that gap, too.

A few other big 50's hits I can think of are:
Till Rock and Roll Waltz (the #1 record for 1953 or 1954)
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Wheel Of Fortune
Purple People Eater
Kiss Of Fire
The Witch Doctor
Old Shep
Tutti Frutti
Teenager In Love


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Terry K
Date: 27 Mar 02 - 02:51 AM

Sam - is this for the Queen's Golden Jubilee as most street parties will be this year? If so, you will need songs from around 1952 to be strictly correct. That means that all the rock 'n roll songs are too late. And presumably the crowd will want to sing, so the Country and Hillbilly songs are not options.

Gene's post is very useful if you stay with "Unforgettable Fifties - disc 2" and "Wonderful Fifties - discs 2 and 3". Many of these were very popular at the time and you will find that some of the old buggers know the words!!

Cheers, Terry


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: GUEST,Aldus
Date: 27 Mar 02 - 08:47 AM

Pickin a chicken by Eve Boswell...so bad it's good.


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: GUEST,Gene
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 10:13 AM

See Also--- * * * TOP HITS OF THE 60's * * *

See Also--- * * * TOP HITS OF THE 50's * * *


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: SINSULL
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 11:13 AM

And for the lyrically challenged, there is always "Duke Of Earl". And to think, no one has mentioned Fabian or Frankie Avalon...how soon they forget.


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: Don Firth
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 04:13 PM

Speaking of lyrically challenged, when did "Louie Louie" come out?

Don Firth


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: GUEST,Arjay
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 04:57 PM

...or "Who Wears Short Shorts?" for that matter, Don?


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Subject: RE: Help: 50's well known songs & tunes
From: MarkS
Date: 28 Mar 02 - 10:48 PM

Louie Louie by the Kingsmen came out in the early 60s. I was in college at the time so the memory of many late night bll sessions trying to figure out just what the lyrics were is still present. I guess we thought the lyrics were "filthy", as the phrase goes. Uh oh. I may have started something here. A thread discussing the actual lyrics of Louie Louie might go on forever.
Mark
Actually, the song may be older than the 60s. I seem to remember the Kingsmen really made a cover of another artist. Maybe some 'Catter can shed more light here.


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