Category Archives: 1958


Mixes By Year: Best of 1958 Volume 1

Best of 1958 Volume 1 (12/2/02)

1. Chuck Berry- Johnny B. Goode

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2. Jack Scott- Leroy

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3. Ritchie Valens- Come On Let’s Go

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4. Duane Eddy- Rebel Rouser

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5. Buddy Holly- Rave On

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6. Link Wray- Rumble

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7. The Champs- Tequila

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8. Lloyd Price- Stagger Lee

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9. Ray Charles- (The Night Time Is) The Right Time

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10. Jerry Lee Lewis- Breathless

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11. Little Richard- Good Golly Miss Molly

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12. Bobby Day- Rockin’ Robin

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13. Larry Williams- Slow Down

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14. The Coasters- Yakety Yak

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15. Dion & The Belmonts- I Wonder Why

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16. The Everly Brothers- All I Have To Do Is Dream

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17. Little Anthony & the Imperials- Tears On My Pillow

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18. Ricky Nelson- Poor Little Fool

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19. The Students- I’m So Young

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20. The Platters- The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes

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21. Lavern Baker- I Cried A Tear

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22. Jackie Wilson- Lonely Teardrops

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23. The 5 Royales- The Slummer The Slum

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24. The Silhouettes- Get A Job

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25. Chuck Willis- What Am I Living For?

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26. Eddie Cochran- Summertime Blues

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27. The Chantels- Maybe

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28. James Brown- Try Me

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29. Sam Cooke- Win Your Love For Me

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30. Elvis Presley- Wear Your Ring Around My Neck

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31. Frank Sinatra- Come Fly With Me

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1958 Volume 2

Best of 1958 Volume 2 (12/3/02)

1. Eddie Cochran- C’mon Everybody

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2. The Johnny Otis Show- Wilie & The Hand Jive

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3. Bobby Darin- The Queen Of The Hop

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4. Jerry Lee Lewis- High School Confidential

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5. Chuck Berry- Sweet Little Sixteen

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6. Little Richard- Ooh My Soul!

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7. Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps- Dance To The Bop *Possible late 1957 release

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8. Howlin’ Wolf- Sittin’ On Top Of The World

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9. Bo Diddley- Dearest Darling

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10. Elvis Presley- One Night

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11. Buddy Holly- Well…All Right

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12. The Danleers- One Summer Night

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13. The Platters- Twilight Time

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14. The 5 Royales- Dedicated To The One I Love

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15. The Elegants- Little Star

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16. Jerry Butler & The Impressions- For Your Precious Love

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17. The Crests- 16 Candles

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18. Johnny Cash- Ballad Of A Teenage Queen

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19. Peggy Lee- Fever

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20. Frank Sinatra- Witchcraft

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21. Clyde McPhatter- A Lover’s Question

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22. The Shields- You Cheated

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23. Jack Scott- Goodbye Baby

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24. Chuck Willis- Hang Up My Rock N’ Roll Shoes

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25. Ricky Nelson- Stood Up

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26. Sam Cooke- For Sentimental Reasons

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27. Little Willie John- Talk To Me, Talk To Me

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28. The Everly Brothers- Claudette

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29. The Big Bopper- Chantilly Lace

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30. Brenda Lee- Rockin’ Around the Christmas Tree

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31. The Teddy Bears- To Know Him Is to Love Him

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1958 Volume 3

Best of 1958 Volume 3 (6/7/14)

1.  Henry Mancini Orchestra- Peter Gunn

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2.  The Everly Brothers- Bird Dog

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3.  Buddy Holly & the Crickets- Think It Over

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4.  Ricky Nelson- Believe What You Say

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5.  Conway Twitty- It’s Only Make Believe

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6.  Don Gibson- Oh Lonesome Me

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7.  Johnny Cash- I Still Miss Someone

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8.  Elvis Presley- I Got Stung

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9.  The 5 Royales- Tell The Truth

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10.  Muddy Waters- I Love The Life I Live, I Live The Life I Love

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11.  Otis Rush- All Your Love (I Miss Loving)

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12.  Sam Cooke- Love You Most Of All

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13.  Howlin’ Wolf- Moanin’ For You Baby

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14.  Little Walter- Key To The Highway

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15.  Chuck Willis- Keep A-Driving

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16.  Cliff Richard & the Shadows- Move It

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17.  Bobby Freeman- Do You Want To Dance

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18.  Huey “Piano” Smith & the Clowns- Don’t You Just Know It

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19.  Fats Domino- Whole Lotta Loving

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20.  Chuck Berry- Carol

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21.  The Fiestas- So Fine

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22.  Art Blakey With Thelonius Monk- In Walked Bud

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23.  Mose Allison- The Seventh Son

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24.  Nina Simone- My Baby Just Cares For Me

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25.  Ella Fitzgerald- Cheek To Cheek

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26.  Jody Reynolds- Endless Sleep

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27.  Bobby Darin- Splish Splash

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28.  Ritchie Valens- La Bamba

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29.  Dwight Pullen- Sunglasses After Dark

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30.  Danny & the Juniors- Rock N’ Roll Is Here To Stay

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Mixes By Year: Best of 1958 Volume 4

Best of 1958 Volume 4 (6/8/14)

1.  The Chordettes- Lollipop

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2.  Chuck Berry- Reelin’ & Rockin’

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3.  Lorrie & Larry Collins- Mercy

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4.  Jimmy McCracklin- The Walk

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5.  Ray Smith- Right Behind You Baby

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6.  Boyd Bennett- Move

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7.  Joao Gilberto- Chega De Saudade

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8.  Cannonball Adderley- Somethin’ Else

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9.  Champion Jack Dupree- Frankie & Johnny

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10.  Fats Domino- Yes, My Darling

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11.  Allen Touissant- Whirlaway

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12.  Elvis Presley- King Creole

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13.  Johnny Cash- Big River

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14.  Larry Davis & His Band- Texas Flood

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15.  The Olympics- Western Movies

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16.  Ella Fitzgerald- Puttin’ It On The Ritz

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17.  Louis Prima & Keely Smith- That Old Black Magic

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18.  Bobby Darin- That’s The Way Love Is

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19.  Frank Sinatra- Angel Eyes

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20.  Jimmy Clanton- Just A Dream

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21.  SAm Cooke- You Were Made For Me

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22.  Harvey & the Moonglows- Ten Commandments Of Love

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23.  Don Gibson- I Can’t Stop Loving You

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24.  Buddy Holly & the Crickets- It’s So Easy

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25.  The Everly Brothers- Problems

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26.  Connie Francis- Who’s Sorry Now  (released 11/57, peaked on chart in 1/58)

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27.  The Pastels- So Far Away

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28.  Junior Parker- Sweet Home Chicago

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Mixes By Year: 1958 Most Recommended

1958 – A year where Rock N’ Roll was here to stay. Where all of the 50’s music stars fired on all cylinders. The year before Chuck Berry got busted, Little Richard fled back to the church, and Jerry Lee Lewis became an outcast. The year before ‘The Day the Music Died’ with the Buddy Holly/Ritchie Valens/Big Bopper plane crash. Though Elvis did go into the army in ’58, there were still plenty of great songs left in the pipeline and he even released the underrated “King Creole” album. When people think of “The 50’s” musically the key years are 1956-58. Those years saw the cementing of rock n’ roll music in American popular culture as well as the birth of Soul music. 1958 also saw the launch of the influential Billboard Hot 100 music charts as well as the introduction of the first stereo LP’s on RCA.

Rock N’ Roll’s biggest and most influential stars all released many of their key tracks in 1958- Elvis (Wear Your Ring Around My Neck, Don’t), Buddy Holly (Rave On, Well All Right) Little Richard (Good Golly Miss Moly, Ooh My Soul), Chuck Berry (Johnny B. Goode, Sweet Little Sixteen), Jerry Lee Lewis (Breathless, High School Confidential), Bo Diddley & Fats Domino (Whole Lotta Lovin’). Other only slightly lesser stars like Ricky Nelson (Poor Little Fool, Believe What You Say), Eddie Cochran (Summertime Blues, C’mon Everybody), Ritche Valens (La Bamba, Come On Let’s Go) emerged as well. Many of these cuts were done in the rockabilly style, which combined the twang of country & western music with the raucousness of early Rhythm & Blues. Some great rockabilly songs and artists were done by artists out of the mainstream like Dwight Pullen, Larry & Lorrie Collins & Boyd Bennett. Other artists had hits but were lesser known as well, including Duane Eddy, who pioneered a low, twangy guitar sound with tons of reverb whose biggest hit was “Rebel Rouser”. And Link Wray, whose biggest hit “Rumble” is even considered a prototype for Heavy Metal. The great Gene Vincent is often little known outside of his biggest hit “Be-Bop-A-Lula”, but he is considered one of the best and most important early rock n’ rollers as well. Jack Scott is another who had some hits, including “Leroy”, but is often forgotten by music historians. Cliff Richard & the Shadows, the biggest 1950’s British rock n’ roll group also played in the rockabilly style. Their biggest hit was 1958’s “Move It”. Some great one hit wonders of 1958 include The Big Boppers “Chantilly Lace”, Jody Reynold’s “Endless Sleep”, Bobby Day’s “Rockin’ Robin”, The Champs great instrumental “Tequila” and Bobby Freeman’s “Do You Want To Dance”- all are considered early rock n’ roll classics.

Though soul music was still in its infancy in 1958, all of the early soul pioneers including James Brown, Sam Cooke, Ray Charles & Jackie Wilson released important work in 1958 including “Try Me”, “Win Your Love For Me”, “(The Night Time) Is The Right Time” and “Lonely Teardrops” respectively. Other lesser known but still important early soul pioneers like Huey “Piano” Smith, Little Willie John, Clyde McPhatter (formerly of the Drifters), Jerry Butler & Lavern Baker added important cuts. Doo-Wop, which had dominated black vocal music in the mid 50’s was experiencing the last of its heyday, before an early 60’s revival. Groups like the Fiestas, The Shields, the Danleers, the Elegants, the Pastels & Harvey & the Moonglows all enjoyed at least one 1958 hit. Bigger Doo-Wop inspired groups like the Platters (The Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, Twilight Time)& Little Anthony & the Imperials (Tears On My Pillow) continued their run of success with some of their very biggest hits. Two other black vocal groups, The Silhouettes (a one hit wonder with “Get A Job”) & the Coasters, who had a run of very influential hits including 1958’s “Yakety Yak”, were almost too rock n’ roll to be considered Doo-Wop though they could fit into either category. The two biggest vocal groups of the year were white- the Everly Brothers, who sang beautiful harmonies in a sound influenced equally by country & rockabilly and who became one of the major influences on the Beatles & Dion & the Belmonts, one of the very biggest Doo-Wop groups of the 50’s. Their biggest and probably best hit “I Wonder Why” was released in 1958.

Other music done outside of the rock n’ roll, soul & rockabilly realm was still flourishing in 1958 as well- country music saw the legendary Johnny Cash at the height of his powers, releasing his last cuts for Sun Records. Conway Twitty enjoyed a huge country crossover hit with “It’s Only Make Believe” and Don Gibson released his two best songs “Oh Lonesome Me” & “I Can’t Stop Loving You”. The Chicagoans on Chess Records were still dominating the blues scene- Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Otis Rush, Little Junior Parker & Little Walter. Though there weren’t many definitively influential jazz released outside of maybe Cannonball Adderley’s “Something Else”, Mose Allison, Nina Simone, Champion Jack Dupree, Art Blakey & the Jazz Messengers all released great stuff. Brazilian Joao Gilberto released what was likely the first Bossa Nova recording with “Chega De Saudade”. Vocal torch singers were still the rage with the adult crowd. Peggy Lee released her signature song with “Fever”. Frank Sinatra had great cuts like “Witchcraft” and “Come Fly With Me” along qwith the last of his great mid to late 50’s run of albums with “Sings Songs For The Lonely”. Ella Fitzgerald continued her songbook series with one of her best “Ella Sings Irving Berlin”. The versatile Bobby Darin was able to combine rock n’ roll and crooning- releasing rnr songs “Splish Splash” & “Queen Of the Hop” along with more adult fare like “That’s The Way Love Is”.


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