Hello, Thinking of the years 1955-1959 we recall the big rock and roll artists of the era, Elvis Presley, Fats Domino, Pat Boone (yes Pat Boone), Ricky Nelson, Chuck Berry, Bill Haley, Little Richard and on and on, but there were the artists that were big in the early 1950’s and some even before, who were big stars in the rock era. There are so many great artists that we call “Pop Artists” and here are the five biggest Pop Artists on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 chart between 1955 and 1959.
1-PERRY COMO, RCA-VICTOR RECORDS, charted 34 hit records on the Billboard Pop chart between 1955-59. 11 of those hits were Top 10 and 3 became #1 songs. Not bad for a guy who was 43 years old when the rock era began. He charted 84 hits between 1943 and 1954, including 11 #1 hit records. Perry charted another 53 hits between 1955 and 1974 including the #1’s, “HOT DIGGITY”, “ROUND AND ROUND” and “CATCH A FALLING STAR”. Mr. C., Perry Como is ranked #3 for the 1950’s and #39 all-time by Joel Whitburn of Record Research.
2-NAT KING COLE, CAPITOL RECORDS, charted 39 single records between 1955 and 1959. 5 of those became Top 10 hits. Nat King Cole was 36 when the rock era burst upon the scene. He sang his love songs and even did a few up-tempo things like, “SEND FOR ME”, “IF I MAY” and “ANGEL SMILE”, the teen market loved him. He charted 45 hits between 1943 and 1954. Nat is ranked #5 in the 1950’s and #38 all-time.
3-FRANK SINATRA, CAPITOL RECORDS. “The Chairman Of The Board”, is a musical treasure. Between 1955 and 1959 he put 26 hits on the Pop chart. 6 of those hits became Top 10’s, classics such as “ALL THE WAY”, “LEARNIN’ THE BLUES” and “WITCHCRAFT” to name a few of his hits. Frank went solo in 1942 and charted 40 TOP 10 hit through 1954. He is regarded by many as the greatest popular singer of the 20th Century. Between 1955 and 1980 he charted 75 hits on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100. Frank Sinatra is ranked #8 in the 1950’s and #28 all-time.
4-THE McGUIRE SISTERS, CORAL RECORDS. Sisters Phyllis, Christine and Dorothy charted 23 hits between 1955 and 1959. Those hits included 3 Top 10’s and 2 #1 hits, “SINCERELY” and “SUGARTIME”. The charted 30 hits on the Billboard pop charts between 1955 and 1964. They first hit the Billboard chart with their big hit “GOODNIGHT, SWEETHEART, GOODNIGHT” in 1954 (#7). They are ranked at #9 for the 1950’s and #144 all-time.
5-JOHNNY MATHIS, COLUMBIA RECORDS. Johnny Mathis began charting hits on the Billboard Top 100 in 1957 so he got a late start compared to the other pop artists on the list, but he made up for it, in a hurry. Between 1957 and 1959 he charted 19 hits on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 chart. 3 of his hits became Top 10’s and “CHANCES ARE” reached #1. Some of his hits are considered standards, “MISTY”, “WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL!”, “IT’S NOT FOR ME TO SAY”, “THE TWELFTH OF NEVER” and of course “CHANCES ARE”. Johnny would continue to chart hit singles and hit album’s, 53 of his singles charted between 1957 and 1984. He is ranked at #12 for the 1950’s and #64 all-time.
I hope you enjoyed this list of the five biggest pop artists of 1955-1959. Honorable mentions go out to: The Four Lads, Patti Page, The Fontane Sisters, Teresa Brewer, The Ames Brothers, Eddie Fisher, Andy Williams, Sarah Vaughan, Georgia Gibbs, Jaye P. Morgan, Gale Storm, Guy Mitchell, Mitch Miller, The Crew-Cuts, The Chordettes, Tony Bennett, Dean Martin, Joni James, Tommy Edwards and Doris Day, round out the Top 25 pop artists. There were two instrumental artists on the list, they are, Billy Vaughn and Roger Williams.