CASH BOX & BILLBOARD MAGAZINE’S–BEST SELLING SINGLE RECORDS–WEEK ENDING APRIL 21, 1956

Hi,  Cash Box Magazine was one of the biggest music sources for charting records…The Top 10 songs in America for the week ending April 21, 1956…were:

1–HEARTBREAK HOTEL–ELVIS PRESLEY–RCA VICTOR RECORDS  (FIRST WEEK AT #1)

2–THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS–LES BAXTER & ORCHESTRA–CAPITOL RECORDS  (FORMER #1 HIT RECORD)

3–BLUE SUEDE SHOES–CARL PERKINS–SUN RECORDS

4–HOT DIGGITY (DOG ZIGGITY BOOM)–PERRY COMO–RCA VICTOR RECORDS

5–WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE–THE TEENAGERS–GEE,   GALE STORM–DOT RECORDS,   THE DIAMONDS–MERCURY RECORDS

6–LISBON ANTIGUA–NELSON RIDDLE & ORCHESTRA–CAPITOL RECORDS

7–A TEAR FELL–TERESA BREWER–CORAL RECORDS

8–ROCK ISLAND LINE–LONNIE DONEGAN SKIFFLE GROUP–LONDON RECORDS

9–I’LL BE HOME–PAT BOONE–DOT RECORDS

10–(YOU’VE GOT) THE MAGIC TOUCH–THE PLATTERS–MERCURY RECORDS

All three recordings of  WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE were listed at #5.  The Teenagers version was on the chart for 12 weeks at that date…Gale Storm, 8 weeks and The Diamonds were on the chart for their 7th week.

The Billboard Music chart had 4 separate categories for their pop music chart…TP (TOP 100)…DJ (DISC JOCKEYS)…BS (BEST SELLERS IN STORES) and JB (MOST PLAYED IN JUKE BOXES).  ON 10/20/1958  BILLBOARD DROPPED THE MULTIPLE LISTING AND HAD ONE POP SINGLES CHART–“THE HOT 100”—“HOT R&B SIDES”—“HOT C&W SIDES”

For the week of 4/21/1956 Billboard’s #1 singles were

POP–THE POOR PEOPLE OF PARIS–LES BAXTER  (TP–DJ–JB),  HEARTBREAK HOTEL–ELVIS PRESLEY/I WAS THE ONE  (BS)

R&B–LONG TALL SALLY/SLIPPPIN’ AND SLIDIN’ (PRRPIN’ AND HIDIN’)–LITTLE RICHARD

C&W–HEARTBREAK HOTEL–ELVIS PRESLEY  (BS–DJ),  BLUE SUEDE SHOES–CARL PERKINS  (JB)

Till the next time—Joe

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