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TOMMY EDWARDS WAS NOT JUST A “ONE HIT WONDER”, IN FACT HE CHARTED 14 HITS ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 BETWEEN 1958 AND 1960.  MANY OF THEM WERE DOUBLE-SIDED HITS.  THREE OF THEM BECAME HITS IN THE ROCK ERA, AFTER THEY HAD BEEN HITS IN THE EARLY 1950S…IT’S ALL IN THE GAME-1951…PLEASE MR. SUN-1952 AND…THE MORNING SIDE OF THE MOUNTAIN-1951.  THEY WERE RE-RECORDED IN THE LATE 1950S WITH AN UP-DATED SOUND, THAT BECAME VERY SUCCESSFUL IN THE ROCK ERA.  THE ORIGINAL VERSION OF…IT’S ALL IN THE GAME…FROM 1951 IS INCLUDED.

ALL OF TOMMY EDWARDS HITS WERE RECORDED ON MGM RECORDS.

It’s All In The Game – #1 Hit Record 1958

Please Love Me Forever – #61 Flip-side of ‘It’s All In The Game”

Love Is All We Need – #15 Hit Record 1958

Please Mr. Sun – #11 Hit Record 1959

The Morning Side Of The Mountain – #27 Hit Record, Flip-side of “Please Mr. Sun”

(New In) The Ways Of Love – #47 Hit Record 1959

I Really Don’t Want To Know – #18 Hit Record 1960

It’s All In The Game – Original 1951 #18 Hit Record

TOMMY EDWARDS DIED IN 1969 AT THE AGE OF 47.  HIS LEGACY IS HIS WONDERFUL MUSIC…THAT LIVES IN THE…”GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

(I Wanna) Love My Life Away-1961

Town Without Pity-1961

(The Man Who Shot) Liberty Valance-1962 #4 Pop Hit

Only Love Can Break A Heart-1962 #2 Pop Hit

If I Didn’t Have A Dime-1962

Half Heaven – Half Heartache-1962

Twenty Four Hours From Tulsa-1963

It Hurts To Be In Love-1964 #7 Pop Hit

THESE ARE SOME OF GENE PITNEY’S BIGGEST HIT SINGLE RECORDS, RECORDED ON MUSICOR RECORDS…VOL. 2 OF HIS BIG HITS TO FOLLOW.  HIS RECORDING OF “ONLY LOVE CAN BREAK A HEART WAS A #2 BILLBOARD HOT 100 HIT AND A #1 BILLBOARD ADULT CONTEMPORARY HIT.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

HI,  THANKS FOR MAKING TRIVIA TEASER A HUGE SUCCESS.  THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-509 IS:  THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS CHARTED THEIR LAST BILLBOARD HOT 100, TOP 10 HIT SINGLE RECORD IN 1974…THE RECORDING IS, “ROCK AND ROLL HEAVEN” A #3 HIT ON THE HOT 100.

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN 1971 DONNY OSMOND RECORDED AND CHARTED HIS FIRST BILLBOARD HOT 100, #1 HIT RECORD, AS A SOLO ARTIST.  CAN YOU NAME THE SONG THAT WAS #1 AND SOLD OVER A MILLION COPIES?

YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX OR CHECK BACK IN TRIVIA TEASER-511 FOR THE CORRECT ANSWER.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

High Sign-The Diamonds #37 hit in 1958…Mercury Records

I Thank The Moon-The Crests 1959-Flip side of “The Angels Listened In”

Chapel Bells – The Fascinators-1958 Classic Doo-wop

Don’t Let Go-Roy Hamilton #13 Pop hit 1958 Epic Records

White Bucks And Saddle Shoes-Bobby Pedrick, Jr. (Robert John)-#74 Pop hit 1958 Big Top Records

True True Love-The Corvairs 1962 Classic Doo-wop

Cherry Pie-Marvin & Johnny 1954 Modern Records

HOPE YOU ENJOY THESE  “LOST GOLD” CLASSICS

Till the next time—Joe

HI,  THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-508 IS:  PATSY CLINE CHARTED HER LONGEST CHARTING POP HIT IN MAY OF 1961,  “I FALL TO PIECES”  CHARTED AT #12 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 AND REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 20 WEEKS.  THE RECORD WAS A #1 HIT ON THE C&W CHART FOR 2 WEEKS.  “CRAZY”  CHARTED AT #9 ON THE HOT 100, ALSO IN 1961, BUT REMAINED ON THE CHART FOR 11 WEEKS.

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  BILL MEDLEY AND BOBBY HATFIELD…THE RIGHTEOUS BROTHERS CHARTED THEIR LAST BILLBOARD HOT 100, TOP 10 HIT IN 1974.  CAN YOU NAME THEIR CLASSIC HIT RECORD?

THE CORRECT ANSWER WILL APPEAR IN TRIVIA TEASER-510 OR YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

I can still remember the day my father brought a 45 RPM record home from work and handed it to me.  He said that he heard the song and liked it and thought that I would too.  I must say that my dad did not bring records home.  He did not like rock and roll and was always telling me to turn that “crap” down.  The record he brought home was a shinny “Sun Records” single in a picture sleeve…that record was…Johnny Cash singing his current single…”GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY / “COME IN STRANGER”.

It was June of 1958 and that single began its climb on the Billboard Top 100 and Billboard C&W charts.  The top side of the single…”GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY” (Sun 295) climbed the Top 100 all the way to #11 and remained on the pop chart for 16 weeks.  The single was even bigger on the C&W chart, peaking at #1 and staying at the top of the chart for 8 weeks.  Johnny Cash enjoyed 24 weeks on the C&W chart.

I really enjoyed that record and discovered that my dad liked the “rockabilly” sound of Johnny Cash.  He was one of his favorites.  Like any record buyer of the day, of course I flipped the record over and discovered another great hit…”COME IN STRANGER”.  The single charted on the Top 100 at #66 and on the C&W chart it became a Top 10 hit…charting at #6.  The picture sleeve was a dark cover, with Johnny Cash sitting on a stool…that record remains one of my favorite Johnny Cash singles…”Thanks Dad”…Johnny’s probably singing it for you in “Heaven”.

CLICK THE TITLE BELOW…JOHNNY CASH…IS WAITING TO SING HIS CLASSIC HITS FROM 1958…”GUESS THINGS HAPPEN THAT WAY”  AND  “COME IN STRANGER”

Guess Things Happen That Way

Come In Stranger

Till the next time—Joe

The Everly Brothers were at the top of the charts when Cadence Records released their newest single…BIRD DOG / DEVOTED TO YOU in early August of 1958.  Don and Phil Everly charted a #2 pop hit and a #1 C&W hit with…BYE BYE LOVE in 1957 and followed it up with a #1 pop hit, a #1 R&B hit and a #1 C&W hit in September of 1957 with…WAKE UP LITTLE SUSIE.  They were just coming off the Billboard Top 100 with their biggest hit single record…ALL I HAVE TO DO IS DREAM, a #1 pop, R&B and C&W hit.

On August 4, 1958 their latest single charted…BIRD DOG (Cadence 1350).  The single was a huge hit and was in heavy play rotation on AM pop radio.  The Everly Brothers latest hit went to the top of both the pop and C&W charts, making it their third #1 pop hit and fourth C&W #1.  A week later on August 11, 1958 the flip-side of the single…DEVOTED TO YOU made its chart debut.  The beautiful ballad featured a perfect blend of Don and Phil’s wonderful voices and became a smash hit of its own, charting at #10 on the Billboard Top 100.  The single became The Everly Brothers first hit that featured both sides of the record, becoming Top 10 hits.

CLICK THE TITLE BELOW…THE EVERLY BROTHERS…ARE SINGING THEIR 1958 MILLION-SELLER…”BIRD DOG”  AND  “DEVOTED TO YOU”…SMASH HITS FROM THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

Bird Dog

Devoted to You

Till the next time—Joe

HI,  THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-507 IS: SAM COOKE CHARTED HIS BIGGEST HIT RECORD IN 1957 WITH HIS MILLION-SELLER…”YOU SEND ME”.  THE SINGLE RECORD IS HIS ONLY HIT THAT CHARTED AT #1 ON BOTH THE BILLBOARD POP CHART AND THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART.  HE CHARTED 1 #1 HIT ON THE POP CHART AND 5 #1 HITS ON THE R&B CHART.

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN 1961 PATSY CLINE CHARTED HER LONGEST RUNNING CHART SINGLE ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100…THE SINGLE CHARTED FOR 20 WEEKS ON THE HOT 100.  CAN YOU NAME THE RECORD?

THE CORRECT ANSWER WILL APPEAR IN TRIVIA TEASER-509 OR YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

Elvis Presley could not just sing rock and roll…he could sing “anything” and make it sound like his own.  So, it is no surprise that when Elvis recorded his first Christmas album…”ELVIS’ CHRISTMAS ALBUM” (RCA LOC-1035) in 1957, the album became another smash hit…#1 for four weeks and on the LP chart for a total of seven weeks.

The album achieved sales of over $1 million dollars and was awarded a “Gold Record” on August 13, 1963. The album was certified “Gold” by the RIAA.

One of the classic cuts from Elvis’ Christmas Album is…”BLUE CHRISTMAS”.  The song was played in hot radio rotation during that 1957 Christmas season and has remained a constant Christmas classic ever since.  The song was written by Billy Hayes and Jay Johnson.  Russ Morgan and Hugo Winterhalter had pop hits in 1949 with the song and Ernest Tubb had a #2 country hit, also in 1949.  Elvis recorded “BLUE CHRISTMAS” on September 5, 1957.  The record was not released as a single until 1964…the single included…”BLUE CHRISTMAS” and “WOODEN HEART” (RCA 447-0720).  It was also released in 1965 with…”SANTA CLAUS IS BACK IN TOWN” as the flip-side on (RCA 447-0647).  Neither single charted on the Billboard Hot 100.

We are happy to present the “King of Rock and Roll”…ELVIS PRESLEY…singing some of his classic “CHRISTMAS FAVORITES”.

Blue Christmas

Santa Bring My Baby Back (To Me)

Santa Claus Is Back In Town

Christmas Message from Elvis- Silent Night

Till the next time—Joe

The Applejacks were a studio band led by Dave Appell.  He was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on March 24, 1922.  He also co-produced all of Tony Orlando & Dawns hits.

In September of 1958 The Applejacks charted their first Billboard Top 100, Top 40 hit,  “MEXICAN HAT ROCK”.  The song is an adaptation of the 1919 song “Mexican Hat Dance”.  The single record was released on Cameo Records (149).  The flip-side is “STOP! RED LIGHT”.  The “MEXICAN HAT ROCK” became a big instrumental hit…charting at #16 and remaining on the Top 100 for 15 weeks.

The Applejacks would follow-up in December of 1958 with another Top 40 hit…”ROCKA-CONGA” (Cameo 155)  The single would chart at #38 and have a 10 week run on the Billboard Hot 100.  One more hit would follow.  In February of 1959…”BUNNY HOP” (Cameo 158), would make its debut and reach #70 on the Hot 100.

We are happy to feature these wonderful instrumental favorites by…THE APPLEJACKS…big hits from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”

Mexican Hat Rock

Rocka-Conga

Till the next time—Joe