1955-1959 selected standards and hits



Special features within or overlapping the years 1955-1959:


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1955 selected standards:

Je t’appartiens / Let It Be Me
In Your Own Sweet Way

In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning
Unchained Melody

Spring Can Really Hang You Up the Most
Only You (And You Alone) — w.m. Buck Ram

Only You (And You Alone) — recorded on 26 April 1955; issued in May (Wikipedia) or June (45cat.com) 1955 on Mercury 70633X45, b/w “Bark, Battle and Ball”

The Platters perform the song in the 1956 film Rock Around the Clock


1956 selected standards:

The Party’s Over
When Sunny Gets Blue
Just In Time
On the Street Where You Live

(above) The West Side Story Broadway production team in 1957: (l. to r.) lyricist Stephen Sondheim, scriptwriter Arthur Laurents, producers Hal Prince and (seated) Robert Griffith, composer Leonard Bernstein, and choreographer Jerome Robbins



1957 selected standards:

Till There Was You
The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
They Say It’s Spring
Wild is the Wind

Three Cool Cats (Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller)

The Coasters — recorded on 17 March 1958; issued in January 1959 as the B-side to their hit “Charlie Brown”


1958 selected standards and hits

It’s Only Make Believe (Jack Nance, Conway Twitty) — #1 pop single, US and UK


Donna (Ritchie Valens) — Ritchie Valens

The track was created from a May 1958 demo made during the audition of 17 year old high school student Richard Valenzuela at the home studio of Bob Keane, the owner and president of Del-Fi Records. It climbed to #2 on the Billboard pop singles chart. The other side of the double A-side single, La Bamba, reached #22.


1959 selected standards and hits

Hushabye (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) — The Mystics

A Teenager in Love (Doc Pomus, Mort Shuman) — Dion and the Belmonts


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