12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 1, 1954-1959 – “Earth Angel” to “Put Your Head on My Shoulder”

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Recordings and links on this page:

  • 1958 – 16 Candles, Donna, I’m So Young, It’s All in the Game (Tommy Edwards version), It’s Only Make Believe, Since I Don’t Have You, Tears on My Pillow, To Know Him Is to Love Him
  • 1959 – I Only Have Eyes for You (Flamingos version), Put Your Head on My Shoulder
  • links: selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 time (bottom of page)

1958

16 Candles (Luther Dixon, Allyson R. Khent)

The Crests — issued in November 1958 on the single Coed CO-506, b/w “Beside You”

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audio file, VBR MP3 (2.7 MB), from the collection Music! Maestro Please! at archive.org:

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Donna (Ritchie Valens) – recorded on 16 December 1958; issued 12 November 1958 on the single Del-Fi 4110, b/w “La Bamba”

audio file, VBR MP3 (1.2 MB), from archive.org:

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Ebb Tide (m. Robert Maxwell, w. Carl Sigman)

The Avalons — issued, under the title “Ebbtide,” in December 1958 on the single Unart 2007, as the B-side of “Hearts Desire” [sic]

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I’m So Young (William H. “Prez” Tyus, Jr.)

The Students — originally issued on Note 10012, b/w “Everyday of the Week” (B-side title misspelled on the label)

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It’s All in the Game (m. Charles G. Dawes, w. Carl Sigman)

In 1951 Carl Sigman wrote lyrics to a composition entitled Melody in A Major, written in 1911 by Charles Gates Dawes, later Vice President of the United States under Calvin Coolidge. The song was recorded in 1951 by Dinah Shore, Sammy Kaye, Carmen Cavallaro, Tommy Edwards, and by Louis Armstrong with Gordon Jenkins and his Orchestra. Nat King Cole recorded the song in 1956. But it was a 1958 recording by Tommy Edwards that became the big hit, topping the charts for six weeks that year beginning in late September.

Tommy Edwards — issued in July 1958 as the MGM label 45 rpm single 12688, b/w “Please Love Me Forever” (Malone); chart success: #1 Hot 100 for 6 weeks, 6 October-10 November 1958

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It’s Only Make Believe (Jack Nance, Conway Twitty)

Conway Twitty — recorded 7 May 1958 in Nashville, Tennessee; issued in July 1958 on the single MGM K 12677, b/w “I’ll Try”

audio file, VBR MP3 (2.1 MB), from archive.org:

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One Summer Night (Danny Webb)

From Wikipedia:

The song was written by the’ manager and main songwriter, Danny Webb, and was recorded during their first recording session. The song was first released on the AMP 3 label in May 1958 (erroneously listed as “the Dandleers”), quickly becoming a regional hit. It first began gaining traction in New York.[3] Unable to handle distributing the song,[4] they leased the single to Mercury Records for a national release on June 12, 1958.[2]

The Danleers — issued on Amp 3 Records A-2115X45 (May 1958), and Mercury 71322X45 (12 June 1958), b/w “Wheelin’ and A-Dealin’ ” in each case

audio file, VBR MP3 (2.1 MB), from the collection Doo Wop Box at archive.org:

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Since I Don’t Have You (Joe Rock, The Skyliners)

The Skyliners — issued on 26 December 1958 on the single Calico 103/104 (A-side is 103; B-side, 104), b/w “One Night, One Night”

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Tears On My Pillow (Sylvester Bradford, Al Lewis)

Little Anthony and the Imperials — recorded on 29 May 1958 in New York City; issued in July 1958 on the single End E-1027, b/w “Two People in the World”

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To Know Him Is to Love Him (Phil Spector)

The Teddy Bears — issued in September 1958 on the single Doré 45-503 (also Doré 503), b/w “Don’t You Worry My Little Pet”

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1959

I Only Have Eyes For You (m. Harry Warren, w. Al Dubin)

The Flamingos — originally issued in April 1959 on the single End E-1046 (also END 1046), b/w “Goodnight Sweetheart”

audio file, VBR MP3 (2.3 MB), from the collection 00 Love Mix 2 at archive.org:

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Put Your Head on My Shoulder (Paul Anka)

Paul Anka — issued on August 1959 pm the single ABC-Paramount 45-10040 , b/w “Don’t Ever Leave Me” —  I suspect that the August 1958 recording date reported by Wikipedia is inaccurate.

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* selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 and 6/8 time:

counting time (video)

6/8 vs. 12/8 time

12/8 time, articles and forum threads

other

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