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The 1957 R&B Hits Collection
The 1957 R&B Hits Collection

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, R&B
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7163
This continues the strand of R&B and country collections associated with Acrobat’s highly popular “America’s Greatest Hits” series, this one focusing on the top R&B records in the US Billboard charts during 1957. This great value 115-track 4-CD anthology includes, with the exception of certain records which are unavailable for inclusion due to copyright restrictions, just about every record which peaked in the Billboard R&B Top 15 during that year. With rock ‘n’ roll by now having become a dominant force in the pop chart, and with that music having substantial roots in R&B, the boundaries between the genres were becoming more flexible, with much more crossover between the charts. As a result a lot of familiar rock ‘n’ roll names appear in this collection along with one or two that will cause raised eyebrows in terms their R&B credentials. However, what that does is create a fascinating and varied collection as blues guitarists, doo-wop groups, R&B divas, and great R&B vocalists jostle for position with rock ‘n’ rollers Like Elvis, Presley, Little Richard, Fats Domino and Jerry Lee Lewis, and who would say their records don’t belong in the R&B chart? Fats Domino began the year with three consecutive No. 1s, but it was generally the new order who dominated the topspot, Elvis matching Fats with three No. 1s, and The Coasters having the longest running chart topper of the year. As with all these collections, it provides a window onto a dynamic and exciting musical environment, and includes a number of unfamiliar names and recordings of which even enthusiasts of the genre may not be too aware, and which will be welcome additions to their collections. It contains a 12,000+ word booklet featuring background notes on every record as well as full discographical and chart information.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
2 Since I Met You Baby Ivory Joe Hunter
3 Ain't Got No Home Clarence "Frogman" Henry
4 Jim Dandy LaVerne Baker & The Gliders
5 You Got Me Dizzy Jimmy Reed
6 Singing The Blues Guy Mitchell
7 Oh, What A Nite Dells
8 Blue Monday Fats Domino
9 Slow Walk Sil Austin
10 I Feel Good Shirley & Lee
11 Green Door Jim Lowe
12 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
13 On My Word Of Honor B.B. King
14 On My Word Of Honor Platters
15 What's The Reason I'm Not Pleasing You Fats Domino
16 Love Is Strange Mickey & Sylvia
17 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
18 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
19 Without Love Clyde McPhatter
20 A Thousand Miles Away The Heartbeats
21 In The Chapel Ann Cole
22 One In A Million Platters
23 The Girl Can't Help It Little Richard
24 Too Much Elvis Presley
25 Bacon Fat André Williams
26 Banana Boat Song Tarriers
27 Young Love Tab Hunter
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Ain't That Love Ray Charles
2 Walking By Myself Jimmy Rogers
3 Banana Boat Song Harry Belafonte
4 It Hurts To Be In Love Annie Laurie
5 Just Because Lloyd Price
6 Lucky Lips Ruth Brown
7 I'm Walkin' Fats Domino
8 Lucille Little Richard
9 Party Doll Buddy Knox
10 Butterfly Charlie Gracie
11 Come Go With Me The Dell-Vikings
12 Next Time You See Me Little Jr.Parker
13 Party Doll Roy Brown
14 Little Darlin' Diamonds
15 All Shook Up Elvis Presley
16 Mama Look At Bubu Harry Belafonte
17 Send Me Some Lovin' Little Richard
18 C.C. Rider Chuck Willis
19 There Oughta Be A Law Mickey & Sylvia
20 Empty Arms Ivory Joe Hunter
21 Love's A Hurting Game Ivory Joe Hunter
22 Just To Hold My Hand Clyde McPhatter
23 Troubles, Troubles, Troubles B. B. "Blues Boy" King and His Orchestra
24 I Want To Get Married B. B. "Blues Boy" King and His Orchestra
25 Young Blood The Coasters
26 Searchin' The Coasters
27 Jim Dandy Got Married Lavern Baker
28 Over The Mountain, Across The Sea Johnny And Joe
29 Valley Of Tears Fats Domino
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 So Rare Jimmy Dorsey
2 It's You I Love Fats Domino
3 What Can I Do Donnie Elbert
4 My Dream The Platters
5 Johnny's House Party Johnny Heartsman, The Rhythm Rocker And The Gaylarks
6 Bye, Bye Love Everly Brothers
7 Jenny, Jenny Little Richard
8 United Otis Williams & His Charms
9 Short Fat Fannie Larry Williams
10 Sun Is Shining Jimmy Reed
11 Miss Ann Little Richard
12 Send For Me Nat "King" Cole
13 Everyone's Laughing The Spaniels
14 Please Send Me Someone To Love The Moonglows
15 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley
16 Rocking Pneumonia And The Boogie Woogie Flu Huey Smith and The Clowns
17 Stardust Billy Ward & The Dominoes
18 My Personal Possession Nat King Cole and The Four Knights
19 Love Letters In The Sand Pat Boone
20 To The Aisle The Five Satins
21 Miss You So Lillian Offitt
22 Whispering Bells The Dell-Vikings
23 Loving You Elvis Presley
24 Long Lonely Nights Clyde McPhatter
25 Farther Up The Road Bobby "Blue" Bland
26 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Jerry Lee Lewis
27 High School Dance Larry Williams
28 Mr. Lee The Bobbettes
29 That'll Be The Day Buddy Holly & The Crickets
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Diana Paul Anka
2 Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers
3 Wake Up Little Susie Everly Brothers
4 Happy Happy Birthday Baby The Tune Weavers
5 Rainbow Russ Hamilton
6 Lotta Lovin' Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
7 Keep A Knockin' Little Richard
8 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
9 Treat Me Nice Elvis Presley
10 Honest I Do Jimmy Reed
11 Hula Love Buddy Knox
12 You Send Me Sam Cooke
13 Silhouettes The Rays
14 Be Bop Baby Ricky Nelson
15 Little Bitty Pretty One Thurston Harris
16 Daddy Cool The Rays
17 Wait And See Fats Domino
18 My Special Angel Bobby Helms
19 Bony Moronie Larry Williams
20 Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry
21 Raunchy Bill Justis & His Orchestra
22 Swanee River Rock (Talkin' Bout That River) Ray Charles
23 Chances Are Johnny Mathis
24 Raunchy Ernie Freeman
25 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
26 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Jimmie Rodgers
27 Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano
28 At The Hop Danny & the Juniors
29 Buzz, Buzz, Buzz The Hollywood Flames
30 I'll Come Running Back To You Sam Cooke
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