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The 1959 British Hit Parade Part 1
The 1959 British Hit Parade Part 1

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7028

Acrobat’s series of comprehensive annual collections of British chart entries continues with the first half of 1959. A familiar pattern, established over the previous three years, saw regular chart entries for the US rock ‘n’ roll legends – Elvis, Little Richard, Eddie Cochran, the Everlys and the like – but, of course, we have already lost three major names, including Buddy Holly, in the fateful plane crash of 3rd February 1959. Alongside these, the roll call of British rockers is growing – Cliff Richard, Marty Wilde, Billy Fury, Adam Faith, Johnny Kidd and more. Meanwhile, the crooners, light entertainers, pianists, and novelty performers still hold significant sway – Perry Como, Frankie Vaughan, Ronnie Hilton, Ruby Murray, Russ Conway – while Lonnie Donegan rides the final waves of the skiffle boom as trad jazz starts to get a look-in. It’s an eclectic and fascinating musical mix, as the rock and soul vanguard still battles it out with Tin Pan Alley’s attempts to water down the “passing fad” of rock ‘n’ roll, now in its fourth year, and a second generation of teen idols, along with a rash of rock instrumentals, sees sub-genres emerging in the new music. Quite apart from the serious collectors, just about anyone who was around at the time will want this set, along with the many contemporary music fans fascinated by the roots of rock and pop.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Baby Face Little Richard
2 My Ukelele Max Bygraves
3 Cannonball Duane Eddy
4 Queen Of The Hop Bobby Darin
5 The World Outside Ronnie Hilton
6 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
7 You’re The Top Cha Al Saxon
8 I’ll Remember Tonight Pat Boone
9 Heartbeat Buddy Holly
10 I Got Stung Elvis Presley
11 One Night Elvis Presley
12 Problems The Everly Brothers
13 High School Confidential Jerry Lee Lewis
14 The World Outside Russ Conway
15 I’ll Be With You In Apple Blossom Time Rosemary June
16 The World Outside The Four Aces
17 Last Night On The Back Porch Alma Cogan
18 (All Of A Sudden) My Heart Sings Paul Anka
19 There Must Be A Way Joni James
20 Livin’ Lovin’ Doll Cliff Richard
21 A Pub With No Beer Slim Dusty
22 That’s My Doll Frankie Vaughan
23 Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour Lonnie Donegan
24 Wee Tom Lord Rockingham’s X1
25 The Little Drummer Boy The Beverley Sisters
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 My Happiness Connie Francis
2 Gigi Billy Eckstine
3 The Little Drummer Boy The Harry Simeone Chorale
4 Petite Fleur Chris Barber
5 The Wonderful Secret Of Love Robert Earl
6 Stagger Lee Lloyd Price
7 Side Saddle Russ Conway
8 Beep Beep The Playmates
9 Tomboy Perry Como
10 The Little Drummer Boy Michael Flanders
11 It Doesn’t Matter Anymore Buddy Holly
12 Maybe Tomorrow Billy Fury
13 Willingly Malcolm Vaughan
14 Manhattan Spiritual Reg Owen
15 The Love Game The Mudlarks
16 Donna Ritchie Valens
17 C’mon Everybody Eddie Cochran
18 Wait For Me Malcolm Vaughan
19 Venus Dickie Valentine
20 Sing Little Birdie Pearl Carr And Teddy Johnson
21 Ciao Ciao Bambina Marino Marini
22 Charlie Brown The Coasters
23 The Story Of My Love Conway Twitty
24 Donna Marty Wilde
25 The Lonely One Duane Eddy
26 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Little Richard
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Ciao Ciao Bambini Domenico Modugno
2 With The Wind And The Rain In Your Hair Pat Boone
3 All American Boy Bill Parsons
4 Hey Little Lucy Conway Twitty
5 French Foreign Legion Frank Sinatra
6 Early To Bed Poni Tails
7 It’s Late Ricky Nelson
8 A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley
9 I Need Your Love Tonight Elvis Presley
10 Come Softly To Me The Fleetwoods
11 I Go Ape Neil Sedaka
12 Love’s Made A Fool Of You The Crickets
13 Venus Frankie Avalon
14 Come Softly To Me Craig Douglas
15 I’ve Waited So Long Anthony Newley
16 May You Always Joan Regan
17 Lovin’ Up A Storm Jerry Lee Lewis
18 Come Softly To Me Frankie Vaughan And The Kaye Sisters
19 Mean Streak Cliff Richard
20 Fort Worth Jail Lonnie Donegan
21 Idle On Parade (EP) Anthony Newley
22 Never Be Anyone Else But You Ricky Nelson
23 Guitar Boogie Shuffle Bert Weedon
24 Never Mind Cliff Richard
25 May You Always The McGuire Sisters
26 Where Were You (On Our Wedding Day) Lloyd Price
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Roulette Russ Conway
2 Come Dance With Me (LP) Frank Sinatra
3 Guitar Boogie Shuffle The Virtues
4 Margie Fats Domino
5 If Only I Could Live My Life Again Jane Morgan
6 A Teenager In Love Craig Douglas
7 Personality Lloyd Price
8 Please Don’t Touch Johnny Kidd
9 Peter Gunn Duane Eddy
10 The Battle Of New Orleans Lonnie Donegan
11 Three Stars Ruby Wright
12 Take A Message To Mary The Everly Brothers
13 For A Penny Pat Boone
14 Pink Shoe Laces Dodie Stevens
15 You Made Me Love You Nat King Cole
16 Dream Lover Bobby Darin
17 Poor Jenny The Everly Brothers
18 Kansas City Little Richard
19 A Teenager In Love Marty Wilde
20 Goodbye Jimmy Goodbye Ruby Murray
21 Personality Anthony Newley
22 The Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton
23 A Teenager In Love Dion And The Belmonts
24 Margo, Don’t Go Billy Fury
25 Lipstick On Your Collar Connie Francis
26 Living Doll Cliff Richard
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