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Britain's Number Ones Of The '50s
Britain's Number Ones Of The '50s

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades, Pop
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7030

This exclusive 4-CD collection brings together every Number One in the British charts from the launch of NME’s first record sales chart in November 1952 through to the end of 1959. It includes all the NME No. 1s plus those that made No. 1 in the other music magazine charts that launched during the 50s (Melody Maker, Record Mirror & Disc). The 105 tracks chart the course of a momentous decade in popular music with the familiar domain of the traditional artists of dance bands, variety, radio and the movies being overtaken by the rock ‘n’ roll phenomenon, as mass media gave the baby boom generation a voice while the world emerged from post-war austerity. It’s an extraordinary, fascinating and hugely entertaining kaleidoscope of popular music, especially in the later years as Tin Pan Alley’s bosses simultaneously tried to exploit, deny, accommodate and manipulate the “passing fad” of rock ‘n’ roll. Some, inevitably also prompt the question “did we really buy that?” Needless to say, it features some of the biggest names and landmark recordings of the post-war era, and will be a fantastic souvenir to remind those of a certain age of their musical roots.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Here in My Heart Al Martino
2 You Belong to Me Jo Stafford
3 Comes along a-love Kay Starr
4 Outside of heaven Eddie Fisher
5 Don't let the stars get in your eyes Perry Como
6 She wears red feathers Guy Mitchell
7 Broken wings Stargazers
8 How much is that Doggie in the Window Lita Roza
9 I believe Frankie Laine
10 I'm Walking Behind You Eddie Fisher
11 Moulin Rouge Mantovani
12 Look at that girl Guy Mitchell
13 Hey Joe Frankie Laine
14 Answer me David Whitfield
15 Answer me Frankie Laine
16 Oh! My Pa-Pa (O Mein Papa) Eddie Calvert
17 I see the moon Stargazers
18 Secret Love Doris Day
19 Such a night Johnnie Ray
20 Cara Mia David Whitfield/Mantovani
21 Little things mean a lot Kitty Kallen
22 Three coins in the fountain Frank Sinatra
23 Hold my hand Don Cornell
24 My son my son Vera Lynn
25 This ole house Rosemary Clooney
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Let's have another party Winifred Atwell
2 Finger of suspicion Dickie Valentine
3 Mambo Italiano Rosemary Clooney
4 Naughty Lady of Shady Lane Dean Martin
5 Softly softly Ruby Murray
6 Give me your word Tennessee Ernie Ford
7 Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White) Pérez Prado
8 Stranger in paradise Tony Bennett
9 Cherry Pink (and Apple Blossom White) Eddie Calvert
10 Unchained melody Jimmy Young
11 Dreamboat Alma Cogan
12 Rose Marie Slim Whitman
13 The man from Laramie Jimmy Young
14 Hernando's hideaway Johnston Brothers
15 Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets
16 The Christmas alphabet Dickie Valentine
17 Sixteen Tons Tennessee Ernie Ford
18 Memories Are Made of This Dean Martin
19 It's almost tomorrow The Dreamweavers
20 Rock and roll waltz Kay Starr
21 The Poor People of Paris Winifred Atwell
22 No other love Ronnie Hilton
23 I'll be home Pat Boone
24 Why do fools fall in love Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
25 Que sera sera Doris Day
26 Lay down your arms Anne Shelton
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 A woman in love Frankie Laine
2 Just walkin' in the rain Johnnie Ray
3 Singin' the blues Guy Mitchell
4 Singin' the blues Tommy Steele
5 Garden of Eden Frankie Vaughan
6 Young Love Tab Hunter
7 Cumberland Gap Lonnie Donegan
8 Rock-a-Billy Guy Mitchell
9 Butterfly Andy Williams
10 Yes tonight Josephine Johnnie Ray
11 Gamblin' man Lonnie Donegan
12 Putting on the style Lonnie Donegan
13 All Shook Up Elvis Presley
14 Diana Paul Anka
15 Party Elvis Presley
16 That'll be the day The Crickets
17 Mary's Boy Child Harry Belafonte
18 Great balls of fire Jerry Lee Lewis
19 Ma He's Making Eyes At Me Johnny Otis Show
20 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
21 The story of my life Michael Holliday
22 Magic moments Perry Como
23 Catch A Falling Star Perry Como
24 Whole lotta woman Marvin Rainwater
25 Who's sorry now Connie Francis
26 On the street where you live Vic Damone
27 All I Have To Do I Dream Everly Brothers
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Claudette Everly Brothers
2 When Kalin Twins
3 Carolina Moon Connie Francis
4 Stupid Cupid Connie Francis
5 Bird Dog Everly Brothers
6 It's all in the game Tommy Edwards
7 Hoots mon Lord Rockingham's XI
8 It's Only Make Believe Conway Twitty
9 The day the rains came Jane Morgan
10 One night Elvis Presley
11 I got stung Elvis Presley
12 As I love you Shirley Bassey
13 Smoke gets in your eyes The Platters
14 Side saddle Russ Conway
15 It doesn’t matter anymore Buddy Holly
16 A fool such as I Elvis Presley
17 I need your love tonight Elvis Presley
18 Roulette Russ Conway
19 Dream lover Bobby Darin
20 Living doll Cliff Richard
21 Only sixteen Craig Douglas
22 Here comes summer Jerry Keller
23 Mack the Knife Bobby Darin
24 Travellin' light Cliff Richard
25 Dynamite Cliff Richard
26 What do you want Adam Faith
27 What do you want to make those eyes at me for Emile Ford & the Checkmates
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