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The 1957 British Hit Parade Part 2
The 1957 British Hit Parade Part 2

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7025
Acrobat’s series of comprehensive annual collections of British chart entries continues with the first half of 1957. This release fills a gap in Acrobat’s catalogue occasioned by some business machinations over the last couple of years. Musically little developed during 1957 except a deeper encroachment by Rock and Roll and a further sidelining of those artists who had ruled the charts for the past five years. There were several classic recordings that still seem as relevant and indeed popular today as they were then. To illustrate this we need look no further than 2007 when in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley’s death in 1977, many of his greatest hits re entered the chart, several of which are featured here. The Everly Brothers debuted on the charts and began a reign of popularity with British audiences that lasted until their recent retirement, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry also debuted whilst Pat Boone, Little Richard and Fats Domino consolidated their 1956 breakthroughs. For the first time there are a significant proportion of the artists still recording and performing today.British acts also continued to hold their own against the Americans, Tommy Steele, Lonnie Donegan and new rocker, Terry Dene enjoyed many weeks on the chart. Overall though the charts kept the eclectic charm of previous years as Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Winifred Atwell and many other artists retained their hit making status for yet another year. As ever, it’s an eclectic and fascinating musical mix, and 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 School Day Don Lang
2 When Rock And Roll Came To Trinidad Nat King Cole
3 Teddy Bear Elvis Presley
4 Bye Bye Love Everley Brothers
5 Start Movin’ (In My Direction) Sal Mineo
6 Valley Of Tears Fats Domino
7 Wonderful Wonderful Gary Miller
8 Forgotten Dreams Cyril Stapleton
9 Last Train To San Fernando Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys
10 All Star Hit Parade No 2 Various Artists
11 Sweet Stuff Guy Mitchell
12 In The Middle Of A Dark Night Guy Mitchell
13 Start Movin’ (In My Direction) Terry Dene
14 With All My Heart Petula Clark
15 Wonderful Wonderful Ronnie Hilton
16 I’m Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter Billy Williams
17 Any Old Iron Peter Sellers
18 Diana Paul Anka
19 In The Middle Of An Island King Brothers
20 Water Water Tommy Steele
21 A Handful Of Songs Tommy Steele
22 Wanderin’ Eyes Charlie Gracie
23 I Love You So Much It Hurts Charlie Gracie
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Fire Down Below Shirley Bassey
2 Paralyzed Elvis Presley
3 The Shiralee Tommy Steele
4 Tammy Debbie Reynolds
5 Scarlet Ribbons Harry Belafonte
6 You You Romeo Shirley Bassey
7 Build Your Love Johnny Ray
8 Jenny Jenny Little Richard
9 Stardust Billy Ward And The Dominos
10 Goody Goody Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
11 Short Fat Fannie Larry Williams
12 That’ll Be The Day Buddy Holly And The Crickets
13 Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin On Jerry Lee Lewis
14 Passing Strangers Billy Eckstine And Sarah Vaughan
15 Wedding Ring Russ Hamilton
16 Gold Mine In The Sky Pat Boone
17 Remember You’re Mine Pat Boone
18 Searchin The Coasters
19 Man On Fire Frankie Vaughan
20 Up Above My Head Frankie Laine And Johnny Ray
21 Wanderin Eyes Frankie Vaughan
22 Party Elvis Presley
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Good Evening Friends Frankie Laine And Johnny Ray
2 Call Rosie On The Phone Guy Mitchell
3 Be My Girl Jim Dale
4 My Dixie Darling Lonnie Donegan
5 My Personal Possession Nat King Cole
6 Got A Lot O’ Livin’ To Do Elvis Presley
7 Blue Blue Heartaches Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys
8 Stardust Nat King Cole
9 Trying To Get To You Elvis Presley
10 Gotta Have Something In The Bank Frank Frankie Vaughan And The Kaye Sisters
11 Mary’s Boy Child Harry Belafonte
12 Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers
13 Loving You Elvis Presley
14 I Love You Baby Paul Anka
15 Tell Me That You Love Me Paul Anka
16 Wake Up Little Susie Everley Brothers
17 Lawdy Miss Clawdy Elvis Presley
18 He’s Got The Whole World In His Hands Laurie London
19 Alone Petula Clark
20 Reet Petite Jackie Wilson
21 Santa Bring My Baby Back Elvis Presley
22 Alone The Shepherd Sisters
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Ma He’s Making Eyes At Me The Johnny Otis Show
2 Hey You! Tommy Steele
3 Alone Southlanders
4 All The Way Frank Sinatra
5 Chicago Frank Sinatra
6 My Special Angel Malcolm Vaughan
7 Party Pops Russ Conway
8 Keep A Knockin’ Little Richard
9 Deep Purple Billy Ward And The Dominos
10 Footprints In The Snow Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys
11 My Special Angel Bobby Helms
12 April Love Pat Boone
13 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
14 Wake Up Little Susie The King Brothers
15 An Affair To Remember Vic Damone
16 Let’s Have A Ball Winifred Atwell
17 White Christmas Pat Boone
18 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Jimmie Rodgers
19 Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
20 Jack O’ Diamonds Lonnie Donegan
21 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Frankie Vaughan
22 Snowbound For Christmas Dickie Valentine
23 Oh Boy The Crickets
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