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The 1958 British Hit Parade Part 2
The 1958 British Hit Parade Part 2

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7027
Acrobat’s series of comprehensive annual collections of British chart entries continues with the second half of 1958. This release fills a gap in Acrobat’s catalogue occasioned by some business machinations over the last couple of years. Musically, it could be said that, little developed during 1958 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. On the other hand it could also be said that it was the last and best year for original rock’n’roll sounds. There were several classic recordings that still seem as relevant, and indeed popular, today as they were then. Most of the American rock and roll stars who begun to enjoy hits during 1955-1957 remained popular, with the exception of Bill Haley & His Comets, who had said farewell to the British hit parade in 1957. Haley did not return to the charts until 1968 when “Rock Around The Clock” re-entered the Top 20. However, the first wave of American rock and roll was about to suffer a setback when Little Richard got religion, Jerry Lee Lewis was involved in scandals and Elvis was inducted into the US army. The most significant development of the year in British rock and roll terms was the chart debut of Sir Cliff Richard with “Move It”, still considered the finest and most authentic British rock and roll record. Many of the original British hit parade stars continued to enjoy hits throughout the year including Ronnie Hilton, Max Bygraves, David Whitfield, Ted Heath, Malcolm Vaughan and Frankie Vaughan. 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 The Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley
2 Rave On Buddy Holly
3 Little Serenade Eddie Calvert
4 Sugar Moon Pat Boone
5 I’m Sorry I Made You Cry Connie Francis
6 The Purple People Eater Jackie Dennis
7 Torero Cha Cha Cha Renato Carosone & His Sextet
8 Sick And Tired Fats Domino
9 Tom Hark Ted Heath And His Music
10 When The Boys Talk About The Girls Valerie Carr
11 Torero Julius Larosa
12 Sally Don’t You Grieve Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
13 Betty Betty Betty Lonnie Donegan& His Skiffle Group
14 Chanson D'amour Art & Dotty Todd
15 I’ll Always Be In Love With You Michael Holliday
16 Endless Sleep Marty Wilde
17 Ooh! My Soul Little Richard
18 The Only Man On The Island Tommy Steele
19 When The Kalin Twins
20 I Know Where I’m Going George Hamilton IV
21 Trudie Joe ‘Mr. Piano’ Henderson
22 Hard Headed Woman Elvis Presley
23 Patricia Perez Prado And His Orchestra
24 Think It Over The Crickets
25 The Only Man On The Island Vic Damone
26 Splish Splash Bobby Darin
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Wonderful Things Frankie Vaughan
2 Jacqueline Bobby Helms
3 Endless Sleep Jody Reynolds
4 Hello My Darlings Charlie Drake
5 Splish Splash Charlie Drake
6 The Right To Love David Whitfield
7 Yakety Yak The Coasters
8 Fever Peggy Lee
9 Everybody Loves A Lover Doris Day
10 Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson
11 Carolina Moon Connie Francis
12 Stupid Cupid Connie Francis
13 Gotta Have Rain Max Bygraves
14 Little Train Max Bygraves
15 Little Bernadette Harry Belafonte
16 Secretly Jimmie Rodgers
17 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Dean Martin
18 If Dreams Came True Pat Boone
19 Early In The Morning Buddy Holly
20 Got A Match Russ Conway
21 Girl Of My Dreams Tony Brent
22 Moon Talk Perry Como
23 Mad Passionate Love Bernard Bresslaw
24 Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) Domenico Modugno
25 Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy
26 Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Move It Cliff Richard & The Drifters
2 Born Too Late The Poni-Tails
3 Little Star The Elegants
4 A Certain Smile Johnny Mathis
5 Midnight Paul Anka
6 Lonesome Traveller Lonnie Donegan& His Skiffle Group
7 King Creole Elvis Presley
8 Western Movies The Olympics
9 It’s All In The Game Tommy Edwards
10 Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu) Marino Marini and his Quartet
11 Come Prima Marino Marini and his Quartet
12 Am I Wasting My Time Frankie Vaughan
13 My True Love Jack Scott
14 Ginger Bread Frankie Avalon
15 More Than Ever Malcolm Vaughan
16 Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You) Jodie Sands
17 Susie Darlin’ Robin Luke
18 Tea For Two Cha , Cha The Tommy Dorsey Orchestra
19 Hoots Mon Lord Rockingham’s X1
20 Volare Charlie Drake
21 More Than Ever Robert Earl
22 I’ll Get By Connie Francis
23 Love Makes The World Go Round Perry Como
24 Someday (You’ll Want Me To Want You) Ricky Nelson
25 Rockin’ Robin Bobby Day
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
2 It’s Only Make Believe Conway Twitty
3 Lonnie’s Skiffle Party Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
4 Come On Let’s Go Tommy Steele
5 Mr. Success Frank Sinatra
6 Fallin’ Connie Francis
7 Tom Dooley Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
8 High Class Baby Cliff Richard & The Drifter
9 It’s So Easy The Crickets
10 I Got A Feeling Ricky Nelson
11 Mandolins In The Moonlight Perry Como
12 Tom Dooley The Kingston Trio
13 More Party Pops Russ Conway
14 The Day The Rains Came Jane Morgan
15 Topsy Cozy Cole
16 Gee But It’s Lonely Pat Boone
17 Real Love Ruby Murray
18 The Son Of Mary Harry Belafonte
19 Winter Wonderland Johnny Mathis
20 As I Love You Shirley Bassey
21 Woman From Liberia Jimmie Rodgers
22 To Know Him Is To Love Him The Teddy Bears
23 Kiss Me Honey Honey Kiss Me Shirley Bassey
24 You Always Hurt The One You Love Connie Francis
25 Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
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