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America's Greatest Hits 1959
America's Greatest Hits 1959

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7050
This release fills a gap in the series of “America’s Greatest Hits” which over the years has provided annual collections of the biggest hits of each year in the Billboard pop charts. The collection for 1959 is an excellent value 100-track 4-CD set which includes every record that appeared in the Top 10 of the Billboard Hot 100 during the year. Many of the tracks are, inevitably, well-known hits, which went on to score chart success in the UK, but there are no less than 40 tracks which did not make it into the UK charts despite their major US success, including tracks by well-known artists alongside more obscure hits by artists that never saw the light of day in the UK, such as Billy Grammer, Travis & Bob, Phil Phillips With The Twilights, Jerry Wallace With The Jewels and The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny. The whole collection is a highly entertaining trawl through the American music scene of the times, a rather different musical experience from listening to our British Hit Parades collections from the UK charts, which naturally feature a high proportion of home-grown talent. It captures the essence of the strands of musical creativity that were active at the time, from great R&B artists through second-wave rock ‘n’ rollers and some fascinating musical novelties, as well as classics like Wilbert Harrison No.1 version of “Kansas City” and The Coasters “Along Came Jones”. As ever, it includes comprehensive booklet notes with commentary on every track as well as the distinctive series packaging. It is likely to appeal to the many collectors who enjoy these completest anthologies, and will hopefully provide useful programming for the specialist radio programmes which feature pop nostalgia.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 The Chipmunk Song The Chipmunks with David Seville
2 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
3 To Know Him Is To Love Him The Teddy Bears
4 One Night Elvis Presley
5 Problems Everly Brothers
6 Tom Dooley The Kingston Trio
7 Lonesome Town Ricky Nelson
8 Beep Beep The Playmates
9 A Lover's Question Clyde McPhatter
10 Whole Lotta Loving Fats Domino
11 My Happiness Connie Francis
12 Gotta Travel On Billy Grammer
13 Donna Ritchie Valens
14 Sixteen Candles The Crests
15 Stagger Lee Lloyd Price
16 Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson
17 Goodbye Baby Jack Scott
18 The All American Boy Bill Parsons
19 Manhattan Spiritual Reg Owen & His Orchestra
20 Charlie Brown The Coasters
21 I Cried A Tear Lavern Baker
22 Tall Paul Annette with the Afterbeats
23 Petite Fleur Chris Barber's Jazz band
24 Peter Gunn Ray Anthony and His Orchestra
25 Venus Frankie Avalon
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Alvin's Harmonica David Seville An The Chipmunks
2 I've Had It The Bell Notes
3 It's Just A Matter Of Time Brook Benton
4 Tragedy Thomas Wayne with The Delons
5 Never Be Anyone Else But You Ricky Nelson
6 Come Softly To Me The Fleetwoods
7 Pink Shoelaces Dodie Stevens
8 It's Late Ricky Nelson
9 Guitar Boogie Shuffle The Virtues
10 (Now And Then) There's A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley
11 I Need Your Love Tonight Elvis Presley
12 The Happy Organ Dave 'Baby' Cortez
13 Tell Him No Travis & Bob
14 Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) The Impalas
15 Turn Me Loose Fabian
16 Kookie, Kookie Lend Me Your Comb Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
17 Kansas City Wilbert Harrison
18 A Teenager In Love Dion & The Belmonts
19 Dream Lover Bobby Darin
20 The Battle Of New Orleans Johnny Horton
21 Quiet Village The Exotic Sounds Of Martin Denny
22 Personality Lloyd Price
23 Only You Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles
24 Tallahassee Lassie Freddy Cannon
25 Lonely Boy Paul Anka
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Along Came Jones The Coasters
2 Lipstick On Your Collar Connie Francis
3 Waterloo Stonewall Jackson
4 Bobby Sox To Stockings Frankie Avalon
5 Frankie Connie Francis
6 Tiger Fabian
7 My Heart Is An Open Book Carl Dobkins Jr.
8 A Boy Without A Girl Frankie Avalon
9 A Big Hunk Of Love Elvis Presley
10 There Goes My Baby The Drifters
11 Forty Miles Of Bad Road Duane Eddy
12 Lavender Blue Sammy Turner
13 Sweeter Than You Ricky Nelson
14 What A Difference A Day Makes Dinah Washington
15 What'd I Say (Part 1&2) Ray Charles
16 The Three Bells The Browns
17 Just A Little Too Much Ricky Nelson
18 Sea Of Love Phil Phillips With The Twilights
19 Sleep Walk Santo & Johnny
20 I Want To Walk You Home Fats Domino
21 I'm Gonna Get Married Lloyd Price
22 Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
23 ('Til) I Kissed You The Everly Brothers
24 Broken Hearted Melody Sarah Vaughan
25 Mack The Knife Bobby Darin
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Baby Talk Jan & Dean
2 Put Your Head On My Shoulder Paul Anka
3 Teen Beat Sandy Nelson
4 Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods
5 Poison Ivy The Coasters
6 Just Ask Your Heart Frankie Avalon
7 Lonely Street Andy Williams
8 Don't You Know Della Reese
9 Primrose Lane Jerry Wallace With The Jewels
10 Deck of Cards Wink Martindale
11 Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat Paul Evans
12 Heartaches By The Number Guy Mitchell
13 So Many Ways Brook Benton
14 In The Mood Ernie Fields
15 We Got Love Bobby Rydell
16 Be My Guest Fats Domino
17 Oh! Carol Neil Sedaka
18 Danny Boy Conway Twitty
19 Why Frankie Avalon
20 It's Time To Cry Paul Anka
21 The Big Hurt Miss Toni Fisher
22 El Paso Marty Robbins
23 Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Freddie Cannon
24 Among My Souvenirs Connie Francis
25 Hound Dog Man Fabian
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