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The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956 Vol. 1
The Greatest R&B Hits of 1956 Vol. 1

Various Artists
Styles: R&B
Catalogue Number: ADDCD3085
This great value 56-track collection brings together the biggest and most important hits from the Billboard R&B chart from the January to June period of 1956. Black artists were making major breakthroughs in the pop chart, reflecting the gradual breaking down of racial barriers, and many records, especially rock ‘n’ roll records by black artists, featured in both charts. Some long-established acts were making their final appearances in the charts, and the market saw a new kind of urban music taking hold and paving the way for the soul boom of the ‘60s, while gospel-influenced R&B was making a big impact. It is a thoroughly entertaining collection, which, alongside Vol. 2, gives a fascinating picture of the R&B scene in an exciting time for music.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 The Great Pretender The Platters
2 At My Front Door The Eldorados
3 Seven Days Clyde McPhatter
4 Devil Or Angel The Clovers
5 Pretty Thing Bo Diddley
6 Need Your Love So Bad Little Willie John
7 Home At Last Little Willie John
8 The Chicken And The Hawk Big Joe Turner
9 Morning Noon And Night Big Joe Turner
10 Are You Satisfied Ann Cole
11 The Way You Dog Me Around The Diablos
12 Drown In My Own Tears Ray Charles
13 Why Do Fools Fall In Love Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers (as The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon)
14 Ain't That Loving You Baby Jimmy Reed
15 Bo Weevil Fats Domino
16 I'll Be Home The Flamingos
17 Hey Doll Baby The Clovers
18 I'll Be Forever Loving You The El Dorados with Al Smith's Orchestra
19 No Money Down Chuck Berry
20 Don't Blame It On Me Fats Domino
21 Yes Sir, That’s My Baby The Sensations
22 Ivory Tower Otis Williams and His Charms
23 Who Little Walter
24 Down In Mexico The Coasters
25 Smokestack Lightning Howlin' Wolf
26 In Paradise The Cookies
27 One Night Smiley Lewis
28 My Happiness Forever Lavern Baker
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Try Rock And Roll Bobby Mitchell
2 Get Up, Get Up (You Sleepy Head) Lavern Baker
3 A Tear Fell Ivory Joe Hunter
4 Long Tall Sally Little Richard
5 I'm In Love Again Fats Domino
6 Slippin' And Slidin' (Peepin' And Hidin') Little Richard
7 (You've Got) The Magic Touch The Platters
8 Please, Please, Please James Brown and The Famous Flames
9 My Blue Heaven Fats Domino
10 Corrine Corrina Big Joe Turner
11 Church Bells May Ring The Willows
12 Fever Little Willie John
13 Treasure Of Love Clyde McPhatter
14 I Want You To Be My Girl Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
15 Forty Days And Forty Nights Muddy Waters
16 Little Girl Of Mine The Cleftones
17 Ruby Baby The Drifters
18 Please Mr Disc Jockey The Sensations
19 Rip It Up Little Richard
20 Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
21 Hallelujah I Love Her So Ray Charles
22 Ready Teddy Little Richard
23 Please Listen To Me Smiley Lewis
24 We Go Together The Moonglows
25 Can't Stand To See You Go Jimmy Reed
26 Candy Big Maybelle
27 Pleadin' For Love Larry Birdsong
28 A Kiss From Your Lips The Flamingos
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