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The 1957 British Hit Parade - The B Sides Part 2
The 1957 British Hit Parade - The B Sides Part 2

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades, Pop
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7095
Acrobat Music’s series of British Hit Parade collections has become an essential annual purchase for a significant number of collectors and enthusiasts who wish to hear and own every record that entered the British record charts during each year. In the last four years, we have presented parallel collections to the main British Hit Parade releases for 1958, ‘59, ‘60, ’61 and ’62 comprising the ‘B’ sides of all the tracks that appear in the main set. The experiment has proved successful, and many collectors have asked us to work backwards through the years to provide similar sets for other years. This is the next in the series. Part Two includes the original ‘B’ sides of every record that entered the charts between July and 31st December in chronological order of chart entry, mirroring the tracks on Part Two of the main 1957 British Hit Parade collection. The only exceptions are where the original hit was a double ‘A’ side, where both sides charted, as a result of which both of the tracks appear in the main Hit Parade collection. In addition we have included the B sides of those records which featured in the Melody Maker, Record Mirror and record Retailer charts, which were not included in the original sets, but appeared on our “The 1950s British Hit Parades – The Hits We Missed” collection (ADDCD3078). The story of how ‘B’ sides come to be what they are is a fascinating one and varies greatly from record to record. Some featured songs that were written by either the producer, the artist’s manager or someone else with sufficient influence to ensure that if the ‘A’ side were a hit, they would collect 50% of the publishing income from the sales. Others were, of course, complete throwaways, dashed off in the last 10 minutes of a session purely as make-weights. In contrast, some started life as the intended ‘A’ side, only to be overshadowed as promotion people or radio DJs spotted the potential of the ‘B’ side. The fascination is that, in most cases, with the passage of time, we will never know the true story, and the tracks will simply stand to be judged on their merits or otherwise. Whatever the case, they will very often provide collectors with a piece of the artist’s work that they have never heard before, and the majority, we suspect, will never have been available on CD before. The sets as always include our substantial booklets comprising about 10,000 words with commentary on the tracks. We are sure that many purchasers of the main sets will be keen to acquire the ‘B’ sides to ensure the completeness of their collection.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Six Five Special Don Lang
2 It's All In The Game Nat King Cole
3 I Wonder If I Care As Much Everly Brothers
4 Love Affair Sal Mineo
5 It's You I Love Fats Domino
6 Love Letters In The Sand Gary Miller
7 It's Not For Me To Say Cyril Stapleton
8 Rock-a-billy Baby Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys
9 All Star Hit Parade No 2 Side 2; A White Sport Coat - Max Bygrav Various Artists
10 Green Corn (Come Along Charlie) Terry Dene
11 Gonna Find Me A Bluebird Petula Clark
12 The Miracle Of Love Ronnie Hilton
13 Date With The Blues Billy Williams
14 Boiled Bananas And Carrots Peter Sellers
15 Don't Gamble With Love Paul Anka
16 Rockin' Shoes King Brothers
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again Elvis Presley
2 Grandad's Rock Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
3 French Heels Debbie Reynolds
4 Hold 'Em Joe Harry Belafonte
5 Street Of Memories Johnnie Ray
6 Miss Ann Little Richard
7 Lucinda Billy Ward And The Dominos
8 Creation Of Love Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
9 High School Dance Larry Williams
10 Isn't This A Lovely Evening Frankie Vaughan
11 I'm Looking For Someone To Love Buddy Holly And The Crickets
12 It'll Be Me Jerry Lee Lewis
13 The Door Is Open Billy Eckstine And Sarah Vaughan
14 I Still Belong To You Russ Hamilton
15 Young Blood The Coasters
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Lonely Chair Jimmy Gavin
2 Cure For The Blues Guy Mitchell
3 You Shouldn't Do That Jim Dale
4 I'm Just A Rollin' Stone Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group
5 Send For Me Nat King Cole and The Four Knights
6 Jig Along Home Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys
7 Love Letters Nat King Cole
8 Single Frankie Vaughan And The Kaye Sisters
9 Eden Was Just Like This Harry Belafonte
10 Their Hearts Were Full Of Spring Jimmie Rodgers
11 Maybe Tomorrow Everly Brothers
12 The Cradle Rock Laurie London
13 Long Before I Knew You Petula Clark
14 By The Light Of The Silvery Moon Jackie Wilson
15 Santa Claus Is Back In Town Elvis Presley
16 Congratulations To Someone The Shepherd Sisters
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Romance In The Dark The Johnny Otis Show
2 Plant A Kiss Tommy Steele & The Steelmen
3 Swedish Polka Southlanders
4 The Heart Of A Child Malcolm Vaughan
5 Party Pops Part 2: For Me And My Girl, Shine On Harvest Moon, By Russ Conway
6 Can't Believe You Wanna Leave Little Richard
7 Do It Again Billy Ward And The Dominoes
8 Get Along Home Cindy Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys
9 Standing At The End Of My World Bobby Helms
10 When The Swallows Come Back To Capistrano Pat Boone
11 Everyday Buddy Holly
12 Winter Wonderland The King Brothers
13 The Legend Of The Bells Vic Damone
14 Let’s Have A Ball Part 2: Last Train To San Fernando; Bring A Li Winifred Atwell
15 Jingle Bells Pat Boone
16 Better Loved You'll Never Be Jimmie Rodgers
17 Mean Woman Blues Jerry Lee Lewis
18 Ham 'N' Eggs Lonnie Donegan and his Skiffle Group
19 Rock-A-Chicka Frankie Vaughan
20 Convicted Dickie Valentine
21 Not Fade Away The Crickets
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