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The 1957 British Hit Parade Part 1
The 1957 British Hit Parade Part 1

Various Artists
Styles: British Hit Parades
Catalogue Number: ACQCD7024
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 Friendly Persuasion The Four Aces
2 Garden Of Eden Frankie Vaughan
3 Ain’t That A Shame Pat Boone
4 I’ll Be Home Pat Boone
5 Red Light Green Light Mitchell Torok
6 The Garden Of Eden Gary Miller
7 Don’t You Rock Me Daddy O Lonnie Donegan
8 You Me And Us Alma Cogan
9 You Don’t Owe Me A Thing Johnnie Ray
10 Garden Of Eden Dick James
11 You’ll Never Never Know The Platters
12 It Isn’t Right The Platters
13 The Adoration Waltz David Whitfield
14 The Garden Of Eden Joe Valino
15 Don’t You Rock Me Daddy O The Vipers Skiffle Group
16 Ain’t That A Shame Fats Domino
17 Don’t Forbid Me Pat Boone
18 Rock The Joint Bill Haley and His Comets
19 I Dreamed The Beverley Sisters
20 Honey Chile Fats Domino
21 Young Love Tab Hunter
22 Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody Jerry Lewis
23 Give Her My Love (When You Meet Her) Johnston Brothers
24 Look Homeward Angel Johnnie Ray
25 Don’t Knock The Rock Bill Haley And The Comets
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 Young Love Sonny James
2 Long Tall Sally Little Richard
3 Knee Deep In The Blues Guy Mitchell
4 The Banana Boat Song Shirley Bassey
5 Mystery Train Elvis Presley
6 Let’s Rock And Roll Winifred Atwell
7 Knee Deep In The Blues Tommy Steele
8 Tutti Frutti Little Richard
9 Banana Boat Song (Day,O) Harry Belafonte
10 Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now Patience And Prudence
11 Rip It Up Elvis Presley
12 She’s Got It Little Richard
13 The Girl Can’t Help It Little Richard
14 Banana Boat Song The Tarriers
15 The Wisdom Of A Fool Norman Wisdom
16 The Faithful Hussar (Don’t Cry My Love) Vera Lynn
17 Cumberland Gap Vipers Skiffle Group
18 The Man Who Plays The Mandolino Dean Martin
19 Wisdom Of A Fool Ronnie Carrolll
20 Mangos Rosemary Clooney
21 Whatever Lola Wants Alma Cogan
22 I’m Not A Juvenile Delinquent Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
23 Blue Monday Fats Domino
24 Cumberland Gap Lonnie Donegan
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Heart Max Bygraves
2 Marianne The Hilltoppers
3 I’ll Find You David Whitfield
4 Cry Me A River Julie London
5 Ninety Nine Ways Tab Hunter
6 Baby Baby Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers
7 Freight Train Chas McDevitt And Nancy Whiskey
8 I’ll Take You Home Again Kathleen Slim Whitman
9 The World Is Mine Malcolm Vaughan
10 I’m Walkin’ Fats Domino
11 When I Fall In Love Nat King Cole
12 Butterfly Charlie Gracie
13 Heart Johnston Brothers
14 Rock A Billy Guy Mitchell
15 Love Is A Golden Ring Frankie Laine
16 Why Baby Why Pat Boone
17 Butterfingers Tommy Steele
18 Round And Round Jimmy Young
19 Yes Tonight Josephine Johnnie Ray
20 Too Much Elvis Presley
21 Chapel Of The Roses Malcolm Vaughan
22 Butterfly Andy Williams
23 Nora Malone Teresa Brewer
24 Party Doll Buddy Knox
25 I’m Sorry The Platters
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Around The World Bing Crosby
2 Mr. Wonderful Peggy Lee
3 We Will Make Love Russ Hamilton
4 A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation King Brothers
5 Little Darlin’ The Diamonds
6 Around The World Ronnie Hilton
7 Streamline Train The Vipers Skiffle Group
8 Puttin' On The Style Lonnie Donegan
9 Gamblin' Man Lonnie Donegan
10 A White Sport Coat And A Pink Carnation Terry Dene
11 Around The World Mantovani
12 All Shook Up Elvis Presley
13 Fabulous Charlie Gracie
14 Island In The Sun Harry Belafonte
15 Greenback Dollar Chas McDevitt
16 Around The World Gracie Fields
17 Fire Down Below Jeri Southern
18 Schoolday Chuck Berry
19 I Like Your Kind Of Love Andy Williams
20 Travellin’ Home Vera Lynn
21 Dark Moon Tony Brent
22 Forgotten Dreams Leroy Anderson
23 Lucille Little Richard
24 Love Letters In The Sand Pat Boone
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