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Rock 'n' Roll USA Vol. 1 1954-59
Rock 'n' Roll USA Vol. 1 1954-59

Various Artists
Styles: America's Greatest Hits, Pop, Rock 'n' roll
Catalogue Number: ACFCD7505
This is the first volume in a two-volume release charting the presence of rock ‘n’ roll in the upper echelons of the US hit parade from its first substantial presence in the mid-50s through to the early 60s, by which time it had been moulded by Tin Pan Alley, re-interpreted by successive waves of new talent and influenced the artists who would bring about the next serious musical explosion with the British Invasion of the ‘60s. This great value 150-track 5-CD set encompasses the first five years or so of that process. Rock ‘n’ roll encapsulated the aspirations and instincts of the baby-boom generation as mass media and the long-awaited emergence from post-war austerity saw long-established musical strands in blues, R&B and country come together, and rebellious teenagers rejected the established norms of popular music to claim a piece of the musical high ground. Even now, 60 years after that process crystallised with the hysteria created by Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” in the movie “The Blackboard Jungle” and the first high profile successes of Elvis Presley, the story of the rise and rise of rock ‘n’ roll still fascinates social and cultural commentators, to the extent that 2015 saw a complete season of radio and TV programmes devoted to the genre on BBC radio and TV channels in the UK. These two sets chart the presence and progress of rock ‘n’ roll insofar as it was reflected in mass popular taste in the USA through the pop record sales charts. They therefore include just about every record that could be called rock ‘n’ roll in its many forms and interpretations which made the Top 10, or close to it, in the pop charts in the USA during the stated period. There will be some debates about what was included and what was left out – that’s half the fun of the subjectivity of music – but whichever way you look at it, it makes for marvellously entertaining listening.

Disk 1:
Track Title Artist
1 Shake, Rattle, And Roll Bill Haley & The Comets
2 Hearts Of Stone The Charms
3 Tweedle Dee Lavern Baker
4 Dim, Dim The Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) Bill Haley & The Comets
5 Earth Angel Penguins
6 Two Hearts Pat Boone
7 Pledging My Love Johnny Ace
8 Rock Around The Clock Bill Haley & The Comets
9 Ain't That A Shame Pat Boone
10 Seventeen Boyd Bennett And His Rockets
11 House Of Blue Lights Chuck Miller
12 Maybellene Chuck Berry
13 Ain't That A Shame Fats Domino
14 Gum Drop Crew Cuts
15 At My Front Door The El Dorados
16 I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis
17 Only You Platters
18 Teenage Prayer Gale Storm
19 See You Later Alligator Bill Haley & His Comets
20 Tutti Frutti Little Richard
21 The Great Pretender Platters
22 Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
23 Why Do Fools Fall In Love The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
24 Speedoo The Cadillacs
25 Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins
26 Tutti Frutti Pat Boone
27 Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
28 Long Tall Sally Little Richard
29 I Want You To Be My Girl The Teenagers featuring Frankie Lymon
30 I'm In Love Again Fats Domino
Disk 2:
Track Title Artist
1 I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley
2 I Almost Lost My Mind Pat Boone
3 Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
4 My Prayer Platters
5 Hound Dog Elvis Presley
6 The Fool Sanford Clark
7 Green Door Jim Lowe
8 Don't Be Cruel Elvis Presley
9 Burn That Candle Bill Haley and His Comets
10 Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
11 Singing The Blues Guy Mitchell
12 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
13 Honky Tonk Pt. 1 Bill Doggett
14 Young Love Tab Hunter
15 Blue Monday Fats Domino
16 Too Much Elvis Presley
17 Teenage Crush Tommy Sands
18 Butterfly Charlie Gracie
19 Party Doll Buddy Knox
20 I'm Walkin' Fats Domino
21 Little Darlin' The Diamonds
22 Why Baby Why Pat Boone
23 Come Go With Me Dell-Vikings
24 All Shook Up Elvis Presley
25 School Day (Ring! Ring! Goes The Bell) Chuck Berry
26 (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley
27 Rock-A-Billy Guy Mitchell
28 I'm Walkin' Ricky Nelson
29 Bye Bye Love Everly Brothers
30 Loving You Elvis Presley
Disk 3:
Track Title Artist
1 Searchin' The Coasters
2 Jenny Jenny Little Richard
3 Short Fat Fannie Larry Williams
4 Diana Paul Anka
5 That'll Be The Day The Crickets
6 Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
7 Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers
8 Whole Lotta Shakin' Going On Jerry Lee Lewis
9 Mr Lee The Bobbettes
10 Wake Up Little Susie Everly Brothers
11 Treat Me Nice Elvis Presley
12 Keep A' Knockin' Little Richard
13 Bebop Baby Ricky Nelson
14 Silhouettes The Rays
15 Little Bitty Pretty One Thurston Harris
16 Raunchy Bill Justis And His Orchestra
17 Bony Moronie Larry Williams
18 Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
19 Rock And Roll Music Chuck Berry
20 At The Hop Danny & the Juniors
21 Great Balls Of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis And His Pumping Piano
22 Daddy Cool The Rays
23 Stood Up Ricky Nelson
24 Oh Boy The Crickets
25 Get A Job Silhouettes
26 Don't Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
27 Short Shorts Royal Teens
28 The Stroll The Diamonds
29 Oh Julie The Crescendos
30 I Beg Of You Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
Disk 4:
Track Title Artist
1 Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry
2 Wonderful Time Up There Pat Boone
3 Who's Sorry Now Connie Francis
4 The Walk Jimmy McCracklin
5 Tequila The Champs
6 Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard
7 Lollipop Chordettes
8 Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis
9 Believe What You Say Ricky Nelson
10 Twilight Time The Platters
11 Book Of Love The Monotones
12 Don't You Just Know It Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns
13 Witch Doctor The Music of David Seville
14 Wear My Ring Around Your Neck Elvis Presley
15 All I Have To Do Is Dream The Everly Brothers
16 Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
17 Big Man The Four Preps
18 Purple People Eater Sheb Wooley
19 Do You Wanna Dance Bobby Freeman
20 Yakety Yak The Coasters
21 Jennie Lee Jan & Arnie
22 Endless Sleep Jody Reynolds
23 Willie And The Hand Jive Johnny Otis Show
24 Splish Splash Bobby Darin
25 Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson
26 Rebel Rouser Duane Eddy & His Twangy Guitar
27 When The Kalin Twins
28 Little Star The Elegants
29 My True Love Jack Scott
30 Hard Headed Woman Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires
Disk 5:
Track Title Artist
1 Bird Dog Everly Brothers
2 Born Too Late Poni-Tails
3 One Summer Night Danleers
4 Just A Dream Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets
5 Gingerbread Frankie Avalon
6 Western Movies The Olympics
7 Rock-In Robin Bobby Day
8 Susie Darlin Robin Luke
9 Tears On My Pillow Little Anthony & The Imperials
10 It's All In The Game Tommy Edwards
11 Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
12 It's Only Make Believe Conway Twitty
13 Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
14 One Night Elvis Presley
15 To Know Him Is To Love Him The Teddy Bears
16 I Got A Feeling Ricky Nelson
17 Queen Of The Hop Bobby Darin
18 I Got Stung Elvis Presley
19 Problems The Everly Brothers
20 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes The Platters
21 Whole Lotta Loving Fats Domino
22 Donna Ritchie Valens
23 Sixteen Candles The Crests
24 Stagger Lee Lloyd Price
25 Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson
26 I Cried A Tear Lavern Baker
27 Personality Lloyd Price
28 Come Softly To Me The Fleetwoods
29 A Teenager In Love Dion & The Belmonts
30 (Now And Then) There's A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley
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