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1945 August The Honeydripper Joe Liggins
The Honeydripper
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 
An infectious dance beat that dominated juke boxes in black neighborhoods for the last five months of 1945. I couldn`t leave this one off the Timeline, and it`s as good as any other choice to mark an arbitrary point in time, the dawn of the Rock `n Soul era.
 
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1946 May The House of Blue Lights Ella Mae Morse with Freddie Slack Orch.
The House of Blue Lights
CD Source: Ella Mae Morse Rocks (1942-56+)
Time: 2:52
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June (Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 The (Nat) King Cole Trio
(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 
The original recording of a great song that totally defies genre categories. Prior to 1949 the term R&B had yet to be coined. Along with Louis Jordan and T-Bone Walker, The King Cole Trio spanned jazz, blues, and pop, playing "Route 66" with an emphatic, swinging beat under Cole`s restrained vocal. The song was later covered by everyone from Bing Crosby and Perry Como to Chuck Berry and The Rolling Stones. The Stones` 1964 version, from their first LP, is a better rendition of the "Chuck Berry" rock & roll sound than the version Chuck Berry himself did in 1961! --- These two samples also offer a dramatic example of equalization (EQ) differences. Compared with each other, the King Cole Trio track sounds warm and full while the Stones track sounds bright and crisp. Each one reflects a combination of circumstances: the era, the studio, and the intent of the engineer to emphasize different aspects of the recording (intimacy of vocal jazz combo vs. energy of rock & roll band).
 
Sample 1: Route 66 - King Cole Trio
 
Sample 2: Route 66 - The Rolling Stones
 
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August Choo Choo Ch`Boogie Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Choo Choo Ch`Boogie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1947 February Blue Moon of Kentucky Bill Monroe & His Blue Grass Boys
Blue Moon of Kentucky
CD Source: Can`t You Hear Me...Bluegrass (1925-2002) (4)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: rec 9/16/46, rel 1946
Honored by:
 
The original version of the song, in 3/4 time, that Elvis later recorded, sped up and in 4/4 time, as the B-side of his first single on Sun Records, "That`s All Right."
 
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March This Land Is Your Land Woody Guthrie
This Land Is Your Land
CD Source: The Asch Recordings, vols. 1-4 (1944-49)(4)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: see commentary
Honored by: DG
 
The shorter, standard version of this classic was first recorded in 1946 and released in 1947 on a rarely-heard album, "Work Songs to Grow On." I can`t find a specific date in 1947, so slotted it in March for best flow. The song gradually became widely known in the folk community through songbooks used in schools and summer camps, and through radio performances.
 
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April That`s All Right Arthur Crudup
That`s All Right
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: recorded 9/46
Honored by:
 
Most Elvis fans are amazed by how similar this original rendition sounds to Elvis`s 1954 cover version. Elvis also faithfully covered Crudup`s "My Baby Left Me" in 1956.
 
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August Move It On Over Hank Williams
Move It On Over
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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November Ol` Man River The Ravens
Ol` Man River
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: trade advertisement date
Honored by:
 

 
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1948 May Good Rockin` Tonight Wynonie Harris
Good Rockin` Tonight
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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September It`s Too Soon To Know The Orioles
It`s Too Soon To Know
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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I Can`t Be Satisfied Muddy Waters
I Can`t Be Satisfied
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Chicken Shack Boogie Amos Milburn
Chicken Shack Boogie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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1949 January Boogie Chillen John Lee Hooker
Boogie Chillen
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:07
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Lovesick Blues Hank Williams
Lovesick Blues
CD Source: The Complete (+1946-52) (10)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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T-Bone Shuffle T-Bone Walker
T-Bone Shuffle
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April Drinkin` Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee "Stick" McGhee and His Buddies
Drinkin` Wine Spo-Dee-O-Dee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:13
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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October Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts 1 & 2) Louis Jordan & His Tympany Five
Saturday Night Fish Fry (Pts 1 & 2)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 5:22
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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December I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry Hank Williams
I`m So Lonesome I Could Cry
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: country (A-side charted)
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This all-time great song was buried on the flip side of "My Bucket`s Got A Hole in It" on first release.
 
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1950 February The Fat Man Fats Domino
The Fat Man
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Mardi Gras in New Orleans Professor Longhair
Mardi Gras in New Orleans
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: recorded 11/49
Honored by:
 

 
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May Rollin` Stone Muddy Waters
Rollin` Stone
CD Source: His Best, 1947-1955 & 1956-1964 (2)
Time: 3:09
Sequenced by: recorded 2/50
Honored by:
 

 
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July I`m Movin` On Hank Snow
I`m Movin` On
CD Source: The Goldrush is Over (1945-62)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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October Please Send Me Someone to Love Percy Mayfield
Please Send Me Someone to Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 
Curtis Mayfield`s dad wrote this unique, riveting prayer for peace and love that was a smash #1 R&B hit, as well as "Hit the Road, Jack" and others for Ray Charles.
 
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Teardrops From My Eyes Ruth Brown
Teardrops From My Eyes
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1951 March Cold, Cold Heart Hank Williams
Cold, Cold Heart
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 
Along with "Tennessee Waltz" by Patti Page, when "Cold, Cold Heart" was covered for the pop market by Tony Bennett it kicked off a brief era of pop covers of country songs and, eventually, of rhythm & blues songs.
 
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How High The Moon Les Paul & Mary Ford
How High The Moon
CD Source: Best of the Capitol Masters (1947-55)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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May Rocket `88` Jackie Brenston
Rocket `88`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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June Sixty Minute Man The Dominoes
Sixty Minute Man
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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July Hey, Good Lookin` Hank Williams
Hey, Good Lookin`
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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August The Glory of Love The Five Keys
The Glory of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:07
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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October Fool, Fool, Fool The Clovers
Fool, Fool, Fool
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Cry Johnnie Ray and The Four Lads
Cry
CD Source: Your Hit Parade 1951
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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December How Many More Years Howlin` Wolf
How Many More Years
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1952 March Night Train Jimmy Forrest
Night Train
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 
One of the greatest R&B instrumentals, this song owes its basic riff to a Duke Ellington composition, "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," one of four parts of his Deep South Suite, first recorded in 1946. Jimmy Forrest was a member of Ellington`s band when it performed the song. Forrest`s 1952 adaptation to a slow, earthy arrangement was a huge R&B hit and has stood the test of time. So has James Brown`s 1962 re-conceptualization of Night Train into an upbeat dance number with vocal recitation of a train ride of cities, which hit the pop as well as the R&B charts again.
 
Sample 1: Happy Go Lucky Local - Duke Ellington
 
Sample 2: Night Train - James Brown
 
Sample 3: Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
 
Link 1:
Wikepedia "Night Train"
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April Dust My Broom Elmore James
Dust My Broom
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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5-10-15 Hours Ruth Brown
5-10-15 Hours
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:11
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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One Mint Julep The Clovers
One Mint Julep
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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May Rock The Joint Bill Haley & The Saddlemen
Rock The Joint
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: released first week of 4/52
Honored by:
 
This cover of Jimmy Preston`s hot R&B hit from 1949 showed that Haley and his combo could really get down. It featured a superb guitar solo that lead guitarist Danny Cedrone replicated almost note for note two years later on "Rock Around the Clock."
 
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June Have Mercy Baby The Dominoes
Have Mercy Baby
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Lawdy Miss Clawdy Lloyd Price
Lawdy Miss Clawdy
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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August Jambalaya (On the Bayou) Hank Williams
Jambalaya (On the Bayou)
CD Source: The Ultimate Collection (1947-52) (2)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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September Juke Little Walter
Juke
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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1953 January Baby Don`t Do It The `5` Royales
Baby Don`t Do It
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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February Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean Ruth Brown
Mama, He Treats Your Daughter Mean
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April Hound Dog Willie Mae `Big Mama` Thornton
Hound Dog
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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June Crazy, Man, Crazy Bill Haley with Haley`s Comets
Crazy, Man, Crazy
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July Wild, Wild Young Men Ruth Brown
Wild, Wild Young Men
CD Source: The Best of (1949-59)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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August Please Don`t Leave Me Fats Domino
Please Don`t Leave Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Mess Around Ray Charles
Mess Around
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Good Lovin` The Clovers
Good Lovin`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Crying In The Chapel The Orioles
Crying In The Chapel
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Shake A Hand Faye Adams
Shake A Hand
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Start of School Year Honey Hush Big Joe Turner
Honey Hush
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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October Feelin` Good Little Junior`s Blue Flames
Feelin` Good
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:55
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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November Money Honey Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Money Honey
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:56
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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December Golden Teardrops The Flamingos
Golden Teardrops
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 3:14
Sequenced by: released third week of 10/53
Honored by:
 

 
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1954 January The Things That I Used to Do Guitar Slim
The Things That I Used to Do
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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A Sunday Kind of Love The Harp-Tones
A Sunday Kind of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: released first week of 12/53
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March Hoochie Coochie Man Muddy Waters
Hoochie Coochie Man
CD Source: His Best, 1947-1955 & 1956-1964 (2)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Such a Night Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
Such a Night
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April Gee The Crows
Gee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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May Work With Me Annie The Midnighters
Work With Me Annie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite The Spaniels
Goodnite Sweetheart, Goodnite
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Shake, Rattle and Roll Big Joe Turner
Shake, Rattle and Roll
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
BIg Joe Turner`s original version of this basic uptempo blues number featured such overtly sexual lyrics and musical style that it could never cross over to pop radio stations. Bill Haley`s cover version sanitized the lyrics and rearranged the song, transforming it into a very danceable pop record. In the samples you can hear the original version`s heavy backbeat with hand claps, sensual piano ride, and Joe`s "blues shouter" vocal punctuated with an insistent honking sax. The cover`s arrangement is lighter and bouncier, propelled by a thumping acoustic bass, with lilting horns answering Bill`s jauntier vocal style.
 
Sample 1: Shake, Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
 
Sample 2: Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley
 
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June I Just Want to Make Love to You Muddy Waters
I Just Want to Make Love to You
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Honey Love The Drifters Feat. Clyde McPhatter
Honey Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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July Sh-Boom The Chords
Sh-Boom
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Riot in Cell Block #9 The Robins
Riot in Cell Block #9
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:00
Sequenced by: released first week of 6/54
Honored by:
 

 
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Sexy Ways The Midnighters
Sexy Ways
CD Source: The King R & B Box Set (+1947-63+) (4)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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August Oh What a Dream Ruth Brown
Oh What a Dream
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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That`s All Right Elvis Presley
That`s All Right
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 1:55
Sequenced by: released third week of 7/54
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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September Shake, Rattle and Roll Bill Haley & His Comets
Shake, Rattle and Roll
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
BIg Joe Turner`s original version of this basic uptempo blues number featured such overtly sexual lyrics and musical style that it could never cross over to pop radio stations. Bill Haley`s cover version sanitized the lyrics and rearranged the song, transforming it into a very danceable pop record. In the samples you can hear the original version`s heavy backbeat with hand claps, sensual piano ride, and Joe`s "blues shouter" vocal punctuated with an insistent honking sax. The cover`s arrangement is lighter and bouncier, propelled by a thumping acoustic bass, with lilting horns answering Bill`s jauntier vocal style.
 
Sample 1: Shake, Rattle And Roll - Big Joe Turner
 
Sample 2: Shake, Rattle And Roll - Bill Haley
 
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Start of School Year October I`m Ready Muddy Waters
I`m Ready
CD Source: His Best, 1947-1955 & 1956-1964 (2)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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The Wind The Diablos Feat. Nolan Strong
The Wind
CD Source: 25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits (1954-63+)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: released third week of 9/54
Honored by: DM
 
Some songs are known only to doo-wop fans; "The Wind" is among the best of the slow ones. It features a dramatic tenor lead with back-up chanting ("wind, wind, blow") and a memorable mid-song recitation. The Jesters` fine cover version appears in many doo-wop compilations, but the Diablos` superb, over-the-top original version was impossible to find on CD until 2003, when Varese Saraband included it in this hits collection. Smokey Robinson has said that, along with Clyde McPhatter, Nolan Strong was an early inspiration of his. Once pointed out, the influence is evident in Strong`s falsetto vocal timbre and phrasing, which we can easily imagine the young Robinson emulating.
 
Sample 1: The Wind
 
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November Hearts of Stone The Charms
Hearts of Stone
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Good Rockin` Tonight Elvis Presley
Good Rockin` Tonight
CD Source: The Complete 50`s Masters (1953-58) (5)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: released fourth week of 9/54
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December Sincerely The Moonglows
Sincerely
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:10
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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White Christmas The Drifters Feat. Bill Pinkney & Clyde McPhatter
White Christmas
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) The Penguins
Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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1955 January Tweedle Dee LaVern Baker
Tweedle Dee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Pledging My Love Johnny Ace
Pledging My Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 
Many CD reissues of this song use a source tape where a splice can be heard about half way through. Besides "Blowing The Fuse," you can find a completely intact version on "The Golden Age of American R&R vol.6" Ace (UK) 650 (1997)
 
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I Got A Woman Ray Charles
I Got A Woman
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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February Ko Ko Mo Gene and Eunice
Ko Ko Mo
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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The Wallflower (aka Roll with Me Henry) Etta James
The Wallflower (aka Roll with Me Henry)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:56
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Close Your Eyes The Five Keys
Close Your Eyes
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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April What`cha Gonna Do Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
What`cha Gonna Do
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DG
 
This song was written by Atlantic Records` president, Ahmet Ertegun (as Nugetre, Ertegun spelled backwards). Its melody and arrangement were "borrowed" by Hank Ballard, who added new lyrics and recorded it as "The Twist." According to Ertegun, Ballard once owned up to him directly, but Ertegun never pressed for credit to be acknowledged officially.
 
Sample 1: What`cha Gonna Do - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
 
Sample 2: The Twist - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
 
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Don`t Be Angry Nappy Brown
Don`t Be Angry
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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May Bo Diddley Bo Diddley
Bo Diddley
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS
 

 
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I`m A Man Bo Diddley
I`m A Man
CD Source: His Best (1955-62+)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM
 
The Muddy Waters` song, "Mannish Boy," is his cover version of Bo Diddley`s "I`m A Man." The different name hardly disguised Muddy`s intent to stake his claim on it.
 
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(We`re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock Bill Haley & His Comets
(We`re Gonna) Rock Around the Clock
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 
This song was first recorded by Haley in April 1954 and released the next month (as the B-side to "Thirteen Women"). It sold about 75,000 copies. When it was interpolated into the movie "Blackboard Jungle" in the spring of 1955, the record was re-released and immediately shot to #1 on the pop charts. Its guitar solo was taken directly from "Rock the Joint," a hit for Haley from 1952.
 
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Ain`t It A Shame (aka Ain`t That A Shame) Fats Domino
Ain`t It A Shame (aka Ain`t That A Shame)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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June Story Untold The Nutmegs
Story Untold
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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July Seventeen Boyd Bennett
Seventeen
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v9 (1955-63)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Fool For You Ray Charles
Fool For You
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Baby Let`s Play House Elvis Presley
Baby Let`s Play House
CD Source: Elvis` Golden Records (extended) (54-57)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: country
Honored by: DM
 

 
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August Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy) Muddy Waters
Manish Boy (aka Mannish Boy)
CD Source: His Best, 1947-1955 & 1956-1964 (2)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM
 
The Muddy Waters` song, "Mannish Boy," is his cover version of Bo Diddley`s "I`m A Man." The different name hardly disguised Muddy`s intent to stake his claim on it.
 
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Maybellene Chuck Berry
Maybellene
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Only You (And You Alone) The Platters
Only You (And You Alone)
CD Source: Enchanted - The Best of (1955-60 & 66-67)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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September Feel So Good Shirley & Lee
Feel So Good
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year I Hear You Knocking Smiley Lewis
I Hear You Knocking
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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All Around the World Little Willie John
All Around the World
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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October Mystery Train Elvis Presley
Mystery Train
CD Source: ELVIS 75 - Good Rockin` Tonight (1953-77) (4)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: country
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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At My Front Door The El Dorados
At My Front Door
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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November When You Dance The Turbans
When You Dance
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Tutti Frutti Little Richard
Tutti Frutti
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Smokey Joe`s Cafe The Robins
Smokey Joe`s Cafe
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December The Great Pretender The Platters
The Great Pretender
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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1956 January Speedoo The Cadillacs
Speedoo
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Need Your Love So Bad Little Willie John
Need Your Love So Bad
CD Source: Fever: The Best of (1955-62)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Devil or Angel The Clovers
Devil or Angel
CD Source: Down in the Alley/Best of (1951-55)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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See You Later, Alligator Bill Haley & His Comets
See You Later, Alligator
CD Source: Bill Rocks (1951-59)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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February Why Do Fools Fall in Love The Teenagers Feat. Frankie Lymon
Why Do Fools Fall in Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Eddie My Love The Teen Queens
Eddie My Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:11
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Drown in My Own Tears Ray Charles
Drown in My Own Tears
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:20
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March Folsom Prison Blues Johnny Cash
Folsom Prison Blues
CD Source: Sun Records Collection (1950-59+) (3)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: country
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Smokestack Lightnin` Howlin` Wolf
Smokestack Lightnin`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Blue Suede Shoes Carl Perkins
Blue Suede Shoes
CD Source: Carl Rocks (1955-75+)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Carl Perkins wrote and recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" before Elvis Presley did, but many people were confused about "whose song it was" because both artists had competing versions in record stores (and being played on the radio) at the same time. Carl`s version spent nine weeks in the national top 10 between mid-March and mid-May. Meanwhile, Elvis released his first LP and an extended-play 45, both of which featured his version of "Blue Suede Shoes" as the lead track, in mid-March. For the last four weeks that the Perkins version enjoyed national top 10 status, the Presley version - as an EP, not a single - was perched in the top 40. The EP peaked at #20 on the best-sellers chart the sixth week that Carl Perkins` single was in the top 10, still at #4.
 
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Heartbreak Hotel Elvis Presley
Heartbreak Hotel
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Long Tall Sally Little Richard
Long Tall Sally
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:08
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Slippin` and Slidin` Little Richard
Slippin` and Slidin`
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April Please, Please, Please James Brown
Please, Please, Please
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Blue Suede Shoes Elvis Presley
Blue Suede Shoes
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single (extended play 45)
Honored by: RS
 
Carl Perkins wrote and recorded "Blue Suede Shoes" before Elvis Presley did, but many people were confused about "whose song it was" because both artists had competing versions in record stores (and being played on the radio) at the same time. Carl`s version spent nine weeks in the national top 10 between mid-March and mid-May. Meanwhile, Elvis released his first LP and an extended-play 45, both of which featured his version of "Blue Suede Shoes" as the lead track, in mid-March. For the last four weeks that the Perkins version enjoyed national top 10 status, the Presley version - as an EP, not a single - was perched in the top 40. The EP peaked at #20 on the best-sellers chart the sixth week that Carl Perkins` single was in the top 10, still at #4.
 
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I`m in Love Again Fats Domino
I`m in Love Again
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:53
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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My Blue Heaven Fats Domino
My Blue Heaven
CD Source: Fats Rocks (1949-61)
Time: 2:06
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Little Girl of Mine The Cleftones
Little Girl of Mine
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:07
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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May I Want You to Be My Girl Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
I Want You to Be My Girl
CD Source:
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Corrine, Corrina Big Joe Turner
Corrine, Corrina
CD Source: Big Joe Turner Rocks (1939-58)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Ruby Baby The Drifters
Ruby Baby
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Fever Little Willie John
Fever
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 
Little Willie John`s great soul ballad was a huge hit on the R&B charts in late spring and summer 1956 but projected too much heat for pop radio at that time. Two years later Peggy Lee wrote more playful lyrics for the second half of "Fever" and transformed it into a pop masterpiece. For the samples I chose a verse common to both versions of the song to emphasize the musical differences between them. The original features a strong, insistent, horn-driven riff undergirding John`s impassioned gospel tenor vocal. The cover rearranges the riff into virtually a bass solo with finger snaps and drum accents, creating more of a supper-club feel for Lee`s seductive contralto voice. When Elvis Presley covered the song in 1960 he adopted the Peggy Lee arrangement, which became her signature song.
 
Sample 1: Fever - Peggy Lee
 
Sample 2: Fever - Little Willie John
 
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My Baby Left Me Elvis Presley
My Baby Left Me
CD Source: Elvis` Golden Records (extended) (54-57)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I Want You, I Need You, I Love You Elvis Presley
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June Hallelujah, I Love Her So Ray Charles
Hallelujah, I Love Her So
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 2:35
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Crazy Arms Ray Price
Crazy Arms
CD Source: Country Edition of Golden Age of R&R series (1956-65)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: country
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Treasure of Love Clyde McPhatter
Treasure of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Ooby Dooby Roy Orbison
Ooby Dooby
CD Source: The Soul of Rock and Roll (1955-88) (4)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Roll Over Beethoven Chuck Berry
Roll Over Beethoven
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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July Be-Bop-A-Lula Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Be-Bop-A-Lula
CD Source: The Screaming End: Best of (1956-57)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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I Walk the Line Johnny Cash
I Walk the Line
CD Source: Love God Murder (1955-96) (3)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: country
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Rip It Up Little Richard
Rip It Up
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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A Casual Look The Six Teens
A Casual Look
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v9 (1955-63)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Hound Dog Elvis Presley
Hound Dog
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Hound Dog and Don`t Be Cruel were both huge #1 hits on the same 45, the undisputed king of all double-sided singles in the 20th century.
 
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Don`t Be Cruel Elvis Presley
Don`t Be Cruel
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Hound Dog and Don`t Be Cruel were both huge #1 hits on the same 45, the undisputed king of all double-sided singles in the 20th century.
 
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August Honky Tonk Part I Bill Doggett
Honky Tonk Part I
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Parts I and II were the A and B side of King 4950. Both sides were played on the radio and in jukeboxes, and both sides were listed on charts in 1956. Part II (the saxophone solo) was re-released by itself on King 5444 in 1961. In the CD reissue era, just about every other two-part hit record has been reissued in a single, uninterrupted digital file, but the unedited master tape of "Honky Tonk" was apparently destroyed long ago.
 
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Honky Tonk Part II Bill Doggett
Honky Tonk Part II
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Parts I and II were the A and B side of King 4950. Both sides were played on the radio and in jukeboxes, and both sides were listed on charts in 1956. Part II (the saxophone solo) was re-released by itself on King 5444 in 1961. In the CD reissue era, just about every other two-part hit record has been reissued in a single, uninterrupted digital file, but the unedited master tape of "Honky Tonk" was apparently destroyed long ago.
 
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Let the Good Times Roll Shirley & Lee
Let the Good Times Roll
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year September In the Still of the Night The Five Satins
In the Still of the Night
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:03
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Although it never reached the top 10 for even one week in New York City during its original release, "In the Still of the Night" kept winning polls as the most popular oldie for decades afterwards (at least in the eastern half of the country - "Earth Angel" might claim that distinction for those who grew up with a stronger tie to Los Angeles). Both songs were featured on the first "Oldies But Goodies" album, which charted continuously from September 1959 into 1963.
 
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The Closer You Are The Channels
The Closer You Are
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: released third week of 8/56
Honored by:
 
This song only charted in New York City but is well known to doo-wop lovers everywhere.
 
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October Race With the Devil Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Race With the Devil
CD Source: The Screaming End: Best of (1956-57)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
This follow-up to Be-Bop-A-Lula never caught on with radio programmers.
 
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Love Me Tender Elvis Presley
Love Me Tender
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Anyway You Want Me Elvis Presley
Anyway You Want Me
CD Source: Elvis` Golden Records (extended) (54-57)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Blueberry Hill Fats Domino
Blueberry Hill
CD Source: Fats Rocks (1949-61)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Singing the Blues Marty Robbins
Singing the Blues
CD Source: The Essential 1951-1982 (2)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 
Guy Mitchell covered this song and had a huge, huge pop hit with it, but the original is a better record, and was a giant country hit in its own right. The samples illustrate the difference between records that are pitched to the country and pop markets. Mainly, even as today, they differ primarily in instrumentation and vocal style. The original features a slide guitar and Marty Robbins using his yodel to great effect. The cover replaces the slide guitar with various background vocalizing - including whistling! - and exploits Guy Mitchell`s versatile voice to sound every bit the contemporary pop stylist.
 
Sample 1: Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
 
Sample 2: Singing The Blues - Marty Robbins
 
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Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry
Too Much Monkey Business
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 
"Too Much Monkey Business" and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" were A and B sides of Chess 1635. One side lagged a few weeks behind the other.
 
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Lonely Avenue Ray Charles
Lonely Avenue
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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November Brown Eyed Handsome Man Chuck Berry
Brown Eyed Handsome Man
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS DM
 
"Too Much Monkey Business" and "Brown Eyed Handsome Man" were A and B sides of Chess 1635. One side lagged a few weeks behind the other.
 
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Love Me Elvis Presley
Love Me
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 
"Love Me" was the lead song of a four-track "extended play" (EP) record. It was unusual for EPs to make the singles chart at all; it was unprecedented for one to reach the top 10, where "Love Me" remained for two months, peaking at #6. The song was written ("as a send-up of country music") by Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller and originally recorded on their Spark label in 1954 by gospel singers Willy & Ruth. Comparing the samples, ignoring the stark differences in production values, you can hear clearly how Elvis` sincerity, commitment, and great vocal skills transformed an ordinary, simple tune into an unforgettable, bravura performance.
 
Sample 1: Love Me - Elvis Presley
 
Sample 2: Love Me - Willy & Ruth
 
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December Oh, What A Night The Dells
Oh, What A Night
CD Source:
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 
The Dells recorded an updated and rearranged version of this song in 1969. They covered their own song! This original version was also spelled "Oh What A Nite" at the time.
 
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Goodnight My Love Jesse Belvin
Goodnight My Love
CD Source:
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 
For years, the song which Alan Freed played last on his radio show - his "sign-off" song.
 
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The Train Kept A-Rollin` The Johnny Burnette Trio
The Train Kept A-Rollin`
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: released second week of 10/56
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Since I Met You Baby Ivory Joe Hunter
Since I Met You Baby
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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A Thousand Miles Away The Heartbeats
A Thousand Miles Away
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Ain`t Got No Home Clarence "Frog Man" Henry
Ain`t Got No Home
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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1957 January Young Love Sonny James
Young Love
CD Source: Traditions in Country Music (1945-58)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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Blue Monday Fats Domino
Blue Monday
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Jim Dandy LaVern Baker
Jim Dandy
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Love is Strange Mickey & Sylvia
Love is Strange
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v11 (1955-63)
Time: 2:55
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 
If you want the original hit single of this song, you must listen carefully. A second master tape has frequently been reissued on CD that has a female vocalist dubbed over the background vocal on the original (first heard 18 seconds into the song). Even my "reference" series, the vaunted Bear Family "Blowing The Fuse" 1957 CD, has the wrong version! One other source for the undubbed master is "The Golden Era of R&R 1954-1963" Hip-O 2251 (2004).
 
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February End of the Road Jerry Lee Lewis
End of the Road
CD Source: Jerry Rocks (1956-77)
Time: 1:48
Sequenced by: released second week of 12/56
Honored by:
 

 
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The Girl Can`t Help It Little Richard
The Girl Can`t Help It
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Twenty Flight Rock Eddie Cochran
Twenty Flight Rock
CD Source: All We Wanna Do Is Rock (1953-60)
Time: 1:44
Sequenced by: in movie, "The Girl Can`t Help It"
Honored by:
 

 
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Butterfly Charlie Gracie
Butterfly
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Ain`t That Love Ray Charles
Ain`t That Love
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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March Party Doll Buddy Knox
Party Doll
CD Source:
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Walking Along The Solitaires
Walking Along
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: released fourth week of 1/57
Honored by:
 

 
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I`m Walkin` Fats Domino
I`m Walkin`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Walkin` After Midnight Patsy Cline
Walkin` After Midnight
CD Source: A Century of Women in Music (1909-98)(5)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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Little Darlin` The Diamonds
Little Darlin`
CD Source: Doo Wop Edition of Golden Age of R&R series (1953-63)
Time: 2:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Come Go With Me The Dell-Vikings
Come Go With Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Do you remember a different spelling of the group`s name, like "Del Vikings," "Dell Vikings," or "Del-Vikings"? All four variations were used at one time or another. During summer 1957 at one point there were four records on sale by three different configurations of group members using slight variations of the same name! For more details, see the excellent group bio by Bruce Eder on the AllMusic site.
 
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All Shook Up Elvis Presley
All Shook Up
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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April Just Because Lloyd Price
Just Because
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Lucille Little Richard
Lucille
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Send Me Some Lovin` Little Richard
Send Me Some Lovin`
CD Source: The Essential (1955-59)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Matchbox Carl Perkins
Matchbox
CD Source: Carl Rocks (1955-75+)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: released second week of 2/57
Honored by:
 

 
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School Day Chuck Berry
School Day
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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A White Sport Coat Marty Robbins
A White Sport Coat
CD Source: The Essential 1951-1982 (2)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: country
Honored by:
 

 
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C.C. Rider Chuck Willis
C.C. Rider
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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May Louie Louie Richard Berry
Louie Louie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: released first week of 4/57
Honored by:
 
Louie Louie is the rare rock & roll song whose story has merited an entire book (by Dave Marsh). Writer and original performer Richard Berry had been the uncredited bass singer on both "Riot in Cell Block #9" and "The Wallflower." His Jamaican-flavored ballad was a regional west coast hit that never charted. The Kingsmen turned it into a very popular garage-rock staple with nearly unintelligible lyrics and a crazy guitar break. The original Flip recording is hard to find. The Kingsmen`s cover completely transforms its sound and feel. Wikipedia provides more details.
 
Sample 1: Louie Louie - Richard Berry
 
Sample 2: Louie Louie - The Kingsmen
 
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Wikepedia "Louie Louie"
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Over the Mountain, Across the Sea Johnnie and Joe
Over the Mountain, Across the Sea
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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Bye Bye Love The Everly Brothers
Bye Bye Love
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Young Blood The Coasters
Young Blood
CD Source: The Very Best of (1954-61)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Searchin` The Coasters
Searchin`
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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June Susie-Q Dale Hawkins
Susie-Q
CD Source: Chess Rhythm & Roll (1947-67) (4)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear Elvis Presley
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 1:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Jenny Jenny Little Richard
Jenny Jenny
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 

 
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July Short Fat Fannie Larry Williams
Short Fat Fannie
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Whispering Bells The Dell-Vikings
Whispering Bells
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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August To the Aisle The Five Satins
To the Aisle
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Long Lonely Nights Lee Andrews & The Hearts
Long Lonely Nights
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by:
 

 
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That`ll Be The Day The Crickets
That`ll Be The Day
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On Jerry Lee Lewis
Whole Lotta Shakin` Goin` On
CD Source: Jerry Rocks (1956-77)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Honeycomb Jimmie Rodgers
Honeycomb
CD Source:
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Mr. Lee The Bobbettes
Mr. Lee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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September Rockin` Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu Huey Smith & The Clowns
Rockin` Pneumonia and The Boogie Woogie Flu
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Farther Up the Road Bobby Bland
Farther Up the Road
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: R&B
Honored by: DM
 
Bobby Bland was better known as Bobby "Blue" Bland throughout his career. That`s how he was credited on Farther Up the Road. After 1960, however, "Blue" was usually omitted from his name on singles releases but not from his albums. I decided to omit "Blue" in the Timeline to make searching more consistent. See this discography for details.
 
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Lotta Lovin` Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
Lotta Lovin`
CD Source: The Screaming End: Best of (1956-57)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year Happy, Happy Birthday Baby The Tune Weavers
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Think The `5` Royales
Think
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Wake Up Little Susie The Everly Brothers
Wake Up Little Susie
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Keep a` Knockin` Little Richard
Keep a` Knockin`
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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October Jailhouse Rock Elvis Presley
Jailhouse Rock
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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You Send Me Sam Cooke
You Send Me
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Silhouettes The Rays
Silhouettes
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
"Silhouettes" was a big national hit, peaking at #3 for two weeks and remaining in the top ten for over two months against really heavy competition. But in the New York City area it was a monster, the #1 song of the entire year 1957 according to my compilation of the weekly charts of WMGM, the dominant top 40 radio station at the time. During its run of seven weeks at #1 it fended off the challenges of both "You Send Me" and "Jailhouse Rock."
 
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Little Bitty Pretty One Thurston Harris
Little Bitty Pretty One
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Tonite, Tonite The Mello-Kings
Tonite, Tonite
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Reet Petite Jackie Wilson
Reet Petite
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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My Special Angel Bobby Helms
My Special Angel
CD Source:
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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November Raunchy Bill Justis
Raunchy
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Could This Be Magic The Dubs
Could This Be Magic
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Rock and Roll Music Chuck Berry
Rock and Roll Music
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Peggy Sue Buddy Holly
Peggy Sue
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Everyday Buddy Holly
Everyday
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: B-side of Peggy Sue
Honored by: RS
 

 
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December Great Balls of Fire Jerry Lee Lewis
Great Balls of Fire
CD Source: Jerry Rocks (1956-77)
Time: 1:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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At the Hop Danny & The Juniors
At the Hop
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Teardrops Lee Andrews & The Hearts
Teardrops
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Buzz, Buzz, Buzz The Hollywood Flames
Buzz, Buzz, Buzz
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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1958 January Oh Boy! The Crickets
Oh Boy!
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Not Fade Away The Crickets
Not Fade Away
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: B-side of Oh Boy!
Honored by: RS
 

 
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The Stroll The Diamonds
The Stroll
CD Source: The Best of (1956-59+)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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I`ll Come Running Back to You Sam Cooke
I`ll Come Running Back to You
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Get a Job The Silhouettes
Get a Job
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Don`t Elvis Presley
Don`t
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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February Don`t Let Go Roy Hamilton
Don`t Let Go
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
The earliest stereo version of a single originally released in mono that is included in the Timeline.
 
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Maybe The Chantels
Maybe
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Sweet Little Sixteen Chuck Berry
Sweet Little Sixteen
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Chuck Berry`s original recording clocked in at 3:10. A couple of early CD reissues used this original *studio* master, which is how I first learned about it. It was speeded up about 6% for release, as had previously been done with a few Fats Domino releases. Five years after this release, Brian Wilson of The Beach Boys put new "surfer" lyrics to the melody and arrangement of "Sweet Little Sixteen." Chuck Berry was officially identified as the co-writer of "Surfin` USA" before long.
 
Sample 1: Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
 
Sample 2: Surfin` U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
 
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Reelin` and Rockin` Chuck Berry
Reelin` and Rockin`
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 3:15
Sequenced by: B-side of Sweet Little Sixteen
Honored by:
 

 
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We Belong Together Robert & Johnny
We Belong Together
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Tequila The Champs
Tequila
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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March Good Golly Miss Molly Little Richard
Good Golly Miss Molly
CD Source: Little Richard Rocks (1951-64+)
Time: 2:08
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Maybe Baby The Crickets
Maybe Baby
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 1:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Breathless Jerry Lee Lewis
Breathless
CD Source: Jerry Rocks (1956-77)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Don`t You Just Know It Huey Smith & The Clowns
Don`t You Just Know It
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Book of Love The Monotones
Book of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Twilight Time The Platters
Twilight Time
CD Source: Enchanted - The Best of (1955-60 & 66-67)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Believe What You Say Ricky Nelson
Believe What You Say
CD Source: Rockin` with Ricky (1957-62)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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April Wear My Ring Around Your Neck Elvis Presley
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I Met Him on a Sunday The Shirelles
I Met Him on a Sunday
CD Source: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (1958-64)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Oh, Lonesome Me Don Gibson
Oh, Lonesome Me
CD Source: Country Edition of Golden Age of R&R series (1956-65)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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All I Have to Do is Dream The Everly Brothers
All I Have to Do is Dream
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Talk to Me, Talk to Me Little Willie John
Talk to Me, Talk to Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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May Rumble Link Wray & His Ray Men
Rumble
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Johnny B. Goode Chuck Berry
Johnny B. Goode
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Around and Around Chuck Berry
Around and Around
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: B-side of Johnny B. Goode
Honored by:
 

 
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For Your Love Ed Townsend
For Your Love
CD Source:
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Do You Want to Dance Bobby Freeman
Do You Want to Dance
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Jennie Lee Jan & Arnie
Jennie Lee
CD Source:
Time: 2:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Jan Berry and Arnie Ginsburg - Jan teamed with Dean Torrence in 1959 to record "Baby Talk" and later to sing "surf" music classics.
 
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Try The Impossible Lee Andrews & The Hearts
Try The Impossible
CD Source: Doo Wop Edition of Golden Age of R&R series (1953-63)
Time: 3:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Just broke into the Top 40 nationally but was a Top 10 hit in New York City.
 
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June Rave On Buddy Holly
Rave On
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 1:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Yakety Yak The Coasters
Yakety Yak
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Endless Sleep Jody Reynolds
Endless Sleep
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v3 (1955-63)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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I Wonder Why Dion & The Belmonts
I Wonder Why
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
"I Wonder Why" broke the mold for white doo-wop groups with a distinctive, ballistic bass part that virtually steals the show from Dion`s lead vocal. But these samples show that the song itself bears a strong resemblance to a pretty obscure predecessor, which I discovered only recently. - - - Also worth mentioning: (1) The song broke in New York City nearly two months before I slotted it here, based on national charts. (2) The version on "Golden Age of American R&R vol. 9" is an interesting alternate take, not the original. A further heads up that two otherwise wonderful reissue sets omit the original mono version in favor of a stereo mix: "The Complete Dion & The Belmonts" from the Collectors` Choice label (1998) and the "King of the New York Streets" Dion box set from the Right Stuff label (2000). I have no problem with the stereo version as long as both are included. But the stereo version is no substitute for the real deal!
 
Sample 1: I Don`t Know - The Keynotes
 
Sample 2: I Wonder Why - Dion & The Belmonts
 
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High School Confidential Jerry Lee Lewis
High School Confidential
CD Source: Jerry Rocks (1956-77)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Splish Splash Bobby Darin
Splish Splash
CD Source:
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July Rebel `Rouser Duane Eddy
Rebel `Rouser
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Poor Little Fool Ricky Nelson
Poor Little Fool
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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For Your Precious Love Jerry Butler & The Impressions
For Your Precious Love
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v10 (1954-62)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
For all the times this song has been reissued on CD by companies with the highest reputations, I know of only two sources for the original mono single version, this one and the "Doo Wop Love Songs" box set on Shout! Factory 10664. All others use a later stereo version that adds overdubbed percussion and echo while to my ear diminishing the depth and rich timbre of Jerry Butler`s magnificent lead vocal.
 
Sample 1: For Your Precious Love (mono)
 
Sample 2: For Your Precious Love (stereo)
 
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When The Kalin Twins
When
CD Source: Glory Days of R&R: Teen Ballads(1958-64)(2)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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My True Love Jack Scott
My True Love
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v3 (1955-63)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Willie and the Hand Jive Johnny Otis
Willie and the Hand Jive
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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One Summer Night The Danleers
One Summer Night
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Little Star The Elegants
Little Star
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Just A Dream Jimmy Clanton
Just A Dream
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v7 (1954-63)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
This is the only source I know for the original single master without added echo (the way I remember it sounding).
 
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August Bird Dog The Everly Brothers
Bird Dog
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Trickle, Trickle The Videos
Trickle, Trickle
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: WMGM Top 40 survey, New York City
Honored by:
 
This song did not chart nationally but reached #14 in the New York City area. The Manhattan Transfer`s faithful version on their 1979 "Extensions" album reached a far wider audience. Still, the innocence, urgency, and street-corner vibe of the Video`s version make it one of the truly great upbeat doo-wop songs.
 
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Born Too Late The Poni-Tails
Born Too Late
CD Source: Glory Days of R&R: Teen Ballads(1958-64)(2)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Western Movies The Olympics
Western Movies
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Rock-in` Robin Bobby Day
Rock-in` Robin
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Tears On My Pillow Little Anthony & The Imperials
Tears On My Pillow
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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September It`s All in the Game Tommy Edwards
It`s All in the Game
CD Source: Billboard Pop Memories - 1955-59
Time: 2:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Most CD reissues of this song are in stereo. This is a good source for the mono version.
 
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Carol Chuck Berry
Carol
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Susie Darlin` Robin Luke
Susie Darlin`
CD Source: Glory Days of R&R: Teen Ballads(1958-64)(2)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Summertime Blues Eddie Cochran
Summertime Blues
CD Source: Somethin` Else (1956-60)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
There are two common versions of this song on CD reissues. Faithful to the original release is the version with a faded ending and lots of echo on the talking parts ("I`d like to help you son, but you`re too young to vote.") I prefer the other version, the original studio version, with a cold ending and before the echo was added, but with more bite and presence to the whole sound.
 
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Start of School Year You Cheated The Shields
You Cheated
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
The R&B national hit version was a cover of the original recording by a white group, The Slades, which was the only version played in Oklahoma, where my wife grew up.
 
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October Chantilly Lace The Big Bopper
Chantilly Lace
CD Source: Loud, Fast & Out of Control(+1954-60+)(4)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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The End Earl Grant
The End
CD Source: Golden Age of American Pop Music (1956-65)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Topsy Part II Cozy Cole
Topsy Part II
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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It`s Only Make Believe Conway Twitty
It`s Only Make Believe
CD Source: Ultimate Collection (1958-93)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Ten Commandments of Love Harvey & The Moonglows
Ten Commandments of Love
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v6 (1955-62)
Time: 3:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Come On, Let`s Go Ritchie Valens
Come On, Let`s Go
CD Source: Loud, Fast & Out of Control(+1954-60+)(4)
Time: 1:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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To Know Him Is To Love Him The Teddy Bears
To Know Him Is To Love Him
CD Source: Back to MONO (1958-69) (4)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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November Queen of the Hop Bobby Darin
Queen of the Hop
CD Source:
Time: 2:08
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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One Night Elvis Presley
One Night
CD Source: ELVIS 75 - Good Rockin` Tonight (1953-77) (4)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Elvis recorded both a pretty straight cover of Smiley Lewis`s original "One Night of Sin" and this ingenious adaptation in winter 1957.
 
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Problems The Everly Brothers
Problems
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 1:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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December Smoke Gets in Your Eyes The Platters
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
CD Source: Enchanted - The Best of (1955-60 & 66-67)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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A Lover`s Question Clyde McPhatter
A Lover`s Question
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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C`Mon Everybody Eddie Cochran
C`Mon Everybody
CD Source: Somethin` Else (1956-60)
Time: 1:53
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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Whole Lotta Loving Fats Domino
Whole Lotta Loving
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Diary Neil Sedaka
The Diary
CD Source:
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Try Me James Brown
Try Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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1959 January 16 Candles The Crests
16 Candles
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Stagger Lee Lloyd Price
Stagger Lee
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Donna Ritchie Valens
Donna
CD Source: Glory Days of R&R: Teen Ballads(1958-64)(2)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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La Bamba Ritchie Valens
La Bamba
CD Source: Loud, Fast & Out of Control(+1954-60+)(4)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Lonely Teardrops Jackie Wilson
Lonely Teardrops
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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(Night Time Is) The Right Time Ray Charles
(Night Time Is) The Right Time
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 3:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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February Charlie Brown The Coasters
Charlie Brown
CD Source: The Very Best of (1954-61)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I`ve Had It The Bell Notes
I`ve Had It
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v2 (1956-64)
Time: 2:38
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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It`s Just A Matter of Time Brook Benton
It`s Just A Matter of Time
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Sea Cruise Frankie Ford
Sea Cruise
CD Source: Doctors...Big Ol` Box of N. O. (1927-2003) (4)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Since I Don`t Have You The Skyliners
Since I Don`t Have You
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R (1954-63)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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March Come Softly to Me The Fleetwoods
Come Softly to Me
CD Source:
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
The opening to this song, be-doo-be-doo-dom-dom, dom-do-dom, is, of course, a nod to the classic bass vocal line of the Dell-Viking`s "Come Go With Me." The song was originally titled simply "Come Softly," but the record company was afraid that radio stations would think that title too risque.
 
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It`s Late Ricky Nelson
It`s Late
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 1:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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It Doesn`t Matter Anymore Buddy Holly
It Doesn`t Matter Anymore
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-58)
Time: 2:01
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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A Fool Such As I Elvis Presley
A Fool Such As I
CD Source: ELVIS 75 - Good Rockin` Tonight (1953-77) (4)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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That`s Why (I Love You So) Jackie Wilson
That`s Why (I Love You So)
CD Source: The Very Best of (1956-67)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Almost Grown Chuck Berry
Almost Grown
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April Sorry, I Ran All the Way Home The Impalas
Sorry, I Ran All the Way Home
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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So Fine The Fiestas
So Fine
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Kansas City Wilbert Harrison
Kansas City
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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May A Teenager in Love Dion & The Belmonts
A Teenager in Love
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Dream Lover Bobby Darin
Dream Lover
CD Source:
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Personality Lloyd Price
Personality
CD Source:
Time: 2:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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White Lightning George Jones
White Lightning
CD Source: Country Edition of Golden Age of R&R series (1956-65)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I`m Ready Fats Domino
I`m Ready
CD Source: Fats Rocks (1949-61)
Time: 2:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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You`re So Fine The Falcons
You`re So Fine
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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I Only Have Eyes for You The Flamingos
I Only Have Eyes for You
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 3:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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June Hushabye The Mystics
Hushabye
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v7 (1954-63)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Only Sixteen Sam Cooke
Only Sixteen
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Back in the USA Chuck Berry
Back in the USA
CD Source: Chuck Berry Rocks (1955-64)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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I`ll Be Satisfied Jackie Wilson
I`ll Be Satisfied
CD Source: The Very Best of (1956-67)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July There Goes My Baby The Drifters
There Goes My Baby
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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It Was I Skip & Flip
It Was I
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v3 (1955-63)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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What`d I Say (Parts I & II) Ray Charles
What`d I Say (Parts I & II)
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 5:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
Above is the source and elapsed time for the two-sided mono single. Contrary to my usual preference for mono versions in this time frame, the 6:25 stereo version from Blowing The Fuse 1959 is, to my mind and ear, definitive. Nothing about the stereo version detracts from or contradicts the intent of the original single. Instead, it amplifies what was already great about it.
 
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August Sea of Love Phil Philips with The Twilights
Sea of Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Sleep Walk Santo & Johnny
Sleep Walk
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Baby Talk Jan & Dean
Baby Talk
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v4 (1955-63)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I Want to Walk You Home Fats Domino
I Want to Walk You Home
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Red River Rock Johnny & The Hurricanes
Red River Rock
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.1: The `50s (57-59)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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(`Til) I Kissed You The Everly Brothers
(`Til) I Kissed You
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Hey Little Girl Dee Clark
Hey Little Girl
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:15
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Start of School Year Mack the Knife Bobby Darin
Mack the Knife
CD Source:
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Poison Ivy The Coasters
Poison Ivy
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Mr. Blue The Fleetwoods
Mr. Blue
CD Source: Glory Days of R&R: Teen Ballads(1958-64)(2)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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October Love Potion #9 The Clovers
Love Potion #9
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Shout, Parts 1 & 2 The Isley Brothers
Shout, Parts 1 & 2
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 4:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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November I Believe To My Soul Ray Charles
I Believe To My Soul
CD Source: Pure Genius-Complete Atlantic (52-59) (7) +DVD
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: B-side of I`m Moving On single
Honored by: DM
 
This song also appeared on the LP Genius Sings the Blues in December 1961 and on a few later compilations, but no one of these seemed to me a better choice for when to sequence it.
 
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December El Paso Marty Robbins
El Paso
CD Source: The Essential 1951-1982 (2)
Time: 4:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Stereo versions of "El Paso" omit four lines from the mono version that begin right after Our Hero shoots the handsome young stranger: "Just for a moment I stood there in silence, Shocked by the FOUL EVIL deed I had done. Many thoughts raced through my mind as I stood there; I had but one chance and that was to run." The 4:39 length is the mono single version.
 
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1960 January Handy Man Jimmy Jones
Handy Man
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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February Baby What You Want Me to Do Jimmy Reed
Baby What You Want Me to Do
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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This Magic Moment The Drifters
This Magic Moment
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March Sweet Nothin`s Brenda Lee
Sweet Nothin`s
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Money (That`s What I Want) Barrett Strong
Money (That`s What I Want)
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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April Doggin` Around Jackie Wilson
Doggin` Around
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Mountain of Love Harold Dorman
Mountain of Love
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v2 (1956-64)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Cathy`s Clown The Everly Brothers
Cathy`s Clown
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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May Think James Brown
Think
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Wonderful World Sam Cooke
Wonderful World
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 
Dave Marsh did not include "Wonderful World" in his 1989 book, "The Greatest 1001 Singles Ever Made," but later wrote that it was a "stupid oversight" not to have done so.
 
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Reconsider Baby Elvis Presley
Reconsider Baby
CD Source: Elvis is Back!
Time: 3:38
Sequenced by: Elvis is Back! album
Honored by:
 
The best of many good tracks on Elvis`s first studio album after his stint in the army.
 
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June Alley-Oop The Hollywood Argyles
Alley-Oop
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v2 (1956-64)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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I`m Sorry Brenda Lee
I`m Sorry
CD Source: Anthology (1956-80) (2)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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When Will I Be Loved The Everly Brothers
When Will I Be Loved
CD Source: Best (1957-60)
Time: 2:00
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Only the Lonely Roy Orbison
Only the Lonely
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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July Image of a Girl The Safaris
Image of a Girl
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box III (1951-98) (4)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Rank Stranger The Stanley Brothers
Rank Stranger
CD Source: Can`t You Hear Me...Bluegrass (1925-2002) (4)
Time: 3:08
Sequenced by: recorded in May 1960
Honored by: DM
 
"Rank Stranger" is a folk story in the form of a hymn sung by bluegrass legends. It`s in the Timeline because it`s such a great record I couldn`t leave it out. Never charted. It`s one of four songs in the Timeline that rank in the top 10 of country music`s 500 greatest singles in the book "Heartaches By The Number" by Cantwell and Friskics-Warren.
 
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Finger Poppin` Time Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Finger Poppin` Time
CD Source: Loud, Fast & Out of Control(+1954-60+)(4)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Walking to New Orleans Fats Domino
Walking to New Orleans
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Walk--Don`t Run The Ventures
Walk--Don`t Run
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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August The Twist Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
The Twist
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
This song is based on the melody and arrangement of "What`cha Gonna Do," written by Atlantic Records` president Ahmet Ertegun, which was recorded by Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters and peaked at #2 on the R&B chart in spring 1955. Hank Ballard added new lyrics and recorded it as "The Twist," which barely made the top 20 on the R&B chart when first released as a B-side early in 1959. Re-released in July 1960, Ballard`s "Twist" began climbing the pop chart but soon became an historical footnote when Chubby Checker released a competing cover version with the promotional support of Dick Clark and American Bandstand. That version was a massive pop hit, the only song ever to attain the #1 position on the Hot 100 on two separate occasions more than a year apart. Musically, Hank Ballard`s version is far superior. Note that the CD source is the *1959* disc in the "Blowing The Fuse" series.
 
Sample 1: What`cha Gonna Do - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
 
Sample 2: The Twist - Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
 
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Let`s Have A Party Wanda Jackson
Let`s Have A Party
CD Source: All We Wanna Do Is Rock (1953-60)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Recorded in 1958, this record was a cover of Elvis Presley`s "Party" from the 1957 movie, Loving You. It appeared only on an LP at that time, and was not released as a single until the summer of 1960.
 
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September A Million to One Jimmy Charles
A Million to One
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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A Fool in Love Ike & Tina Turner
A Fool in Love
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Start of School Year Save the Last Dance for Me The Drifters
Save the Last Dance for Me
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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October Tonight`s the Night The Shirelles
Tonight`s the Night
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:56
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Georgia On My Mind Ray Charles
Georgia On My Mind
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Let`s Go, Let`s Go, Let`s Go Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Let`s Go, Let`s Go, Let`s Go
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Stay Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs
Stay
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 1:35
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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November New Orleans Gary U.S. Bonds
New Orleans
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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A Thousand Stars Kathy Young with The Innocents
A Thousand Stars
CD Source:
Time: 3:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Are You Lonesome Tonight Elvis Presley
Are You Lonesome Tonight
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 3:06
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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He Will Break Your Heart Jerry Butler
He Will Break Your Heart
CD Source: Blowing the Fuse/R&B Classics(1945-60)(16)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Lonely Teenager Dion
Lonely Teenager
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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December Angel Baby Rosie & The Originals
Angel Baby
CD Source: 25 More All-Time Doo Wop Hits (1954-63+)
Time: 3:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Will You Love Me Tomorrow The Shirelles
Will You Love Me Tomorrow
CD Source: The Scepter Records Story (1959-72) (3)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 
This is the only CD source I know for the mono version. Although the stereo mix sounds OK by itself, it does not preserve the depth, resonance, and very special timbre of the lead vocal that I treasure.
 
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1961 January I Count the Tears The Drifters
I Count the Tears
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Shop Around The Miracles
Shop Around
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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Who`s Lovin` You The Miracles
Who`s Lovin` You
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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At Last Etta James
At Last
CD Source: The Essential (1960-75) (2)
Time: 3:01
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Covered by Beyoncé, who played Etta in film about Chess Records. Famously sung live by Beyoncé as first couple danced at Obama`s first inaugural ball, January 2005.
 
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There`s A Moon Out Tonight The Capris
There`s A Moon Out Tonight
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box (+1953-63+) (4)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of a doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out Tonight" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961.
 
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February Dedicated to the One I Love The Shirelles
Dedicated to the One I Love
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 1:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961. In the case of "Dedicated," the huge success of "Will You Love Me Tomorrow" was the obvious impetus for an immediate follow-up.
 
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I Pity The Fool Bobby Bland
I Pity The Fool
CD Source: The Anthology (1952-77+) (2)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 
Bobby Bland was better known as Bobby "Blue" Bland throughout his career. After 1960, however, "Blue" was usually omitted from his name on singles releases but not from his albums. I decided to omit "Blue" in the Timeline to make searching more consistent. See this discography for details.
 
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Spanish Harlem Ben E. King
Spanish Harlem
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:52
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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March Apache Jorgen Ingmann & His Guitar
Apache
CD Source: Instrumentals,Vol.2: The `60s (60-63+)
Time: 3:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Blue Moon The Marcels
Blue Moon
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Runaway Del Shannon
Runaway
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Mother-in-Law Ernie K-Doe
Mother-in-Law
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April One Mint Julep Ray Charles
One Mint Julep
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:05
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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May Daddy`s Home Shep and the Limelites
Daddy`s Home
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:53
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Mama Said The Shirelles
Mama Said
CD Source: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (1958-64)
Time: 2:04
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Travelin` Man Ricky Nelson
Travelin` Man
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Hello Mary Lou Ricky Nelson
Hello Mary Lou
CD Source: Greatest Hits (1957-72)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Running Scared Roy Orbison
Running Scared
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:11
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Barbara-Ann The Regents
Barbara-Ann
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v4 (1955-63)
Time: 2:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
There was a strong element of doo-wop "revival" in 1961. Three significant Timeline hits had been recorded years earlier. "Moon Out" was recorded and first released in 1958. "Dedicated" was recorded and first released in spring 1959. And "Barbara-Ann" was recorded in 1958 but not released until 1961.
 
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Stand By Me Ben E. King
Stand By Me
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Quarter to Three Gary U.S. Bonds
Quarter to Three
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Every Beat of My Heart The Pips
Every Beat of My Heart
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:02
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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June Tossin` and Turnin` Bobby Lewis
Tossin` and Turnin`
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:19
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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July I Like It Like That, Part 1 Chris Kenner
I Like It Like That, Part 1
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 1:53
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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Cupid Sam Cooke
Cupid
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS
 

 
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Let`s Twist Again Chubby Checker
Let`s Twist Again
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
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Last Night The Mar-Keys
Last Night
CD Source: Complete Stax/Volt Singles:1959-1968(9)
Time: 2:36
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Pretty Little Angel Eyes Curtis Lee
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
CD Source: The Doo Wop Box II (+1953-63) (4)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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August I Fall to Pieces Patsy Cline
I Fall to Pieces
CD Source: 12 Greatest Hits (1961-63)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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My True Story The Jive Five
My True Story
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R (1954-63)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Take Good Care of My Baby Bobby Vee
Take Good Care of My Baby
CD Source: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time (1951-70)
Time: 2:28
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A Little Bit of Soap The Jarmels
A Little Bit of Soap
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:09
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Little Sister Elvis Presley
Little Sister
CD Source: 2nd To None (1954-77+)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Crying Roy Orbison
Crying
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM
 

 
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The Mountain`s High Dick and Dee Dee
The Mountain`s High
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v8 (1953-63)
Time: 2:13
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Start of School Year Hit the Road, Jack Ray Charles
Hit the Road, Jack
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
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Bristol Stomp The Dovells
Bristol Stomp
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:18
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Runaround Sue Dion
Runaround Sue
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: single
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October Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
Ya Ya
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:22
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Please Mr. Postman The Marvelettes
Please Mr. Postman
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 1: 1959-61 (6)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Some songs take a lot longer than others to climb the national charts. "Please Mr. Postman" was released in August 1961 and finally reached #1 on the pop charts - the first Motown song to do so - the last week in November (chart date December 11). The song was so popular and influential that its basic arrangement was copied by two of the biggest hits of 1962, "Mashed Potato Time" and "Monster Mash."
 
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November Crazy Patsy Cline
Crazy
CD Source: 12 Greatest Hits (1961-63)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
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Gypsy Woman The Impressions
Gypsy Woman
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Lion Sleeps Tonight The Tokens
The Lion Sleeps Tonight
CD Source: Nipper`s Greatest Hits--The 60`s (2)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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December Peppermint Twist Joey Dee & The Starliters
Peppermint Twist
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 1:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Can`t Help Falling in Love Elvis Presley
Can`t Help Falling in Love
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:57
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Unchain My Heart Ray Charles
Unchain My Heart
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 2:52
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Let`s Go Trippin` Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
Let`s Go Trippin`
CD Source: The Anthology (1959-96) (2)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
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If not literally the first rock instrumental to have something of a "surf" sound to it, "Let`s Go Trippin`" is nevertheless regarded as the first clearly distinguishable surf music record. And no one questions Dick Dale`s claim to be "King of the Surf Guitar."
 
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Turn On Your Lovelight Bobby Bland
Turn On Your Lovelight
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
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Bobby Bland was better known as Bobby "Blue" Bland throughout his career. After 1960, however, "Blue" was usually omitted from his name on singles releases but not from his albums. I decided to omit "Blue" in the Timeline to make searching more consistent. See this discography for details.
 
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It Will Stand The Showmen
It Will Stand
CD Source: Crescent City Soul (1947-62+) (4)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
This New Orleans classic featuring General Johnson`s lead vocal spent 12 weeks in the lower half of the Hot 100 this time and then returned for another 3 weeks of national chart action in June 1964. General Johnson later attained fame as the lead singer of Chairmen of the Board ("Give Me Just A Little More Time") in 1970.
 
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I Know Barbara George
I Know
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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1962 January Baby It`s You The Shirelles
Baby It`s You
CD Source: 25 All-Time Greatest Hits (1958-64)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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The Wanderer Dion
The Wanderer
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Duke of Earl Gene Chandler
Duke of Earl
CD Source:
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Cry to Me Solomon Burke
Cry to Me
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
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February Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
Hey! Baby
CD Source:
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Let Me In The Sensations
Let Me In
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:02
Sequenced by: single
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What`s Your Name Don & Juan
What`s Your Name
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v5 (1954-63)
Time: 2:14
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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March Twistin` the Night Away Sam Cooke
Twistin` the Night Away
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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Dream Baby Roy Orbison
Dream Baby
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
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You Better Move On Arthur Alexander
You Better Move On
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:44
Sequenced by: single
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April Soul Twist King Curtis & The Noble Knights
Soul Twist
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: sinigle
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Soldier Boy The Shirelles
Soldier Boy
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Uptown The Crystals
Uptown
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
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May Night Train James Brown
Night Train
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:30
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
One of the greatest R&B instrumentals, this song owes its basic riff to a Duke Ellington composition, "Happy-Go-Lucky Local," one of four parts of his Deep South Suite, first recorded in 1946. Jimmy Forrest was a member of Ellington`s band when it performed the song. Forrest`s 1952 adaptation to a slow, earthy arrangement was a huge R&B hit and has stood the test of time. So has James Brown`s 1962 re-conceptualization of Night Train into an upbeat dance number with vocal recitation of a train ride of cities, which hit the pop as well as the R&B charts again.
 
Sample 1: Happy Go Lucky Local - Duke Ellington
 
Sample 2: Night Train - James Brown
 
Sample 3: Night Train - Jimmy Forrest
 
Link 1:
Wikepedia "Night Train"
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Lovers Who Wander Dion
Lovers Who Wander
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:29
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The One Who Really Loves You Mary Wells
The One Who Really Loves You
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
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Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
Palisades Park
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v9 (1955-63)
Time: 1:52
Sequenced by: single
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June Having A Party Sam Cooke
Having A Party
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:33
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 
Bring It On Home To Me and Having A Party were the A and B sides of RCA Victor 8036. One of the greatest two-sided singles in pop history! Although they both broke on the R&B charts at the same time, "Party" started its climb up the pop charts a full month before "Home." Essentially, "Party" hit first and "Home" became a hit as "Party" was waning. Apparently, the down home gospel vibe of "Home" delayed its acceptance at mainstream radio.
 
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The Wah Watusi The Orlons
The Wah Watusi
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:29
Sequenced by: single
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Sealed With A Kiss Brian Hyland
Sealed With A Kiss
CD Source: Vintage Music Volumes 9 & 10 (1962-69)
Time: 2:42
Sequenced by: single
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Twist and Shout The Isley Brothers
Twist and Shout
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
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July Breaking Up is Hard to Do Neil Sedaka
Breaking Up is Hard to Do
CD Source: Nipper`s Greatest Hits--The 60`s (2)
Time: 2:20
Sequenced by: single
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The Loco-Motion Little Eva
The Loco-Motion
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:26
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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You`ll Lose A Good Thing Barbara Lynn
You`ll Lose A Good Thing
CD Source:
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Bring It On Home to Me Sam Cooke
Bring It On Home to Me
CD Source: Portrait of a Legend (1951-64)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
Bring It On Home To Me and Having A Party were the A and B sides of RCA Victor 8036. One of the greatest two-sided singles in pop history! Although they both broke on the R&B charts at the same time, "Party" started its climb up the pop charts a full month before "Home." Essentially, "Party" hit first and "Home" became a hit as "Party" was waning. Apparently, the down home gospel vibe of "Home" delayed its acceptance at mainstream radio.
 
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August You Don`t Know Me Ray Charles
You Don`t Know Me
CD Source: Genius & Soul (1949-93) (5)
Time: 3:14
Sequenced by: single
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Party Lights Claudine Clark
Party Lights
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
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Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow The Rivingtons
Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
CD Source: 24 Greatest Hits of All Time (1951-70)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Beechwood 4-5789 The Marvelettes
Beechwood 4-5789
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
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Green Onions Booker T. & The M.G.`s
Green Onions
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:50
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Sherry The Four Seasons
Sherry
CD Source: The Golden Era of Rock `N` Roll 1954-1963 (3)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DG
 

 
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September You Beat Me to the Punch Mary Wells
You Beat Me to the Punch
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:45
Sequenced by: single
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Start of School Year Do You Love Me The Contours
Do You Love Me
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:54
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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October He`s A Rebel The Crystals
He`s A Rebel
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:27
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Return to Sender Elvis Presley
Return to Sender
CD Source: Elv1s - 30 #1 Hits (1956-77+)
Time: 2:07
Sequenced by: single
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Big Girls Don`t Cry The Four Seasons
Big Girls Don`t Cry
CD Source: Anthology (1962-78)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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November Stubborn Kind of Fellow Marvin Gaye
Stubborn Kind of Fellow
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 2: 1962 (4)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
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December Tell Him The Exciters
Tell Him
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
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Don`t Make Me Over Dionne Warwick
Don`t Make Me Over
CD Source: Beg Scream & Shout! (1960-69)(6)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Miserlou Dick Dale & The Del-Tones
Miserlou
CD Source: Cowabunga! (The Surf Box) (1960-95) (4)
Time: 2:13
Sequenced by: see Commentary
Honored by:
 
First released twice in 1958 under different numbers, then as Deltone 5019 in May 1962, Miserlou never charted nationally. It`s slotted here at the one and only week it charted in Los Angeles.
 
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1963 January Up On the Roof The Drifters
Up On the Roof
CD Source: Rockin` & Driftin` (1953-66+) (3)
Time: 2:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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You`ve Really Got A Hold on Me The Miracles
You`ve Really Got A Hold on Me
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:59
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
In Smokey`s own words, he wrote this song because "I wanted to write something like [Sam Cooke`s] `Bring It On Home To Me.`"
 
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He`s Sure the Boy I Love The Crystals
He`s Sure the Boy I Love
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:41
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Ruby Baby Dion
Ruby Baby
CD Source: King of the New York Streets (1958-2000)(3)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
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Walk Like A Man The Four Seasons
Walk Like A Man
CD Source: Anthology (1962-78)
Time: 2:17
Sequenced by: single
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March He`s So Fine The Chiffons
He`s So Fine
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 1:51
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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South Street The Orlons
South Street
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
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Baby Workout Jackie Wilson
Baby Workout
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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April Pipeline The Chantays
Pipeline
CD Source: Cowabunga! (The Surf Box) (1960-95) (4)
Time: 2:16
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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On Broadway The Drifters
On Broadway
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:56
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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(Today I Met) The Boy I`m Gonna Marry Darlene Love
(Today I Met) The Boy I`m Gonna Marry
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Surfin` USA The Beach Boys
Surfin` USA
CD Source: Greatest Hits - Volumes 1 & 2 (1962-69+) (2)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 
In this song, Brian Wilson put new "surfer" lyrics to the melody and arrangement of Chuck Berry`s "Sweet Little Sixteen." Berry`s name was soon added as the co-writer of "Surfin` USA."
 
Sample 1: Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
 
Sample 2: Surfin` U.S.A. - The Beach Boys
 
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Come And Get These Memories Martha & The Vandellas
Come And Get These Memories
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (5)
Time: 2:24
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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If You Need Me Solomon Burke
If You Need Me
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
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May These Arms of Mine Otis Redding
These Arms of Mine
CD Source: Take Me To The River - Southern Soul (1961-77) (3)
Time: 2:31
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Prisoner of Love James Brown
Prisoner of Love
CD Source: 50th Anniversary Collection (1956-76+) (2)
Time: 2:21
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Da Doo Ron Ron The Crystals
Da Doo Ron Ron
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:12
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Hello Stranger Barbara Lewis
Hello Stranger
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:43
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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June One Fine Day The Chiffons
One Fine Day
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:08
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Easier Said Than Done The Essex
Easier Said Than Done
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:09
Sequenced by: single
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Surf City Jan & Dean
Surf City
CD Source: Cowabunga! (The Surf Box) (1960-95) (4)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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So Much in Love The Tymes
So Much in Love
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
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Wipe Out The Surfaris
Wipe Out
CD Source: Cowabunga! (The Surf Box) (1960-95) (4)
Time: 2:37
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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July Pride and Joy Marvin Gaye
Pride and Joy
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
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Just One Look Doris Troy
Just One Look
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:28
Sequenced by: single
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Fingertips (Pt. 2) Little Stevie Wonder
Fingertips (Pt. 2)
CD Source: Hitsville U.S.A. 1959-1971 (4)
Time: 3:10
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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I Don`t Mind (Live) James Brown & Famous Flames
I Don`t Mind (Live)
CD Source: Star Time (1956-76+) (4)
Time: 2:30
Sequenced by: The James Brown Show (Live At the Apollo) album
Honored by:
 
James Brown had to record his live show on his own dime, but was sweetly vindicated when the album climbed the pop charts all the way to #2 this summer. Whole sides of the album were played on black radio stations but it was the rare mainstream (white audience) station that played any of it.
 
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August My Boyfriend`s Back The Angels
My Boyfriend`s Back
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:10
Sequenced by: single
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Mockingbird Inez & Charlie Foxx
Mockingbird
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
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Heat Wave Martha & The Vandellas
Heat Wave
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (5)
Time: 2:48
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Surfer Girl The Beach Boys
Surfer Girl
CD Source: Greatest Hits - Volumes 1 & 2 (1962-69+) (2)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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Then He Kissed Me The Crystals
Then He Kissed Me
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:34
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM DG
 

 
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Sally Go `Round the Roses The Jaynettes
Sally Go `Round the Roses
CD Source: Girl Group Greats & More ... (1958-66)(2)
Time: 2:58
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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September Mickey`s Monkey The Miracles
Mickey`s Monkey
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (5)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: single
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Cry Baby Garnett Mimms
Cry Baby
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:22
Sequenced by: single
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Be My Baby The Ronettes
Be My Baby
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:40
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Start of School Year Blowin` in the Wind Bob Dylan
Blowin` in the Wind
CD Source: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan (mono)
Time: 2:46
Sequenced by: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan album
Honored by: RS DG
 
Although "Freewheelin`" was released at the end of May 1963, it didn`t begin selling enough to register on the national pop LP chart until Peter, Paul & Mary`s version of "Blowin` in the Wind" crested in August.
 
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A Hard Rain`s A-Gonna Fall Bob Dylan
A Hard Rain`s A-Gonna Fall
CD Source: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan (mono)
Time: 6:53
Sequenced by: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan album
Honored by:
 
Although "Freewheelin`" was released at the end of May 1963, it didn`t begin selling enough to register on the national pop LP chart until Peter, Paul & Mary`s version of "Blowin` in the Wind" crested in August.
 
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Don`t Think Twice, It`s Alright Bob Dylan
Don`t Think Twice, It`s Alright
CD Source: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan (mono)
Time: 3:38
Sequenced by: The Freewheelin` Bob Dylan album
Honored by:
 
Although "Freewheelin`" was released at the end of May 1963, it didn`t begin selling enough to register on the national pop LP chart until Peter, Paul & Mary`s version of "Blowin` in the Wind" crested in August.
 
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Mean Woman Blues Roy Orbison
Mean Woman Blues
CD Source: The Monument Singles Collection (1960-64) (2 CDs+1 DVD)
Time: 2:25
Sequenced by: single
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October It`s All Right The Impressions
It`s All Right
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:49
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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November Can I Get A Witness Marvin Gaye
Can I Get A Witness
CD Source: Complete Motown Singles Vol. 3: 1963 (5)
Time: 2:47
Sequenced by: single
Honored by: DM
 

 
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Walking the Dog Rufus Thomas
Walking the Dog
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:32
Sequenced by: single
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Be True to Your School The Beach Boys
Be True to Your School
CD Source: Greatest Hits - Volumes 1 & 2 (1962-69+) (2)
Time: 2:05
Sequenced by: single
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