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1957 Start of School Year September 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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