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1958 Start of School Year September 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
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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
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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
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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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