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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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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
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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
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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
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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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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
Honored by:
 

 
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Last Night The Mar-Keys
Last Night
CD Source: Complete Stax/Volt Singles:1959-1968(9)
Time: 2:36
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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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
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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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
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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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
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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Bristol Stomp The Dovells
Bristol Stomp
CD Source: Cameo Parkway Greatest Hits(1957-1966)
Time: 2:18
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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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
Honored by: RS DM DG
 

 
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October Ya Ya Lee Dorsey
Ya Ya
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:22
Sequenced by: single
Honored by:
 

 
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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
Honored by: RS DG
 

 
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Duke of Earl Gene Chandler
Duke of Earl
CD Source:
Time: 2:23
Sequenced by: single
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Cry to Me Solomon Burke
Cry to Me
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:27
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February Hey! Baby Bruce Channel
Hey! Baby
CD Source:
Time: 2:24
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Let Me In The Sensations
Let Me In
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 3:02
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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
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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
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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
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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
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Soldier Boy The Shirelles
Soldier Boy
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:39
Sequenced by: single
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Uptown The Crystals
Uptown
CD Source: Wall of Sound Retrospective (1961-66)
Time: 2:21
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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
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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
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Palisades Park Freddy Cannon
Palisades Park
CD Source: Golden Age of American R&R v9 (1955-63)
Time: 1:52
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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
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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
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Twist and Shout The Isley Brothers
Twist and Shout
CD Source: Sweet Soul Music (1961-75)(15)
Time: 2:31
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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
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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
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