I was thinking the other day of how aromas can bring you back to a certain time in the past like, the smell of the street after it rains on a hot summer’s day, or the aroma of the air on a crisp fall day and so on. And that got me thinking how music can bring you back to a memory from the past as well!
Besides Elvis, the Everly Brothers had a great sound and tight harmonies and great songs like, “Wake Up Little Susie”, “bird-dog” and more. Rock and Roll was in full swing and my favorite female singer at that time was Connie Francis with her hits” Who’s Sorry Now” Stupid Cupid” playing on the radio.
And that brought me back to the day I ran in at the tavern my Father worked part-time at just around the block from my house, to ask for a nickel or a dime to go the Mom’s next door and Connie was on TV singing “who’s Sorry Now” and I said to myself “she’s the best girl singer ever”! Then ran out the door for my treats .
To me the Everly Brothers were the Beatles of that time, and even they were influenced by them with the wonderful music of the 1950s! It’s funny when I was living in the times then, I didn’t know it was the fabulous 50’s! as It’s now referred to or look around saying wow how great is this!
But there was something about it and you could feel it, it’s only as the years pass you look back and say, Yes it really was a special time! and just imagine I was one of the lucky ones to be there when it was all happening!
Hi! I added the following songs to the jukebox, The Loco-Motion by: Little Eva, Breaking up is hard to do, Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen, Calendar Girl, Oh! Carol by: Neil Sedaka, Chances are, It’s not for me to say, by: Johnny Mathis!
The music and stars listed here are mostly of rock n roll of that was out when I was growing up, But there was a lot of great standard music from the area and music stars with hits on the radio, Like the great Pattie Page who sang the great “The Tennessee Waltz” “Old Cape Code” and more. The Four Lads had a number of hits like “Moments To Remember” “No Not Much”. and others.
The great Nat King Cole had “Unforgettable” The Lovely “Mona Lisa” “Too Young” “Smile” Perry Como had hits like “Catch a Falling Star” “Papa Loves Mombo” “Round and Round” Who sang standards better than Frank Sinatra “Young At Heart” “Witch Craft” “Tony Bennett” “Because of You” “Rags to Riches” “Cold Cold Heart” “Rosemary Clooney” Come On-My House” “Mambo Italiano” “Dean Martin” “That’s Amore”.
Yes They were very much a part of the wonderful 1950’s and many more,the 1950’s would not be the same without their contribution of great standard music!
I’ll be adding the number one hits of the 1950’s from Billboard.
Songs that Reached number one by Artist(s)
Single Record labels and Weeks at number one.
January 7, 1950 Gene Autry “Rudolph, The Red-nosed Reindeer” Columbia
January 14, 1950 The Andrews Sisters “I Can Dream, Can’t I” Decca
February 11, 1950 The Ames Brothers “Rag Mop” Coral
February 18, 1950 Red Foley “Chattanoogie Shoe Shine Boy” Decca
March 18, 1950 Teresa Brewer “Music! Music! Music!” London
April 15, 1950 Eileen Barton “If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked a Cake” National (local); Mercury (nationwide)
April 29, 1950 Anton Karas “The Third Man Theme” London
July 15, 1950 Nat King Cole “Mona Lisa” Capitol
August 19, 1950 Gordon Jenkins and The Weavers “Goodnight Irene”♪ (1950) Decca
November 18, 1950 Sammy Kaye “Harbor Lights” Columbia
December 2, 1950 Phil Harris “The Thing”
December 30, 1950 Patti Page “The Tennessee Waltz” Mercury
I’ll be adding more over time.
What a great surprise I got for my 10th Birthday! My mother brought me to the toy store David’s on the avenue where I lived and got me a new Transistor radio…
that was the new thing at the time it had AM radio on it that you could pick up by clipping the wire that came with it to anything metal like the parking meter I used outside the store. It was fun to listen to it. A memory I’ll always remember!