Tuesday, 3 March 2020

Hits of 1959

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1959 was another of Marianna's suggestions as to which year to pick a top ten from, so here we go...

What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? - Emile Ford and the Checkmates

I knew nothing about this song beyond the fact I liked it, but apparently it was originally released by Billy Murray in 1917. Emile Ford made it a #1 hit in the UK and Norway with his doo-wop cover, right around the same time he was inventing a backing track system which would become karaoke. I guess nobody's perfect!

Only Sixteen - Sam Cooke

Craig Douglas' cover went to #1 in the UK, while Sam Cooke's original struggled to break the top 30. No accounting for taste, eh?

Raining In My Heart - Buddy Holly

Beautiful song that was released on the first Buddy Holly greatest hits compilation after his death in February '59. (It charted at #88 as a single in the US, but was only released on album in the UK.)

Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour (On The Bedpost Overnight?) - Lonnie Donegan

Nobody did novelty songs and old music hall covers (of The Happiness Boys, in this case) quite like Lonnie Donegan.

Put Your Head On My Shoulder - Paul Anka

Slow dance central!

Living Doll - Cliff Richard and The Drifters

Living Doll was the best selling single of the year, and later made #1 again in 1986 as a Comic Relief single featuring The Young Ones.

Lipstick On Your Collar - Connie Francis

This was a big hit in 1959, hitting #3 in the UK, #4 in Australia, and #5 in the USA where it sold over a million copies.

Mona Lisa - Conway Twitty

Written for the 1950 film Captain Carey, U.S.A it was covered by anyone and everyone in the early 1950s. The song had a second win in '59, making it to #5 in the UK while Carl Mann's rockabilly cover went to #25 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Poor Jenny - The Everly Brothers

The Everly Brothers are my favourite band of the 1950s, and Poor Jenny just happens to be my favourite song by them. It reached #14 in the UK and today seems almost forgotten from 50s playlists.

Teenager In Love - Marty Wilde

1959 saw three different versions of Teenager in Love reach the Top 20. It was originally recorded by Dion and the Belmonts, then had to fight it out in the UK with homegrown talent in the form of Marty Wilde and Craig Douglas. I like them all, really, but Marty Wilde's version is my favourite.

What was your favourite hit of 1959? Let me know in the comments. :)

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