CD Hit Parade 1955 (CD 1128337), Audio Other
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Hit Parade 1955

  • 1. Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White - Prez Prado
    2. Unchained Melody - Al Hibbler
    3. That's All I Want from You - Jaye P. Morgan
    4. Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
    5. Blossom Fell, A - Nat King Cole
    6. Love Is a Many Splendored Thing - Al Alberts/The Four Aces
    7. Let Me Go Lover - Joan Weber
    8. (We're Gonna) Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
    9. Only You - The Platters
    10. Ain't That a Shame - Fats Domino
    11. Heart - Eddie Fisher
    12. Sincerely - The McGuire Sisters
    13. I'll Never Stop Loving You - Doris Day
    14. I Hear You Knocking - Gale Storm
    15. Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine) - The Penguins
    16. Moments to Remember - The Four Lads
    17. Ko Ko Mo (I Love You So) - Perry Como
    18. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
    19. Dance with Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs
    20. Naughty Lady of Shady Lane, The - The Ames Brothers
    21. Hearts of Stone - The Fontane Sisters
    22. Love and Marriage - Frank Sinatra
    23. (My Baby Don't Love Me) No More - De John Sisters
    24. Wake the Town and Tell the People - Les Baxter
    25. Yellow Rose of Texas, The - Mitch Miller
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2916

  • Credits

    The year 1955 is generally regarded as the line of demarcation in popular music, before which the charts were dominated by traditional pop vocal music, and after which rock & roll became an increasingly dominant force. But as the 25 songs on the CD remind listeners, the transformation wasn't overnight, nor was it complete -- 17 of the 25 tracks here have no real connection to rock & roll, and of the others, one is a watered-down version of an R&B classic of the period. That said, when "Rock Around the Clock" does show up at the eighth spot on this CD, it's a pretty scintillating moment, no matter how many times (or even how recently) one might have heard the song, and that's because what surrounds it (as well as Fats Domino's "Ain't That a Shame" and the Penguins' "Earth Angel") is mostly so far removed from rock & roll or R&B. There really were at least two Americas then (or perhaps two and a half, if not three), and that's pretty plain from this CD: there were people who thought "Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White" or "That's All I Want from You" were all that music had to aspire to, or to do -- and then there were people who not only resonated to "Rock Around the Clock" but understood it on several levels. Beyond the sociological implications of the disc, the listening is good, sometimes because the artists or the songs are worthwhile, or, occasionally, because they're not -- "Let Me Go Lover" by Joan Weber is the kind of record that all but invited rock & roll to explode over the airwaves, and it's so sappy as to be worth hearing on that basis alone, for contrast with everything around it. The sound is very good throughout, and the graphics on this volume are fun, too. As with other volumes in the series, there is no annotation. ~ Bruce Eder

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