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The Number One Hits Of 1959

08/28/10 8:00PM By Joel Najman

The Fleetwoods
By 1959 Rock & Roll was the dominant genre of American popular music both on the radio and in record sales. Of the thousands of pop singles released during calendar year 1959, only fifteen reached the coveted number one position on Billboard's national Hot 100 popularity charts. This week Joel Najman's My Place program presents an hour of these chart-toppers with the oftentimes interesting stories behind the songs.

Playlist

8:03pm

The Chipmunk Song
Artist Name: The Chipmunks
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Liberty 55250
 

8:06pm

Smoke Gets In Your Eyes
Artist Name: The Platters
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Mercury 71383
 

8:09pm

Stagger Lee
Artist Name: Lloyd Price
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: ABC-Paramouunt 9972
 

8:12pm

Stagger Lee
Artist Name: Lloyd Price
CD/Album: Mr. Personality's 15 Hits
Record co./Cat #: ABC Paramount LP 324
Note: re-recorded version for American Bandstand
 

8:15pm

Venus
Artist Name: Frankie Avalon
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Chancellor 1031
 

8:18pm

45 rpm single - no album name
Artist Name: Why
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Chancellor 1045
 

8:21pm

Come Softly To Me
Artist Name: The Fleetwoods
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Dolphin 1
Note: Also released on Liberty 55189 in 1959
 

8:21pm

Mr. Blue
Artist Name: The Fleetwoods
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Dolton 5
 

8:27pm

The Happy Organ
Artist Name: Dave "Baby" Cortez
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Clock 1009
 

8:30pm

Kansas City
Artist Name: Wilbert Harrison
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Fury 1023
 

8:33pm

The Battle Of New Orleans
Artist Name: Johnny Horton
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Columbia 41339
 

8:36pm

The Battle Of New Orleans
Artist Name: Johnny Horton
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Columbia ????
Note: Revised version for Canadian airplay
 

8:47pm

Mack The Knife
Artist Name: Bobby Darin
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Atco 6147
 

8:54pm

Sleep Walk
Artist Name: Santo & Johnny
CD/Album: 45 rpm single - no album name
Record co./Cat #: Canadian American 103
 

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