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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1958

 

In 1958 the British charts were still very much the domain of American singers and songwriters.  What British acts there were, with the exception of Cliff Richard, mostly got their hits by covering American originals and getting them in the charts before the US versions were released in the UK.  This plan worked quite well, especially as the BBC was inclined to play the British cover rather than the American original.  TV helped as well, since the Brits were on hand to sing their latest recording, whereas the Americans had to jump on a plane before getting TV exposure in the UK.  It did not always work, and limp copies of hits by the Everly Brothers or Pat Boone cut no ice with the record-buying public who bought records by the top American performers in large numbers.  By way of illustration, of the 13 number one hits in 1958, eleven were by Americans, one was a British cover of an American song, and one was a British original.

The year saw the emergence of Cliff Richard who was starring in the TV music show "Oh Boy!", and had his first hit in 1958.  Marty Wilde was on the show as well, and he also had his first hit in this year.  Tommy Steele, who had come to prominence a couple of years earlier, was still in the charts, but was concentrating more on making films.  Lonnie Donegan, the King of Skiffle, was also doing well, although he was pulling away from basic skiffle and was recording some novelty songs in addition.  British crooners Michael Holliday, Dickie Valentine and Malcolm Vaughan were very popular on stage and TV, although they were finding hit songs difficult to come by, as young record-buyers wanted to hear Rock 'n' Roll.  However, it was the Americans who dominated.  As well as the Everly Brothers and Pat Boone, it was Buddy Holly, Connie Francis, and of course, Elvis Presley who were the big names in the British charts of 1958.

These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart.  The early part of the list shows late 1957 entries which featured in the January 1958 charts, and may even have reached their peak in the early months of 1958. You may not agree with my choices, but these were mostly chart hits* that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as Radio Luxemburg.

* A few songs in the list were not hits in the UK - details given in song info where applicable.

 


1

Title: Wake Up Little Susie
Artist: Everly Brothers
Writer(s): Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
Entered chart 8 Nov 1957; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 13; at number 3 at beginning of 1958.

These two brothers had roots in American Country Music, but soon became major Rock 'n' Roll stars.  They were Don Everly (born 1 Feb 1937) and Phil Everly (19 Jan 1939 - 3 Jan 2014).  They moved to Nashville in 1955 and made a couple of recordings, but they did not enter the charts.  However, in early 1957 they signed with Cadence Records and recorded "Bye Bye Love" which it is said had been turned down by 30 other acts.  The recording reached number two on the USA pop charts and sold a million copies.  "Bye Bye Love" became their first hit in the UK too, peaking at number six.  After three years with Cadence they moved to Warner Brothers records and the hits continued. They amassed 29 hit singles by 1968, after which the hits stopped.  They both went solo in the 1970s after a falling out, and they did not speak for some years.  However, they reunited in 1983 with a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall in London, and they made a number of concert tours into the 1990s.
# This song was written by the husband and wife team who provided several hits for the brothers.


2

Title: Peggy Sue
Artist: Buddy Holly
Writer(s): Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison, Norman Petty (Allison was in Holly's band, The Crickets; Petty was his record producer)
Entered chart 15 Nov 1957; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 12; still on the charts in Jan 1958.

Buddy Holly is one of the legendary early Rock 'n' Roll stars.  He was born in Lubbock, Texas, USA on 7 Sep 1936, and died on 3 Feb 1959.  He was highly influential to immerging musicians of the time, and his records are still widely played on radio stations throughout the world.  He had learned to play guitar whilst at school, and he formed a band after graduation.  The band played on local radio, and even provided the opening act for stars performing in Lubbock, including Elvis Presley.  He and his band moved to Nashville in 1956, and began making demo recordings, which led to a record contract.  Unusually for the time, his debut single was self-penned, and most of his output was written by Holly with contributions from band members and manager Norman Petty.  His career flourished with hit records and TV appearances during 1957 and 1958.  He died in a plane crash whilst on a tour of the USA, along with two other stars of the period, aged just 22.  
# This record was his first UK hit with a solo credit.  However, The Crickets, with uncredited Holly as vocalist, first hit the UK charts in 1957 with "That'll Be The Day".


3

Title: Reet Petite
Artist: Jackie Wilson
Writer(s): Berry Gordy Jr (founder of Tamla Motown Records), Billy Davis & Gwen Gordy Fuqua
Entered chart 15 Nov 1957; Highest Position: 6; Weeks on chart: 14; reached its peak in Jan 1958.

Soul singer Jackie Wilson (9 Jun 1934 - 21 Jan 1984) was born in Detroit, USA.  In his early teens Jackie joined a quartet, the Ever Ready Gospel Singers, which became a popular feature of churches in the area. Jackie was not particularly religious, but enjoyed singing, and this provided an opportunity.  In his late teens he formed a group called the Falcons, which included his cousin Levi Stubbs, who later went on to lead the Motown group The Four Tops.  He worked with other groups, but went solo in 1957.  He became noted for his dynamic stage performances, and during one such a performance in 1975 at Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Wilson suffered a heart attack when only aged 41.  Although he was rushed to hospital, he mostly remained in a coma for 9 years until his death in 1984.
# The recording was reissued in 1986 and went to number one in the UK, where it stayed for four weeks over the Christmas season.


4

Title: Alone (Why Must I Be Alone)
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Morty & Selma Craft
Entered chart 15 Nov 1957; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 12; still on the charts in Jan 1958.

Petula Clark was born on 15 Nov 1932 in Surrey, England.  She became a child star at the age of nine when she broadcast on radio for the first time.  This led to numerous singing opportunities on wartime radio.  In 1944 she was given her first film role, and she had appeared in 14 films by 1950.  In the early 1950s she began making records, and her first hit came in the summer of 1954 when she was 21 years old.  Clark went on to become a major international star with numerous world-wide hits, particularly in the 1960s with songs written and produced by Tony Hatch.  In the 1990s and 2000s she went into stage musicals, both in the UK and America.  She  was still recording and performing in the 2010s, and issued a new album in 2016.
# This recording, her fifth chart hit, was a cover of an American song.  It had been written for The Shepherd Sisters who reached number 18 on the USA charts in November 1957.  They also reached number 14 in the UK, and a third version by Jamaican/British band The Southanders made it to number 17 in the UK, also in November 1957.


5

Title: My Special Angel
Artist: Malcolm Vaughan
Writer(s): Jimmy Duncan (American songwriter, singer, arranger and producer)
Entered chart 29 Nov 1957; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 14; reached its peak in Jan 1958.

Malcolm Vaughan (22 Mar 1929 - 9 Feb 2010) was born in south Wales.  He first charted in 1955 with "Ev'ry Day of My Life", and achieved nine hits by 1959.  He was a big-voiced tenor balladeer, who was first a successful actor.  But he was championed by radio DJ Jack Jackson, and a recording contract with HMV followed.  Hit records and TV appearances earned him a place as one of the big British stars of the second half of the 1950s.
# This song was a cover of the original recording by American Country singer Bobby Helms, who made number one in the USA Country Music charts with it.  It also charted in the UK, reaching number 22.  


6

Title: April Love
Artist: Pat Boone
Writer(s): Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster (Prolific American composers)
Entered chart 6 Dec 1957; Highest Position: 7; Weeks on chart: 23; reached its peak in Feb 1958.

Pat Boone was born on 1 Jun 1934 in Jacksonville, Florida, USA, but he grew up in Nashville, Tennessee - his parents having moved there when Boone was only two years old.  He began recording in 1955, mostly covering black R&B hits for the white American market, but he soon turned to original material - mostly love songs.  He became something of a teenage heart-throb on both sides of the Atlantic.  His good looks also took him into the film industry, and he made numerous films in the late 1950s and through the 1960s.
# This song was featured in the 1957 film of the same name, in which Pat Boone starred.


7

Title: Great Balls of Fire
Artist: Jerry Lee Lewis
Writer(s): Otis Blackwell and Jack Hammer
Entered chart 20 Dec 1957; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 12; reached number 1 on 10 Jan 1958.

Jerry Lee Lewis was born on 29 Sep 1935 in Ferriday, Louisiana, USA.   He is one of the great Rock 'n' Roll pioneers, and made his hit recordings at the legendary Sun Studios in Memphis, Tennessee.  He is the only white early Rock 'n' Roll star to play piano rather than guitar.  His antics at the piano earned him the nickname "The Wild Man of Rock".   He was never far from controversy, and in 1958 he married his 13-year-old cousin, which shocked fans in the UK.  Not only was she considered just a child, but this was his third wife, and he was only 22!  Adverse comments from the press and public resulted in his May 1958 UK tour being cancelled after just three performances.  He continued recording and touring, but In 1968 he turned to Country Music and enjoyed considerable success.  However, he returned to Rock 'n' Roll in the late 1970s, and toured with other artists of his era throughout the 1980s and 1990s.  He is still performing occasionally in the 21st century.


8

Title: Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
Artist: Jimmie Rodgers
Writer(s): The Weavers (folk band that included Pete Seeger)
Entered chart 20 Dec 1957; Highest Position: 7; Weeks on chart: 11; reached its peak in Jan 1958.

Jimmy Rodgers was born on 18 Sep 1933 in Washington State, USA.  After serving with the US Air Force in the early fifties, he entered talent contests, and eventually got a recording contract.  His style was that of a Folk/Country singer, rather than the Rock 'n' Roll of the era.  He enjoyed numerous hit records in the USA from 1957 to the end of the 1970s, and had a surprise Top-5 hit in the UK in 1962.
# This song was first recorded by The Weavers, a folk band, who released the song as a single in 1951, which peaked at number 19 on the USA charts.


9

Title: Oh Boy
Artist: The Crickets
Writer(s): Sonny West, Bill Tilghman & Norman Petty
Entered chart 27 Dec 1957; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 15; reached its peak in Feb 1958.

The Crickets was the name chosen for Buddy Holly's band.  He was the singer on the recording, although he was not credited on the label.  For contractual reasons, Holly recorded under his own name and as The Crickets during his short recording career.
# The song's co-writer, Sonny West, recorded the song himself first, but it failed to make the charts.
# In 1975, British group, Mud, recorded a slower version of the song, which went all the way to number one in the UK during April that year.


10

Title: Raunchy
Artist: Bill Justis
Writer(s): Bill Justis & Sid Manker
Entered chart 10 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 11; Weeks on chart: 8.

Alto Saxophone player Bill Justis (14 Oct 1926 - 15 Jul 1982) was born in Birmingham, Alabama, USA, but grew up in Memphis, USA.  After he left university he joined Sun Records in Memphis where he arranged the music for several early Rock 'n' Roll stars.  In 1961 he moved to Nashville where he became a successful producer and music arranger.  He died from cancer in Nashville in 1982 at the age of 55.
# The guitar which features throughout this recording is played by the co-writer Sid Manker.


11

Title: The Story of My Life
Artist: Michael Holliday
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David (Became major songwriters in the 1960s)
Entered chart 17 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

Michael Holliday (26 Nov 1924 - 29 Oct 1963) was born in Liverpool, England.  After winning talent contests he was awarded a recording contract with EMI in 1955.  This was his first major hit.  More hits followed until 1960, and he enjoyed many appearances on radio, television and the stage.  He had a mental breakdown in 1961 and died from a suspected drug overdose in 1963.  
# The song was a cover of the USA hit recording by Country Music singer Marty Robbins, who reached number 15 with it in the USA.


12

Title: Bony Moronie
Artist: Larry Williams
Writer(s): Larry Williams
Entered chart 17 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 11; Weeks on chart: 10.

Larry Williams (10 May 1935 - 7 Jan 1980)  was born in New Orleans, USA.  He became an R&B and Rock 'n' Roll singer after befriending Little Richard, and being introduced to Richard's record producer.  He enjoyed several hits in the late 1950s, but drug addiction and dealing resulted in him being jailed in 1960 for three years.  After that he made several come-back attempts and moved to Los Angeles, but the drug habit continued.  He died in Los Angeles from a gun shot wound to the head in 1980, aged 44.  It was deemed to be suicide.


13

Title: You Send Me
Artist: Sam Cooke
Writer(s): Sam Cooke
Entered chart 17 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 29; Weeks on chart: 1.

Sam Cooke (22 Jan 1931 - 11 Dec 1964) was born in Mississippi, USA, but he moved with his family to Chicago when he was two.  He started singing with his siblings at a young age, and by his late teens he was singing with a local Gospel group called the Soul Stirrers who made a number of Gospel records.  In 1957 he signed a recording contract and began his career as a Soul singer.  His first hit was "You Send Me", which topped the charts in the USA. It was less successful in the UK, but later releases confirmed him as an international star.  He was shot dead at a motel in Los Angeles in December 1964.
# Sam Cooke wrote the song but gave the writer credit to his younger brother L.C. Cook (Sam added the "e" to the end of his showbiz name).  
# Rod Stewart recorded the song, and it reached number seven in the UK charts as part of a double A-side release with "Farewell" in October 1974.  Stewart recorded the song again in 2005 for his album "The Great American Songbook volume 4".


14

Title: At The Hop
Artist: Danny & The Juniors
Writer(s): Artie Singer, John Medora and David White
Entered chart 17 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

This band originated in Philadelphia, USA in 1955.  Lead singer Danny Rapp (9 May 1941 - 3 Apr 1983) formed the band with his friends when they were young teenagers.  This song was their only major hit, although they continued recording into the early 1960s.  Some members of the group are still performing on the nostalgia circuit.  Danny Rapp took his own life with a single shot to the head in 1983 at age 41.  The song has been featured on numerous 1950s compilation albums since, and is regarded as a Rock 'n' Roll classic.


15

Title: Jailhouse Rock
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller (They wrote numerous hits for many recording artists.)
Entered chart 24 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 20.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll (8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.  He and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 13 years old.  Soon afterwards he acquired his first guitar and began playing and singing.  He started his recording career at Sun Records in Memphis, USA.  It took several attempts to get Sun owner Sam Phillips to have Presley record, but eventually a session was arranged with guitarist Scotty Moore and upright bass player Bill Black providing backing.  The resultant track "That's Alright" was soon on local radio in Memphis, and it became a local hit.  Public performances followed, including numerous appearances on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show which was broadcast to half the USA.  Eventually he became famous enough for RCA records to buy out his Sun contract and take him to Nashville, in 1956.  He rose to be arguably the biggest music star of the 20th century, with world-wide record sales of over one billion.  Also in 1956 Elvis made his movie debut in the film "Love Me Tender".  By the end of 1969 he had completed 31 films.  He made no more movies after that, instead concentrating on live concert performances, including many in Las Vegas.  His home in Memphis, "Graceland", is now a museum and major tourist attraction, and his recordings continue to be heard throughout the world.
# This song was featured on the soundtrack of his film "Jailhouse Rock".  The record was the top-selling single of 1958 in the UK.


16

Title: Love Me Forever
Artist: Marion Ryan
Writer(s): Beverly Guthrie & Gary Lynes
Entered chart 24 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

Marion Ryan (4 Feb 1931 - 15 Jan 1999) was born in Middlesbrough, England.  She began as the singer with the Edmundo Ros orchestra, and then sang with the Ray Ellington Quartet from 1953.  She became a TV star when she joined TV musical quiz show "Spot The Tune", in which she sang the first few words of a song that contestants had to identify.  The show ran for seven years from 1956.  A contract with Pye Records resulted in several record releases - mostly covers of American hits, but they were largely unsuccessful in the charts.  This recording was her only hit single.  In 1967 she retired after her (second) marriage.  Her new husband was the millionaire impresario Harold Davison, who handled Frank Sinatra.  The couple moved to Florida in 1988, where she died eleven years later, at age 67.
# The song was originally recorded by the American vocal group, the Four Esquires, their version peaking at number 23 in the UK also in January 1958.  It was covered too by American, Eydie Gormé who reached number 21 in the UK in early 1958.


17

Title: You Are My Destiny
Artist: Paul Anka
Writer(s): Paul Anka
Entered chart 31 Jan 1958; Highest Position: 6; Weeks on chart: 13.

Canadian Paul Anka was born on 30 Jul 1941, in Ottawa.  He went to New York at the age of 14 to audition for a record deal.  His first release, the self-penned "Diana" was a world-wide smash, and his career grew from there, becoming one of the biggest recording stars of the Rock 'n' Roll era.   He wrote most of his big hits himself, and he also wrote for other performers including Buddy Holly, Tom Jones and Frank Sinatra.  He has continued recording and performing into the 21st century - even straying into Sinatra territory by recording an album featuring big band arrangements of rock hits, in 2005.


18

Title: Mandy
Artist: Eddie Calvert
Writer(s): Renato Carosone
Entered chart 7 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 9; Weeks on chart: 14.

Trumpeter, Eddie Calvert (15 Mar 1922 - 7 Aug 1978) was born in Preston, Lancashire, England.  After World War II, he began playing trumpet with popular dance bands of the day.  He very soon became well-known, appearing on radio and TV as "The Man with The Golden Trumpet".  His first hits were covers of American songs, and he enjoyed two chart toppers in 1953 and 1955 respectively.  His popularity waned in the 1960s, and he emigrated to South Africa where he continued to perform and record for the local market.  He died from a heart attack at his home in Johannesburg, aged 56.


19

Title: Magic Moments
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Burt Bacharach & Hal David (Became major songwriters in the 1960s)
Entered chart 7 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

Perry Como (18 May 1912 - 12 May 2001) was born in Pennsylvania, USA to Italian immigrants.  In 1933 he took part in a talent spot, singing with a dance band and was immediately offered a job.  By 1943 he had his own radio show, and a recording contract with RCA.  His first hit in the UK came in 1953 when "Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes" reached number one.  The mid 1950s and 1960s saw him with hit records and his popular TV show that was broadcast in the UK as well.  Between 1953 and 1962 he scored 20 hits in Britain, of which eleven reached the Top 10.  Although his hits initially dried up at the end of 1962, he returned to the UK charts with a series of ballads in the early 1970s, with three hitting the Top 10.
# This song was a double A-side with song 20 below.


20

Title: Catch A Falling Star
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Paul Vance & Lee Pockriss
Entered chart 7 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

This recording was a double A-side with song 19 above.  These hits turned out to be Como's last visit to the top of the UK singles charts, although he enjoyed several more Top 10 entries. 
Some record charts of the time listed each side of the record separately, with different dates, highest positions and weeks on the chart.  However, as the songs were on each side of one physical disc, it is reasonable to show the data as identical.


21

Title: Sugartime
Artist: Alma Cogan
Writer(s): Charlie Phillips & Odis Echols
Entered chart 14 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 16; Weeks on chart: 11.

Alma Cogan (19 May 1932 - 26 Oct 1966) was born in east London, England.  She began singing when just 14.  By the early 1950s she was appearing regularly on the big radio shows of the time.  A recording contract followed and from 1954 to 1961 she had 21 hits.  In the late 1950s she frequently appeared on television, and became famous for her huge ball gowns which she designed herself.  She died from cancer at the age of 34.
# The song was a cover of the original American hit by the McGuire Sisters.  That version reached number 1 in the USA and number 14 in the UK also in February 1958.


22

Title: Buona Sera
Artist: Louis Prima
Writer(s): Carl Sigman & Peter DeRose
Entered chart 21 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 25; Weeks on chart: 1.

Singer and band leader Louis Prima (7 Dec 1910 - 24 Aug 1978) was born in New Orleans, USA, to Italian immigrant parents.  He decided at a young age that music was to be his life, joining a band in 1929.  He moved to New York, and began recording in 1934.  He formed his own band and toured the USA. He continued performing with various musicians in the 1950s, notably with singer Keely Smith who he married and later divorced.  He died from a brain stem tumor in 1978.
# The song was written in the late 1940s and first recorded by Louis Prima in 1950.  This is a re-recording.  It was a hit a little later for Acker Bilk who reached number 7 in the UK charts in December 1960 with his version.  (See year 1960, song 98 in these lists).
# Buona Sera is Italian for Good Evening.


23

Title: Stood Up
Artist: Ricky Nelson
Writer(s): Dub Dickerson & Erma Herrold
Entered chart 21 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 27; Weeks on chart: 2.

Ricky Nelson (8 May 1940 - 31 Dec 1985) was born in New Jersey, USA.  After a one-off recording in 1956, which resulted in his first hit, he signed a deal with Imperial Records and his career took off.  He also began TV appearances, and built a strong fan base.  With Elvis Presley in the army from 1958 to 1960, there was little competition for Nelson.  However, he never enjoyed the same level of popularity in the UK that he did in the USA where he had 17 Top 10 hits, as opposed to just four in Britain.  He died in a plane crash in 1985.


24

Title: Good Golly Miss Molly
Artist: Little Richard
Writer(s): John Marascalco & Robert Blackwell
Entered chart 28 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 9.

Little Richard (Richard Penniman) was born on 5 Dec 1932 in Macon, Georgia, USA.  Like so many singers from the South, Richard started his career by singing Gospel music.  He left his home in 1948 and began performing with various touring bands.  In the early 1950s he formed his own band and again began touring.  After meeting with record producers, he had his first hit record in 1956, and the hits continued through the 1950s.  This recording was his ninth hit in the UK.
# Two other versions of the song have been in the UK charts subsequently.  They are by Jerry Lee Lewis (1963, number 31) and the Swinging Blue Jeans (1964, number 11).


25

Title: Baby Lover
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Bob Merrill (Successful American composer)
Entered chart 28 Feb 1958; Highest Position: 12; Weeks on chart: 7.

This follow-up to Petula's previous hit, "Alone" did not fare as well.  The song was featured in the film "Six Five Special", based on the TV pop music show of the same name.  Petula Clark performed the song in the film, along with other stars of the day who performed their own songs.  There would be no more hits for her until 1961 when she reached the top of the charts with "Sailor".


26

Title: Whole Lotta Woman
Artist: Marvin Rainwater
Writer(s): Marvin Rainwater
Entered chart 7 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 15.

Marvin Rainwater (2 Jul 1925 - 17 Sep 2013) was born in Wichita, Kansas, USA.  In the early1950s he began writing songs with reasonable success, and performed with his brothers.  By the mid-1950s he had a recording contract and was appearing on televised Country Music shows.  This song was his only UK hit of significance, although he continued performing into the 1970s.


27

Title: Nairobi
Artist: Tommy Steele
Writer(s): Bob Merrill
Entered chart 7 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 11.

Tommy Steele was born on 17 Dec 1936 in Bermondsey, London, England.  He took to performing after a spell in the merchant navy, and got a recording deal with Decca in 1956.  He is regarded as Britain's first Rock 'n' Roll star, having his first hit, "Rock With The Caveman" in October 1956.  By the end of the 1950s he was developing a new career, making films and appearing in stage musicals.  He made eleven films for cinema release and two for TV only between 1957 and 1979.
# Nairobi is the capital city of Kenya in east Africa.


28

Title: Maybe Baby
Artist: The Crickets
Writer(s): Buddy Holly & Norman Petty
Entered chart 14 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 4; Weeks on chart: 10.

As mentioned with song 9 in this list, Buddy Holly recorded as himself and as The Crickets at this time.  Although credited to The Crickets, it is Buddy Holly's voice that is heard on this recording.  As well as Holly, at this time The Crickets comprised Jerry Allison (drums) (b. 1939), Joe Maudlin (bass) (1940-2015) and Niki Sullivan (rhythm guitar) (1937-2004).


29

Title: Listen To Me
Artist: Buddy Holly
Writer(s):
Buddy Holly & Norman Petty
Entered chart 14 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 16; Weeks on chart: 2.

Co-writer of the song, Norman Petty (25 May 1927 - 15 Aug 1984) was a record producer, and this song was recorded at Petty's studios in Clovis, New Mexico, USA.  Petty also recorded other emerging stars of the day, and for a time he was Buddy Holly's manager.  Several of Holly's and the Crickets' hits were recorded at Petty's studio.


30

Title: Swinging Shepherd Blues 
Artist: Ted Heath & His Music
Writer(s): Moe Koffman (Canadian musician and composer)
Entered chart 14 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

Trombonist and band leader, Ted Heath (30 Mar 1902 - 18 Nov 1969) was born in south London, England.  He began playing at a young age and was a member of various dance bands of the time during the 1920s, 1930s and early 1940s. Heath formed his band in 1945 and began touring the UK and Europe.  Radio broadcasts soon followed, as did a recording contract with Decca.   Ted Heath and His Music was one of the most popular acts of the 1950s - a time when big band music was still relevant.
# The composer, Moe Koffman, and his quartette, entered the UK charts with his original version at the same time as Heath, reaching number 23.  Lyrics were later added by Rhoda Roberts and Kenny Jacobson, and vocal versions have been recorded by Ella Fitzgerald, and more recently by Natalie Cole.


31

Title: The Grand Coulee Dam 
Artist: Lonnie Donegan
Writer(s): Woody Guthrie (American Folk music singer-songwriter)
Entered chart 14 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 14.

Lonnie Donegan (29 Apr 1931 - 3 Nov 2002) was born in Glasgow, Scotland.  His first interest was jazz, and in 1952 he formed his own jazz band.  He also performed with other jazz bands, notably Chris Barber's.  He was interested also in Blues and created a jazz-blues hybrid called Skiffle.  His first hit came in 1956 - "Rock Island Line" - a fast version of the Lead Belly blues number.  He became a mainstream performer, with many TV appearances in the UK, and was known as The King of Skiffle.
# This song was written by Woody Guthrie in 1941 when he was asked write songs for a documentary about the dam project.  Built between 1933 and 1942, the Grand Coulee Dam is on the Columbia River in Washington State, USA.


32

Title: To Be Loved
Artist: Jacky Wilson
Writer(s): Berry Gordy Jr (founder of Tamla Motown Records), Billy Davis & Gwen Gordy Fuqua
Entered chart 14 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 23; Weeks on chart: 8.

This follow-up to "Reet Petite" was a ballad written by the same composers.  It did less well in the UK than the previous hit, and it would be 1972 before he was back in the UK Top 10.


33

Title: Oh Oh I'm Falling In Love Again
Artist: Jimmie Rodgers
Writer(s): Al Hoffman, Dick Manning and Mark Markwell

Entered chart 28 Mar 1958; Highest Position: 18; Weeks on chart: 6.

This was Rodgers' second hit of 1958.  Also in 1958 he sang the opening theme song of the movie "The Long, Hot Summer", starring Paul Newman, Joanne Woodward and Orson Welles.  This was followed by his own short-lived televised variety show on NBC TV.  For info about Rodgers, see song 8 in this list.


34

Title: Tequila
Artist: The Champs
Writer(s): Daniel Flores

Entered chart 4 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 9.

The writer, Daniel Flores (11 Jul 1929 - 19 Sep 2006), was also the saxophone player who takes the lead on this instrumental track.  He led the Flores Trio who played on this recording, but as there were various session men in the studio joining in, it was issued under the name of The Champs.  It was a number one hit in the USA.  Flores also wrote and worked under the name Chuck Rio.
# The Ted Heath band covered the song in the UK, and their version peaked at number 21 in April 1958.
# Tequila is an alcoholic distilled beverage made from the blue agave plant, primarily in the area surrounding the city of Tequila, Mexico.  Thought of as the Mexican national drink, it is popular in most parts of the western world, especially in the USA.


35

Title: It's Too Soon To Know
Artist: Pat Boone
Writer(s): Deborah Chessler

Entered chart 4 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 17.

This was his twelfth UK hit and the follow-up to "April Love" which had been as high as number seven in the UK charts earlier in the year (song 6).
# This song was originally recorded by the Doo Wop group The Orioles in 1948 when it reached number one on the American R&B chart.  Boone's recording was a double A-side with song 36 below.
Some record charts of the time listed each side of the record separately, with difference dates, highest positions and weeks on the chart.  However, as the songs were on each side of one physical disc, it is reasonable to show the data as identical.


36

Title: A Wonderful Time Up There 
Artist: Pat Boone
Writer(s): Lee Roy Abernathy
Entered chart 4 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 17.

This was part of the double A-side with song 35, above.  The recording was initially banned by the BBC for its religious connotations, but the ban was lifted upon appeal. 
# The song's writer, Lee Roy Abernathy (13 Aug 1913 - 25 May 1993), specialised in writing Gospel music.  He wrote this song in 1948 for his Gospel group The Homeland Harmony Quartet.  It was subsequently recorded by many artists, and became one of the best-selling Gospel songs of all time.  Info on Pat Boone is with song 6 in this list.


37

Title: Who's Sorry Now 
Artist: Connie Francis
Writer(s): Ted Snyder, Bert Kalmar, & Harry Ruby
Entered chart 4 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 25.

Connie Francis was born on 12 Dec 1938 in Newark, New Jersey, USA.  She entered talent contests as a young teenager, and even made some records, but none were hits until the issue of this song written some 35 years earlier.  She went on to record several old songs, but usually put a modern Rock 'n' Roll number on the B-side of the discs.  Her record success continued into the early 1960s, but she has been performing live, with some long breaks, into the 21st century.
# The song was published in 1923, and was recorded by numerous acts before Connie Francis' version, most notably by Johnnie Ray, who reached number 17 in the UK charts in 1956 with the song.


38

Title: Breathless 
Artist: Jerry Lee Lewis
Writer(s): Otis Blackwell
Entered chart 11 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 7.

This was Lewis' third UK hit.  He was recording for Sun Records in Memphis, and his tracks were released on the London American label in the UK.
# Writer, Otis Blackwell (1931-2002), was a New York singer, writer and pianist.  He wrote several Rock 'n' Roll songs including
Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" (song number 7 in this list), and a few for Elvis Presley amongst others.


39

Title: Teacher's Pet
Artist: Doris Day
Writer(s): Joe Lubin
Entered chart 21 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 54; (USA chart data - not a UK hit).

Doris Day was born on 3 Apr 1924 in Cincinnati, Ohio, USA.  She began as a dancer, but soon turned to singing, quickly gaining a chance to sing on a local radio station.  By 1939 she was a singer with a dance band, and after a move to Les Brown's band in 1945, she made her first record.  With more radio work and concert tours, she was soon offered a chance to star in her own film in 1948.  During the 1950s she became an internationally famous film and recording star, augmented by television appearances.
# This song is from the film of the same name, starring Doris Day and Clark Gable.  Despite the popularity of the film and Doris Day at the time, the record failed to chart in the UK.  However, she had two hits later in 1958.


40

Title: Sweet Little Sixteen
Artist: Chuck Berry
Writer(s): Chuck Berry

Entered chart 25 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 16; Weeks on chart: 5.

Chuck Berry (18 Oct 1926 - 18 Mar 2017) was born in St Louis, Missouri, USA. He started performing in the early 1950s, and in 1955 began his recording career with "Maybellene" which reached number one on the US R&B chart.  By the end of the 1950s he was an established star, and he had more hits during the 1960s.  He often courted controversy and had two spells in prison.  This never seemed to adversely effect his popularity, and he continued performing into the 21st century.  He died in March 2017 at the age of 90.  In June 2017 a new album, "Chuck", was released comprising new recordings made over a few years, his first album of new material since 1979.
# Jerry Lee Lewis recorded the song in 1962 and took it to number 38 in the UK charts.


41

Title: Happy Guitar 
Artist: Tommy Steele
Writer(s): Lionel Bart, Michael Pratt, Tommy Steele
Entered chart 25 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 20; Weeks on chart: 5.

This single was taken from the soundtrack of Steele's film "The Duke Wore Jeans".  This was Steele's third film, made at a time when singing stars were encouraged to branch out into different aspects of show business.  It was also a time when not everyone had a TV, but many people went to the cinema weekly, and were thus able to see their favourite singers performing.
# The song's co-writer, Lionel Bart, would become a house-hold name in the 1960s, with more pop hits and stage musicals.


42

Title: Tom Hark 
Artist: Elias & His Zig Zag Jive Flutes

Writer(s): Jack Lerole & Rupert Bopape
Entered chart 25 Apr 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 14.

This band was led by Jack Lerole (1940-2003).  He was a South African penny whistle player and singer, who grew up in a township outside of Johannesburg.  He formed a band with his brother (Elias) and friends, playing Kwela music based on the penny whistle (jive flute).  They signed with EMI South Africa and recorded several songs including Tom Hark.  Although Jack Lerole left the band in the early 1960s, he continued as a musician until the end of the 1990s.
# The Ted Heath band covered the song in the UK, and they peaked at number 24 in July 1958, three months after the original entered the charts.


43

Title: Lollipop 
Artist: The Mudlarks
Writer(s): Julius Dixson & Beverly Ross

Entered chart 2 May 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 9.

The Mudlarks were a British family trio from Luton, England, comprising brothers Jeff Mudd (born 1935) and Fred Mudd (1937-2007), plus sister Mary Mudd (born 1939).  They were invited to appear on a BBC TV music show (Six-Five Special), and they quickly earned a recording contract. They only achieved three hit records during the period 1958 to early 1959.
# The song was a hit in the USA and the UK by American female quartet, The Chordettes.  They reached number 6 in the UK with their version.


44

Title: Wear My Ring Around Your Neck 
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Bert Carroll & Russell Moody

Entered chart 2 May 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 10.

This was Presley's 13th Top 10 hit in the UK and the start of 17 consecutive Top 10 hits through to November 1962.  By the time this was in the UK charts, Presley had already been drafted into the US Army, where he would be for two years.
# In American high schools at this time, the wearing a boy's ring on a chain around a girl's neck indicated that the two were dating regularly and exclusively, but were not engaged to be married.  The practice was and is unknown in the UK.


45

Title: Tulips From Amsterdam 
Artist: Max Bygraves
Writer(s): Klaus-Günter Neumann, Ernst Bader and Ralf Arnie (German song with English translation by Gene Martyn)
Entered chart 2 May 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 25.

Max Bygraves, (16 Oct 1922 - 31 Aug 2012) was an English entertainer, comedian and singer, born in Rotherhithe, London, England.  After the second world war, he went into show business and was pretty much an all-round entertainer.  He had radio series where he sang and acted, and began appearing in some comedy films.  His first hit record came in 1952, and during his long career, he had 18 hit singles, plus 12 hit albums in his "sing-along" series.  A major comedy TV star in the 1960s and 1970s and TV game show host in the 1980s, he retired to Australia in 2008 and died there in 2012.


46

Title: On The Street Where You Live 
Artist: Vic Damone
Writer(s): Frederick Loewe & Alan Jay Lerner (Stage musical writers)
Entered chart 9 May 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

Vic Damone was born on 12 Jun 1928 in New York to Italian immigrants.  He entered a talent show in 1947 and was awarded a recording contract the same year.  Hit records followed as did a radio series, and by the 1950s he was a major star - also appearing in films.  He retired in the early 2000s.  This was his only significant hit in the UK.
# The song, by Lerner and Loewe, is from the stage musical and film "My Fair Lady".


47

Title: Kewpie Doll 
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Sid Tepper & Roy C Bennett (American writers of many pop hits)
Entered chart 9 May 1958; Highest Position: 9; Weeks on chart: 7.

This was Como's 12th hit in the UK, and came at the peak of his popularity in both the USA and UK.
# The song was covered by Frankie Vaughan in the UK, and he reached number 10 in the British charts with his version during May 1958.
# Kewpie is a brand of dolls and figurines that were initially conceived as comic strip characters by artist and writer Rose O'Neill. The first dolls appeared in 1912. Kewpie dolls were initially made out of bisque porcelain, but various modern plastic materials have been used to manufacture the dolls up to the present time.


48

Title: Stairway of Love 
Artist: Michael Holliday
Writer(s): Sid Tepper & Roy C Bennett

Entered chart 16 May 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 13.

This was Holliday's second Top 10 hit, and confirmed him as a major star in the UK.  There had been a release between this and his January 1958 number one, but that had stalled at number 26 on the UK charts.  Strangely, the follow-up to this recording only reached number 27, before he had his second chart-topper in January 1960.  He had no hits during 1959.
# This American song was originally recorded in the USA by Country music singer, Marty Robbins, as was Holliday's first big hit "The Story of My Life" (song 11 in this list).
# In the UK, the song was also covered by Terry Dene, who reached number 16 with his version.


49

Title: Twilight Time 
Artist: The Platters
Writer(s): Buck Ram, Morty Nevins, Al Nevins and Artie Dunn
Entered chart 16 May 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 18.

The Platters formed in Los Angeles in 1952.  By 1955 they had their first hits in the USA, quickly followed by hits in the UK.  There were several personnel changes, even during their hits period.  Subsequently, changes have been frequent, and ex-members have formed new groups also called The Platters, which led to various legal challenges.  Such legal activity continued right up to 2014, even though most of the original members had died by then.  The current line up has no original members.
# The song was written in 1944 by members of the group The Three Suns who recorded it first.  Buck Ram, the lyricist, wrote more hits for The Platters and other acts.


50

Title: Witch Doctor 
Artist: Don Lang & His Frantic Five
Writer(s): Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. (David Seville)
Entered chart 23 May 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

Don Lang (19 Jan 1925 - 3 Aug 1992) was born in Halifax, Yorkshire, England.  He was a singer and trombone player who found fame after he was asked to record the theme song to a BBC TV music show called "Six-Five Special", and to form the resident band on the show.  The show ran weekly from Feb 1957 to Dec 1958.  In 1958 Lang issued this cover of the American "chipmunk" song "Witch Doctor".  This was his only Top 10 hit.
# The song had been written and performed by American Ross Bagdasarian, Sr. under the pseudonym of David Seville and featuring The Chipmunks.  The song  included speeded up sections which were the "chipmunks".  Don Lang's version included this feature, but without reference to any small rodents.
# In 1999, Danish band The Cartoons recorded the song, and they climbed as high as number two in the UK charts with their version.


51

Title: All I Have To Do Is Dream 
Artist: Everly Brothers

Writer(s): Felice and Boudleaux Bryant
Entered chart 23 May 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 21.

The Everly's follow up to "Wake Up Little Susie" was this hit from the same song writers.  It is regarded as one of the all-time great Rock 'n' Roll love songs, and is frequently heard on oldies radio stations.
# Felice and Boudleaux Bryant wrote a large number of songs for the Everly Brothers, many of them major hits.  They also wrote for many other artists.  In a career from 1948 to their deaths (Boudleaux in 1987; Felice in 2003) they wrote over 1,500 recorded songs, and won numerous awards.
# Two other versions of the song have been in the UK charts.  They are by Bobby Gentry & Glen Campbell (1969,
number 3), and Cliff Richard & Phil Everly (1994, number 14)


52

Title: Claudette 
Artist: Everly Brothers

Writer(s): Roy Orbison
Entered chart 23 May 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 21.

This song was a double A-side with song 51 above.
# Written by 1960s recording star, Roy Orbison, he said it was a tribute to his wife.


53

Title: Johnny B Goode 
Artist: Chuck Berry
Writer(s): Chuck Berry
Entered chart 26 May 1958; Highest Position: 8 (US chart data - not released in the UK).

Another Rock 'n' Roll classic from Chuck Berry, but it was never released as a single in the UK, so never entered any British charts.  It is ranked at Number 7 on Rolling Stone Magazine's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
# In 1977, NASA put a copy of this song on the Voyager space probe as part of a package that was meant to represent the best in American culture, and which might be found by extra-Terrestrial life forms.
# Three cover versions of the song have hit the UK charts from 1972 onwards: Jimi Hendrix (1972, number 35); Peter Tosh (1983, number 48); and Judas Priest (1988, number 64).


54

Title: Crazy Love 
Artist: Paul Anka
Writer(s): Paul Anka
Entered chart 30 May 1958; Highest Position: 26; Weeks on chart: 1.

This follow-up to his previous Top 10 hit was disappointing in failing to reach even the Top 20.  The next release, "Midnight" would fare no better.  1959 would, however, see him with three Top 10 hits.


55

Title: Book Of Love 
Artist: Mudlarks
Writer(s): Warren Davis, George Malone & Charles Patrick

Entered chart 6 June 1958; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 9.

This was the Mudlarks' second of three hits in the UK singles charts.  At the end of 1958, the Mudlarks were voted top British vocal group by readers of the New Musical Express.  Jeff Mudd then left the group, having been called to do National Service.  He was replaced by David Lane (born David Burgess, 1938–2010).  Mary Mudd married David Lane in 1962.
# The song was written by three members of the American group The Monotones who recorded the song first, taking it to number 5 on the USA charts.


56

Title: Big Man 
Artist: Four Preps

Writer(s): Bruce Belland & Glen Larson (band members)
Entered chart 13 June 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 14.

They were four Californian students who were seen by a record executive when they entered a talent contest in 1956.  Their records were soon in the USA charts, and three singles made it to the UK charts.  They broke up in the 1960s, but Belland and Larson continued song writing, and both eventually became TV producers.  However, three of the group (including Belland) have reformed and are performing nostalgia concerts.


57

Title: A Very Precious Love 
Artist: Doris Day
Writer(s): Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster
Entered chart 13 Jun 1958; Highest Position: 16; Weeks on chart: 11.

The song was from the film "Marjorie Morningstar", staring Natalie Wood and Gene Kelly. Despite Doris Day being a major film star at the time, she was not in this movie!.  Gene Kelly sang the song in the film, and several acts recorded it.


58

Title: Return To Me 
Artist: Dean Martin
Writer(s): Carmen Lombardo & Daniel Di Minno
Entered chart 13 Jun 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 22.

Dean Martin (7 Jun 1917 - 25 Dec 1995) was born in Ohio, USA into an Italian immigrant family.  In his late teens he began singing with local dance bands.  It was in the early 1940s that he changed his name to Dean Martin, then after world war two he teamed up with comedian Jerry Lewis, and they performed as a singing-comedy duo.  His recording career began in 1948, and his first chart entry in the UK came in 1953, followed by a succession of hits during the 1950s.  In 1965, Martin launched the weekly Dean Martin Show on American TV, which ran until 1974.  By this time he was a major international star with numerous films under his belt as well.  He continued performing in cabaret until the end of the 1980s, and died from lung cancer in 1995 at the age of 78.


59

Title: Purple People Eater 
Artist: Sheb Wooley
Writer(s): Sheb Wooley
Entered chart 20 June 1958; Highest Position: 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

Sheb Wooley (10 Apr 1921 - 16 Sep 2003) was born in Oklahoma, USA.  Raised on a farm in Oklahoma, he became a cowboy and rodeo rider, and he sang with local Country Music bands.  In the late 1940s he became a professional Country singer, and began acting.  He appeared in dozens of Western films in the 1950s to 1970s, including the TV Western series "Rawhide".  This novelty song was just the start - he scored a large number of hits in the US Country Music charts, mainly in the 1960s.  This was his only hit in the UK.


60

Title: Rave On 
Artist: Buddy Holly
Writer(s): Sonny West, Bill Tilghman & Norman Petty
Entered chart 20 Jun 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 14.

Another hit credited to Buddy Holly rather than The Crickets.  1958 saw six hits for Buddy Holly/The Crickets, often released quite close together, and Holly sang on all of them.


61

Title: Sugar Moon 
Artist: Pat Boone
Writer(s): Danny Wolfe
Entered chart 27 Jun 1958; Highest Position: 6; Weeks on chart: 12.

This was Boone's tenth Top 10 hit in the UK, but he would not have another until December 1961.  There were, however, eight lesser hits during that gap.  Always having been a committed Christian, Boone toured with his family as Gospel singers during the second half of the 1960s and the 1970s, 


62

Title: Sick and Tired 
Artist: Fats Domino
Writer(s): Dave Bartholomew, Christopher Kenner, Fats Domino
Entered chart 4 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 26; Weeks on chart: 1.

Fats Domino was born on 26 Feb 1928 in New Orleans, USA.  His father and uncle were musicians and Domino learned to play piano at a young age.  He was seen by a band leader who invited Domino to join the band, and a recording contract followed in 1950.  Fats Domino (given the nickname Fats after Fats Waller) soon had a number of hits in the US R&B chart.  His records started appearing on the US pop chart from about 1956, and success continued into the mid 1960s.


63

Title: Beep Beep
Artist: The Playmates
Writer(s): Carl Cicchetti & Donald Claps (band members)
Entered chart 9 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 4; (US chart data - not a hit in the UK).

The Playmates were a trio from Connecticut, USA.  They played at University, and after graduation began touring the USA and Canada, playing in small venues.  Signed to Roulette Records in 1958, they had a couple of Top 40 singles before having a Top 5 hit in the USA with the novelty record "Beep, Beep".  It describes an apparent road race between the drivers of a Cadillac and a Nash Rambler.  In the UK, because of a directive by the BBC that song lyrics must not include brand names, a new version of "Beep Beep" was recorded, replacing the brand names with the generic terms limousine and bubble car.  Despite the re-recording and popular radio play, the record failed to enter the charts in the UK.


64

Title: Sally Don't You Grieve 
Artist: Lonnie Donegan
Writer(s): Woody Guthrie & Malvina Reynolds
Entered chart 11 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 11; Weeks on chart: 7.

Lonnie picked another Woody Guthrie song (see song 35 in this list) for his follow-up.  Although Guthrie's original lyric was about the second world war, non-topical lyrics had been provided by Malvina Reynolds, a USA folk song writer.


65

Title: Endless Sleep 
Artist: Marty Wilde
Writer(s): Jody Reynolds
Entered chart 11 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 4; Weeks on chart: 14.

Marty Wilde was born on 15 Apr 1939 in south London, England.  Whilst performing live in 1957 he was spotted and signed up to Philips records.  In 1958 he began appearing alongside Cliff Richard on the TV pop show "Oh Boy!", and charted with this hit.  More hits followed during the next couple of years, nearly all covers of American hits.  The hits dried up in the early 1960s, but he continued to perform on the oldies and nostalgia circuits into the 21st century.
# The song was written by American Rock 'n' Roll performer Jody Reynolds, whose recording sold over a million copies in the USA.  Reynolds' version finally made a brief appearance in the UK charts when it was re-released in 1979.


66

Title: The Only Man On The Island 
Artist: Tommy Steele
Writer(s): Bob Merrill & Dave Mann
Entered chart 18 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 16; Weeks on chart: 8.

This was Steele's eleventh hit in the UK, and is a cover of an American hit.  The original was recorded by Vic Damone, and his version was also a hit in the UK, reaching number 24 in August 1958.
# 1958 was the year that Steele's film "The Duke Wore Jeans" was released.  The soundtrack album was also released, and the recording went to number one in the album chart.


67

Title: I Know Where I'm Goin'
Artist: George Hamilton IV
Writer(s): Starr, Wolf
Entered chart 18 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 23; Weeks on chart: 4.

George Hamilton IV (19 Jul 1937 - 17 Sep 2014) was born in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA.  He began performing as a teenager, and rose to be a major Country Music singer, with huge record sales and numerous entries on the American Country Music charts.  Country Music has never been big in the UK, and only two of Hamilton's singles charted there.  He continued to perform right up to his death from a heart attack at the age of 77.
# The song was revived in 1962 by British group The Countrymen, who reached number 45 with it in the UK charts.


68

Title: When 
Artist: Kalin Twins
Writer(s): Jack Reardon & Paul Evans
Entered chart 18 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 18.

The Kalin Twins were Hal (16 Feb 1934 - 24 Aug 2005) and Herbie (16 Feb 1934 - 21 Jul 2006) Kalin.  They were born in Port Jervis, New York, USA.  They had a couple of early records issued which failed to reach the charts, but in 1958, when 24 years old, they recorded this hit which reached number 5 in the USA but went to number 1 in the UK where it stayed for five weeks.  Subsequent releases fared poorly in the USA, and failed completely in the UK, making them one-hit wonders in Britain.  They eventually gave up performing, but came back for special live concerts in 1977 and 1989.  This hit single is now regarded as a Rock 'n' Roll classic, frequently appearing on 1950s compilation CDs.


69

Title: Patricia 
Artist: Perez Prado
Writer(s): Perez Prado
Entered chart 25 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 8; Weeks on chart: 16.

Perez Prado (11 Dec 1916 - 14 Sep 1989) was born on the island of Cuba.  He became a professional musician in Cuba, then moved to Mexico in 1949 to form a band and to record for RCA.  He specialised in playing Mambos and other Latin-style dance music.  His records became very popular and he toured the USA during the 1950s and 1960s.  From the 1970s he lived in Mexico, but continued to record and tour for the Central American and South American markets.


70

Title: Hard Headed Woman 
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Claude Demetrius
Entered chart 25 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 11.

Another major hit from the King of Rock 'n' Roll.  This recording was part of the soundtrack for his 1958 film "King Creole", and was on the soundtrack album.  This was recorded at Hollywood, California, USA, rather than Nashville, USA, where his studio albums were recorded.


71

Title: Think It Over 
Artist: The Crickets
Writer(s): Buddy Holly, Jerry Allison & Norman Petty
Entered chart 25 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 11; Weeks on chart: 7.

Another chart hit for The Crickets with Buddy Holly as lead vocalist.  This was the last hit issued by The Crickets which featured Buddy Holly.


72

Title: Trudie 
Artist: Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson
Writer(s): Joe "Mr Piano" Henderson
Entered chart 25 Jul 1958; Highest Position: 14; Weeks on chart: 14.

Joe Henderson (2 May 1920 - 4 May 1980) was born in Glasgow, Scotland.  He was taught piano by his mother, and by his teens he was a professional in local dance bands.  He was on the same record label as Petula Clark in the early 1950s, and they made a few records together.  He worked through the 1960s and 1970s, but died suddenly in 1980, aged 60.  The instrumental track "Trudie" was his biggest hit, which although only reaching 14 in the record charts, was number one on the sheet music chart, becoming the best-selling sheet music of 1958.


73

Title: Splish Splash 
Artist: Bobby Darin
Writer(s): Bobby Darin & Murray Kaufman
Entered chart 1 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 18; Weeks on chart: 7.

Bobby Darin (14 May 1936 - 20 Dec 1973) was born in New York City, USA.  Darin began writing songs in 1955, and wrote a few numbers for Connie Francis.  He also began arranging music for artists on Atlantic Records, with whom Darin had been signed.  This song was his first hit, which started a career that lasted through the 1960s, although he would change musical direction a few times.  He had had a weak heart for most of his life, and he died following heart surgery at the age of 37.
# In the UK, the song was covered by singer and comic actor, Charlie Drake.  Drake actually did better with his version by reaching number 7 in the charts.


74

Title: Yakety Yak 
Artist: The Coasters
Writer(s): Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Entered chart 15 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Coasters were formed in October 1955 as a spin-off of the Robins, a Los Angeles-based rhythm and blues group.  The Coasters had a string of hits in the late 1950s - often with humourous overtones.   Their most memorable songs were written by the songwriting and production team of Leiber and Stoller.  The hits dried up in the 1960s, but various configurations of band members toured as The Coasters in the USA for several decades.


75

Title: Everybody Loves A Lover 
Artist: Doris Day
Writer(s): Richard Adler & Robert Allen
Entered chart 15 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 25; Weeks on chart: 4.

This record turned out to be Doris Day's last UK hit of the 1950s.  Her next and final hit song would come in 1964 ("Move Over Darling").  For notes about Doris Day, see song 39 in this list.  


76

Title: Fever
Artist: Peggy Lee
Writer(s): Otis Blackwell & Eddie Cooley
Entered chart 15 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

Peggy Lee (26 May 1920 - 22 Jan 2002) was born in Jamestown, North Dakota, USA.  Her break came when she was discovered by bandleader Benny Goodman.  Lee was a Blues-influenced Jazz singer and also a songwriter, with such hits as the songs from Disney's "Lady and the Tramp", in which she also sang and voiced a few characters.  She began recording in 1946, and a number of hits quickly followed.  With radio, TV and hit albums, she soon became an international star, and continued as such for five decades.  Ill health in the late 1990s forced her to retire and she died, aged 81, in Los Angeles in 2002.
# The song has been in the UK charts for other acts since 1958.  They are by Helen Shapiro (1964, number 38), The McCoys (1965, number 44), and Madonna (1993, number 6).


77

Title: Poor Little Fool 
Artist: Ricky Nelson
Writer(s): Sharon Sheeley (Became Eddie Cochran's fiancée)
Entered chart 22 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 4; Weeks on chart: 14.

This release from Nelson fared much better in the UK than his previous record (song 27 in this list).  In the USA it went all the way to number one.  This hit established Nelson as a major star, and plenty more hits followed in the USA, but not so many in the UK.


78

Title: Stupid Cupid 
Artist: Connie Francis
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka &
Howard Greenfield
Entered chart 22 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 19.

This was Connie's second and last number one hit in the UK, although several further Top 10 hits would follow.  It was a double A-side with song 79 below.  
# The song was co-written by Neil Sedaka, who would have a successful career as a singer in the 1960s.


79

Title: Carolina Moon 
Artist: Connie Francis
Writer(s): Joe Burke & Benny Davis

Entered chart 22 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 19.

This recording was a double A-side with song 78 above.   Connie Francis recorded many older songs, and was very successful with them.
# The song was written in 1924 and first recorded in 1928 by American crooner Gene Austin. 


80

Title: Got A Match
Artist: Russ Conway
Writer(s): Billy Mure & Richard Wolfe
Entered chart 29 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 30; Weeks on chart: 1.

Russ Conway (2 Sep 1925 - 16 Nov 2000) was born in Bristol, England.  He joined the Royal Navy in 1942, remaining in service until 1955.  After the navy he began playing piano in night clubs and as rehearsal pianist for stars.  This resulted in a recording contract with EMI.  He appeared on TV, especially on the Billy Cotton Band Show, where his boyish grin captivated the female audience.  He was major musical star by 1959.  Although he composed most of his own hits, this early recording was written by American composers.


81

Title: Volare 
Artist: Dean Martin
Writer(s): Franco Migliacci & Domenico Modugno (English lyrics by Mitchell Parish)

Entered chart 29 Aug 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 14.

This was Dean Martin's last hit of the 1950s, and his last Top 10 hit until 1969.  This Italian song had been chosen as Italy's entry in the 1958 Eurovision Song Contest, where it came third.  The original Italian recording by Domenico Modugno also entered the UK charts, reaching number 10, and the USA charts where it made Number 1.
# Only two years later Bobby Rydell released his version of the song, peaking at number 22 in the UK and number four in the USA.
# Volare, pronounced vol-ar-ray,  is Italian for Fly, hence the line in the song "Let's fly way up to the clouds".


82

Title: Rebel Rouser 
Artist: Duane Eddy
Writer(s): Duane Eddy & Lee Hazlewood (Hazelwood became Nancy Sinatra's producer and co-writer in the 1960s)
Entered chart 5 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 19; Weeks on chart: 10.

Duane Eddy was born on 26 Apr 1938 in Corning, New York, USA.  His family moved to Arizona when he was a young teen, and he started playing guitar with a friend when he was 16.  They got a few gigs on a local radio station, where Duane met Lee Hazlewood, who would help develop the "twangy" guitar sound that was Eddy's trademark.  He began recording in 1957, and the recording of "Rebel Rouser" became an international hit in 1958.  Eddy enjoyed numerous hit singles and albums after that, mostly in partnership with Lee Hazlewood.  Eddy continues to make a few live appearances in the 21st century, and frequently posts on social media.


83

Title: Bird Dog 
Artist: Everly Brothers
Writer(s): Boudleaux Bryant
Entered chart 12 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 16.

The Everly Brothers' fourth successive Top 10 hit was written by their regular composer, Boudleaux Bryant, although without his wife Felice.  The record was successful on both sides of the Atlantic, going all the way to number one in the USA, and selling over a million copies.
# A bird dog is literarily a dog trained to recover birds during a shoot.  It was also popular American slang, at the time of this hit, for a male who tries to steal another boy's girl friend. 


84

Title: Move It
Artist: Cliff Richard

Writer(s): Ian Samwell
Entered chart 12 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 17.

Cliff Richard was born on 14 Oct 1940 in Lucknow, India, whilst his parents were working in that country.  He returned to England with his family in 1948.  He formed a band in 1957 and a year later he was chosen as a singer for the TV Rock 'n' Roll show "Oh Boy!".  "Move It" was his first record release, which started a career that continued into the 21st century, with more than 130 hit singles, over 50 original albums, spanning 50 years plus.  In the early 1960s he also starred in several musical films, notably "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday".  He also achieved a number one single in five different decades, and is the most successful British recording artist of all time.
#  In 2006 Richard re-recorded "Move It" with Brian May of Queen on guitar and Brian Bennett of The Shadows on drums.  The track was released as the second track on a double A-side CD single alongside "21st Century Christmas". The single peaked at number 2 on the UK Singles Chart in December.  A limited edition 7 inch vinyl single was also released with "Move It" as the A-side. The track was included on Richard's 2006 duets album, "Two's Company".  Cliff re-recorded it again, in Nashville, USA during 2016 for his album "Just Fabulous Rock 'n' Roll".


85

Title: Born Too Late
Artist: Poni-Tails
Writer(s): Charles Strouse & Fred Tobias

Entered chart 19 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 11.

The Poni-Tails were three high school girls from near Cleveland, Ohio, USA.  At the time of this hit they were Toni Cistone, Patti McCabe (died 1989), and LaVerne Novak.  After a few flop recordings they scored on both sides of the Atlantic with this hit.  Subsequent releases fared badly.  The group disbanded in 1960 and they all left the music business.


86

Title: Little Star
Artist: The Elegants
Writer(s): Vito Picone and Arthur Venosa (band members)
Entered chart 26 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 25; Weeks on chart: 2.

The Elegants were a five-piece band from Staten Island, New York, USA.  The record was a number one hit in the USA, but peaked at 25 in the UK.  After this success, the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the charts, making them one-hit wonders.  Nevertheless, they continued to tour and perform live into the 21st century.


87

Title: Midnight 
Artist: Paul Anka
Writer(s): Paul Anka
Entered chart 26 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 26; Weeks on chart: 1.

Paul Anka's follow-up to "Crazy Love" did not do any better - both records peaked at 26 and spent one week on the chart.  Things would improve in the following year, however, when he would score three Top 10 hits.


88

Title: A Certain Smile 
Artist: Johnny Mathis
Writer(s): Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster

Entered chart 26 Sep 1958; Highest Position: 4; Weeks on chart: 16.

Johnny Mathis was born on 30 Sep 1935 in Texas, USA, but his family moved to San Francisco, where he grew up.  His father encouraged him to sing, and he was having voice lessons from the age of 13.  He began singing in clubs in 1955, and was soon given a recording contract.  His crooning style was very popular with the older generation, and TV appearances increased his popularity.  He issued dozens of albums of ballads and standards, as well as having success in the singles market.  He has continued performing into the 21st century.
# The song was written for the film of the same name, which included Mathis in a cameo role as a bar tender, singing the song.


89

Title: King Creole 
Artist: Elvis Presley

Writer(s): Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller
Entered chart 3 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 2; Weeks on chart: 15.

This song was the title track to the film of the same name, starring Elvis Presley.  It was the last movie Presley made prior to national service in the army, and the last film he made in black and white.  The song was not issued as  a single in the USA!
# The film is based on the 1952 novel "A Stone for Danny Fisher" by Harold Robbins, and is about a nineteen-year-old who gets mixed up with crooks and involved with two women.  Presley's performance was praised by the critics and the movie was the fifth highest grossing picture of the year.


90

Title: It's All In The Game 
Artist: Tommy Edwards
Writer(s): Carl Sigman & Charles Daws

Entered chart 3 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

Tommy Edwards (17 Feb 1922 - 23 Oct 1969) was born in Richmond, Virginia, USA.  He was an R&B singer who first recorded this song in 1951.  That version did reasonably well, but it was not until 1958, when he recorded this new version, that he became well-known, and began making TV appearances.  Further records did not fare as well, and his popularity waned.  He died after suffering a brain aneurysm, near Richmond, Virginia, at the age of 47.
# The music to this song was written in 1911 by Charles Daws, who later became a vice president of the USA (1924-1928).  There were no words to the music, called "Melody in A Major", until 1951, when Carl Sigman wrote the lyrics, prompting several recordings by various artists.
# In 1964, Cliff Richard recorded the song, taking it to number two in the UK charts.  Motown group, The Four Tops saw their version reach number 5 in the UK during June 1970.


91

Title: Western Movies 
Artist: The Olympics
Writer(s): Fred Smith and Cliff Goldsmith
Entered chart 3 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 12; Weeks on chart: 8.

The Olympics were formed in 1957 in Los Angeles, California, USA by Walter Ward (1940-2006), comprising high school friends and a cousin.  After this major hit, they continued recording through the 1960s, but only one minor hit made the charts in the UK.


92

Title: Say Mama 
Artist: Gene Vincent
Writer(s): Johnny Meeks & Johnny Earl
Released October 1958 - not a hit in the UK.

Gene Vincent (11 Feb 1935 - 12 Oct 1971) was born in Norfolk, Virginia, USA.  He joined the US Navy in 1952, but after a motoring accident that broke his leg, he left the navy.  Following that he formed a group and began playing around Norfolk, Virginia.  He was spotted and was given a recording contract with Capital records.  His first release, "Be-Bop-A-Lula", reached number 5 in the USA, and number 16 in the UK during 1956.  He made many more records, but none made the Top 10 on either side of the Atlantic.  Nevertheless he recorded and toured throughout the 1960s, mainly in the UK and other parts of Europe.  He died from a ruptured stomach ulcer in California during 1971.
This song is now regarded as a Rock 'n' Roll classic despite its poor performance in the charts in the UK and USA.


93

Title: More Than Ever 
Artist: Malcolm Vaughan
Writer(s): Alessandro Taccani, Enzo Di Paola, Mario Panzeri (English lyrics by Mary Bond)
Entered chart 17 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 5; Weeks on chart: 14.

Italian songs were very popular in the 1950s, and Vaughan recorded this English version to rival the Italian language version, "Come Prima", by Marino Marini.  Marini's version actually did better in the UK charts, reaching number two.  This was Vaughan's last Top 10 entry, and his penultimate hit.  He had nine hit singles in the period 1955-1959.
For notes about Malcolm Vaughan, see song 5 in this list.
# Come Prima, pronounced comb-ay preema, is Italian for Like Before.


94

Title: Tea For Two Cha Cha
Artist: Tommy Dorsey Orchestra starring Warren Covington
Writer(s): Vincent Youmans
Entered chart 17 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 3; Weeks on chart: 19.

Tommy Dorsey (19 Nov 1905 - 26 Nov 1956) was a famous American band leader during the 1930s, 1940s, and early 1950s.  He was born in Pennsylvania, USA, and had performed with his brother, Jimmy, in different bands during the 1920s.  Tommy formed his own band in 1935, and within a couple of years he had his own radio show.  During the 1940s, Frank Sinatra was a singer with the band, and they made numerous records together.  Dorsey died in 1956, aged just 51, but the band continued under the leadership of Warren Covington.  It was in this new situation that the band recorded this hit, which was a million-seller in the USA.
# The song comes from the 1925 musical "No, No, Nanette". This instrumental version was given a cha-cha-cha arrangement - a popular dance in the late 1950s.


95

Title: Hoots Mon 
Artist: Lord Rockingham's XI
Writer(s): Harry Robinson 
Entered chart 24 Oct 1958; Highest Position: 1; Weeks on chart: 17.

Lord Rockingham's XI was the house band on the British pop music TV show "Oh Boy!" which was broadcast on Saturday evenings during 1958-1959.  The band was formed and fronted by bandleader and musical director Harry Robinson (1932-1996), and included Hammond organ player Cherry Wainer (1935-2014), jazz baritone saxophonist, and later broadcaster and writer, Benny Green (1927-1998), plus tenor sax player Red Price (1933-1984).  The band broke up when the TV series finished.


96

Title: Summertime Blues 
Artist: Eddie Cochran
Writer(s): Eddie Cochran & Jerry Capehart
Entered chart 7 Nov 1958; Highest Position: 18; Weeks on chart: 6.

Eddie Cochran (3 Oct 1938 - 17 Apr 1960) was born in Minnesota, USA, but moved with his family to California in the early 1950s.  He began playing music at high school, and writing songs with Jerry Capehart, who became his manager.  His first success came when he performed the song "Twenty Flight Rock" in the 1956 film "The Girl Can't Help It", prompting Liberty Records to offer him a recording contract.  More hits followed, but his career was cut short when he was killed in a road accident whilst on tour in England.  The song has been covered by various acts, and is regarded as a Rock 'n' Roll classic.
# In 1970, British band, The Who recorded the song and reached number 38 in the UK charts with it.


97

Title: Someday
Artist: Ricky Nelson 
Writer(s): Jimmie Hodges 
Entered chart 7 Nov 1958; Highest Position: 9; Weeks on chart: 13.

For his third UK hit, a ballad on his second album "Ricky Nelson" was selected.  Written in 1944, the song had previously been a hit for Vaughn Monroe and the Mills Brothers, both in 1949.  Since 1958 the song has been recorded by numerous artists, making the song a standard.  This Ricky Nelson version was not issued as a single in the USA.


98

Title: Love Makes The World Go Round
Artist: Perry Como
Writer(s): Ollie Jones
Entered chart 7 Nov 1958; Highest Position: 6; Weeks on chart: 14

This track was Como's 15th hit single in the UK, and his ninth Top 10 entry.  The B-side of this record was "Mandolins In The Moonlight", which was separately listed in the charts, reaching number 13, and spending 12 weeks on the charts.  He would have a few more hits until mid-1962, but would then return big-time in the early 1970s.


99

Title: Fallin'
Artist: Connie Francis
Writer(s): Neil Sedaka & Howard Greenfield
Entered chart 21 Nov 1958; Highest Position: 20; Weeks on chart: 5.

Despite the song-writing pedigree, this track only just scraped into the Top 20.  Nevertheless, Connie Francis would bounce back with Top 10 hits in the following years.  
# Co-writer, Neil Sedaka was set to break into the charts as a singer himself in 1959.


100

Title: High Class Baby
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Ian Samwell
Entered chart 21 Nov 1958; Highest Position: 7; Weeks on chart: 10.

Cliff's follow-up to his debut single was another Rock 'n' Roll number by the same songwriter.  Cliff was still appearing regularly on the TV pop show "Oh Boy!" at this time, giving him plenty of exposure to the public, and he was becoming a major star.


Hits entering the chart during December 1958 will be found at the beginning of the 1959 page.

 

Acts with most appearances in this list:

Buddy Holly/The Crickets:  6 (combined, as Buddy Holly was lead singer on all six records)
Connie Francis:  4

Elvis Presley:  4

Everly Brothers:  4
Pat Boone:  4
Perry Como:  4

Composers with most appearances in this list:

Norman Petty:  6
Buddy Holly:  5
Felice and Boudleaux Bryant (1 Boudleaux only): 3
Otis Blackwell: 3
Jerry Leiber & Mike Stoller: 3
Sammy Fain & Paul Francis Webster: 3
Paul Anka: 3
Bob Merrill: 3


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