Wednesday, April 26, 2006

I love '50s and '60s music

I love the music I grew up with - from about 1955 to about 1967 - essentially my teenage and young adult years. I love to sing along (unfortunately, in the key of J Sharp most of the time) to songs on the radio. I decided I would try to identify four favorite songs from each year. Here are my lists from 1955 to 1959:

1955: Earth Angel - Penguins
Maybelline - Chuck Berry
Only You - Platters
Rock Around the Clock - Bill Haley and Comets

1956: In the Still of the Night - Five Satins
Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon and Teenagers
Young Love - Sonny James
Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins

1957: Come Go With Me - Dell Vikings
At the Hop - Danny and Juniors
Chances Are - Johnny Mathis
Oh Boy - Buddy Holly and Crickets

1958: All I have to Do Is Dream - Everly Brothers
Do You Wanna Dance - Bobby Freeman
Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
Chantilly Lace - the Big Bopper

1959: 16 Candles - Crests
I Only Have Eyes for You - Flamingos
Misty - Johnny Mathis
Love Potion #9 - Clovers

I'll do the '60s in a later post.

As you can see, my teenage years were dominated by love songs - they were tough years for someone who was really small, really shy and didn't dance well. But hope always sprang eternal!

What were your favorite songs in these years? Tell me why!


Joe said...
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Joe said...

Dude! Everyone knows (well, at least, I know) that "Since I Don't Have You" by the Skyliners (1959) is the greatest 45 rpm record ever made. And it's not on your list! Gak! :)

Your blog is great fun and informative. I enjoy it.

-Joe (death indexes guy)

Randy Seaver said...


I agree - it's a great song. I liked the four I listed better at the time I made the list.

My alltime favorite is "I Love How You Love Me" by the Paris sisters from 1961. I still get goose bumps when I hear it.


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