1958

Number Ones:
At the Hop - Danny & the Juniors [ABC-Paramount 9871] (Singer, Medora, White) was a slightly changed version of ‘Do the Bop’ by John Medara & the Juvenaires, recorded in 1957 for Capitol but not released. (Whitburn indicates that it was released in ‘57 on Singular 711; Rosemont says that this wasn’t issued until the early ‘90s.)
It’s All in the Game - [[#|Tommy Edwards]] [MGM 12688] (Dawes, Sigman) became a big hit for Edwards when he remade his 1951 recording [MGM K1105]. ‘Melody in A Minor’ was written in 1912 by Gen. Charles Dawes, a future vice-president under Coolidge. The vocal version was also recorded by Louis Armstrong [‘52, Decca 27899] and Nat King Cole [‘57, on Love Is the Thing, Capitol 824]. It later charted for Cliff Richard [‘63, Epic 9633] and the Four Tops [‘70, Motown 1164].
[[#|Nel Blu]] Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domenico Modugno [Decca 30677] (Modugno, Migliacci) is an Italian song that became a big U.S. hit. It was covered by Dean Martin [Capitol 4028], and later became a hit for Bobby Rydell [‘60, Cameo 179] and Al Martino [‘75, Capital 4134].
Tom Dooley - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4049] (Guard) is a 19th century song based on an 1868 incident. The first recording was by Grayson & Whitter in 1930 [Victor 40235]. The Kingston Trio knew the Frank Proffitt version from 1940; Alan Lomax learned it from Frank Warner [‘47, ‘Hang Down Your Head, Tom Dooley’]. Erik Darling recorded it as part of the Folksay Trio on Folksay, Volume II [‘55?, Stinson SLP #6 10”], and this syncopated version is said to have influenced the Kingston Trio. Darling’s next group, the Tarriers, also recorded it before the Kingston Trio, in 1957 [on Glory PG-1200, ‘The Tarriers‘, later released as single Glory 286].
It’s Only Make Believe - [[#|Conway Twitty]] [MGM 12677] (Nance, Twitty) may be based on ‘En Ecoutant Mon Coeur Chanter’ (see ‘All of a Sudden My Heart Sings’ below). It was a hit for Glen Campbell in 1970 [Capitol 2905].
April Love - Pat Boone [Dot 15660] (Fain, Webster) is the title song to a movie starring Boone.
Twilight Time - Platters [Mercury 71289] (Ram, Nevins, Nevins, Dunn) was a hit for the Three Suns [‘45, Hit 7092] and Les Brown [‘45, Columbia 36769].
Number Twos:
He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands - Laurie London [Capitol 3891] (Boatner; arr. Geoff Love) was first recorded by Bessie Johnson’s Sanctified Singers [‘29, ‘The Whole World in His Hands’, Okeh 8765] and Brother Williams’ Memphis Sanctified Singers [‘30, Vocalion 1482]. It was recorded by African-American opera diva Marian Anderson in 1952, and released on her 1956 LP Spirituals. Norwegian-American folk singer Williams Clauson claims to have adapted it to its present popular form, both words and music, after hearing a version in a black church in Louisiana, recording it in Europe in 1953. ('The Whole World' appears on his Treasury of Folk Songs [SMC Pro-Arte SMC 1000, which looks like a '50s recording], identified as American Negro Spiritual.) It was recorded by Odetta in ‘54, maybe again in ‘56, but maybe not released; however, it was on her 1957 live album At the Gate of Horn [Tradition 1025]. White gospel vocalist George Beverly Shea recorded it in 1955 [RCA Victor]. Mahalia Jackson recorded it in March and July of 1958.
Lollipop - Chordettes [Cadence 1345] (Dixon, Ross) was a cover of Ronald & Ruby [RCA Victor 7174]; Ruby was writer Beverly Ross.
Hard Headed Woman - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 7280] (DeMetrius) is from the film King Creole.
Top Fives:
Topsy II - Cozy Cole [Love 5004] (Battle, Durham), as ‘Topsy’, was introduced by Count Basie [‘37, Decca 1770] and was a minor hit for Benny Goodman [‘38, Victor 26107]; the B-side, “Topsy I’, also made Top 30.
One Night - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 7410] (Bartholomew, King) was a 1956 Smiley Lewis song [Imperial 5380].
Return to Me - Dean Martin [Capitol 3894] (Lombardo, Di Minno) was recorded in 1957 by Guy Lombardo, featuring Dan Rodney [Capitol]. It was also recorded in ‘58 by Carmen Cavalho as ‘Ritorna Me.’ Marty Robbins revived it as a country hit in 1978 [Columbia 10673].
Who’s Sorry Now - Connie Francis [MGM 12588] (Kalmar, Ruby, Snyder) had several hit versions in 1923: Isham Jones [Brunswick 2438], Irving Kaufman [Emerson 10594], the Original Memphis Five [Victor 19052], Marion Harris [Brunswick 2445], Ben Bernie [Vocalion 14555], Lewis James [Columbia 3937]; Rosemont says that the first appears to be by Bob Thompson [Cameo 350]. Billy Banks recorded a swing version [‘32, Oriole 2521] and Harry James had a small hit with it [‘46, Columbia 36973]. Johnnie Ray recorded it in 1955 [Columbia 40615]. Marie Osmond had a brief revival in 1975 [MGM/Kolob 14786].
Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn [Dot 15661] (Tobias, Wenrich) was popular for Bing Crosby [‘37, Decca 1518] and also recorded by Gene Autry [‘38, Vocalion 03358].
Sugartime - McGuire Sisters [Coral 61924] (Phillips, Echols) was originally by Charlie Phillips (with Buddy Holly on guitar, says Rosemont) [‘57, Coral 61908]. The main melody line is a theme from the Marx Brothers', associated with Chico, titled 'I'm Daffy Over You' written by Chico Marx & Sol Violinsky. Groucho introduces Chico's piano performance of it in 1930's Animal Crackers as 'Somewhere My Love Lies Sleeping...with a male chorus'. It also appears in their 1931 film Monkey Business.
Top Tens:
Tea for Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey Orchestra [Decca 30704] (Caesar, Youmans), as ‘Tea for Two’, was from the show No, No Nanette. Popular versions were by the Benson Orchestra of Chicago [‘24, Victor 19438], Marion Harris [‘25, Brunswick 2427], Ben Bernie [Vocalion 14901], the Ipana Troubadours [’30, Columbia 2078], Teddy Wilson [Brunswick 7816], and Art Tatum [’39, Decca 2456] - a famous piano solo recording.
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine - Jimmie Rodgers [Roulette 4031] (Newman, Campbell). The Irish melody ‘Droimeann Donu Dílis’ became ‘Poor Drimmer’ or ’Drimmer’s Cow’ in America, and Leadbelly changed it into ‘If It Wasn’t For Dickie’ which he recorded in 1937 for the Library of Congress. It was reworked by the Weavers as ‘Kisses Sweeter Than Wine’ [Decca 9-27670].
Fever - Peggy Lee [Capitol 3998] (Davenport, Cooley) was an R&B hit by Little Willie John [5/56, King 4935], then recorded by Ray Peterson [‘57, RCA Victor 47-7087]. The Indiana rock band the McCoys had a hit version in 1965 [11/65, Bang 511].
A Wonderful Time Up There - Pat Boone [Dot 15690] (Abernathy) was ‘Gospel Boogie‘ by Lee Roy Abernathy [‘48, King 4223].
Near You - Roger Williams [Kapp 233] (Craig) was a big hit in 1947 for its writer, Francis Craig [Bullet 1001], and several others: the Andrews Sisters [Decca 24171], Alvino Rey [Capitol 452], Larry Green [RCA Victor 20-2421], Elliot Lawrence [Columbia 37838], Dick ‘Two Ton’ Baker [Mercury 5066].
Oh, Boy! - Crickets [Brunswick 55035] (West, Tilghman, Petty) was first recorded earlier in 1957, but not released, by Sunny West, as ‘All My Love’.
Top Twenties:
Billy - Kathy Linden [Felsted 8510] (Goodwin, Kendis, Paley) dates from 1911: Ada Jones [Columbia A-1071] and the American Quartet [Victor 16965]. There was a popular version by Orrin Tucker with Bonnie Baker in 1939 [Vocalion 4914].
Lazy Mary - Lou Monte [RCA 7160] (Citorello, Monte) was recorded by Paolo Citorello in Italy in 1927 [‘Luna Mezzo Mare’ on Brunswick] and 1929 [‘Mamma a Cer Maddari’ on Okeh]. After several other Italian recordings, it was translated as ‘Oh! Ma-Ma! (The Butcher Boy’ and had several popular versions in 1938: Rudy Vallee [Bluebird 7543], the Andrews Sisters [Decca 1859], Dick Robertson [Decca 1726], George Hall [Vocalion 4085], Guy Lombardo [Victor 25857].
It’s Too Soon to Know - Pat Boone [Dot 15690] (Chessler) was the first big hit for the Orioles [‘48, Natural 5000], and has also been recorded by the Ravens [‘48, National 9056], Ella Fitzgerald [‘48, Decca 24497], Dinah Washington [‘48, Mercury 8107], Etta James [‘61, Argo 5402], Irma Thomas [‘61, Minit 633], Esther Phillips [‘65, Atlantic 2251]
You Cheated - Shields [Dot 15805] (Burch) was a cover of the white doo-wop group the Slades [Domino 500].
Mexican Hat Rock - Applejacks [Cameo 149] (Mann) is based on the 1919 Mexican song ‘Jarabe Tapatío’ or ‘Mexican Hat Dance’, which has been recorded often, notably by Mariachi Vargas de Tacalitlán; Xavier Cugat recorded a version in 1942 [Columbia 36697].
Zorro - Chordettes [Cadence 1349] (Foster, Bruns) is the them from the Disney TV show.
Padre - Toni Arden [Decca 30628] (Webster, Romans) is the 1956 French song ‘Padre Don José’ by Gloria Lasso. Sarah Vaughan also recorded it in 1958 [Mercury 71303], and Marty Robbins revived it in 1971 for a country hit [Columbia 45273].
My Bucket’s Got a Hole In It - Ricky Nelson [Imperial 5503] (Clarence Williams) was a 1949 country hit for Hank Williams [MGM 10560] and T. Texas Tyler [4 Star 1383]. It was also recorded by Louis Armstrong [‘50, Decca 9-21914] and Sonny Burgess [‘58, Sun 285].
That Old Black Magic - Louis Prima & Keely Smith [Capitol 4063] (Mercer, Arlen) from the movie Senior Prom - a 1943 song (see above in 1955)
A Certain Smile - Johnny Mathis [Columbia 41193] (Webster, Fain) is a movie title song.
There Goes My Heart - Joni James [12706] (Davis, Silver) is a 1934 song for Enric Madriguera [Columbia 2888-D], Isham Jones [Victor 24519], and Freddy Martin [Brunswick 6766]. It was in the 1943 film The Heat’s On, with Xavier Cugat, vocal by Lina Romay.
Jo-Ann - Playmates [Roulette 4037] (Cunningham, Cunningham) was originally by the Twin-Tones, aka the Twins [‘57, RCA Victor EP 4107 or LP 1708 Teenagers Love the Twins].
Thirties:
The Day That the Rains Came - Jane Morgan [Kapp 235] (Becaud, Sigman) is an English version of Gilbert Bécaud’s French hit ‘Le jour où la pluie viendra’ [‘58]; an instrumental version by Raymond Lefevre also made Top 30 [Kapp 231].
March from the River Kwai and Colonel Bogey - Mitch Miller [Columbia 41066] (Arnold, Alford) is from the movie The Bridge on the River Kwai. ‘Colonel Bogey is a 1916 march written for the Second Battalion Argyll & Sutherland Highlanders, recorded in 1920 by the Columbia Band, popular with soldiers with various crude lyrics. The film version was conducted by Malcolm Arnold.
Lazy Summer Nights - Four Preps [Capitol 4023] (Spina) is from the movie Andy Hardy Comes Home with Mickey Rooney.
The World Outside - Four Coins [Epic 9295] (Addinsell, Sigman) was introduced in the 1942 film Suicide Squadron as ‘Warsaw Concerto,’ played by Louis Kentner, and charted under that name for Freddy Martin [’43, Victor 1535], Claude Thornhill [‘48, Columbia 37940] and Ralph Marterie [‘53, Mercury 70221].
Somebody Touched Me - Buddy Knox [Roulette 4082] (Ertegun) is a remake of a Ruth Brown song [‘54, Atlantic 1044].
I Wonder Why - Dion & the Belmonts [Laurie 3013] (Anderson, Weeks), according to Rosemont, is a re-write of the Legends’ ‘Now I’m Telling You’ [‘58, Hull 727].
La Paloma - Billy Vaughn [Dot 15795] (Yradier) was written in 1859 or 1864, a Spanish tango which may have originated in Zanzibar. Rypent reports the Xavistowski Sisters as the first recording, with a date of 1870 - I don’t know what a date this early could mean. It also came out as a series on the German Trikont label, ‘Mit La Paloma um die Welt’, with a Viennese organ version of 1893 being the earliest. It was recorded for Berliner in 1896 by Ferruccio Giannini. Other recordings include Musique de la Garde Républicaine [1899], Prof. Mosè Tapiera, on ocarina [‘05], Orquesta Valdez [‘19, Mexico], Amelita Galli-Curci [‘28], Xavier Cugat [‘38, Victor 25826]. Chubby Checker charted in 1962 with a version called ‘La Paloma Twist’, and Elvis recorded a version called ‘No More’[‘61].
Don’t Ask Me Why - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 47-7280] (Wise, Weisman) is from the movie Kid Creole.
Ramrod - Duane Eddy [Jamie 1109] (Al Casey) was originally recorded by Eddy and Casey under the name Frantic Johnny Rogers [‘57, Cindy 3010]. Another version was released on Ford 500 by Duane Eddy & his Rock-a-Billies [‘57].
This Little Girl of Mine - Everly Brothers [Cadence 1342] (Charles) was an R&B hit for Ray Charles [‘55, Atlantic 1063]. It was adapted by the gospel song ‘This Little Light of Mine’, recorded by the St. Paul’s Church Choir of Los Angeles [‘50, Capitol 1069], Clara Ward [‘52, Savoy 4038], and the Swan Silvertones [‘53, Specialty 931].
Walking Along - Diamonds [Mercury 71366] (Willis, Weiss) is a cover of a song by the Solitaires [Old Town 1034].
Enchanted Island - Four Lads [Columbia 41194] (Stillman, Allen) is a movie title song.
Sick and Tired - Fats Domino [Imperial 5515] (Domino, Bartholomew, Kenner) was originally by Chris Kenner [‘57, Imperial 5448].
El Rancho Rock - Champs [Challenge 59007] (Ramos, Raleigh) is based on the song ‘Alle en el Rancho Grande’, a Spanish song first recorded in New York by Pilar Arcos & Juan Pulido [‘27, Vocalion]. Other recordings include Xavier Cugat [‘33, ‘Rancho Grande‘ Victor 24673], Silvano Ramos [‘34, often credited as writer], Orquesta Pajaro Azul [‘34], Tito Guizar as a film title song [‘36], the Tune Wranglers [‘36, ‘Rancho Grande’ Bluebird B-6554], Bing Crosby [’39, Decca 2494], Gene Autry [‘40, ‘El Rancho Grande (My Ranch)‘ Vocalion/Okeh 05513] and Lydia Mendoza [in the ‘40s].
Claudette - Everly Brothers [Cadence 1348] (Orbison) - Roy Orbison’s original demo for Sun was not released.