Number Ones:
Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin [Atco 6147] (Weill, Blitzstein) from Three Penny Opera - see Moritat above, 1956.
The Battle of New Orleans - Johnny Horton [Columbia 41339] (Driftwood) has its roots in a fiddle tune to celebrate the occasion, recorded by the Arkansas Barefoot Boys [‘28, Okeh 45127], the Fox Chasers [‘30, Okeh 45496], and Ted Gossett’s Band [‘31, Champion 16160]. A version by Dr. Humphrey Bate [‘28, Brunswick 239] is listed separately in Meade, Spottswood, Meade. A 1959 version by Bookmiller Shannon, recorded by Alan Lomax on Southern Journey, Vol. 7: Ozark Frontier, was known to Jimmy Driftwood, who adapted it and made up the lyrics [‘59, RCA Victor 47-7534].
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - Platters [Mercury 71383] (Kern, Harbach) was featured in the Broadway show Roberta, sung by Tamara, in 1933. There were several popular recordings in 1934: Paul Whiteman feat. Bob Lawrence [Victor 24455], Leo Reisman feat. Tamara [Brunswick 6715], Emil Coleman [Columbia 2846-D], and Ruth Etting [Brunswick 6769], and a previous doo-wop version by Richard Barrett ['58, MGM 12616].
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka [ABC-Paramount 10022] (Anka) is from the film Girls Town, starring Anka.
Staggerlee - Lloyd Price [ABC-Paramount 9972] (Price, Logan) is based on an 1895 incident. ’Stack O’ Lee Blues’ was recorded several times in the 1920s, with similar words but a different tune from the current version: Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians [‘23, Victor 19189]; Ma Rainey [‘25, Paramount 12357], Long Cleve Reed & Little Harvey Hull [‘27, ‘Original Stack o’ Lee Blues’ Black Patti 8030], Furry Lewis [‘27, ‘Billy Lyons and Stack O’Lee’, Vocalion 1132], Frank Hutchinson [‘27, ‘Stackalee, Pt. 1 & 2’ Okeh 45106], David Miller [‘27, ‘That Bad Man Stackalee’ Gennett 6188], the Fruit Jar Guzzlers [‘28, Paramount 3121], and Mississippi John Hurt [‘28, Okeh 8654]. In the ‘30s and ‘40s there were several recordings of ‘Staggolee’ for the Library of Congress, and Woody Guthrie recorded it in 1944 for Folkways. It hit the R&B charts in its present form by New Orleans pianist Archibald [‘50, ‘Stack-A’Lee, parts I & II’, Imperial 5068]; Fats Domino recorded ‘Stack and Billy’ for a 1957 LP [Imperial 9065]. The Price recording was issued in two versions - the original ending was considered too violent by the record company.
The Three Bells - Browns [RCA 7555] (Reisfeld, Vilard). Jean Vilard was Gilles of the cabaret duo Gilles et Julien, and wrote this song as ‘Les Trois Cloches’ in 1939. He gave it to Edith Piaf, who recorded it in 1945 with Les Compagnons de la Chanson. Les Compagnons recorded it on their own (in English ?) in 1950 [Columbia 4-39657, charted ‘52]. There were two English translations - this one was introduced in 1948 by the Melody Maids. The other had lyrics by Dick Manning, as ‘While the Angelus Was Ringing’, and was introduced in 1949 by Anne Shelton. 1949 versions were recorded by Margaret Whiting, Frank Sinatra, Dick Haymes, Tommy Dorsey, and Guy Lombardo. Dick Flood’s version also made Top 30 [Monument 408].
Heartaches By the Number - Guy Mitchell [Columbia 41476] (Howard) is a cover of the country hit by Ray Price [Columbia 41374].
Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison [Fury 1023] (Leiber, Stoller) began as ‘K.C. Loving’ by Little Willie Littlefield [‘52, Federal 12110]. It was recorded by Little Richard [‘55, Specialty 664], combined with a ‘Hey-Hey-Hey-Hey’ section which was recorded as a separate song in ‘56 by Johnny Otis [Dig 119] and again by Little Richard [Specialty 624]. Little Richard’s version wasn’t issued as a single until 1959, when the Harrison song hit, and it was the basis for the Beatles ‘64 version. Another version charted in ‘59 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters [King 5195].
Number Twos:
Don’t You Know - Della Reese [RCA 7591] (Worth) was adapted from ‘Musette’s Waltz: Quando M’En Vó’ from Puccini’s 1896 opera La Bohème. The same melody was used in Sammy Kaye’s 1952 recording of ‘You’ [Columbia 4-39724].
My Happiness - Connie Francis [MGM 12738] (Peterson-Bergantine) Written in 1933, there were several versions of this popular ballad in 1948, including Jon & Sondra Steele [5/48, Damon 11133], the Pied Pipers [6/48, Capitol 15094], and Ella Fitzgerald [6/48, Decca 24446]. Elvis sang it as a demo when auditioning for Sun Records.
(Now and Then There’s) A Fool Such As I - Elvis Presley [RCA 7506] (Trader) ‘53 Hank Snow.
My Heart Is an Open Book - Carl Dobkins, Jr. [Decca 30803] (Pockriss, David) was originally by Jimmy Dean [‘58, Columbia 41265].
Top Fives:
Lavender-Blue - Sammy Turner [Big Top 3016] (Daniel, Morey) is based on an English folk song from about 1750. It became a hit when it was adapted for a 1948 Disney film, So Dear to My Heart, where it was sung by Mary Martin (according to Rypens). 1949 versions include Dinah Shore [Columbia 38299] (sung in the film according to Gardner), Sammy Kaye [Victor 20-3100], Jack Smith [Capitol 15225], Vera Lynn [London 310] and Burl Ives [Decca 24547].
Quiet Village - (The Exotic Sounds of) Martin Denny [Liberty 55162] (Baxter) was originally by Les Baxter [Capitol 2225].
In the Mood - Ernie Fields [Rendezvous 110] (Garland, Razaf) originated as ‘There’s Rhythm in Harlem’ by the Mills Blue Rhythm Band [‘35, Columbia 3071-D], where Joe Garland played reeds. Earlier sources were ’Clarinet Getaway’ by Jimmy O’Bryant’s Washboard Wonders [’25, Paramount 12287] and ‘Tar Paper Stomp’ or ‘Wingy’s Stomp’ by Wingy Manone, as Barbecue Joe & his Hot Dogs [‘30, Champion 16153]. The riff also appears in Fletcher Henderson’s ‘Hot and Anxious’ [‘31, Columbia 2449]. As ‘In the Mood’, it was recorded by Edgar Hayes & Orchestra [‘38, Decca 1882], and it became a huge hit for Glenn Miller in 1940 [Bluebird 10416]. Ray Stevens charted with a chicken-clucking version in 1977 as the Henhouse Five Plus Too [Warner 8301].
Gotta Travel On - Billy Grammer [Monument 400] (Clayton, Ehrich, Gilbert, Hays, Hellerman, Lazer, Seeger) is based on the British string band tune ‘Yonder Comes the High Sheriff’, also related to ‘Done Laid Around’. Recorded versions include Aiken County String Band [‘28, ‘High Sheriff’ Okeh 45219], Crockett Ward & his Boys [‘28, ‘Deadheads and Suckers’, Okeh 45179], Prairie Ramblers [‘35, ‘Big Ball in Texas’ Vocalion 02918], the Monroe Brothers [‘36, ‘My Long Journey Home’ Bluebird B6422], and the Delmore Brothers [‘38, ‘Big Ball in Texas’ Bluebird B7560]. Soon after Grammer’s versions were recordings by the Weavers [‘59, on Traveling On With the Weavers VanguardVSD-2022] and Bill Monroe [‘59 Decca 30809 - 23 years after his earlier version].
A Teenager in Love - Dion & the Belmonts [Laurie 3027] (Pomus, Shuman) has appeared in an earlier version, as a demo, with Mort Shuman singing 'It's Great To Be Young and In Love.'
Guitar Boogie Shuffle - Virtues [Hunt 324] (Smith) was first recorded as ‘Guitar Boogie’ by the Rambler Trio, aka Arthur Smith & his Crackerjacks, in 1944 [Super Disc 1004]. Other versions include Arthur Smith [‘48, MGM 10293] and ‘New Guitar Boogie Shuffle’ by the Super-Sonics [‘53, Rainbow 214].
Lonely Street - Andy Williams [Cadence 1370] (Sowder, Stevenson, Belew) was a single for Carl Belew [‘56, 4 Star 1701].
Red River Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes [Warwick 509] (King, Mack, Mendelsohn) is based on the traditional song ‘Red River Valley’ which seems to have originated in the 1890’s. The many recordings of this song include Bascom & Blackwell Lunsford [‘25, Okeh 45008], Carl T. Sprague [‘26, ‘Cowboy’s Love Song’ Victor 20067], Kelly Harrell [‘27, ‘Bright Sherman Valley’ Victor 20527], Ernest Stoneman [‘27, ‘Bright Sherman Valley’ Edison 51951], Hugh Cross & Riley Puckett [‘28, ‘Red River Valley’ Columbia 15206-D], Bradley Kincaid [‘29, Gennett 7890], Carson Robison [‘30, Banner 0615], the Beverly Hillbillies [‘30, Brunswick 421], Leo Soileau [‘35, Decca 5182], Riley Puckett [‘39, Bluebird B8335], Gene Autry [’47, Columbia 37184], Woody Guthrie [‘44, unissued Asch recording], Sons of the Pioneers [’50, RCA Victor 48-0141].
Petite Fleur [Little Flower] - Chris Barber’s Jazz Band [Laurie 3022] (Bechet) was recorded by jazz great Sidney Bechet, on soprano saxophone, in Paris [‘52, Vogue V5119].
Top Tens:
Deck of Cards - Wink Martindale [Dot 15968] (Tyler) was a country hit for its writer, T. Texas Tyler [‘48, 4 Star 1228], also charting for Phil Harris [RCA Victor 2821].
Tall Paul - Annette [Disneyland 118] (Roberts, Sherman, Sherman) was originally a single by Judy Harriet [‘58, Surf 5023].
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes - Dinah Washington [Mercury 71435] (Grever, Adams) was originally a Spanish song ‘Cuando Vuelvo a Tu Lado’ recorded in New York by Chiquito Socarras with Pedro Via’s orchestra [‘34, Victor]. The Dorsey Brothers recorded it in English as ‘What a Diff’rence a Day Made’ featuring Bob Crosby on vocals [‘34, Decca 283]. Other recording include Benny Carter with Maxine Sullivan on vocals [’41, Bluebird 11197], Andy Russell [’44, Capitol 167], and Charlie Barnet feat. Kay Starr [‘44, Decca 18620], and Sarah Vaughan [’48, Musicraft 552]. It also charted in 1975 in a disco-flavored version by Esther Phillips [Kudu 025].
Peter Gunn - Ray Anthony [Capitol 4041] (Mancini) is the theme to the TV show.
Turn Me Loose - Fabian [Chancellor 1033] (Pomus, Shuman) was originally recorded my Mort Shuman, released as a single in the U.K. [‘59, Decca 11184].
Only You - Franck Pourcel’s French Fiddles [Capitol 4165] (Ram, Ram) is an instrumental version of the Platters’ ‘55 hit (see above).
It’s Late - Ricky Nelson [Imperial 5565] (Burnette) was recorded in 1958 by its writer, Dorsey Burnette, but unreleased, perhaps a demo.
Hound Dog Man - Fabian [Chancellor 1044] (Pomus, Shuman) is the title song to Fabian’s movie.
Danny Boy - Conway Twitty [MGM 12826] (Weatherly) was based on the traditional Irish tune ‘Londonderry Air’, published in an 1855 collection. The German contralto Ernestine Schumann-Heink popularized the song in 1918 [Victor 88592] and it was revived in 1940 by Glenn Miller [Bluebird 10612]. There have been charting versions by Sil Austin [’59, Mercury 71442], Andy Williams [’61, Columbia 42199], Patti LaBelle [’64, Parkway 935], Jackie Wilson [’65, Brunswick 55277] and Ray Price [’67, Columbia 44042].
Baby Talk - Jan & Dean [Dore 522] (Schwartz) was originally by the Laurels [‘58, Spring 1112], also recorded by Tom & Jerry (aka Simon & Garfunkel) [‘59, Bell 120].
Top Twenties:
Hawaiian Wedding Song - Andy Williams [Cadence 1358] (King, Hoffman, Manning)
was written in 1926, ‘Ke Kali Nei Au’, by Charles King, for his operetta Prince of Hawaii, and was introduced by the Royal Hawaiian Band, with a duet by John Paoakalani Heleluhe and Lizzie Alohikea. [http://www.huapala.org/Ke_Kali_Nei_Au.html]. There is also a 1928 recording by Nina Keieliwahana. [Golden Inspirations]. A version was recorded by Bing Crosby in 1951 as ‘Here Ends the Rainbow’.
So Fine - Fiestas [Old Town 1062] (Otis) was originally by the Sheiks [‘55, Federal 12237].
I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos [End 1046] (Warren) was sung by Dick Powell and Ruby Keeler in the 1934 film ‘Dames’, and recorded by Eddy Duchin featuring Lew Sherwood [Victor 24665], Ben Selvin [Columbia 2936-D], and Jane Froman [Decca 181]. Other versions were by Billy Eckstine [‘49, National 9076], Swallows [‘52, King 4533], Sonny Til & Edna McGriff [‘52, Jubilee 5090], Jerry Butler [‘72, Mercury 73290], and Art Garfunkel [‘75, Columbia 10190].
Three Stars - Tommy Dee [Crest 1057] (Dee), a tribute to plane crash victims Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and the Big Bopper, was first recorded, but not released, by Eddie Cochran, who would die the following year in a car crash.
Please Mr. Sun - Tommy Edwards [MGM 12757] (Frank, Getzov) is another Edwards remake of one of his earlier songs [‘52, MGM K11134]; Johnnie Ray also had a hit version then [‘52, Columbia 4-39636].
Misty - Johnny Mathis [Columbia 41483] (Garner, Burke) was originally by jazz pianist Errol Garner [‘54, Mercury 70442]. Later charting versions were by Lloyd Price [’63, Double L 722], the Vibrations [’65, Okeh 7230], ‘Groove’ Holmes [‘66, Prestige 401] and Ray Stevens [’75, Barnaby 614].
The Tijuana Jail - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4167] (Thompson) was originally a single for Johnnie & Jonie [‘59, Challenge 59401].
Endlessly - Brook Benton [Mercury 71443] (Otis, Benton) was first released by Johnnie Ray [‘58, Columbia 41162].
This Friendly World - Fabian [Chancellor 1044] (Darby) is from Fabian’s movie Hound Dog Man.
Battle Hymn of the Republic - Mormon Tabernacle Choir [Columbia 41459] (Howe, Steffe) was written in 1862, to a tune also used for ‘John Brown‘s Body‘. There were popular recordings by the Columbia Mixed Quartet [’12, Columbia 1155], the Columbia Mixed Double Quartet [’16, Columbia 2012], Reinald Werrenrath [’17, Victor 45121], Charles Harrison & the Columbia Stellar Quartet [’18, Columbia 2367], and Thomas Chalmers [’18, Edison 28279]. Andy Williams later charted with it [‘68, Columbia 44650].
Scarlet Ribbons (For Her Hair) - Browns [RCA 7614] (Danzig, Segal) was introduced by Juanita Hall [‘49, Victor], and also done by Jo Stafford [‘50, Capitol 785], Dinah Shore [’50, Columbia 1-45?], Harry Belafonte [‘52, RCA Victor 5051] and the Kingston Trio [‘58, Capitol F3970].
The Children’s Marching Song - Cyril Stapleton [London 1851] (Arnold) is a theme from the film The Inn of the Sixth Happiness, based on the children’s song ‘This Old Man’ Mitch Miller also had a Top 20 version [Columbia 41317]. “This Old Man” appears on Pete Seeger’s American Folk Songs for Children [‘53, Folkways FC 7001].
That’s Why (I Love You So) - Jackie Wilson [Brunswick 55121] (Gordy, Carlo) was originally by the Dell Vikings on The Swinging, Singing Record Session [‘58, Mercury 20353] (according to Rosemont).

The Little Drummer Boy - Harry Simeone Chorale [20th Century Fox 121] (Katherine Davis, Henry Onorati, Harry Simeone). Written as ‘Carol of the Drum’ by Davis in 1941, first recorded by the Trapp Family for 1955 Decca LP Christmas with the Trapp Family Singers. Another a cappella version was released on Christmas Is a-Comin’ by the Jack Halloran Singers [‘57, Dot], and producer Onorati brought the song to Simeone, with the new writing credits.

Sea Cruise - Frankie Ford [Ace 554] (Smith) dubbed a new vocal over the unreleased Ace recording by Huey Smith & Gerri Hall.
The Battle of Kookamonga - Homer & Jethro [RCA 7585] (Driftwood, Reynolds) is a parody of ‘The Battle of New Orleans’.
The Diary - Neil Sedaka [RCA 7408] (Sedaka, Greenfield) was originally recorded by Little Anthony & the Imperials [‘59, End 1058].
(All of a Sudden) My Heart Sings - Paul Anka [ABC Paramount 9987] (Rome, Blanvillain, Herpin) is a French song, ‘En écoutant mon coeur chanter’, by Jamblan (alias of writer Blanvillain) on Pathé. It’s translation was sung in the film Anchors Aweigh by Kathryn Grayson. Popular 1945 versions were recorded by Johnnie Johnston [Capitol 186] and Martha Stewart [Bluebird 30-0832]. (Rosemont says this is a rewrite of the French song ‘Mia Mie’.)
The Enchanted Sea - Islanders [Mayflower 16] (Metis, Starr) also charted Top 30 in a cover by Martin Denny [Liberty 55212]; the Islanders are the writers.
M.T.A. - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4221] (Steiner, Hawes), with the tune of ‘Wreck of the Old 97’, was written as a campaign song for a Communist mayoral candidate in Boston, recorded by Arnold Berman [‘49]. It was released as a single in 1957 by folk singer Will Holt [Coral 8-61789]. ‘Wreck of the Southern Old 97’ , written about a 1903 train crash, was fist recorded by Henry Whitter [‘24, Okeh 40015] and several times in 1924 by Vernon Dalhart [e.g. Victor 19427]. The tune was used by Ernest Stoneman (who recorded it in 1927) in ‘The Face That Never Returned’ [‘25, Okeh 40288] with the well-known refrain “Well he never returned, he never returned and his fate is still unlearned.”
Ragtime Cowboy Joe - Chipmunks [Liberty 55200] (Muir, Clarke, Abrahams) is a novelty version of a song from 1912: Bob Roberts [‘12, Victor 17090], Pinky Tomlin [‘39, Decca 2014], Eddy Howard [‘47, Majestic 1155], Jo Stafford [‘49, Capitol 710].
Unforgettable - Dinah Washington [Mercury 71508] (Gordon) was introduced by Nat King Cole [‘51, Capitol 1808], and also charted for the Dick Hyman Trio [‘54, MGM 11743].
I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day - Fats Domino [Imperial 5606] (Bartholomew, Hayes, Domino) was originally done by Bobby Mitchell [‘57, Imperial 5475].
I Loves You, Porgy - Nina Simone [Bethlehem 11021] (Gershwin, Gershwin, Heyward) was sung by Anne Brown in the 1935 folk opera Porgy and Bess. In the 1959 film version Adele Addison dubbed the vocal part for Dorothy Dandridge.
Always - Sammy Turner [Big Top 3029] (Berlin) was originally a hit in 1926:George Olsen [Victor 19955], Vincent Lopez [Okeh 40567], Henry Burr [Victor 19959], Nick Lucas [Brunswick 3088], and Lewis James [Columbia 564]. It had a revival in 1944-45 when it was featured in the film Christmas Holiday, sung by Deanna Durbin: Sammy Kaye, feat. Tony Alamo [Victor 20-1610], Guy Lombardo, feat. Stuart Foster [Decca 18634], and Gordon Jenkins, feat. Dennis Day [Capitol 125].
Hey Little Girl - Dee Clark [Abner 1029] (Stevenson, Blackwell) was originally by Thurston Harris [‘58, Aladdin 3450].
This Should Go On Forever - Rod Bernard [Argo 5327] (Miller, Jolivette), first issued in ‘58 on JIN 105, was originally a single for Guitar Gable [‘58, Excello 2153].
A Worried Man - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4271] (Guard, Glazer), as ’Worried Man Blues,’ was recorded by John D. Fox [‘27, Gennett 6352], twice by the Carter Family [‘30, Victor V40317 and ‘35 ARC 7-05-55], Rodgers & Nicholson [‘32, Banner 04/1932], J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers [‘37, ‘Won’t Be Worried Long’ Bluebird B6738], and Woody Guthrie [‘44, Asch].
Small World - Johnny Mathis [Columbia 41410] (Styne, Sondheim) is from the Broadway musical Gypsy, starring Ethel Merman.
Top Thirties :
With the Wind and the Rain in Your Hair - Pat Boone [Dot 15888] (Lawrence, Edwards) was a 1940 hit for Bob Crosby [Decca 3018], Kay Kyser [Columbia 35350], Bob Chester [Bluebird 10614] and Sammy Kaye [Victor 26515].
If I Didn’t Care - Connie Francis [MGM 12769] (Lawrence), a hit for the Ink Spots in 1939 [Decca 2286], was also recorded by Kate Smith[Victor 26245] and Count Basie, featuring Helen Humes [Vocalion 4784], revived in 1954 by the Hilltoppers [Dot 15220], and would make Top 30 again for the Platters [‘61, Mercury 71749].
La Bamba - Ritchie Valens [Del Fi 4110] (Valens) is a dance from Veracruz, Mexico, associated with a wedding song; Rypens reports that this origin is confirmed by Los Lobos drummer Louie Perez . As ‘El Jarabe Veracruzano’ it was recorded in the ‘30s by Andres Huesca y su Trio Huracan [available on a Folklyric LP] - but I have heard this version, and can't recognize either the tune or the lyrics. Popular American organist Ethel Smith, and the Banda Carioca, recorded 'La Bamba de Vera Cruz' in 1947, and some of the riffs are recognizable. (Smith was responsible for introducing the Argentine song 'Tico Tico' which she recored in 1944.) It has been recorded by many Mexican bands through the years, such as Mariachi Vargas de Tacalitlán. The song is sometimes credited to William Clauson, an American-Norwegian folk singer interested in Mexican, Australian and Norwegian folk traditions; his website claims that he witnessed the dance in Mexico and adapted the song to its present form to make it singable and accessible to a wider audience. The song was part of his regular live show, but recording information for him is hard to find, although he recorded several LPs for Capitol, RCA, Parlophone and others. A live version, from Wellington, NZ, appears on his Concert ['57, Capitol T-10158]; and a recording of 'Bamba' appears on a British EP from 1963 [Sing a Merry Song, HMV]. Folk singer Cynthia Gooding recorded it for her 1953 LP Mexican Folksongs [Elektra EKL-8]. Harry Belafonte had an unreleased recording of it with much of the familiar lyric from 1956, as ‘Bam Bam Bamba’, and a live 1960 version appeared on Belafonte Returns to Carnegie Hall. After the Valens version, which has become the standard, it was charted by the Tokens [‘62, ‘La Bomba’ RCA Victor 8062] - “I call my baby La Bomba”, an attempt to follow up ‘The Lion Sleeps Tonight’; by Trini Lopez [‘63, Reprise 20,190, rereleased in ‘66, Reprise 0480]; and it became #1 in 1987 by Los Lobos as the title song to a bio-pic about Ritchie Valens, starring Lou Diamond Phillips.
Ciao, Ciao Bambina - Jacky Noguez & his Orchestra [Jamie 1127] is an instrumental version of Domenico Modugno’s Italian hit ‘Piove (Ciao, Ciao Bambina)’ [‘59].
Reveille Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes [Warwick 513] (Mack, Conaster, King) is based on the Army bugle call ‘Reveille’.
Mona Lisa - Carl Mann [Philips 3539] (Livingston, Evans) is a rockabilly version (Conway Twitty’s also charted Top 30 [MGM 12804]) of Nat King Cole’s biggest hit [‘50, Capitol 1010]. The song from the film Captain Carey, U.S.A. charted addintionally in several other versions: Victor Young [Decca 27048], Harry James [Columbia 38768], Art Lund [MGM 10689], Ralph Flanagan [RCA Victor 3888], Charlie Spivak [London 619], Dennis Day [RCA Victor 3753].
Mary Lou - Ronnie Hawkins & the Hawks [Roulette 4177] (Hawkins) was originally a R&B song for Young Jessie [‘55, Modern 961].
My Melancholy Baby - Tommy Edwards [MGM 12794] (Norton, Burnett) is a standard that has seen popularity many times over the century: Walter Van Brunt [‘15], Gene Austin [‘28, Victor 21015], Al Bowlly [‘35, Victor 25007], Teddy Wilson, featuring Ella Fitzgerald [‘36,Brunswick 7729], Bing Crosby [‘39, Decca 2289], featured in ‘41 Crosby movie The Birth of the Blues, Frank Sinatra [‘45, rel. ‘48, Columbia 38287] and Sam Donahue [‘47, Capitol 357].
The Morning Side of the Mountain - Tommy Edwards [MGM 12757] (Manning, Stock) is a remake of MGM 10989 from 1951; other charting versions that year were by Paul Weston [Columbia 39424], Merv Griffin [RCA Victor 4181], and Jan Garber [Capitol 1594]. It would chart again in 1975 for Donny & Marie Osmond [MGM/Kolob 14765].
Caribbean - Mitchell Torok [Guyden 2018] (Torok) is not a new recording of his 1953 country charter [Abbott 140], but an alternate take from the same 1953 session. Jamie/Guyden had just purchased masters and publishing of the Abbott label and decided to reissue this song. Both takes are available on Torok's box set and they're similar enough that the alternate take was probably used by mistake.
I’ve Come of Age - Billy Storm [Collumbia 41356] (Jacobs, Stallman) has a melody taken from Tchaikovsky’s 5th Symphony (2nd Movement) [1885].
High School U.S.A. Virginia - Tommy Facenda [Legrand 1001, Atlantic 51] (Royster, Guida) was issued in 28 different versions [Atlantic 51 to 78] based on different localities around the U.S.
Till There Was You - Anita Bryant [Carlton 512] (Meredith Wilson) is from the 1956 Broadway musical The Music Man, sung by Robert Preston and Barbara Cook [‘58 o.c. album, Capitol 990]. The film version came out in 1962, with Preston and Shirley Jones [Warner 1459]. The song has been recorded by many artists, including the Beatles [’63, With the Beatles].
High Hopes - Frank Sinatra [Capitol 4214] (Cahn, Van Heusen) is from Sinatra’s movie A Hole in the Head.