Number Ones:
Theme from ‘A Summer Place’ - Percy Faith [Columbia 41490] (Steiner) is a movie title theme. It charted in a vocal version for the Lettermen in 1965 [Capitol 5437].
Are You Lonesome Tonight? - Elvis Presley [RCA 7810] (Handman, Turk) was recorded by several artists in 1927 (Henry Burr [10/27, Victor 20873], Vaughn DeLeath [9/27, Edison 52044], Jacques Renard [12/27, Victor 20978] - the first was by Ned Jacobs [5/17/27 according to Golden Inspirations]. Al Jolson sang it on the stage then, but did not record it until 1950 [Decca 27043]. Blue Barron’s version [4/50, MGM 10628] seems to be the basis for Elvis’s - there were other versions around the same time: Steve Gibson & the Red Caps [Mercury EP 13215, perhaps other releases], Eddie Wilcox featuring Bobby Marshall [Abbey 3019]. (Some websites have a casual mention of an Ink Spots version, but I can’t find evidence for it.)
It’s Now or Never - Elvis Presley [RCA 7777] (Gold, Schroeder) was written in 1899 (words Giovanni Capurro, music Edorado de Capua] as ‘O Sole Mio [My Sunshine]’. Early recordings include Giuseppe Anselmi [‘07, according to Golden Inspirations], Emilio DeGorgoza, of New York [‘08, Victor 74105], British Alan Turner [‘14 Victor 17536] and the famous Italian tenor Enrico Caruso [‘15 87243]. It was rewritten by Al Hoffman, Leo Corday and Leon Carr as ‘There’s No Tomorrow’ for the film Two Tickets to Broadway, and became a large hit for its star Tony Martin [11/49, RCA Victor 78-3582]. Another rewrite resulted in Elvis’s version.
The Twist - Chubby Checker [Parkway 811] (Ballard) is a cover of Hank Ballard & the Midnighters [‘59, King 5171], started a dance craze, and became #1 again in 1962. The tune is very similar to the Drifters’ ‘Whatcha Gonna Do’ [‘55, Atlantic 1055].
Alley-Oop - Hollywood Argyles [Lute 5905] (Dallas Frazier) also charted in a cover by Dante & the Evergreens [Madison 130].
I Want to Be Wanted - Brenda Lee [Decca 31149] (Gannon, Spotti, Testa) was the 1959 Italian song ‘Per Tutti la Vita’, performed by Jula de Palma and Wilma de Angelis.
Georgia on My Mind - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10135] (Carmichael, Gorrell) was recorded by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930 [Victor 23013]. It has also been recorded by Frankie Trumbauer [’31, Brunswick 6159], Mildred Bailey [’32, Victor 22891 and ‘41, Decca 3691], Gene Krupa featuring Anita O’Day [‘41, Okeh 6118], Billie Holiday [’41, Okeh 6134]; and later on, the Righteous Brothers [’66, Moonglow 244 single from ‘63 LP Right Now! Moonglow MLP-1001], Willie Nelson [‘78, Columbia 10704] and Michael Bolton [’90, Columbia 73490].
Number Twos:
He’ll Have to Go - Jim Reeves [RCA 7643] (Allison, Allison) was first done by Billy Brown [‘59, Columbia 41380].
Last Date - Floyd Cramer [RCA Victor 7775] (Cramer) had a Top 30 cover by Lawrence Welk [Dot 16145], an charted in a vocal version ‘My Last Date With You’ by Skeeter Davis [RCA Victor 7825] and Joni James [MGM 12933].
Greenfields - Brothers Four [Columbia 41571] (Dehr, Gilkyson, Miller) was written and recorded by the Easy Riders in October 1957, released on the LP Blue Mountain [Columbia 1103].
Handy Man - Jimmy Jones [Cub 9049] (Blackwell, Jones) was originally by Jones’ group the Sparks of Rhythm [‘60, Apollo 541]. It was later a hit for Del Shannon [‘64, Amy 905] and James Taylor [‘77, Columbia 10557].
Walk - Don’t Run - Ventures [Dolton 25] (Smith) was recorded by jazz guitarist Johnny Smith [‘54, In a Sentimental Mood Roost R424], and was learned by the Ventures from Chet Atkins [‘57, Hi-Fi in Focus RCA Victor LPM 1577]. They charted with a new version in 1964 [‘Walk Don’t Run ‘64’ Dolton 96].
Top Fives:
A Thousand Stars - Kathy Young & the Innocents [Indigo 108] (Pearson) was originally done by the Rivileers [‘53, Baton 200].
Way Down Yonder in New Orleans - Freddie Cannon [Swan 4043] (Creamer, Layton) was a 1923 hit for the Peerless Quartet [Victor 18942], Blossom Seeley [Columbia A-3731], and Paul Whiteman [Victor 19030]. It was also sung on the vaudeville stage by its writers, Cramer and Layton; by Miss Patricola, and by Seeley. It was also recorded in 1953 by Jo Stafford & Frankie Laine [Columbia 40116].
Where or When - Dion & the Belmonts [Laurie 3044] (Rodgers, Hart), sung by Mitzi Greene and Ray Heatherton in the 1937 show Babes in Arms, was a hit for Hal Kemp [‘37, Brunswick 7865], Shep Fields [‘37, Bluebird 6895], Lena Horne [’41, Victor 27818], Guy Lombardo [‘43, Decca 18548] and Frank Sinatra [‘45, Columbia].
North to Alaska - Johnny Horton [Columbia 41782] (Phillips) is the title song to a John Wayne movie.
Because They’re Young - Duane Eddy [Jamie 1156] (Costa, Gold, Schroeder) is the title song to a teen movie.
Night - Jackie Wilson [Brunswick 55166] (Lehman, Miller) is based on the aria ‘Mon coeur ouvre à ton voix‘ (‘My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice’) from Saint-Saëns’ 1877 opera Samson et Dalila.
Volare - Bobby Rydell [Cameo 179] (Modugno, Parish) is the Italian hit from 1958.
He’ll Have to Stay - Jeanne Black [Capitol 4368] (Allison, Allison, Grean) is an answer song to ‘He’ll Have to Go’.
Mule Skinner Blues - Fendermen [Soma 1137] (Rodgers, Vaughn) was recorded as
Blue Yodel #8’ by Jimmie Rodgers [‘30, Victor 23503]. Subsequently it was recorded by Gene Autry [‘31, ‘Blue Yodel #8’ Champion 16210], Roy Acuff [‘40, Okeh 05638], Bill Monroe [‘40, Bluebird B8568] and Woody Guthrie [‘44, Asch A-432]. It was the first big country hit for Dolly Parton in 1970 [RCA 9863].
Sailor (Your Home Is in the Sea) - Lolita [Kapp 349] (Busch, Scharfenburger, Holt) was a German hit for Lolita as ‘Seeman, Deine Heimat Ist Das Meer’ with English narration added for the U.S. It became an international hit for Petula Clark in 1961 - #1 in England, a hit in France as ‘Marin’, and was also a hit in England for Anne Shelton.
The Old Lamplighter - Browns [RCA 7700] (Simon, Tobias) was a hit in 194-47 for several artists: Sammy Kaye feat. Billy Williams [‘46, RCA Victor 20-1963], Kay Kyser feat. Michael Douglas [‘46, Columbia 37095], Hal Derwin [‘46, Capitol 288], Kenny Baker [‘47, Decca 23781], Morton Downey [‘46, Majestic 1061].
Swingin’ School - Bobby Rydell [Cameo 175] (Appell, Lowe, Mann) is from the film Because They’re Young.
Top Tens:
Devil or Angel - Bobby Vee [Liberty 55270] (Carter) was originally an R&B hit by the Clovers [‘56, Atlantic 1083].
Beyond the Sea - Bobby Darin [Atco 6158] (Trenet, Lasry, Lawrence) was the French hit ‘La Mer’ by Charles Trenet [‘45]. It was introduced under its English title by Benny Goodman [Capitol 15030]. (It is said to be based on Débussy’s ‘La Mer’.)
That’s All You Gotta Do - Brenda Lee [Decca 31093] (Reed) was originally by Edward Harris & the Blue Dots [‘58, NRC 504].
New Orleans - Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds [Legrand 1003] (Guida, Royster) - the version popular in New Orleans was by Big Boy Myles, with Mac Rebennack’s Orchestra [‘60, Ace 605] (note - the Myles version also credits Guida & Roster.) Eddie Hodges charted with a version in ‘65 [Aurora 153].
Cradle of Love - Johnny Preston [Mercury 71598] (Fautheree, Gray) is based on nursery rhymes: ‘Rock-a-Bye Baby’, ‘Jack Be Nimble’, ‘Hi Diddle Diddle’ and ‘Jack and Jill.’
Kiddio - Brook Benton [Mercury 71862] (Otis, Benton) was originally recorded by Teddy Randazzo [‘57 Vik 0289].
Let the Little Girl Dance - Billy Bland [Old Town 1076] (Spencer, Glover) was originally by Carl Spencer & the Videos [‘58, Manhattan 507].
Among My Souvenirs - Connie Francis [MGM 12841] (Nicholls, Leslie) was a 1928 hit for several artists, sung on stage by Belle Baker: Paul Whiteman [RCA Victor 35877], Ben Selvin [Columbia 1188-D], Roger Wolfe Kahn [Victor 21084] and the Revelers [Victor 21100].
Let It Be Me - Everly Brothers [Cadence 1376] (Becaud, Curtis) is the 1955 French song ‘Je t’appartiens’ by Gilbert Bécaud. It was introduced in English by Jill Corey on the TV drama series Climax [’57, Columbia 40878], and has also charted for Jerry Butler & Betty Everett [’64, Vee-Jay 613], the Sweet Inspirations [’67, Atlantic 2418], Glen Campbell & Bobbie Gentry [’69, Capitol 2387], and Willie Nelson [’82, Columbia 03073].
A Rockin’ Good Way (To Mess Around and Fall in Love) - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton [Mercury 71629] (Otis, Benton) was originally done by Priscilla Bowman & the Spaniels [‘58, Abner 1018]. A remake charted by Shakey & Bonnie (Shakin’ Stevens & Bonnie Tyler) charted in the U.K. in 1984.
Harbor Lights - Platters [Mercury 71563] (Kennedy, Williams) is from 1937: Claude Thornhill [Vocalion 3595], Rudy Vallee [Bluebird 7067], and Frances Langford [Decca 1441]. It charted for several acts in 1950: Sammy Kaye, vocal Tony Alamo [Columbia 4-38963], Guy Lombardo [Decca 9-27208], Ray Anthony [Capitol F1190], Ralph Flanagan [RCA Victoe 47-3911], Bing Crosby [Decca 9-27219], Ken Griffin [Columbia 4-38889], Jerry Byrd & Jerry Murad’s Harmonicats [Mercury 5461-X45].
Mama - Connie Francis [MGM 12878] (Bixio, Barlow, Cherubini, Briti) is a much-recorded Italian standard ‘Mamma’ from 1940, popular in Italy by Beniamino Gigli [’40], Carlo Buti [’40], Sergio Bruni [’51] and Nunzio Gallo [’57]. The English version was introduced by its writer, Phil Brito, in 1946 on Musicraft. (Horace Heidt had an instrumental ‘Mama’ in 1941 [Columbia 36295] - but probably a different song.)
Alone at Last - Jackie Wilson [Brunswick 55170] (Lehman) is based on Tchaikovsky’s 1875 ‘Piano Concerto No. 1 in B Flat, opus 23’. It was first recorded in 1929 by Solomon Cutner on Columbia. Freddy Martin had a #1 hit with an adaptation of it in 1941, featuring Jack Fina on piano [Bluebird 11211], and a vocal version of it with Clyde Rogers on vocal as ‘Tonight We Love’ [Bluebird 11320]. Tony Martin had recorded the vocal version backed by David Rose’s Orchestra [Decca 3988]. This piano concerto was the piece with which Van Cliburn won the Tchaikovsky piano contest in Moscow, and became a #1 album in 1958 [RCA Victor 2252].
White Silver Sands - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2021] (Matthews) is an instrumental version of Don Rondo’s 1957 hit.
Theme from The Apartment - Ferrante & Teicher [United Artists 231] (Williams) is the theme to a Jack Lemmon comedy film. It originated as ‘Jealous Lover’ in 1949 by its writer Charles Williams with the BBC Concert Orchestra.
You Got What It Takes - Marv Johnson [United Artists 185] (Gordy, Gordy, Carlo) was recorded by Bobby Parker [‘57, Vee Jay 279].
Top Twenties:
Don’t Be Cruel - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2026] (Blackwell) is an instrumental version of Elvis’ 1956 hit, on which Black played bass.
Cherry Pie - Skip & Flip [Brent 7010] (Josea, Phillips) was originally an R&B song by Marvin & Johnny [‘54, Modern 933].
Down By the Station - Four Preps [Capitol 4312] (Ricks, Gaillard) originated with Slim Gaillard [‘47, MGM 10309], and charted by Tommy Dorsey [‘49, Victor 3317] and Guy Lombardo [‘49, Decca 24555]. This is an altered version.
Sleep - Little Willie John [King 5394] (Lebeig) was, according to Rypens, introduced as part of Adam Geibel’s piano composition ‘Visions of Sleep’. In 1923 it was a git for Fred Waring’s Pennsylvanians [Victor 19172], Ben Selvin [Vocalion 14695], and the Romancers Orchestra [Columbia 29-D]. It has also charted for Benny Carter [‘40, Vocalion 5399] and Les Paul [‘53, Capitol 2400].
Tracy’s Theme - Spencer Ross [Columbia 41532] (Gordon, Ascher) was from the 1959 TV drama special Philadelphia Story.
Sway - Bobby Rydell [Cameo 182] (Ruiz, Gimbel) was a 1953 Mexican song ‘Quien Sera’ by Sonora Matancera, vocal by Nelson Pinedo. In 1954 it was covered by Dean Martin [Capitol 2818]and Eileen Barton [Coral 61185] as ‘Sway’.
The Hucklebuck - Chubby Checker [Parkway 813] (Alfred, Gibson) is an R&B dance tune - Paul Williams [’49, Savoy 683], Roy Milton [’49, Specialty 328], Lionel Hampton [‘49, Decca 24652]- that had crossover success - Tommy Dorsey [’49, Victor 3427], Frank Sinatra [‘49, Columbia 38486]. It is based upon Lucky Millinder’s
D Natural Blues’ [’49, RCA Victor 50-0054] and Charlie Parker’s ‘Now’s the Time’ [‘45, Savoy 573]. (The first vocal version, according to Rypens, was by the Tito Burns Sextet - but Lord lists that as June 7, compared to Feb. 22 for Milton).
Feel So Fine - Johnny Preston [Mercury 71651] (Lee) was the R&B hit ‘Feel So Good’ by Shirley & Lee [‘55 Aladdin 3289].
Perfidia - Ventures [Dolton 28] (Dominguez, Leeds), written by Alberto Dominguez in 1913, was recorded by Lupita Palomera with the San Cristobal Marimba Band [‘37, Victor 75940] and the Orquesta Hermanos Dominguez [’38], written by one of these brothers, according to Rypens. Several versions were popular in 1941: Xavier Cugat [recorded ‘39, Victor 26334], Glenn Miller [Bluebird 11095], Jimmy Dorsey [Decca 3198], Benny Goodman, feat. Helen Forrest [Columbia 35962], Gene Krupa, feat. Howard Dulaney [Okeh 5715]; the Four Aces charted with it in 1952 [Decca 27087].
Beatnik Fly - Johnny & the Hurricanes [Warwick 520] (Mack, King) is based on ‘The Blue Tail Fly’ or ‘Jimmy Crack Corn’, published in 1846 by Daniel Decatur Emmett. It was recorded by Burl Ives & the Andrews Sisters [‘48, Decca 24463], Leadbelly [‘48, Folkways 241] and Pete Seeger [‘57, American Favorite Ballads, FA-2320].
Over the Rainbow - Demensions [Mohawk 116] (Harburg, Arlen) was sung in the 1939 film The Wizard of Oz by Judy Garland [Decca 2672]; other popular recordings at the time were by Glenn Miller [Bluebird 10366], Bob Crosby [Decca 2657] and Larry Clinton [Victor 26174].
Look For a Star - Garry Miles [Liberty 55261] (Hatch or Anthony) was from the British film Circus of Horrors. The original was by Garry Mills [Imperial 5674]; others were by Billy Vaughn [Dot 16106] and Deane Hawley [Dore 554].
Midnite Special - Paul Evans [Guaranteed 205] (Ledbetter, A. & J. Lomax) has been recorded by Greening’s Dance Orchestra [‘26, ‘On the Midnight Special’ U.K. Imperial 1590], Dave Cutrell w. McGinty’s Oklahoma Cowboy Band [‘26, ‘Pistol Pete’s Midnight Special’ Okeh 45047], Watts & Wilson [’27, ’Walk Right In Belmont’, Paramount 3019], Sam Collins [’27, ’Midnight Special Blues’ Gennett 6307], Otto Gray & his Cowboy Band [’29, ’Midnight Special’ Vocalion 5337], Romeo Nelson [’30, ’1129 Blues’ Vocalion 1494], Roy Martin & his Guitar [’30, ’North Carolina Blues’ Jewel 20006], Bill Cox [‘33 Banner 32891], Fiddlin’ John Carson [‘34, ‘Stockade Blues’ Bluebird B5447], State Street Boys, including Jazz Gillum & Big Bill Broonzy [‘35, Okeh 8694], Leadbelly [‘35, AFS 133A and ‘40, Victor 27266], Delmore Brothers [‘45, King 514], the Weavers [‘52, Decca 28272] and Josh White [‘57, Josh [Sings Blues] Elektra EKL-114].
Blue Tango - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2027] (Anderson) was a big hit for its writer, Leroy Anderson [Decca 27875], in 1952, with other versions by Hugo Winterhalter [RCA Victor 4518], Guy Lombardo [Decca 28031] and Les Baxter [Capitol 1966].
Josephine - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2022] (King, Bivens, Kahn) was a hit in several versions in 1937: Wayne King [Victor 25518], Tommy Dorsey [Victor 25676], Sammy Kaye [Vocalion 3681]; and in 1951 by Les Paul [Capitol 1592].
I Really Don’t Want to Know - Tommy Edwards [MGM 12890] (Barnes, Robertson) was a number 1 country hit for Eddy Arnold [1/54, RCA 5525]. There have also been charting pop versions by Les Paul & Mary Ford [4/54, Capitol F2735], Solomon Burke [’62, Atlantic 2157], Esther Phillips [’63, Lenox 5560], Ronnie Dove [’66, Diamond 208] and Elvis Presley [‘71, 47-9960].
Never on Sunday - Don Costa [United Artists 234] (Hadjiadkis, Towne) is the title song for a film starring Melina Mercouri, with music by Manos Hadjidakis [‘61, soundtrack United Artists 5070]. A vocal version charted by the Chordettes in 1961 [Cadence 1402].
Jealous of You - Connie Francis [MGM 12899] (Mendes, Mascheroni, Harper) is the Italian song ‘Tango della Gelosia’ from 1930. The English version was recorded by Lou Monte in 1953 [RCA Victor 47-5382]. The song was used in a 1981 Italian movie of the same name, sung by rock singer Vasco Rossi.
Won’t You Come Home, Bill Bailey? - Bobby Darin [Atco 6167] (Darin; Cannon) ‘Bill Bailey, Won’t You Please Come Home’ was recorded in 1902 by Arthur Collins [Columbia 872], Dan Quinn [Victor 1411], and Silas Leachman [Victor 1258]. Other recordings include Kid Ory [‘46, Great New Orleans Trombonist Columbia CL835], Big Bill Broonzy [’56, Verve LP 9008] and Louis Armstrong [‘58, Dot DLP9500 - soundtrack to The Five Pennies].
Artificial Flowers - Bobby Darin [Atco 6179] (Bock, Harnick) is from the Broadway show Tenderloin, sung by Ron Husmann & the Parishioners. Darin’s version is based on the one by the Pastors from the LP Cut Up Tenderloin [Capitol TI 1534]
I Gotta Know - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 47-7810] (Evans, Williams) was first recorded by British teen idol Cliff Richard on the ‘59 LP Cliff Sings.
Top Thirties :
To Each His Own - Platters [Mercury 71697] (Livingston, Edwards) was one of the big hits of 1946, with versions by Eddy Howard [Majestic 7188], the Ink Spots [Decca 23615], Freddy Martin [RCA Victor 20-1921], the Modernaires with Paula Kelly [Columbia 37063] and Tony Martin [Mercury 3022].
Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini [RCA Victor 7705] (Livingston, Evans, Mancini) is the title song to a TV series.
Lucille - Everly Brothers [Warner 5163] (Collins, Penniman) was a hit for Little Richard [‘57, Specialty 598].
Clementine - Bobby Darin [Atco 6161] (Harris) is a comic remake of the song ‘Oh, My Darling Clementine,‘ published in 1884, a musical setting by Percy Montrose to the 1863 poem ‘Down by the River Lived a Maiden’ by H.S. Thompson. It was recorded as ‘Clementine in 1941 by Bing Crosby [Decca 4033].
Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer - Chipmunks [Liberty 55289] (Marks) is a novelty remake of Gene Autry’s 1949 Christmas classic [Columbia 38610].
Rockin’ Little Angel - Ray Smith [Judd 1016] (Rogers) is adapted from the tune ‘Buffalo Girls,’ or ‘Buffalo Gals (Won’t You Come Out Tonight).’ The tune was published in 1844 by minstrel performer John Hodges, as ‘Lubly Fan, Won’t You Come Out Tonight.’ There is also an English version (’Pray Pretty Miss’) and a German version (‘Im Grunewald, im Grunewald ist Holzauktion’). Mark Twain quotes the song in Huckleberry Finn [1885]. Meade, Spottswood and Meade list several recordings under a variety of names, including ‘Alabama Gal’: Gid Tanner & Riley Puckett [‘24], Fiddlin’ John Carson [‘24], Riley Puckett [’27]; ‘Round-Town Gal’: Henry Whitter [‘25, Ernest Stoneman [‘27]; ‘Ain’t You Comin’ Out Tonight’: Vernon Dalhart [‘25]; ‘Dance in the Light of the Moon’: Emmett & Aiken String Band [‘26]; ‘Buffalo Gals’: Tom Owens [‘26], the Pickard Family [‘29], Shorty McCoy [‘44]. Woody Guthrie’s 1944 recording of ‘Buffalo Gals’ was issued on Folkways 2484. It had commercial success in 1944 as ‘Dance with a Dolly (With a Hole in Her Stocking)’ by Russ Morgan [Decca 18625], Evelyn Knight [Decca 18614], Tony Pastor [Bluebird 30-0827] and Louis Prima [Hit 7107]. Bobby Darin charted with an adaptation ‘Plain Jane’ [‘59, Atco 6133], and the Olympics charted with ‘Dance By the Light of the Moon’ [‘60, Arvee 5020]. Malcolm McLaren’s 1982 British hit ‘Buffalo Gals’ [Charisma MALC 1] is a breakdance/parody version built on a recording the the Roan Mountain Hilltoppers of Tennessee.
I’ll Save the Last Dance For You - Damita Jo [Mercury 71690] (Pomus, Shuman) is an answer song to the Drifters’ ‘Save the Last Dance For Me’ [Atlantic 2071].
Hello Young Lovers - Paul Anka [ABC Paramount 10132] (Rodgers, Hammerstein) is from the Broadway musical The King and I [‘51; film in ‘56]. Perry Como previously recorded it [‘51, RCA Victor 4112].
Runaround - Fleetwoods [Dolton 22] (Celacrai) was originally by the 3 Chuckles [‘54, Boulevard 100/‘X’ 0066].
The Madison - Al Brown’s Tunetoppers featuring Cookie Brown [Amy 804] (Brown) is the basis for a similar version by Ray Bryant: The Madison Time - Part 1 [Columbia 41628] (Bryant, Morrison), featured in the 1988 John Waters film Hairspray.
Fools Rush In - Brook Benton [Mercury 71722] (Mercer, Bloom) is a 1940 song first recorded by Bob Crosby [Decca 3154], a hit for Glenn Miller, vocals by Ray Eberle [Bluebird 10728], Tommy Dorsey, vocal by Frank Sinatra [Victor 26593] and Tony Martin [Decca 3119], and charted R&B for Billy Eckstine [’49, MGM 10311]. It later became a hit for Rick Nelson [‘63, Decca 31533].
Pennies from Heaven - Skyliners [Calico 117] (Burke, Johnston) was sung by Bing Crosby in the film of the same name [Decca 947], which came out in late 1936. Other versions from 1936-37 are by Eddie Duchin [Victor 25431], Teddy Wilson, with Billie Holiday [Bluebird 6721], Hal Kemp [Brunswick 7749], Jimmy Dorsey [Decca 951], Louis Armstrong [Decca 15027] and Hildegarde [Columbia 1598]. It was recorded by Frank Sinatra for Sinatra-Basie [‘63, Reprise 1008].
Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop - Little Anthony & the Imperials [End 1060] (Smith) is a rewrite of ‘(Shimmy Shimmy) Ko Ko Wop’ by the El Capris [‘58, Bullseye 102; ‘61, Argyle 1010], according to Rosemont.
Am I That Easy to Forget - Debbie Reynolds [Dot 15985] (Belew, Stevenson, Singleton) was a country hit for Carl Belew [‘59, Decca 30842]. It later charted for Engelbert Humperdinck [‘68, Parrot 40023].
Ol’ MacDonald - Frank Sinatra [Capitol 4466] (Spence, Bergman, Bergman) is based on the children’s song ‘Old MacDonald Had a Farm’, which had some popularity in a recorded version by Dan Russo [‘32, Columbia 2647]. The song originated in the comic opera Wonders in the Sun or the Kingdom of the Birds, by Thomas D’Urfey, as ‘In the Fields of Frost and Snow’ [1706]. Sung in the U.S. as a minstrel song, it was published in Tommy’s Tunes [1917] as ‘Old MacDougall Had a Farm.’ It was recorded (using ‘MacDonald’) by Gid Tanner & his Skillet Lickers [‘27, Columbia 15204].
Hot Rod Lincoln - Johnny Bond [Republic 2005] (Ryan, Stevenson) is a development of the 1951 song ‘Hot Rod Race’, by Archie Shibley [Gilt Edge 5021], Ramblin’ Jimmy Dolan [Capitol 1322], Red Foley [Decca 46286] and Tiny Hill [Mercury 5547]. ‘Hot Rod Lincoln’ was first recorded by Charlie Ryan & the Livingston Brothers [‘55, Souvenir 101]. It was recorded again by Ryan, with the Timberline Riders, in 1959 [4 Star 1733]. It was revived as a hit for Commander Cody & his Lost Planet Airmen in 1972 [Paramount 0146].
Bonnie Come Back - Duane Eddy [Jamie 1144] (Eddy, Hazlewood) is a rock ‘n’ roll version of ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean.’ This well-known song was originally called ‘Bring Back My Bonnie to Me’, written in 1881, and was recorded in 1901 by the Haydn Quartet. It became popular for Alma Gluck & the Orpheus Quartet [‘19, Victor 64793], and Ella Logan popularized it as ‘My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean’ in 1938 [Brunswick 8196]. Rypens reports that it was recorded by the Vipers Skiffle Group in 1955, but I don’t know if it was released at the time; this group influenced John Lennon, and the Beatles recorded ‘My Bonnie’ in 1961 with Tony Sheridan [‘62, Decca 31382].
What Am I Living For - Conway Twitty [MGM 12886] (Jay, Harris) was recorded shortly before his death by Chuck Willis; it charted posthumously [‘58, Atlantic 1179]. Ray Charles later recorded it [‘72, ABC/TRC 11317].
Mack the Knife - Ella Fitzgerald [Verve 10209] (Blitzstein, Weill) is a live version of the Three Penny Opera hit (see 1956).
Theme from ‘The Unforgiven’ (The Need for Love) - Don Costa [United Artists 221] (Tiomkin, Washington) is a movie title theme.
Peter Gunn - Duane Eddy [Jamie 1168] (Mancini) is a remake of the TV theme (see 1959). The Art of Noise featured Duane Eddy in a 1986 remake [China 42986].
Ruby Duby Du - Tobin Mathews & Co. [Chief 7022] (Skylar, Wolcott) is from the movie Key Witness.
Summer Set - Monty Kelly [Carlton 527] (Bilk) was a British hit for its writer, Mr. Acker Bilk [Columbia DB 4382].
When You Wish Upon a Star - Dion & the Belmonts [Laurie 3052] (Washington, Harline) was sung by Cliff Edwards in the 1940 Disney cartoon feature Pinocchio [Victor 266477]; other hit versions were recorded by Glenn Miller [Bluebird 10570], Guy Lombardo [Decca 2969] and Horace Heidt [Columbia 35351].
Love Walked In - Dinah Washington [Mercury 71696] (Gershwin, Gershwin) is from the 1938 film The Goldwyn Follies, where it was sung by Kenny Baker [Decca 1795]. Other hit versions were by Sammy Kaye [Vocalion 4017], Jan Garber [Brunswick 8060], Jimmy Dorsey [Decca 1724] and Louis Armstrong [Decca 1842]. It was revived by the Hilltoppers [‘53, Dot 15105] and by the Flamingos [‘59, End 1055].
GoinglwДBrunswick 6695], also popular in 1933-34 for Ted FioRito [Brunswick 6705], Jan Garber [Victor 24498], and Ferde Grofe [Columbia 2851]. Later versions were by Artie Shaw [rec. ‘40, rel. ‘44, Victor 27230], Perry Como [’45, Victor 1658], Earl Bostic [‘48, Gotham 160], Billy Eckstine [‘49, MGM 10458] and a comic version ‘Tim-Tay-Shun’ by Red Ingle & his Natural Seven feat. Cinderella G. Stump (Jo Stafford) [Capitol 412].
Ruby - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10164] (Parish, Roemheld) is from the 1952 movie Ruby Gentry. There were several popular versions in 1953: Richard Hayman Orchestra [Mercury 70115], Les Baxter [Capitol 2467], Harry James [Columbia 39994], Victor Young [Decca 28675], Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 5286], Les Brown [Coral 60959].
Gee Whiz - Innocents [Indigo 111] (Thomas, Vikki) was first released by Bob & Earl [‘58, Class 231].
Ram-Bunk-Shus - Ventures [Dolton 32] (Milliner, Glover, Mundy) was an R&B hit for Bill Doggett [‘57, King 5020]. It was originally recorded by Lucky Millinder [‘52, King 4534].
Missing You - Ray Peterson [Dunes 2006] (Sovine, Noe) was first recorded by Red Sovine [‘55, Decca 29755] and became a country hit for Webb Pierce [‘57, Decca 30321].
What’d I Say - Jerry Lee Lewis [Sun 356] (Charles) is a remake of Ray Charles’ hit [‘59, Atlantic 2031]. It would also chart for Bobby Darin [‘62, Atco 6221] and Elvis Presley [‘64, RCA Victor 47-8360].
Trust In Me - Etta James [Argo 5385] (Weger, Ager, Schwartz) is a 1937 song: Mildred Bailey [Vocalion 3449], Wayne King [Victor 25495], and Connee Boswell [Decca 1161]. It was revived by Eddie Fisher in 1952 [RCA Victor 4444], Chris Connor [‘57, Atlantic 1138] and Patti Page [‘59, Mercury 71400].
If I Didn’t Care - Platters [Mercury 71749] (Lawrence) is a ‘39 Ink Spots hit (see 1959).
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky - Ramrods [Amy 813] (Stan Jones) was sung by Gene Autry in the 1949 film Riders in the Sky, and charted for Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 20-3411], Peggy Lee [Capitol 608], Bing Crosby [Decca 24618] and Burl Ives [Columbia 38445]. It also charted for the Baja Marimba Band [‘66, A&M 824] and the Outlaws [‘81, Arista 0582] and was a country hit for Johnny Cash [‘79, 10961]..