Pop Charts From The 1950s — 3 Comments

  1. How well I remember all of the these hit’s from the 50’s. In 1955 Bill Haley’s ‘Rock Around The Clock’ was the theme to the film of the same name and I remember cinema seats were ripped up by youngsters who were letting off steam. Rock & Roll was born and declared to be the cause of unrest amongst the younger generation. Now we have RAVES. I can also remember miming to Paul Anka’s ‘Diana’ in 1957 and probably made a big fool of myself. But oh what memories of all those singers and the songs.

  2. I’m surprised that more have not joined in to this thread. Bill Haley and the Comets were the first real Rock Band, a fact which seems to be lost these days. I remember that many schools were almost cleaned out, when they docked at Southampton. These were sounds our generation had never heard before.
    Some memorable names not listed were Del Shannon’s Runaway, Neil Sedaka’s Oh Carole, and Cathy’s Clown by the Everly Brothers. I would sing that one all the way to Silvertown, on my bike, where I was an apprentice Fitter. The list is endless. The Tremeloes started in 1958 over in Dagenham. Did any of them attend Mayfield? Their Silence is Golden song is really clever, with its different harmonies. I understand they are still able to perform.
    These days thanks to Youtube, I can sit back, drift back to that wonderful era and listen till my hearts content, to all those wonderful Moldy Oldies.

  3. This is my first visit to these charts. Truly wonderful and very useful. I have been organising a Senior Citizens Christmas Party in Witham as member of the local Rotary Club for the past three years and in doing so decided to change the music of previous parties to reflect the music of our guests. Mindful that the invitation is to those over 65, I needed to recall music from their teens. These charts are really useful. Thank you so much. Brings back memories, some good some bad, of Goodmayes and Ilford coffee bars, youth clubs, Ilford Palais on a Saturday afternoon, scooters and motor bikes. I was to add to the music scene in my later teens playing drums in various local rock and roll groups, R & B bands and eventually a local dance orchestra. Great music great times.

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