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One Hit Wonders / 1957
One Hit Wonders
Elvis would appear on Ed Sullivan for the last time. Two versions of the same song would reach Number 1, “Young Love” by Sonny James (the best version) and by Tab Hunter (really). On Monday Aug 5 ABC Television launches the most successful Dance Program ever “American Bandstand” and a very young Dick Clark. Television and a show called “Ozzie and Harriet” would introduce us to one of the best Idols ever, Ricky Nelson. He opens the door for Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell and Fabian. The first song played on American Bandstand would be “That’ll Be the Day” by one of the greatest bands ever, Buddy Holly and the Crickets.
Love is Strange / March 1957 / Mickey and Sylvia / #11 BB
Mickey “Guitar” Baker is still with us, aged 84 but Sylvia Vanderpool left us in 2011.
The Walk / March 1957 / Jimmy McCracklin / #7 BB
Jimmy is still with us at the age of 90.
I’m Sticking with You / March 1957 / Jimmy Bowen and the Rhythm Orchids (which included Buddy Knox)
Jimmy is still with us and became a very successful Producer / Frank Sinatra / Bert Kemfert / Sammy Davis and put Lee Hazelwood and Nancy Sinatra together.
Sittin in the Balcony / March 1957 / Johnny Dee (John D Loudermilk) / #38 BB
John is still with us at 78.
Marianne / April 1957 / Terry Gilkyson & the Easy Riders / #4 BB
Terry left us in 1999, but he did write “The Cry of the Wild Goose” for Frankie Land and “Memories are Made of This” for Dean Martin.
Let the Four Winds Blow / July 1957 / Roy Brown / #29 BB
Roy left us in 1981.
Over the Mountain, Across the Sea / July 1957 / Johnnie & Joe / #8
Johnnie Richardson left us in 1988 & Joe Rivers is still around
Mr. Lee / September 1957 / The Bobbettes / #6 BB
Black Slacks / October 1957 / Joe Bennett & the Sparkletones / #17
Well Paul Anka was background in the studio that day, the members still do the odd reunion concert.
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby / October 1957 / The Tune Weavers / #5 BB
Silhouettes/Daddy Cool / November 1957 / The Rays / #3 BB
Alone / November 1957 / The Shepherd Sisters / #18
Could this be Magic / December 1957 / The Dubs / #23
Robert Blandon left us in 1991.
Raunchy / December 1957 / Two versions were popular, both at #4 BB:
Bill Justis #2 BB
Freeman was Music Director at Sun Records. He lead the House Band at Rendezvous Records and was “B Bumble & the stingers” / “The Marketts”, “The Routers” and the list goes on.
I’m Available / December 1957 / Margie Rayburn / #9 BB
Margie left us in the year 2000.