Lost Songs from the Radio – 1956

Gary: “I do remember 1956 to a degree. At the end of that year I would have my first serious girl friend, I was running the dances and we played some great music. You hear some of the songs on the radio today, but some good ones seem to be forgotten. I hope that this will bring back great memories.
Again the choices are mine (Gary) and also the opinions.
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Lost Songs from the Radio – 1956
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1956cleftones

A great song from the Cleftones / This Little Girl of Mine /

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1956PerkinsbandAlthough the Blue Suede Shoes man was almost killed in a car accident(which killed his brother Jay), he had songs (in my opinion) as good as Blue Suede Shoes / Carl Perkins / Boppin’ the Blues /

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1956charlieFeathers.

Sun Records had other artists than Elvis, unfortunately because of money a lot of them did not get the exposure they should have. It was called Rock and Roll, but in 2013 it’s called Rockabilly and Charlie Feathers made two great songs that are never played / One Hand Loose and Bottle to the Baby /

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1956CURTIS

Staying in the “Rockabilly Vane” (it was just Rock and Roll) a Texan named Mac Curtis had 2 good songs in 56 / If I had me a Woman / Granddaddy’s Rockin’ /

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1956Flamingos

We mainly got Pat Boone’s “I’ll Be Home“, but when we finally heard the original, it was no contest / The Flamingos /

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1956Burnette

The Great Johnny Burnette, brother Dorsey and the great Paul Burlison, recorded a song that Alvin Lee Plays today, one of my favourite’s / Tear it Up /

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1956FiveSatinsLittle Richard, Fats Domino, Elvis Presley, Bill Haley and the list goes on, but a crude song recorded in a church basement would be one of my all-time favourites. They tried re-recording it but decided to stay with the original crude mono recording of “In the Still of the Night” by the Five Satins with Fred Paris. One of the best “make out” songs of my generation /

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1956ClydeMcPhatter

Clyde McPhatter, would have a great song that year, which is never played, called the Treasure of Love.

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1956SmileyLewis

A song that was banned everywhere, because it was a hit in 1956 / One Night of Sin / Smiley Lewis /

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1956SonnyBurgess

One of Sun’s greatest finds, who just did not make it, was wailin’ in 1956 / Sonny Burgess / We Wanna Boogie and the flip side Red Headed Woman /

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1956WarrenSmith

Also from Sun Records, really difficult to purchase, Warren Smith and Ubangi Stomp .

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9 responses to “Lost Songs from the Radio – 1956

  1. Russ, great stuff. The original “In the Still of the night” was Our song with my first wife and I. I have not heard that for a century or so WOW

  2. By the end of 1956 Chuck Berry had released 6 singles, only two of which made a dent on the charts, so “Thirty Days,” “No Money Down,” “Too Much Monkee Business,” and “You Can’t Catch Me” could qualify as lost singles. (“Maybelline” and “Roll Over Beethoven” were the more successful ones.)

  3. Haha!! I’ve never heard “One Night Of Sin” before! I love how you say it was banned “because it was 1956.”

    • A lot of songs back then were banned back then. It made them all the more appealing. One especially “naughty” piece was Wilburt Harrison’s “Don’t Drop It”.

  4. Also, “Ubangi Stomp” is very interesting! Is it really a white rock’n’roller’s acknowledgement of rock’n’roll’s black/African roots?!

  5. Great stuff Gary! The dances at the community hall @ 5000 Yonge Street in Willowdale? Yes, I attended many of those. Thanks for the memories!

    • Laila: I was at those dances and even ran a few of them, they were great. We had dances at the Haig and Spring Garden, where ever we could rent a hall or dance floor. It was the 50’s nobody rented to teenagers, we had a problem, but we were successful in spite of it.
      Gary

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