1959 British Hit Parade Part 2: August – December

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 4 Disc
Release date: 18 Jan 2010


A good year for sounds and a turning point for UK pop music - RECORD COLLECTOR

CAT No: FVQD037UPC TEXT: 5055311000374

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Fantastic Voyage wraps up its 1950s Hit Parade series by inviting record producer and music historian Stuart Colman to guide us through the decade’s final twelve months. Part 2 of this survey takes us from August to December. The highly-diverse selection of chart entries for the final five months of the 1950s ranged from rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm ‘n’ blues, to party-time sing-along’s and kiddie novelties.

1959 epitomized the era when music publishers worked their copyrights to the point where various versions of a song could be purchased by the record-buying public. In the instance of ‘A Teenager in Love’, no less than four variations could be found lingering in different corners of the charts. It wasn’t all smooth sailing however, as the record industry found itself blighted by a major print strike in the summer. Not only did the weekly journals such as the Record Mirror, Disc and the Melody Maker disappear from the newsstands, no charts were published during what was an extremely frustrating six-week period. Out on the high street the arrival of the Mini-Minor (selling at less than £500) served to contemporise the cultural landscape.

And in the autumn it was even more when the ribbon was cut by the Minister of Transport, Ernest Marples, on the first section of the M1. Thanks to a string of top-drawer singles, Elvis proved that he was still the King despite being confined to barracks in West Germany. Meanwhile, on the home front, there was strong competition coming from a new breed of British contenders including Cliff Richard, Emile Ford and Adam Faith. The power of the instrumental was steadily being defined by artists such as Duane Eddy, Johnny and the Hurricanes and Sandy Nelson, whilst a more temperate equivalent could be found in the UK via the work of Russ Conway, Joe “Mr Piano” Henderson and Winifred Atwell.

Despite a noticeable lack of modernisation within the realms of radio, the upswing of televised pop and music in movies helped make for a smooth transition into the coming decade.



  1. Midnight Shift (Buddy Holly)
  2. Peter Gunn (Duane Eddy)
  3. Yep! (Duane Eddy)
  4. Living Doll (Cliff Richard & The Drifters)
  5. Battle Of New Orleans (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  6. Personality (Anthony Newley)
  7. Dream Lover (Bobby Darin)
  8. Ragtime Cowboy Joe (David Seville & The Chipmunks)
  9. A Big Hunk O' Love (Elvis Presley)
  10. Twixt Twelve And Twenty (Pat Boone)
  11. The Summer Of The Seventeenth Doll (Winifred Atwell)
  12. My Melancholy Baby (Tommy Edwards)
  13. Lipstick On Your Collar (Connie Francis)
  14. Tallahassee Lassie (Tommy Steele)
  15. Give! Give! Give! (Tommy Steele)
  16. Only Sixteen (Craig Douglas)
  17. I Know (Perry Como)
  18. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) (The Impalas)
  19. Lonely Boy (Paul Anka)
  20. The Wonder Of You (Ronnie Hilton)
  21. Only Sixteen (Sam Cooke)
  22. The Honeymoon Song (Manuel & The Music Of The Mountains)
  23. Remember When (The Platters)
  24. Tallahassee Lassie (Freddy Cannon)
  25. The Wonder Of You (Ray Peterson)


  1. Only Sixteen (Al Saxon)
  2. Someone (Johnny Mathis)
  3. Midnight Flyer (Nat King Cole)
  4. The Heart Of A Man (Frankie Vaughan)
  5. Plenty Good Lovin’ (Connie Francis)
  6. Just Keep It Up (Dee Clark)
  7. China Tea (Russ Conway)
  8. Mona Lisa (Conway Twitty)
  9. Walkin’ Tall (Frankie Vaughan)
  10. Sal’s Got A Sugar Lip (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  11. I’m Gonna Get Married (Lloyd Price)
  12. Just A Little Too Much (Ricky Nelson)
  13. Sweeter Than You (Ricky Nelson)
  14. The Way I Walk (Jack Scott)
  15. Forty Miles Of Bad Road (Duane Eddy)
  16. Hold Back Tomorrow (Miki & Griff with The Lonnie Donegan Group)
  17. Here Comes Summer (Jerry Keller)
  18. Lonesome (Si Tu Vois Ma Mere) (Chris Barber's Jazz Band)
  19. Broken-Hearted Melody (Sarah Vaughan)
  20. (‘Til) I Kissed You (The Everly Brothers)
  21. The Three Bells (The Browns)
  22. Mack The Knife (Bobby Darin)
  23. Sea Of Love (Marty Wilde)
  24. High Hopes (Frank Sinatra)
  25. Travellin’ Light (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)
  26. Dynamite (Cliff Richard & The Shadows)


  1. The Three Bells (Les Compagnons De La Chanson)
  2. Sleep Walk (Santo & Johnny)
  3. Somethin’ Else (Eddie Cochran)
  4. But Not For Me (Ella Fitzgerald)
  5. Treble Chance (Joe “Mr Piano” Henderson)
  6. Old Shep (Clinton Ford)
  7. Primrose Lane (Dickie Pride)
  8. Mr Blue (Mike Preston)
  9. I Want To Walk You Home (Fats Domino)
  10. Morgen (Ivo Robić & The Song-Masters)
  11. Makin’ Love (Floyd Robinson)
  12. Mack The Knife (Louis Armstrong & The All Stars)
  13. Little Donkey (Gracie Fields)
  14. Mr Blue (David Macbeth)
  15. Always (Sammy Turner)
  16. More And More Party Pops (Russ Conway)
  17. The Sheik Of Araby (Russ Conway)
  18. Who Were You With Last Night (Russ Conway)
  19. Any Old Iron (Russ Conway)
  20. Put Your Head On My Shoulder (Paul Anka)
  21. Nashville Boogie (Bert Weedon)
  22. One More Sunrise (Morgen) (Dickie Valentine)
  23. Teen Beat (Sandy Nelson)
  24. The Village Of St Bernadette (Anne Shelton)
  25. The Best Of Everything (Johnny Mathis)
  26. Red River Rock (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  27. Poison Ivy (The Coasters)
  28. Piano Party (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  29. Baby Face (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  30. Comin’ Thru’ The Rye (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  31. Annie Laurie (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  32. Little Brown Jug (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  33. Let Him Go, Let Him Tarry (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  34. Put Your Arms Around Me Honey (Winifred Atwell & Her "Other" Piano)
  35. What Do You Want? (Adam Faith)


  1. Oh! Carol (Neil Sedaka)
  2. I'll Never Fall In Love Again (Johnnie Ray)
  3. San Miguel (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  4. Ivy Will Cling (Arnold Stang with The Sunshine Kids)
  5. Bad Boy (Marty Wilde)
  6. If You Were The Only Boy In The World (Stevie Marsh)
  7. Heartaches By The Number (Guy Mitchell)
  8. What Do You Want To Make Those Eyes At Me For? (Emile Ford & The Checkmates)
  9. San Miguel (The Kingston Trio)
  10. Rawhide (Frankie Laine)
  11. Mary's Boy Child (Nina & Frederick)
  12. Some Kind-A Earthquake (Duane Eddy)
  13. We Got Love (Alma Cogan)
  14. Be My Guest (Fats Domino)
  15. Little White Bull (Tommy Steele)
  16. Deck Of Cards (Wink Martindale)
  17. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat (The Avons)
  18. Reveille Rock (Johnny & The Hurricanes)
  19. Little Donkey (The Beverley Sisters)
  20. Staccato's Theme (Elmer Bernstein)
  21. Jingle Bell Rock (Max Bygraves)
  22. Among My Souvenirs (Connie Francis)
  23. Snow Coach (Russ Conway)
  24. Seven Little Girls Sitting In The Back Seat (Paul Evans & The Curls)
  25. In The Mood (Ernie Fields Orchestra)