American Music Library: The Hits Of 1959

Various Artists
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FORMAT: Audio CD - 3 Disc
Release date: 17 Mar 2014

"This triple set shows just how fertile and varied the final 365 days of the '50s were" Vintage Rock



CAT No: FVTD189UPC TEXT: 5055311001890

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The American Music Library is a major new series from Fantastic Voyage and is sure to be of considerable interest to music lovers with an interest in accumulating a substantial collection of hit singles and in particular our British Hit Parade collectors. The American Music Library celebrates US hit singles big and small. Concentrating on only those singles that did not chart in the UK, it deliberately avoids duplication of tracks on compilations like the British Hit Parade series, which many collectors have assiduously purchased over the years.

The Hits Of 1959 is a 90-track 3CD set which features:

All 37 US Pop 10 hits from 1959 that didn’t make the UK chart

All 10 additional US Country and R&B chart-toppers that evaded the US Pop Top 10 (and again didn’t make the UK charts)

An additional 43 hits from the US Pop Hot 100 that didn’t make the UK charts

Subsequent volumes in the series, which is compiled and annotated by Austin Powell, will celebrate the hits of different years from the Fifties and Sixties, and it is our intention to also release companion volumes, which will dig deeper into the rich pickings that are the US Pop Hot 100, as well as singles that stalled in the Bubbling Under The Hot 100 chart. By doing so, the American Music Library will present all the biggest hits of each year and a substantial number of lesser hits, including many hard to find on CD.

America was the engine room of the world’s pop music in the late fifties; their music industry was far more mature than that in any other country and a plethora of small independent labels were able to compete quite efficiently with the likes of RCA, Decca, Capitol, MGM and the other “majors” that had been in business since the forties or even earlier. So, a Top 10 hit in America would translate into a hit in many other world territories…most of the time. Eleven of America’s number ones that year made the UK charts and many of the Top 10-ers did the same, but far from all of them replicated their American success in the UK, as this collection amply demonstrates. If an American Top 10 hit of 1959 made the UK charts, you’ll readily find it on the two British Hit Parade releases on Fantastic Voyage (FVQD036 and FVQD037). Here we present a real overview of the American music scene of 1959, all the Top 10 hits that didn’t make the UK charts, the biggest country and R&B hits that also failed to chart in the UK, as well as a selection of other Hot 100 hits for your enjoyment.



  1. 16 Candles (The Crests)
  2. Goodbye Baby (Jack Scott)
  3. Tall Paul (Annette)
  4. Peter Gunn (Ray Anthony)
  5. I Cried A Tear (LaVern Baker)
  6. Alvin’s Harmonica (David Seville and The Chipmunks)
  7. I’ve Had It (The Bell Notes)
  8. It’s Just A Matter Of Time (Brook Benton)
  9. Tragedy (Thomas Wayne)
  10. Pink Shoe Laces (Dodie Stevens)
  11. Guitar Boogie Shuffle (The Virtues)
  12. The Happy Organ (Dave Baby Cortez)
  13. Tell Him No (Travis and Bob)
  14. Turn Me Loose (Fabian)
  15. Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
  16. Quiet Village (Martin Denny)
  17. Only You (Loin De Vous) (Franck Pourcel)
  18. Along Came Jones (The Coasters)
  19. Frankie (Connie Francis)
  20. Bobby Sox To Stockings (Frankie Avalon)
  21. My Heart Is An Open Book (Carl Dobkins Jr)
  22. Tiger (Fabian)
  23. A Boy Without A Girl (Frankie Avalon)
  24. There Goes My Baby (The Drifters)
  25. Lavender Blue (Sammy Turner)
  26. What A Diff’rence A Day Makes (Dinah Washington)
  27. What’d I Say (Pt 1) (Ray Charles)
  28. Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips)
  29. Baby Talk (Jan and Dean)
  30. Mr Blue (The Fleetwoods)


  1. Lonely Street (Andy Williams)
  2. Just Ask Your Heart (Frankie Avalon)
  3. Primrose Lane (Jerry Wallace with The Jewels)
  4. Don’t You Know (Della Reese)
  5. So Many Ways (Brook Benton)
  6. We Got Love (Bobby Rydell)
  7. Danny Boy (Conway Twitty)
  8. Billy Bayou (Jim Reeves)
  9. Don’t Take Your Guns To Town (Johnny Cash)
  10. When It’s Springtime In Alaska (It’s Forty Below) (Johnny Horton)
  11. White Lightning (George Jones)
  12. Country Girl (Faron Young)
  13. The Same Old Me (Ray Price)
  14. Try Me (I Need You) (James Brown)
  15. Thank You Pretty Baby (Brook Benton)
  16. You Better Know It (Jackie Wilson)
  17. The Clouds (The Spacemen)
  18. It’s Only The Beginning (The Kalin Twins)
  19. First Anniversary (Cathy Carr)
  20. She Say (Oom Dooby Doom) (The Diamonds)
  21. I Got A Wife (The Mark IV)
  22. The Hanging Tree (Marty Robbins)
  23. Are You Lonesome Tonight (Jaye P. Morgan)
  24. Please Mr Sun (Tommy Edwards)
  25. Midnight Oil (Charlie Blackwell)
  26. I’m Never Gonna Tell (Jimmie Rodgers)
  27. Shirley (John Fred and The Playboys)
  28. Everybody Likes To Cha Cha Cha (Sam Cooke)
  29. Oh Why (The Teddy Bears)
  30. Teenage Heaven (Eddie Cochran)


  1. That’s My Little Suzie (Ritchie Valens)
  2. So Fine (The Fiestas)
  3. Bonaparte’s Retreat (Billy Grammer)
  4. Young Ideas (Chico Holiday)
  5. Kansas City (Rocky Olson)
  6. There Is Something On Your Mind (Big Jay McNeely)
  7. This I Swear (The Skyliners)
  8. A Prayer And A Jukebox (Little Anthony and The Imperials)
  9. Back In The USA (Chuck Berry)
  10. See You In September (The Tempos)
  11. Ten Thousand Drums (Carl Smith)
  12. Sugaree (Rusty York)
  13. Linda Lou (Ray Sharpe)
  14. Leave My Kitten Alone (Little Willie John)
  15. True True Happiness (Johnny Tillotson)
  16. Suzie Baby (Bobby Vee)
  17. You’re Gonna Miss Me (Connie Francis)
  18. Breaking Up Is Hard To Do (Jivin’ Gene and The Jokers)
  19. Fools Hall Of Fame (Pat Boone)
  20. Shout (Pt 1) (The Isley Brothers)
  21. Say Man (Bo Diddley)
  22. High School USA (Los Angeles Version) (Tommy Facenda)
  23. Tennessee Waltz (Jerry Fuller)
  24. Living Doll (David Hill)
  25. Starry Eyed (Gary Stites)
  26. Gilee (Sonny Spencer)
  27. We Told You Not To Marry (Titus Turner)
  28. Teach Me Tiger (April Stevens)
  29. How About That (Dee Clark)
  30. If I Had A Girl (Rod Lauren)