R&B Spotlight ’58

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 1 Jul 2009


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CAT No: FVDD016UPC TEXT: 5055311000169

Full details

1958 saw the Billboard Rhythm & Blues chart extended from 20 to 30 entries, becoming an accurate mirror of the musical tastes of black, and increasingly also, the rest of, Americans. The chart reflected a varied musical mixture. In the Deep South, and in Chicago whose population included many migrant Southerners, the tough electric blues of artists like Muddy Waters, Little Walter, John Lee Hooker, Jimmy Reed and Little Junior Parker still held sway. While the market for romantic-voiced crooners such as Nat “King” Cole, Ivory Joe Hunter, Roy Hamilton, Earl Grant and the Tony Williams-led Platters continued, a younger, brasher breed of singer was also emerging, blending R&B with the Rock and Roll beat, as exemplified by Little Richard, Fats Domino and Chuck Berry.

The vocal group sound was also a major seller with many fine harmony sides from black groups like Harvey & The Moonglows, Little Anthony & The Imperials, the Velours, the Danleers, the Rivieras and the Shields and white line-ups including the Crescendos and the Elegants. Group items with a humorous or novelty theme were very popular and the Coasters, Huey (Piano) Smith & The Clowns, the Olympics, the Silhouettes and the Monotones provide prime examples here. Instrumental combos are well represented with important tracks by Lee Allen & His Band, Bill Doggett and Cozy Cole. All in all a rich blend that includes such classic songs as “Good Golly, Miss Molly”, “Johnny B Goode”, “Yakety Yak”, “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Twilight Time” and “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes”. R&B Spotlight ‘58 combines 60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1958.

All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include such world-famous stars as Little Richard, Chuck Berry, Fats Domino, Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, Nat “King” Cole, The Platters and Sam Cooke. The collection, including full details of the original label issues, is the first of an ongoing year-by-year series representing the Rhythm & Blues charts. The informative booklet notes are authored by respected Echoes/Record Collector journalist Mike Atherton. A parallel series, Soul Breakout, is being introduced simultaneously.

The two series are intended to complement each other, with no duplication of tracks.



  1. Twilight Time (The Platters)
  2. Maybe (The Chantels)
  3. Walkin' With Mr Lee (Lee Allen & His Band)
  4. Oh Julie (The Crescendos)
  5. La Dee Dah (Billy & Lillie)
  6. Betty And Dupree (Chuck Willis)
  7. Good Golly, Miss Molly (Little Richard)
  8. Do What You Did (Thurston Harris)
  9. Get A Job (The Silhouettes)
  10. Leaps And Bounds (Parts 1&2) (Bill Doggett)
  11. The Walk (Jimmy McCracklin & His Band)
  12. So Tough (The Original Casuals)
  13. Don't You Just Know It (Huey Piano Smith & The Clowns)
  14. Have Faith (Gene Allison)
  15. Looking Back (Nat King Cole)
  16. Twilight Time (The Platters)
  17. You Were Made For Me (Sam Cooke)
  18. Book Of Love (The Monotones)
  19. Johnny B Goode (Chuck Berry)
  20. Jump For Joy (Big Joe Turner)
  21. Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes (Chuck Willis)
  22. Sick And Tired (Fats Domino)
  23. We Belong Together (Robert & Johnny)
  24. Do You Want To Dance (Bobby Freeman)
  25. Yakety Yak (The Coasters)
  26. Bewildered (Mickey & Sylvia)
  27. Willie And The Hand Jive (Johnny Otis Show)
  28. Come What May (Clyde McPhatter)
  29. Little Star (The Elegants)
  30. Remember (The Velours)


  1. Ooh! My Soul (Little Richard)
  2. Just A Dream (Jimmy Clanton & His Rockets)
  3. One Summer Night (The Danleers)
  4. Count Every Star (The Rivieras)
  5. Betty Lou Got A New Pair Of Shoes (Bobby Freeman)
  6. Western Movies (The Olympics)
  7. Tic Toc (Lee Allen & His Band)
  8. Itchy Twitchy Feeling (Bobby Hendricks)
  9. You Cheated (The Shields)
  10. Down The Aisle Of Love (The Quin-Tones)
  11. Tears On My Pillow (Little Anthony & The Imperials)
  12. I'm Gonna Get My Baby (Jimmy Reed)
  13. This Little Girl's Gone Rockin' (Ruth Brown)
  14. Key To The Highway (Little Walter)
  15. Ten Commandments Of Love (Harvey & The Moonglows)
  16. Close To You (Muddy Waters)
  17. The End (Earl Grant)
  18. Rock-in Robin (Bobby Day)
  19. Topsy II (Cozy Cole)
  20. Yes I Want You (Ivory Joe Hunter)
  21. Whole Lotta Loving (Fats Domino)
  22. I Cried A Tear (LaVern Baker)
  23. Sweet Little Rock And Roll (Chuck Berry)
  24. Rockhouse (Parts 1&2) (Ray Charles)
  25. Pretty Girls Everywhere (Eugene Church & The Fellows)
  26. I Love You Honey (John Lee Hooker)
  27. Sweet Home Chicago (Little Junior Parker)
  28. Smoke Gets In Your Eyes (The Platters)
  29. Stagger Lee (Lloyd Price)
  30. Keep A-Driving (Chuck Willis)