R&B Spotlight ’59

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 2 Disc
Release date: 8 Mar 2010

CAT No: FVDD040UPC TEXT: 5055311000404

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The Album R&B Spotlight ‘59 combines 60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1959. All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, the Coasters, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Nat “King” Cole and Sarah Vaughan. The collection, including full details of the original label issues, is the second 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 released simultaneously. The two series are intended to complement each other, with no duplication of tracks. The Artists This 1959 installment in the year-by-year R&B Spotlight series sees the increasing popularity of Rhythm & Blues, with many of the entries also crossing over to the pop charts. The R&B chart mixed successes from both one-hit wonders and fifties stars. R&B with the Rock and Roll beat was represented by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price and Little Willie John. Harmony vocal group sounds abounded with notable sides from the Flamingos, the Skyliners, the Crests, the Five Satins and Richard Barrett with the Chantels.

Uptempo group items, often with a comedy slant, were very popular and the Coasters, the Clovers, the Cadillacs, the Accents and the Genies are amongst the excellent selections here. The whole Twist craze had it’s beginnings in this year with the release of the original version written and recorded by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Established stars like Nat “King” Cole and Sarah Vaughan proved they were adept in the style, scoring sizeable hits. Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker and Clyde McPhatter pointed the way for the future direction of R&B with their polished, New York-produced recordings.

Bluesier items still appeared in the charts with winners from Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Lightnin’ Slim. Instrumental charters included catchy items from Dave “Baby” Cortez, the Spacemen and Paul Gayten. Tremendous tracks including classic songs like “Kansas City”, “Sea Cruise”, “Charlie Brown”, “The Twist”, “Since I Don’t Have You” and “Love Potion No 9” are all included here.



  1. Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison)
  2. Sea Cruise (Frankie Ford)
  3. Little Queenie (Chuck Berry)
  4. I Told You Baby (Jimmy Reed)
  5. Wiggle, Wiggle (The Accents)
  6. Peek-A-Boo (The Cadillacs)
  7. Charlie Brown (The Coasters)
  8. I Can't Sit Down (Marie & Rex)
  9. 16 Candles (The Crests)
  10. Lovers Never Say Goodbye (The Flamingos)
  11. Since I Don't Have You (The Skyliners)
  12. I'm Sorry (Bo Diddley)
  13. Teardrops On Your Letter (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)
  14. So Fine (The Fiestas)
  15. Who's That Knocking (The Genies)
  16. The Twist (Hank Ballard & The Midnighters)
  17. Lovey Dovey (Clyde McPhatter)
  18. Almost Grown (Chuck Berry)
  19. Happy Organ (Dave "Baby" Cortez)
  20. Return Of Stagolee (Titus Turner)
  21. Personality (Lloyd Price)
  22. I'm Ready (Fats Domino)
  23. Just Keep It Up (Dee Clark)
  24. Along Came Jones (The Coasters)
  25. Since You've Been Gone (Clyde McPhatter)
  26. Jack O'Diamonds (Ruth Brown)
  27. There Is Something On Your Mind (Big Jay McNeely & Band)
  28. Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home) (The Impalas)
  29. I Waited Too Long (Lavern Baker)
  30. I Only Have Eyes For You (The Flamingos)


  1. Tiny Tim (Lavern Baker)
  2. Love Potion No 9 (The Clovers)
  3. Linda Lu (Ray Sharpe)
  4. Back In The USA (Chuck Berry)
  5. Alimony (Frankie Ford)
  6. Crackin' Up (Bo Diddley)
  7. So High So Low (Lavern Baker)
  8. I Want To Walk You Home (Fats Domino)
  9. Leave My Kitten Alone (Little Willie John)
  10. Poison Ivy (The Coasters)
  11. Midnight Flyer (Nat "King" Cole)
  12. Sea Of Love (Phil Phillips with The Twilights)
  13. Summer's Love (Richard Barrett with The Chantels)
  14. The Angels Listened In (The Crests)
  15. Shadows (The Five Satins)
  16. Broken-Hearted Melody (Sarah Vaughan)
  17. Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark)
  18. Everything Gonna Be Alright (Little Walter)
  19. Say Man (Bo Diddley)
  20. Mary Lou (Ronnie Hawkins)
  21. I Don't Know (Ruth Brown)
  22. You Went Back On Your Word (Clyde McPhatter)
  23. The Hunch (Paul Gayten)
  24. Gilee (Sonny Spencer)
  25. The Clouds (The Spacemen)
  26. Be My Guest (Fats Domino)
  27. Smooth Operator (Sarah Vaughan)
  28. Come Into My Heart (Lloyd Price)
  29. I Cried Like A Baby (Nappy Brown)
  30. Rooster Blues (Lightnin' Slim)