THEN 1957

Various Artists
FORMAT: Audio CD - 1 Disc
Release date: 14 Mar 2011


CAT No: FVCD085UPC TEXT: 5055311000855

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1957 – now that’s what we’d call the year that rock ’n’ roll first ruled, thanks to Elvis Presley and exciting new hitmakers like Little Richard, Jerry Lee Lewis and Buddy Holly & The Crickets. It was also a bumper year for ballads, and the time when skiffle was at its most successful. As you’ve come to expect, you will find the best music from all these genres on THEN 1957.

Like its predecessors, THEN 1957 is not constrained by chart position or label in its aim of presenting the most memorable sounds of the year. It is compiled and annotated by eminent chartwatcher Dave McAleer, who works on the Virgin Book of British Hit Singles & Albums.

Dave’s sleeve notes spend as much time recalling the news events of the year as they do exploring the musical highlights. 1957 was the year that Harold MacMillan took over as Prime Minister when Anthony Eden resigned, Stirling Moss became the first British driver to win the British Grand Prix in a British car since 1923, and Patrick Moore’s The Sky At Night made its TV debut. It was also the year that Stanley Matthews donned an England shirt for the last time at the age of 42, President Eisenhower had to send in a 1000-strong military escort to make sure that nine Afro-American children were allowed into Little Rock’s previously all-white Central High School, and for the first time the Queen’s Christmas message was seen on TV.



  1. All Shook Up (Elvis Presley)
  2. That'll Be The Day (The Crickets)
  3. Young Love (Tab Hunter)
  4. Diana (Paul Anka)
  5. Singing The Blues (Tommy Steele & The Steelmen)
  6. Wake Up Little Susie (The Everly Brothers)
  7. Gamblin' Man (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  8. Reet Petite (The Finest Girl You Ever Want To Meet) (Jackie Wilson)
  9. Ma (He's Makin' Eyes At Me) (Johnny Otis & His Orchestra with Marie Adams & The Three Tons Of Joy)
  10. Whole Lot Of Shakin' Going On (Jerry Lee Lewis)
  11. Long Tall Sally (Little Richard)
  12. Little Darlin' (The Diamonds)
  13. (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear (Elvis Presley)
  14. Rock-A-Billy (Guy Mitchell)
  15. Yes Tonight, Josephine (Johnnie Ray)
  16. Butterfly (Andy Williams)
  17. The Garden Of Eden (Frankie Vaughan)
  18. Be My Girl (Jim Dale)
  19. Freight Train (Chas McDevitt Skiffle Group featuring Nancy Whiskey)
  20. Last Train To San Fernando (Johnny Duncan & The Blue Grass Boys)
  21. Cumberland Gap (Lonnie Donegan & His Skiffle Group)
  22. We Will Make Love (Russ Hamilton)
  23. Banana Boat (Day-O) [aka Banana Boat Song (Day-O) in UK] (Harry Belafonte)
  24. Around The World (Ronnie Hilton)
  25. Tammy (Debbie Reynolds)
  26. My Special Angel (Malcolm Vaughan)
  27. Love Letters In The Sand (Pat Boone)
  28. When I Fall In Love (Nat King Cole)