#1 Album In America -- 55 Years Ago Today

Reblogger Barbara S. Duncan
Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Advantage

My inspector friend Steve Smith was once a disc jockey and knows lots of musical history.  I really enjoyed this one.  Searcy Sleuths, listen to this song and see if brings back memories.

Original content by Steven L. Smith Home Inspector Lic #207

A bit of history was made between May and July 1956. It was the first time that an album, defined as rock 'n' roll, topped the album charts in the United States.

The other oddity about the RCA album was that it did not include any of the artists big single hits, one of which had been released only two months prior to the album. I was only four years old when this album was released. So I do not remember it, other than the songs as oldies. But I still remember remnants of the era. For example, my dad had a green Hudson Hornet and I learned to drive on that 1950's car in the mid 1960's. 

This #1 album (the title is the artist's name) included a song that had been a big hit by another performer. It has since become a classic, a signature song, of early rock-a-billy. To see an original performance of this song, the best known cut from the album that ruled the charts back then, you need to take a break from Zorro. Simply click on the TV to change the channel from steamy action-adventure to music.

 

        

        

For pop and rock 'n' roll nostalgia, check out "This Day In History" -- music and vintage television from the 50's, 60's, 70's and 80's. These are articles that I enjoy writing because they me back to the days when I worked in radio broadcasting. Simply click on Elvis' gold record, below, to revisit those golden hits of yesteryear.

           

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Kathy Sheehan
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It is incredible that it was 55 years ago.  Elvis is such a legend!

Aug 11, 2011 03:25 PM #1
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Don Thompson
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I never listened to Elvis much as a teenager, but on our recent trip back from Vicksburg, MS we listened to Elvis the whole trip on SiriusXM Radio.

Elvis Radio

One of the stories told was a time Elvis was in a Cadillac showroom in Memphis. He was buying 12 Cadillacs for friends. There was a woman (school teacher) looking at cars and Elvis asked her what kind she liked. She said the Cadillac Eldorado. He bought her one on the spot. The woman told this story herself on the radio. Great story.

Elvis owned a pink 1955 Fleetwood Cadillac.

Elvis Pink Fleetwood Cadillac

Aug 12, 2011 03:05 AM #2
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Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
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Kathy, when I watched the youtube I went WAY back in memories.

Don, I love the story.  Wish I'd had  been in that showroom.

Aug 12, 2011 10:57 AM #3
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Debbie Wantulok

My Luke absolutely LOVES the car!

Aug 13, 2011 01:16 PM #4
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Debbie Wantulok

Let me clarify...the GREEN car...he doesn't do pink! Ha!

 

Aug 14, 2011 01:20 PM #5
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Debbie, tell Luke that back then a pink and black car was the cat's pajamas.  Then tell him to ask his grandma what that meant.  LOL

Aug 14, 2011 02:44 PM #6
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Don Thompson
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Yes I remember those "pink" days. I had a charcoal grey suit and wore a pink shirt. Very classy IMHO.

Aug 15, 2011 02:09 AM #7
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Debbie Wantulok

I told Luke what you said Ms. B and he gave me the strangest look...then he asked if it had something to do with the Pink Panther?  I guess that is the only pink thing that he likes.  Of course, the other men in our world will wear pink shirts so they can match the ladies in their worlds...Luke calls them, "Traitors!"  I'm sure that will change a little later down the road...I have to admit...I don't know about the "Cat's Pajamas" either...I'm surprised Luke didn't make some type of "dog" comment...he has been on a roll lately.

 

Aug 15, 2011 05:06 AM #8
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Cliff

That pink 1955 Fleetwood Cadillac in the condition as it is in that picture, right now would be worth a fortune. Pink, in 1955 was a popular color. If Cadillac used the color pink, you just gotta know it was popular. Besides Cadillac, I also remember Chevrolet had a pink and gray, and Ford had a pink and white car. Both were very popular that year. I remember wearing a back turtle neck sweater underneath a starched and ironed pink shirt with the collar turned up in back, as Elvis did in those days. Black suits with pink flecks were also popular. Did Elvis cause this "pink" popularity? Seems everybody wanted to imitate him. 

Aug 15, 2011 06:02 AM #9
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Barbara S. Duncan
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Don, you were truly the cat's pajamas in that outfit!

Debbie, tell him it was the highest fashion compliment.  Sorta like these guys that I see waddling down the street with their pants falling down.  Only they are not the cat's pjs;  they are more like what the dog would drag in.  LOL.

Cliff, you were the cat's pajamas along with Don!  Did you also have a ducktail haircut?  I know you did.....and sideburns!!

Aug 15, 2011 01:23 PM #10
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Cliff

Yes maam. Right on both counts. How did you guess?

Aug 15, 2011 02:15 PM #11
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Cliff, I'm just smart when I guess.  : )

Aug 16, 2011 01:20 AM #12
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