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.
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.