Most popular dance tunes that Influenced what we listen to.

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    The Movie Moulin Rouge would bring us the Theme song. The mood was decidedly romantic throughout much of the 1950's Happy Days were a bit more subdued than most try to portray that era. The LIVING STRINGS sound of Perry Faith sounded great on the HiFi . But it must be remembered that at this time that singles were still being issued in both 78 RPM and 45 RPM formats. Even Cuckoo clocks made during this time period would often contain a music box that played this tune...

    And let's not forget Eddie Fisher's hit I'M WALKING BEHIND YOU

     
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    1954 had style and variety. The songs were happy and full of life. Number 1 was by the Cordetts and would come to stereo typify a kinder and innocent time in BACK TO THE FUTURE ---- MR. SANDMAN
    Life could be a dream because The Crew Cut from Canada said so SH-BOOM

    Of course The Crew Cuts could now appear on the television! The lights needed to be very bright and the makeup was over the top to produce contrast in black and white; however, everyone was watching and loved TV!

    Rosemary Clooney would reach number 10 on the US charts with the mambo rhythm in MAMBO ITALIANO --- but number 1 in UK. Rock'n Roll was still not king yet. The Mambo and the Calypso were still very popular. One cool dance!
     
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    1955 is a transitional year. Yes, Bill Haley's ROCK AROUND THE CLOCK was the number one hit; however, its release was 1954. The Platter's ONLY YOU was released in 1955.

    Another standard to appear was LOVE IS A MANY SPLENDORED THING by the Four Aces. Al Albert (the lead) would later become a PHILLY icon with his Al Albert's Showcase --- a way for area kid talent to get on TV.

    And Al Hibbler's UNCHAINED MELODY remains the popular slow dance standard to this very day. By the way this song got its name from the Prison Movie UNCHAINED
     
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    The tune of the 1950's that epitomized that decade was first introduced in of all things an Alfred Hitchcock movie with Jimmy Stewart & Doris Day --- THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO MUCH.
    It goes without saying that EVERYONE heard that song, sang that song and or danced to that song... It became Doris Day's theme song. 1956
    There was a general feeling that as long as people tried their best and lived the way GOD would have them live (although things were never perfect) ---- everything would come out alright in the end... It was an optimistic time that has never been surpassed.

     
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    1957 Buddy Holly's THAT'LL BE THE DAY will be rerecorded by many artists, and yet Buddy's rendition is as great today as it was --- how many years ago??????

    And Television through shows like Ed Sullivan (Sunday evenings) & American Bandstand (weekdays) were helping to promote the latest records. Here we see a very young Paul Anka and his Calypso style hit DIANA .
     
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    1958 And everyone seems to be singing VOLARE. This hit made several spots on the charts that year by a variety of artists but this is the 1st big hit!

    And the Katlin Twin had a big dance hit with WHEN

    Another campy tune was TEQUILA. The Latin sound was still very strong and very dancable....
     
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    1959 Frankie Avalon scores with VENUS. And BAND STAND was all the rage and the main television influence in the PHILADELPHIA /Delaware Valley. Many of the songs this year are revamps of older song, SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES is a prime example

    And there was Bobby Darin with his calypso style DREAM LOVER
     
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    So, we've arrived at 1960. Well if 1900 was still considered the last year of the 19th Century, I guess that 1960 was really the last year of the 1950's. The biggest dance craze was THE TWIST. The song was originally released on the B side of a 1959 recording; however, it was Chubby Checker who made it a pronominal hit. Everybody who danced did the TWIST (even Beaver)

    Mr. Presley had two big hits at the top of the chart ARE YOU LONESOME TONIGHT and IT's NOW OR NEVER. However, both of these were old tunes. IT's NOW OR NEVER was from 1898 O Sole Mio. And the other was from 1926. So these were not new by any stretch of the word.

    However, Percy Faith had a hit with THEME FROM SUMMER PLACE which was number 1 for 9 weeks in the US. The longest of any instrumental recording. I guess everyone just's likes thoughts of summer...
     
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    1961 would see a sequel to the THE TWIST ---- Chubby Checker would sing LET's TWIST AGAIN and it was even more of a hit appearing in GERMAN, ITALIAN, and FRENCH versions.








    Another great melody with a lot of soul is Ben E. King's STAND BY ME. ---- which is a great lover's dance hit.
     
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    1962 we again have Elvis revamping old standards... However there was change on the horizon.
    TELSTAR the 1st US number one hit by a British group. On the British charts it would remain #1 for 25 weeks and in the US it charted for 16 weeks. This one was STAR TREK before there was STAR TREK, and it's named after the Telstar Communications Satellite --- launched in July of that year...
    Chris Montez brings us LET's DANCE covering all the dance step of the period.
     
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