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Various Artists: Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of 1959

Track List

>Happy Organ [Stereo Debut], The - Dave "Baby" Cortez
>Petite Fleur (Little Flower) [Stereo Debut] - Chris Barber's Jazz Band
>Guitar Boogie Shuffle [Stereo Debut] - The Virtues
>I Talk to the Trees - Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra (mono)
>Blue Hawaii - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (mono)
>Manhattan Spiritual [Mono] [U.S. Single Version Debut] - Reg Owen & His Orchestra (mono)
>Gazachstahagen [Mono] - The Wild Cats (mono)
>Lonely One [Mono], The - Duane Eddy (mono)
>Jupiter C [Mono] - Pat & the Satellites (mono)
>Peter Gunn [Mono] - Ray Anthony & His Orchestra (mono)
>Bunny Hop [Mono] [CD Debut] - The Applejacks (mono)
>Raw Hide [Mono] - Link Wray & His Ray Men (mono)
>Midnight Oil [Mono] [CD Debut] - Charlie Blackwell (mono)
>Fried Eggs [Mono] [CD Debut] - The Intruders (mono)
>Record Hop Blues [Mono] - The Quarter Notes (mono)
>Hawaiian War Chant - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra
>Beat [Mono], The - The Rockin' R's (mono)
>Yep! [Mono] - Duane Eddy (mono)
>Walkin' to Mother's [Single Version Debut] - Ray Anthony & His Orchestra
>77 Sunset Strip [Mono] - The Big Sound of Dan Ralke (mono)
>Pipe Dreams [Mono] - Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra (mono)
>Your Cheatin' Heart [Mono] - Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra (mono)
>Rockin' Crickets [Mono] - Bill Pennell/The Hot Toddys (mono)
>Quiet Village [Mono Single Version Debut] - Martin Denny & His Orchestra (mono)
>Only You (And You Alone) [Stereo Debut] - Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles
>Crossfire [Mono] - Johnny & the Hurricanes (mono)
>String of Trumpets [Mono], A - The Trumpeteers (mono)
>Straight Flush - The Frantics
>With My Eyes Wide Open I'm Dreaming [CD Debut] - Enoch Light & the Light Brigade
>Tall Cool One [Mono] - The Wailers (mono)
>Danny Boy - Sil Austin
>Bongo Rock [Mono] - Preston Epps (mono)
>Velvet Waters [Mono] - The Megatrons (mono)
>Sleep Walk [Stereo Debut] - Santo & Johnny
>Red River Rock [Stereo Debut] - Johnny & the Hurricanes
>Little Dipper [Mono] - Mickey Mozart Quintet (mono)
>Taboo [Stereo Single Version Debut] - Arthur Lyman Group
>Whistling Organ [Mono], The - Dave "Baby" Cortez (mono)
>Happy Vacation [Mono] [CD Debut] - Jackie Lee (mono)
>Like Young - David Rose & His Orchestra/André Previn/David Rose
>Forty Miles of Bad Road - Duane Eddy
>Quiet Three, The - Duane Eddy
>Martinique [Stereo Single Version Debut] - Martin Denny & His Orchestra/Martin Denny
>Ciao Ciao Bambina - Jacky Noguez
>Cry - Knightsbridge Strings
>Mau Mau [Mono] - The Wailers (mono)
>Caterpillar Crawl [Mono], The - The Strangers (mono)
>Fog Cutter [Mono] - The Frantics (mono)
>Boo Boo Stick Beat [Mono] - Chet Atkins (mono)
>Teen Beat [Mono] - Sandy Nelson (mono)
>First Love First Tears - Duane Eddy
>Some Kind a Earthquake - Duane Eddy
>Torquay [Mono] - The Fireballs (mono)
>Joey's Song - Bill Haley & His Comets
>Enchanted Sea, The - The Islanders
>Wheel of Fortune [CD Debut] - Knightsbridge Strings
>Woo Hoo [Mono] - The Rock-A-Teens (mono)
>Reveille Rock - Johnny & the Hurricanes
>Enchanted Sea [Stereo Single Version Debut], The - Martin Denny & His Orchestra/Martin Denny
>Hunch [Mono], The - Paul Gayten (mono)
>Hunch [Mono], The - Bobby Peterson Quintet (mono)
>Marina [Mono] [CD Debut] - Jacky Noguez (mono)
>In the Mood [Mono] - Ernie Field's Orchestra/Ernie Fields (mono)
>I'll Walk the Line - Don Costa & His Orchestra/Don Costa
>Tear Drop [Stereo Debut] - Santo & Johnny
>Wild Weekend [Stereo Debut Bonus Track] - The Rockin' Rebels

Album Notes

Liner Note Author: Greg Adams .

There was a time when happy-go-lucky instrumental numbers like Dave "Baby" Cortez's "Happy Organ" or Charlie Blackwell's shuffling, whistle-led "Midnight Oil" could co-exist on the Billboard charts with the myriad of teen idols and vocal groups. It was a different America in 1959, a year that could produce the 66 instrumental pop hits included on this two-disc set from reissue label Complete 60's. Every track here charted and many of them were planted firmly in the zeitgeist of the time, from Ray Anthony's version of Henry Mancini's "Peter Gunn" theme to Billy Vaughn's smooth "Blue Hawaii." From gritty guitar slingers like Link Wray and Duane Eddy to the kitschy exotica of big pop ensembles like Martin Denny & His Orchestra, instrumental singles had their heyday in the late '50s. Many of the tracks included in this collection are appearing digitally for the first time and several more are making their stereo mix debut as well. ~ Timothy Monger


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