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Various Artists: A Year in Your Life: 1958

Track List

>All I Have to Do Is Dream - The Everly Brothers
>Who's Sorry Now - Connie Francis
>Smoke Gets in Your Eyes - The Platters
>Tequila - The Champs
>Poor Little Fool - Rick Nelson
>Patricia - Pérez Prado
>Magic Moments - Perry Como
>Volare - Domenico Modugno
>Wonderful Time Up There, A - Pat Boone
>Lollipop - The Chordettes
>Rockin' Robin - Bobby Day
>Splish Splash - Bobby Darin
>Chantilly Lace - The Big Bopper
>Short Shorts - The Royal Teens
>Stupid Cupid - Connie Francis
>It's All in the Game - Tommy Edwards
>It's Only Make Believe - Conway Twitty
>Bird Dog - The Everly Brothers
>To Know Him Is to Love Him - The Teddy Bears
>Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
>Twilight Time - The Platters
>Yakety Yak - The Coasters
>Catch a Falling Star - Perry Como
>My Happiness - Connie Francis
>Get a Job - The Silhouettes
>Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry
>Donna - Ritchie Valens
>It's Too Soon to Know - Pat Boone
>Breathless - Jerry Lee Lewis
>Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard

Album Notes

This two-disc volume from Definitive Records offers up 30 tracks recorded in 1958. By this point, rock & roll had been around for a few years and with Elvis Presley's draft into the U.S. Army that March, a number of other young rockers rose to prominence. Ricky Nelson hit number one with "Poor Little Fool," the Everly Brothers released their now-iconic "All I Have to Do Is Dream," and a young Latino-American named Ritchie Valens had the biggest hit of his short lifetime with "Donna." Crooners like Bobby Darin ("Splish Splash") took a swing at lighter, rock-oriented material and a young Bob Gaudio offered up a novelty smash about "Short Shorts" with his band the Royal Teens. Just two years later Gaudio and three other Jersey Boys would light up the charts as the Four Seasons. The year 1958 was also strong for African-Americans in rock with Chuck Berry's "Sweet Little Sixteen," Little Richard's "Good Golly Miss Molly," and the Big Bopper's "Chantilly Lace." The Platters also continued their run of hits with the beautiful "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes." ~ Timothy Monger


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