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Various Artists: 1957 British Hit Parade: July-Dec 2 / Various

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Product Type: CD
Artist: Various Artists

Title: 1957 British Hit Parade: July-Dec 2 / Various
Label: MVD (Generic)
Product Type: COMPACT DISCS

Acrobat's series of comprehensive annual collections of British chart entries continues with the second half of 1957. This release fills a gap in Acrobat's catalogue occasioned by some business machinations over the last couple of years. For copyright reasons, the track listing differs slightly from the version originally released in 2008. Musically little developed during 1957 except a deeper encroachment by Rock and Roll and a further sidelining of those artists who had ruled the charts for the past five years. There were several classic recordings that still seem as relevant and indeed popular today as they were then. To illustrate this we need look no further than 2007 when in remembrance of the 30th anniversary of Elvis Presley's death in 1977, many of his greatest hits re-entered the chart, several of which are featured here. The Everly Brothers debuted on the charts and began a reign of popularity with British audiences that lasted until their recent retirement, Jerry Lee Lewis and Chuck Berry also debuted whilst Pat Boone, Little Richard and Fats Domino consolidated their 1956 breakthroughs. For the first time there are a significant proportion of the artists still recording and performing today. British acts also continued to hold their own against the Americans, Tommy Steele, Lonnie Donegan and new rocker, Terry Dene enjoyed many weeks on the chart. Overall though the charts kept the eclectic charm of previous years as Gracie Fields, Vera Lynn, Frankie Laine, Johnnie Ray, Winifred Atwell and many other artists retained their hit making status for yet another year. As ever, it's an eclectic and fascinating musical mix, and quite apart from the serious collectors, just about anyone who was around at the time will want this set, along with the many contemporary music fans fascinated by the roots of rock and pop.

Tracks:
1.1 Don Lang - School Day
1.2 Nat King Cole - When Rock And Roll Came To Trinidad
1.3 Elvis Presley - Teddy Bear
1.4 Everley Brothers - Bye Bye Love
1.5 Sal Mineo - Start Movin' (In My Direction)
1.6 Fats Domino - Valley Of Tears
1.7 Gary Miller - Wonderful Wonderful
1.8 Cyril Stapleton - Forgotten Dreams
1.9 Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys - Last Train To San Fernando
1.10 - All Star Hit Parade No 2
1.11 Guy Mitchell - Sweet Stuff
1.12 Guy Mitchell - In The Middle Of A Dark Night
1.13 Terry Dene - Start Movin' (In My Direction)
1.14 Petula Clark - With All My Heart
1.15 Ronnie Hilton - Wonderful Wonderful
1.16 Billy Williams - I'm Gonna Sit Right Down And Write Myself A Letter
1.17 Peter Sellers - Any Old Iron
1.18 Paul Anka - Diana
1.19 King Brothers - In The Middle Of An Island
1.20 Tommy Steele - Water Water
1.21 Tommy Steele - A Handful Of Songs
1.22 Charlie Gracie - Wanderin' Eyes
1.23 Charlie Gracie - I Love You So Much It Hurts
2.1 Shirley Bassey - Fire Down Below
2.2 Elvis Presley - Paralyzed
2.3 Tommy Steele - The Shiralee
2.4 Debbie Reynolds - Tammy
2.5 Harry Belafonte - Scarlet Ribbons
2.6 Shirley Bassey - You You Romeo
2.7 Johnny Ray - Build Your Love
2.8 Little Richard - Jenny Jenny
2.9 Billy Ward And The Dominos - Stardust
2.10 Frankie Lymon And The Teenagers - Goody Goody
2.11 Larry Williams - Short Fat Fannie
2.12 Buddy Holly And The Crickets - That'll Be The Day
2.13 Jerry Lee Lewis - Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin On
2.14 Billy Eckstine And Sarah Vaughan - Passing Strangers
2.15 Russ Hamilton - Wedding Ring
2.16 Pat Boone - Gold Mine In The Sky
2.17 Pat Boone - Remember You're Mine
2.18 The Coasters - Searchin
2.19 Frankie Vaughan - Man On Fire
2.20 Frankie Laine And Johnny Ray - Up Above My Head
2.21 Frankie Vaughan - Wanderin Eyes
2.22 Elvis Presley - Party
3.1 Frankie Laine And Johnny Ray - Good Evening Friends
3.2 Guy Mitchell - Call Rosie On The Phone
3.3 Jim Dale - Be My Girl
3.4 Lonnie Donegan - My Dixie Darling
3.5 Nat King Cole - My Personal Possession
3.6 Elvis Presley - Got A Lot O' Livin' To Do
3.7 Johnny Duncan And The Blue Grass Boys - Blue Blue Heartaches
3.8 Nat King Cole - Stardust
3.9 Elvis Presley - Trying To Get To You
3.10 Frankie Vaughan And The Kaye Sisters - Gotta Have Something In The Bank Frank
3.11 Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
3.12 Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb
3.13 Elvis Presley - Loving You
3.14 Paul Anka - I Love You Baby
3.15 Paul Anka - Tell Me That You Love Me
3.16 Everley Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie
3.17 Elvis Presley - Lawdy Miss Clawdy
3.18 Laurie London - He's Got The Whole World In His Hands
3.19 Petula Clark - Alone
3.20 Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
3.21 Elvis Presley - Santa Bring My Baby Back
3.22 The Shepherd Sisters - Alone
4.1 The Johnny Otis Show - Ma He's Making Eyes At Me
4.2 Tommy Steele - Hey You!
4.3 Southlanders - Alone
4.4 Frank Sinatra - All The Way
4.5 Frank Sinatra - Chicago
4.6 Malcolm Vaughan - My Special Angel
4.7 Russ Conway - Party Pops
4.8 Little Richard - Keep A Knockin'
4.9 Billy Ward And The Dominos - Deep Purple
4.10 Johnny Duncan And The Bluegrass Boys - Footprints In The Snow
4.11 Bobby Helms - My Special Angel
4.12 Pat Boone - April Love
4.13 Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
4.14 The King Brothers - Wake Up Little Susie
4.15 Vic Damone - An Affair To Remember
4.16 Winifred Atwell - Let's Have A Ball
4.17 Pat Boone - White Christmas
4.18 Jimmie Rodgers - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
4.19 Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls Of Fire
4.20 Lonnie Donegan - Jack O' Diamonds
4.21 Frankie Vaughan - Kisses Sweeter Than Wine
4.22 Dickie Valentine - Snowbound For Christmas
4.23 The Crickets - Oh Boy

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