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Love Songs from the 1950s
Hit Parade February 27, 1954 "Your Hit
Parade", a 1950s TV show featured covers of the top hits
of the week. Songs in this episode are: "That's Amore,"
"Stranger in Paradise,"
"Heart of My Heart,"
"Man and Woman," "Oh My Pa-Pa," and "Secret Love". Cast
members are: Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, Gisèle
MacKenzie and Russell Arms. Also contains original
commercials for Lucky Strike cigarettes and Crosley
The 1950s was a decade of many firsts; seat belts were introduced in 1952, Disneyland opened in 1955 and NASA was founded in 1959. In the world of music, the 1950s is known as the birth of rock and roll with hits like "Rock Around the Clock" by Bill Haley and the Comets dominating the airwaves. Aside from rock and roll, country music and folk music were also popular during this period. Love songs recorded by vocal groups climbed the music charts during the 1950s. Hits like "Earth Angel" by The Penguins, "In the Still of the Night" by the Five Satins and "The Great Pretender" by The Platters, were published in the 50s.
1. Bye Bye Love
A song made popular by The Everly Brothers; it was written by husband and wife songwriters Boudleaux and Felice Bryant. The said song was published in 1957 and became a huge hit. A version of "Bye Bye Love" was also recorded by Ray Charles
Bye bye, love.
Watch this vintage clip of The Everly Brothers singing "Bye Bye Love" courtesy of YouTube.
2. Earth Angel
If you're a fellow Back to the Future fan, you might remember this song from a pivotal part of the movie; the high-school dance scene. This love song is credited to Curtis Williams, Jesse Belvin and Gaynel Hodge; it was recorded by The Penguins in 1954 under the Dootone label.
Listen to this song from YouTube.
3. Lonely Teardrops
This song was written Berry Gordy, Gwen Gordy, Tyran Carlo. It was recorded by Jackie Wilson and released in 1958 under the Brunswick label.
My heart is
Watch Jackie Wilson perform his hit song courtesy of YouTube.
4. In the Still of the Night
Also known by the title "In the Still of the Nite;" this song was written by Five Satins lead vocalist, Fred Parris, and published by the Five Satins in 1956 under the Standord label. Paul Anka recorded a version of this song in 1969.
In the still of
5. Mona Lisa
This classic song, which mentions Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting, was written by Ray Evans and Jay Livingston. The song was recorded by Nat King Cole and featured in the 1950 film Captain Carey, U.S.A.
Mona lisa, Mona
lisa, men have named you
Listen to Nat King Cole's beautiful rendition of this song courtesy of YouTube.
6. The Great Pretender
A song written by music producer, songwriter and arranger Samuel "Buck" Ram; it was released in 1955 and became one of The Platters' greatest hits.
Oh yes, I'm the
7. Too Young
Published in 1951, the lyrics of this song was written by Sylvia Dee and the music composed by Sidney Lippman. This song was recorded by Nat King Cole and became a huge hit.
They try to tell
us we're too young
8. Your Cheatin' Heart
This "after the break-up" song was written by singer-songwriter Hank Williams Sr. in 1952. Williams' recording of this song was released in 1953; after his death. "Your Cheatin' Heart" was also covered by other performers including his son, Hank Williams' Jr., Louis Armstrong, Ray Charles and Patsy Cline
Watch this performance of Patsy Cline. from YouTube.
9. Why Do Fools Fall in Love
Released in 1956 under the Gee label; this song is credited to Frankie Lymon and Morris Levy. It became a big hit in 1956 for then 13 year old Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers.
Why do fools fall
10. Cold Cold Heart
This country song was written and recorded by singer-songwriter Hank Williams. It was first released in 1951 and has since been recorded by various artists; from Dinah Washington to Norah Jones
tried so hard
my dear to show that you're my every dream
11. Since I Don't Have You
A memorable ballad that was released in 1958 and made famous by the vocal group The Skyliners. This song was written by the groups' lead vocalist, James Beaumont, and Joseph Rock.
I don't have
plans and schemes
Listen to this classic love song courtesy of YouTube.
13. You Belong to Me
One of the marks of a well-written song is the number of times it has been recorded and "You Belong to Me" certainly hits the mark. This song is credited to Chilton Price, Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King. It was originally recorded by Sue Thompson but the most popular version is by Jo Stafford which was released in 1952. Other artists who covered this song includes Paul Anka, Patsy Cline, Connie Francis, Anne Murray and Patti Page.
pyramids along the Nile
14. You're So Fine
A song that was recorded by the vocal group The Falcons and released in 1959 under the Flick label. This song became a hit and features lead vocalist Joe Stubbs.
fine, you're so fine
Listen to The Falcons' recording of this song from YouTube.
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