Fats Domino – Blueberry Hill (Leaping Ahead #132)

As I’m away these next few days, here’s ‘Leaping Ahead’ parts #130 – #135 all in one go.

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[A 1950’s song (5)]

Originally published in 1940, this became an international hit in 1956 for Fats Domino and has become a rock and roll standard. It reached No.2 for three weeks on the Billboard Top 40 charts, becoming his biggest pop hit, and spent eight non-consecutive weeks at No.1 on the R&B Best Sellers chart. It was also ranked 82 in Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time and was Domino’s greatest hit.

Dean Martin – That’s Amore (Leaping Ahead #77)

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[A favourite 1950’s song (3)]

We have a favourite Italian restaurant close to where we live. Every time a birthday is celebrated there, they’ll bring out a cake with sparklers and all the restauranteurs will sing “Happy Birthday’. Then , as has become tradition now, Dean Martin’s ‘That’s Amore’ will follow and we’ll all sing along and move in time to the music to that as well.

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog (Leaping Ahead #45)

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[A song about an animal (2)]

Written in 1952 by Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller,”Hound Dog” was first recorded by Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton and released by Peacock Records in March 1953. It was Thornton’s only hit record, spending 14 weeks in the R&B charts, including seven weeks at #1.

“Hound Dog” has been recorded more than 250 times and by far the best-known is the July 1956 recording by Elvis Presley, which is ranked No. 19 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. Presley’s version, which sold about 10 million copies globally, was his best-selling and one of the best-selling singles of all time. It was simultaneously No. 1 on the US pop, country, and R&B charts in 1956, and topped the charts for 11 weeks — a record that stood for 36 years. Presley’s 1956 RCA recording was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1988, and it is listed as one of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s “500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll”.

Frankie Avalon – Venus (Leaping Ahead #34)

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[A song from 1959]

Dick Clark working up a crowd that had only discovered the previous year that they were in fact ‘teenagers’ to the joys of Frankie Avalon. ‘Venus’ was his first number 1 in mid-1959 where it stayed for five weeks. Decrying perceptions of manufactured pop, Avalon managed 31 chart successes between 1958 and 1962. No mean feat.