“The ’59” 2018 #033: 180202
The Beatles – with the Beatles (1963)
This year, Jem of Jemtunes will turn 59 having been born in 1959. So ‘The ’59’ is working through the top album releases every year from 1959 through 2018. We’ve just reached 1963.
The Beatles’ second album was released on 22 November 1963, on Parlophone, and was recorded four months after the band’s debut Please Please Me. It features eight original compositions (seven by Lennon–McCartney and “Don’t Bother Me”, George Harrison’s first recorded solo composition and his first released on a Beatles album) and six covers (mostly of Motown, rock and roll, and R&B hits). The cover photograph was taken by the fashion photographer Robert Freeman, and it has been mimicked by several music groups over the years.
The album became the first Beatles album released in North America when it was released in Canada on 25 November under the augmented title Beatlemania! With the Beatles, with additional text on the album cover, and issued only in mono at the time, catalogue number T 6051 (a stereo Canadian release would come in 1968, catalogue number ST 6051).
“The ’59” 2018 #032: 180201
The Beatles – Please please me (1963)
The debut studio album from The Beatles, rush-released by Parlophone on 22 March 1963 in the UK to capitalise on the success of their singles “Please Please Me” and “Love Me Do”.
Of the album’s 14 songs, eight were written by Lennon–McCartney, early evidence of what Rolling Stone later called “[their invention of] the idea of the self-contained rock band, writing their own hits and playing their own instruments.”
In 2012, the album was voted 39th on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”
“The ’59” 2018 #022: 180122
Dion – Alone with Dion (1961)
By the beginning of 1961, Dion had released his first solo album on the Laurie Label, “Alone with Dion”, and the single “Lonely Teenager,” which rose to No. 12 in the US charts. The name on his solo releases was simply “Dion.” Follow-ups “Havin’ Fun” and “Kissin’ Game” had less success, and the signs were that Dion would drift onto the cabaret circuit. However, he then recorded, with a new vocal group, the Del-Satins, an up-tempo number co-written with Ernie Maresca. The record, “Runaround Sue,” stormed up the U.S. charts, reaching No. 1 in October 1961, and No. 11 in the UK, where he also toured. “Runaround Sue” sold over a million copies, achieving gold disc status
Lonely Teenager” was written by Alfred DiPaola, Silvio Faraci, and Salvatore Pippa and was Dion’s first solo single It reached No.47 in the UK in 1960.
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Adam Faith – Adam (1960)
Adam Faith Terence (born Terrence Nelhams-Wright (23 June 1940 – 8 March 2003)), was a British teen idol, singer, actor and financial journalist. He was one of the most charted acts of the 1960s and became the first UK artist to lodge his initial seven hits in the Top 5. He was also one of the first UK acts to record original songs regularly
His self-titled debut was released in 1960 and got to No.6 in the UK charts.
“The ’59” 2018 #013: 180113
Cliff Richard – Me and my Shadows (1960)
This was Cliff’s third album. Recorded at Abbey Road studios with The Shadows and produced by Norrie Paramor, it was released through Columbia Records in October 1960 and reached No. 2 in the UK album chart.
No singles were to be officially released in the UK from the album but a pairing of album tracks “Gee Whiz It’s You” and “I Cannot Find a True Love” was pressed as an export single intended for continental Europe. However, high demand in the UK meant it charted in March 1961 and eventually reached No.4 in the UK singles chart. Although very popular for an import, this single broke what would have been a run of 15 consecutive top 3 singles in the UK, although it helped give Richard a record 16 back to back top 5 hits.
‘Me and my Shadows’ is the second of only 5 albums [Cliff, Me & my Shadows, 21 Today, Finders Keepers, Established 1958] recorded by Cliff with exclusive backing by the Shadows during the 1960s. On all the others the backing duties are shared between The Shadows and the Norrie Paramor Orchestra.
“The ’59” 2018 #010: 180110
In style with the Crickets (1960)
Even though this was the Crickets’ first release following the departure and subsequent death of their front man, Buddy Holly, it still contains many of the band’s most memorable songs.
Originally released as an LP record on December 5, 1960, the album remained out of print for some time until it was re-released on CD in 1993, with bonus tracks not featured on the original.
“The ’59” 2018 #009: 180109
A date with the Everly Brothers (1960)
A Date with the Everly Brothers was the third album from Don and Phil, released in 1960. It peaked at No. 9 on the Billboard Pop albums charts and reached No. 3 in the UK.
The song “Love Hurts” appears here for the first time. It would subsequently be covered by numerous other artists.
Other than the “Cathy’s Clown”/”Always It’s You” single, all of the tracks on A Date with the Everly Brothers were recorded in just four sessions during July 1960.