THE STORY OF 1955

Welcome To Every Chart Entry Of 1955

 

1955 is in the history books as the year 'Rock 'n' Roll' started. RCA paid Sam Phillips at 'Sun' records $35,000 for the young 'Elvis Presley' who had already recorded 8 tracks and started charting the 'Billboard' in the United States. In the U.K. it was 'Bill Haley & His Comets' that had the first record classed as 'Rock 'n' Roll' in late 1954. The follow up record '(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock' entered the chart in the new year for just two weeks.

 

In the summer MGM released the movie BLACKBOARD JUNGLE starring 'Glenn Ford' and 'Sidney Poitier'. MGM brought Hollywood into the rock'n'roll era with BLACKBOARD JUNGLE. In search of the kind of music teens like the film's potential delinquents were listening to, director Richard Brooks borrowed a few records from star Glenn Ford's son Peter. When he heard Bill Haley and his Comets perform 'Rock Around the Clock,' he found the perfect theme song -- the first rock song ever used in a Hollywood feature. Teens flocked to the film, dancing in theatre aisles as the song played over the opening credits. Parents may have been shocked by such uninhibited behavior, but things got worse when screenings also inspired violence and vandalism around the world. After it's screening in the U.K. in the fall of 55 'Rock Around The Clock' flew up to number 1 on both sides of the Atlantic and returned to number 1 in the U.K. in early 1956. The 78rpm record of 'Rock Around The Clock' became the biggest selling gramophone record of all time.

 

Another huge hit in early 1955 was the record 'Let Me Go, Lover', originally penned as 'Let Me Go, Devil' in relation to alcohol addiction. The song entered the U.K. charts in January and February by four different artists all in the top 20 at the same time. Who's version you prefered was down to personal taste.

'Mr. Sandman' had charted again in 1955 this time by British singer Max Bygraves and the U.S. version by 'The Four Aces' which was the version used in the 1985 smash hit movie 'Back To The Future'.

Generally the U.K. charts of 1955 were not much different from the previous two years with artists like 'Frankie Laine' 'Doris Day' 'Ronnie Hilton' 'Frank Sinatra' 'Perry Como' and 'Dean Martin' all reaching high in the charts with the new Top 20 seeing more records enter the charts and selling in shops.

In the U.K. 143 singles in total entered the chart. All are here digitally remastered in High Quality Mono/Stereo from original 78/45rpm gramaphone/vinyl records or original analogue source.

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