60 tracks by various artists selected from the US charts of 1959.
All of the songs were R&B and/or pop hits and many have become classics of the genre. The artists include such legends as Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Fats Domino, the Coasters, Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker, Nat King Cole and Sarah Vaughan.
The collection, including full details of the original label issues, is the second of an ongoing year-by-year series representing the Rhythm & Blues charts.
The informative booklet notes are authored by respected Echoes/Record Collector journalist Mike Atherton.
This 1959 installment in the year-by-year R&B Spotlight series sees the increasing popularity of Rhythm & Blues, with many of the entries also crossing over to the pop charts. The R&B chart mixed successes from both one-hit wonders and fifties stars. R&B with the Rock and Roll beat was represented by Fats Domino, Chuck Berry, Lloyd Price and Little Willie John. Harmony vocal group sounds abounded with notable sides from the Flamingos, the Skyliners, the Crests, the Five Satins and Richard Barrett with the Chantels. Uptempo group items, often with a comedy slant, were very popular and the Coasters, the Clovers, the Cadillacs, the Accents and the Genies are amongst the excellent selections here. The whole Twist craze had it s beginnings in this year with the release of the original version written and recorded by Hank Ballard & The Midnighters. Ruth Brown, Lavern Baker and Clyde McPhatter pointed the way for the future direction of R&B with their polished, New York-produced recordings. Bluesier items still appeared in the charts with winners from Jimmy Reed, Little Walter and Lightnin Slim. Instrumental charters included catchy items from Dave Baby Cortez, the Spacemen and Paul Gayten. Tremendous tracks including classic songs like Kansas City, Sea Cruise, Charlie Brown, The Twist, Since I Dont Have You and Love Potion No. 9, all included here.
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1-1 –Lavern Baker Bumble Bee
1-2 –Jessie Hill Ooh Poo Pah Doo (Part 1)
1-3 –Rosco Gordon Just A Little Bit
1-4 –Joe Turner* Honey Hush
1-5 –The Coasters What About Us
1-6 –Bo Diddley Road Runner
1-7 –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters The Coffe Grind
1-8 –Buster Brown Fannie Mae
1-9 –Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do
1-10 –Wade Flemons Easy Lovin'
1-11 –Little Willie John Let Them Talk
1-12 –Lavern Baker Shake A Hand
1-13 –The Platters Harbor Lights
1-14 –Ruth Brown Don't Receive Me
1-15 –Fats Domino Walking To New Orleans
1-16 –Etta* & Harvey* If I Can't Have You
1-17 –Dee Clark How About That
1-18 –Little Anthony & The Imperials Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop
1-19 –The Olympics Big Boy Pete
1-20 –Jimmy Jones Handy Man
1-21 –Lloyd Price Question
1-22 –Joe Jones (2) You Talk Too Much
1-23 –Johnny Otis Show* Mumblin' Mosie
1-24 –Nat Kendrick & The Swans (Do The) Mashed Potatoes (Part 1)
1-25 –Chubby Checker The Twist
1-26 –Chuck Berry Let It Rock
1-27 –The Coasters Run Red Run
1-28 –The Hollywood Argyles* Alley-Oop
1-29 –James Booker Gonzo
1-30 –Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs Stay
2-1 –Gary U.S. Bonds New Orleans
2-2 –Bo Diddley Crawdad
2-3 –Jimmy Jones Good Timin'
2-4 –Chuck Berry Too Pooped To Pop "Casey"
2-5 –Joe Turner* My Little Honey Dripper
2-6 –Al Brown's Tunetoppers The Madison
2-7 –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Finger Poppin' Time
2-8 –The Coasters Besame Mucho (Part 1)
2-9 –Chubby Checker The Hucklebuck
2-10 –Fats Domino My Girl Josephine
2-11 –Aaron Neville Over You
2-12 –Little Willie John Heartbreack (It's Hurting Me)
2-13 –Wade Flemons What's Happening
2-14 –Dee Clark You'Re Looking Good
2-15 –Little Anthony & The Imperials My Empty Room
2-16 –The Blue Notes (3) My Hero
2-17 –The Spaniels I Know
2-18 –The Five Satins I'll Be Seeing You
2-19 –Lavern Baker Wheel Of Fortune
2-20 –Little Willie John Sleep
2-21 –Mickey & Sylvia What Could I Do
2-22 –Lavern Baker Shadows Of Love
2-23 –Bobby Hendricks Psycho
2-24 –The Coasters Shoppin' For Clothes
2-25 –Elmore James & His Broomdusters The Sky Is Crying
2-26 –John Lee Hooker No Shoes
2-27 –Etta* & Harvey* Spoonful
2-28 –Chuck Berry Jaguar And Thunderbird
2-29 –The Coasters Wake Me, Shake Me
2-30 –Hank Ballard & The Midnighters Let's Go, Let's Go, Let's Go