Ok, I’m still finding interesting things about the Charts for 1955. For instance here are some hit songs, see if you can figure out what they have in common.
1) Ain’t That a Shame
2) At My Front Door
3) Don’t be Angry
4) Hearts of Stone
5) I Hear You Knocking
6) Ko Ko Mo
8) A Story Untold
9) Tweedlee Dee
10) Two Hearts
11) Dance With Me Henry
In each case the song was originally sung by a black act & covered by a white act. And in each case the cover version charted higher than the original. 1955, times were certainly different, weren’t they?
1) Fats Domino saw his version top off at #10, while Pat Boone’s went to #1 for 2 weeks.
2) El Dorados version stalled at # 17, while the spoiler was once again Pat Boone who took the song to #7.
3) Nappy Brown’s version stalled at #25, The Crew-Cuts on the other hand went to #14.
4) The Charms got as high as #15, but The Fontane Sister rose to #1 & spent 3 weeks there.
5) Smiley Lewis originally released the song, but it failed to even crack the Top 100 while Gale Storm rode the song all the way to #2 for her first ever chart hit.
6) Gene & Eunice were another original that failed to crack the charts, but Perry Como went to #2.
7) The Moonglows version went only as high as #20 but the McGuire Sisters had the second biggest hit of the year with this song spending 10 weeks at #1.
8) The Nutmegs were yet another act that saw their version fail to crack the Top 100 but that wouldn’t stop The Crew-Cuts from taking the song to #16.
9) LaVerne Baker made her chart debut with this song & it would get to # 14 for her but then Georgia Gibbs would take the song all the way to #2.
10) The Charms, in a broken record sort of way, watched this version fail to hit the Top 100, while that old song stealer Pat Boone’s version would go to #16.
11) Etta James, stop me if you have heard this before, but the original version did not crack the Top 100 on the Pop Charts, yet Georgia Gibbs would take the song to ##1 for 3 weeks.