So let's try, try again. I have mentioned before that AM radio back in the day was the place to listen to anything, all type of music, all day long, all on the same station. Here is an example. All of the songs below first hit the Billboard Charts on February 17, 1958 and all of them hit the Top10 or higher. And they couldn't be more different.
This really was quite the incredible & I must say unusual week of big hit singles all making their debut at the same time.
A Wonderful Time Up There – Pat Boone
This song climbs all the way to #4 for Pat. It was written by Lee Roy Abernathy. The song also hits #2 in the UK.
This was the 2nd of 5 singles in a row for Pat that got to #7 or higher.
Good Golly Miss Molly – Little Richard
This song will eventually have 3 different versions that chart, but the other two will happen in the mid 60’s (Swinging Blue Jeans 1964, Mitch Ryder 1966). The song was written by Otis Blackwell & John Marascalsco & Richard will have the 2nd most popular version even though he hits #10. This will be the final Top 10 hit for Richard.
Otis Blackwell was also the writer of such hits as Peggy Lee's "Fever" (the song ins in the Grammy Hall Of Fame), Jerry Lee Lewis' "Great Balls of Fire" and "Breathless", Elvis Presley's "Don't Be Cruel", "All Shook Up" and "Return to Sender"
The two writers together also wrote other hits for Little Richard including "Ready Teddy", and "Rip It Up"
Are You Sincere – Andy Williams
There will be two versions of this song to land but the other one doesn’t happen until 1965 (Trini Lopez). This will be the bigger of the two by a country mile as it is going to spend 17 weeks on the charts & climb to #3. Wayne Walker was the writer of this one.
Wayne Walker originally released his version in 1957, but it failed to chart. Elvis recorded it in 1973 & it was released as a single after his death & it hit #10 on the Country Chart.
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
Here is another single that will chart twice with the two versions coming years apart, 1958 & 1962 (Jerry Lee Lewis) & miles apart on the charts. Chuck gets to #2 & Jerry Lee Lewis will struggle to a 95 finish. Chuck wrote the song himself.
This was Chuck’s 2nd biggest hit single topped only by My Ding A Ling.
Oh-Oh I’m Falling In Love Again – Jimmie Rodgers
The song will go to #7 for Jimmie & stick around for 15 weeks. It was written by Dick Manning, Al Hoffman & Mark Markwell. The song gets to #5 on the Country Charts & #19 in the UK.
Each of his first 3 singles hit the Top 10 on both the Pop & Country Charts & this was the first one to not hit the Top 10 on the R&B Chart (#19).