Monday, August 30, 2010

Ready for some ch-ch-ch-changes

In 1957 Chevrolet gave us the most popular car ever built and the Milwaukee Braves gave us their only World Series championship.  Things were good in America's heartland.  Even pop music was getting a groove and a backbone, thanks largely to Elvis Presley and some of the other early rockers.

But the music wasn't quite there yet.  In the last seven months of '57 Pat Boone had as many No. 1 hits (two) as Elvis.  Buddy Holly, the Everly Brothers and Sam Cooke had their first chart-toppers during this stretch, but so did Debbie Reynolds.

Here were the songs that made it to the summit during this short period:

June 3: Love Letters in the Sand, Pat Boone
July 8: (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear, Elvis Presley
Aug. 26: Tammy, Debbie Reynolds
Sept. 9: Diana, Paul Anka
Sept. 23: That'll Be the Day, The Crickets
Sept. 30: Honeycomb, Jimmie Rodgers
Oct. 14: Wake Up Little Suzie, Everly Brothers
Oct. 21: Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice, Elvis Presley
Dec. 2: You Send Me, Sam Cooke
Dec. 23: April Love, Pat Boone

Our point?  Music is always a work in progress.  You never know what's coming around the corner.  But we have to say right here and now that we're ready for something new. Or maybe it's already here and we just haven't found it...

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