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Your Hit Parade: 1956


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The year that {$Elvis Presley} broke through nationally and brought rock & roll to the fore with him, 1956, was a transitional period in pop music. To accurately represent the year's biggest hits, a 24-track compilation would have to feature five {$Presley} recordings. This 24-track compilation has one -- {&"Love Me Tender,"} a {$Presley} ballad far removed from the missing {&"Don't Be Cruel"} (the year's top hit) and {&"Hound Dog"} (the runner up). Since the compilation also excludes such other best-selling rock & roll records as {$Carl Perkins}' {&"Blue Suede Shoes"} and {$Bill Doggett}'s {&"Honky Tonk,"} you'd have to say there's an anti-rock bias at work here. That said, the collection does include 17 of the most popular songs of the year, 16 of them in their most popular recordings. Major stars like {$Pat Boone}, {$the Platters}, {$Perry Como}, and {$the Four Lads} are featured, sometimes more than once. Although rock & roll was the year's major news, most of the hits were still pop songs, among them novelties like {&"Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)"} and movie themes such as {&"Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)."} Exotic instrumentals like {&"The Poor People of Paris"} and {&"Lisbon Antigua"} scored, as did folk- and country-tinged tunes like {&"Singing the Blues,"} {&"The Wayward Wind,"} and {&"Memories Are Made of This."} By ignoring rock & roll, the compilers have allowed room for Broadway hits such as {&"Standing on the Corner"} and {&"On the Street Where You Live."} The world of pop music was wildly diverse in 1956, but it rocked a lot harder than this album would indicate. ~ William Ruhlmann, Rovi
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 The Green Door Jim Lowe 2:11
  3. 2 The Rock & Roll Waltz Kay Starr 2:55
  4. 3 Just Walking in the Rain Johnnie Ray 2:39
  5. 4 The Wayward Wind Gogi Grant 2:56
  6. 5 More Perry Como 2:34
  7. 6 Moonglow/Theme from "Picnic" Morris Stoloff 2:49
  8. 7 Que Sera, Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be) Doris Day null:null
  9. 8 Canadian Sunset Andy Williams 2:35
  10. 9 Allegheny Moon Patti Page 2:50
  11. 10 Standing on the Corner The Four Lads 2:51
  12. 11 Memories Are Made of This Dean Martin 2:15
  13. 12 Love Me Tender Elvis Presley 2:39
  14. 13 Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom) Perry Como 2:20
  15. 14 Born to Be with You The Chordettes 2:47
  16. 15 On the Street Where You Live Vic Damone 2:42
  17. 16 Lisbon Antigua Nelson Riddle & His Orchestra 2:32
  18. 17 You Don't Know Me Jerry Vale 2:31
  19. 18 My Prayer The Platters 2:46
  20. 19 Singing the Blues Guy Mitchell 2:25
  21. 20 I Almost Lost My Mind Pat Boone 2:36
  22. 21 Ivory Tower Cathy Carr 2:34
  23. 22 After the Lights Go Down Low Al Hibbler 2:36
  24. 23 The Poor People of Paris (Jean's Song) Les Baxter 2:23
  25. 24 No, Not Much The Four Lads 3:16

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