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Go Bo Diddley!

April 20, 2015

Property of Checkers records, all rights reserved Bo Diddley made a name for himself among the emerging rock n’ roll and blues talents throughout America in the 1950s. His music skyrocketed to fame straight from the Chicago blues scene and into American dance floors with his 1958 debut, ...

Great Balls of Fire!

April 6, 2015

Property of Sun records. Jerry Lee Lewis captured Sun Record’s (and soon America’s) heart in 1958 with his self-debut titled album that bridged some leftover gaps between rock and roll and rockabilly. Rebellious, yet smooth, Lewis joined the likes of Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash as the r...

Hey Bo Diddley!

March 23, 2015

Property of Chess Records. All rights reserved. So far, Elvis, Ray Charles and Chuck Berry have been the only blues-type artists on Old Tunes Review, but Bo Diddley would be the Review’s first strictly blues artist. Although his self-titled debut was released in 1958, Diddley has been releasi...

Johnny Cash Sings the Songs that Made Him Famous

February 23, 2015

Copyright Sun Records By 1958, Johnny Cash had already been in the spot light for three years with hit singles and his debut album coming in 1957. Although singles from his second album were sprouting in 1956, his second effort, “Johnny Cash Sings the Songs that Made Him Famous,” arrived ...

Buddy Holly’s last album

February 9, 2015

Decca Records all rights reserved Released in 1958, “That’ll Be the Day,” would be Buddy Holly’s last album before his untimely and tragic death from a plane crash along with other early rock greats, the Big Popper and Ritchie Valens. This week’s blog will commemorate the le...

The King in New Orleans

January 26, 2015

Courtesy of RCA Records While Elvis Presley was taking over the music world during the 1950’s, he was also trying to conquer the movie world. One of the movies Elvis starred in was the New Orleans-based “King Creole,” released in 1958. The soundtrack to King Creole was completel...

Elvis gets Golden

December 1, 2014

Courtesy of RCA Records Elvis Presley was a very busy man during the early stages of his career. He took over the world, with huge number one hits and even appeared in many movies. Elvis’ fifth album, “Elvis’ Golden Records,” released in 1959, is a compilation album with many of t...

Peggy Sue Gets An Album

November 10, 2014

Despite his short career, Buddy Holly is one of America’s most revered musicians of all time despite his short career. Released in 1958, “Buddy Holly,” focused on more of his vocals as Holly gradually separated from his former band, The Crickets. “I’m Gonna Love You Too” is Holly...

One Dozen Berrys

October 27, 2014

Courtesy of Chess Records A favorite in 1958 dancehalls, Chuck Berry’s second album, “One Dozen Berrys,” put an exclamation point on his flourishing career. With Berry writing all of the lyrics and music, the album has a strong sense of the direction Berry wanted to take his music. ...

Little Richard Strikes Again

October 13, 2014

Courtesy of Specialty Records Released in 1958, Little Richard’s second album, “Little Richard,” knocks your socks off better than his first. Listen as Little Richard tops his first album with more singing, screaming and impeccable piano playing. The album’s first track, “Keep A-...

Chirping with the Crickets

September 29, 2014

Courtesy of Brunswick Records The boys from Texas, Buddy Holly and the Crickets, became one of America’s biggest groups in the late 1950s. Buddy Holly (singer and lead guitarist) as well as the bassist, Joe B. Mauldin, hail from Lubbock, TX. Jerry Allison on drums is from Hillsboro,...

Merry Christmas, From The King

September 15, 2014

Courtesy of RCA Records Feliz Navidad to everyone! Well, it’s not Christmas season yet, but Mr. Elvis Presley returns to the building for another classic album, 1957’s Elvis’ Christmas Album. The album would be the first of two holiday-themed albums from Elvis. With this fourth studio...