ONE OF THE BIG HITS OF '57 WHICH WAS NOT BY ELVIS PRESLEY WAS ONE THAT QUICKLY TALLIED UP THE NICKELS AND DIMES BY TWO DISTINCT ARTISTS. THE SONG WAS CALLED " YOUNG LOVE".
"Young Love" by Tab Hunter
A teen-age heart throb of 50's films, Tab
hit #1 on the charts and the jukeboxes in January of 1957 with his interpretation of the song. It charted for 21 weeks. This became Tab's biggest single seller, but it was not the only one. The album on which it appeared also scored on the Top Album Lists. Follow up hits for Tab included:
"Ninety Nine Ways"
"Red Sails in the Sunset"
"I'll Be With You in Apple Blossom Time"
While Tab's music was very popular, it never superceded his film career.
HERE, IN 1986, TAB HUNTER TALKS
ABOUT HIS CAREER IN A TV INTERVIEW. CLICK THIS LINK.
Even Broadway beckoned Tab, especially in the film version of "DAMN YANKEES"
"Young Love" by Sonny James
A new country star in the 50's, Sonny James took his version of the song to #1 as well, and it, too, charted for 21 weeks.Which version played depended on which button was pushed. Both were very popular. Some radio stations played half of each version. The James version also hit the top of the country charts. No follow up hits by Sonny charted in the top 20, either on pop or country charts. Some folks even called him a "One Hit Wonder", which was definitely not the case with Tab Hunter, who went on to star in films as late as the 1980's.YES, OTHER PEOPLE RECORDED THE SONG, BUT NONE WERE AS POPULAR AS THE ONES BY TAB AND SONNY. Some other looks at this jukebox favorite:
The Crew Cuts this one hit #17 on the charts in 1957
Lesley Gore revived the song in 1966 (#50 on the charts)
Donny Osmond got into the act in 1973 (#25 on charts)
Ray Stevens the funny man tried a serious version in 1976; it reached #93...a departure for Ray
#1 FOR 12 WEEKS BEGINNING IN AUGUST OF 1952, IT CHARTED FOR OVER 25 WEEKS AND BECAME A MULTI-PLATINUM SELLER. IT HAS BECOME A "STAPLE" ON MOST CLASSIC JUKEBOXES AS WELL AS IN ANY COMPILATION OF POP STANDARDS OF THE 1950'S
"YOU BELONG TO ME"
JO'S OTHER GIGANTIC HIT WAS NOT ONLY A MAJOR CHART RECORD, #1 FOR
7 WEEKS IN JANUARY OF 1954, CHARTING FOR 24 WEEKS, BUT IT WAS STANDARD FARE FOR ANY GUYS AND GALS WHO WANTED TO PLAY A GREAT RECORD IN ORDER TO DO A SLOW JITTERBUG
"MAKE LOVE TO ME"
After a Top Ten Hit for 19 weeks two months earlier with "Tweedle Dee", Georgia's cover of R&B Hit "Wallflower", renamed "Dance With Me, Henry" was a gold record and charted for 20 weeks. Georgia jump started her career by covering r&b hits, in the same way that Pat Boone did on Dot Records and The McGuire Sisters did on Coral Records.
On WITH radio in the 50's, you could not turn on the station without hearing at least one song by Georgia. Today, she is mostly forgotten; what a shame.
HER NIBS, MISS GEORGIA GIBBS, ONE OF THE TOP SELLING FEMALE ARTISTS OF THE 1950's
OTHER JUKEBOX AND CHART
HITS INCLUDED THESE:
"SEVEN LONELY DAYS"
"SWEET AND GENTLE"
"I WANT YOU TO BE MY BABY"
"KISS OF FIRE"
FIRST UP, "TWO HEARTS, TWO KISSES"
BUT THAT WAS NOT ALL.....
BY CHRISTMAS, PAT HAD TWO MORE BIG JUKEBOX AND CHART HITS, BOTH OF
WHICH HIT THE TOP TEN!
BY OCTOBER, THIS ONE REACHED #7
NEXT UP, THE BIGGIE:
"AIN'T THAT A SHAME"
AND BY 12/17, THIS ONE GAVE PAT THE FOURTH OF HIS JUKEBOX HITS FOR 1955, MAKING HIM THE KING OF THE JUKEBOX FOR 1955:
The Everly Brothers
"Bye Bye Love"
Their First Hit among 37 charted hit singles
The Everlys are still popular performers in the United Kingdom and around the world. Oldies jukeboxes almost always feature at least 5 or 10 of their songs.
May 20, 1957:
Peaked At #2 /Charted
for 27 weeks /on jukeboxes over 6 months
" I Wonder If I Care As Much" on the CADENCE label
Their Follow up record:
"Wake Up, Little Suzie"
#1 Hit !!! (million seller)
LES PAUL & MARY FORD
PEAKED AT #6
GUY LOMBARDO AND HIS ORCHESTRA
PEAKED AT #6
MISS JO STAFFORD,
HERS WAS IN THE TOP 20, TOO
SPIKE JONES & CITY SLICKERS PEAKED AT #13