Here is the top 25 records of the week, as presented by Alan Freed on
WINS survey show on May 22, 1955.
25 - Hey Pancho-Danny Overbea (Checker)
24 - Foolishly-Three Chuckles (X)
23 - The Kissing Bug-Harris Sisters (Groove)
22 - Smack Dab In The Middle-Charlie Calhoun (Decca)
21 - Rockin and Rollin The Blues-Babs Gonzalez (Bruce)
20 - Tick Tock-Scott & Oakes (Cat)
19 - Talk That Talk-DuDroppers (Groove)
18 - Ain't That A Shame-Fats Domino (Imperial)
17 - I Still Care-Mellows (Jay Dee)
16 - That's My Baby-Flamingos (Checker)
15 - The Verdict-Five Keys (Capitol)
14 - Flip, Flop, & Fly-Joe Turner (Atlantic)
13 - Soldier Boy-Four Fellows (Glory)
12 - That's All I Need-LaVerne Baker (Atlantic)
11 - This Is My Story-Gene & Eunice (Combo)
10 - If I May-Nat Cole (Capitol)
9 - Don't Be Angry-Nappy Brown (Savoy)
8 - My Babe-Little Walter (Checker)
7 - Pledging My Love-Johnny Ace (Duke)
6 - Bo Diddley-Bo Diddley (Chess)
5 - Close Your Eyes-Five Keys (Capitol)
4 - Story Untold-Nutmegs (Herald)
3 - Only You-Rhythmettes (RCA)
2 - Most Of All-Moonglows (Chess)
1 - Unchained Melody-Al Hibbler (Decca)
At first glance you will see that 11 of the 25 are vocal group or duo recordings. The eyeopener is the number three tune "Only You" by the Rhythmettes, a vocal trio that covered the Platters and Boyd Bennet's "Seventeen" (and were never heard from again)-certainly not a memorable tune from 1955 to say the least. The number 23 tune by the Harris Sisters draws a complete blank from me. The rest is part of a typical playlist (which was completely subjective by the deejay) of hits from the time on the Moondog show which here was less than a year old on New York's WINS.
Three of the top five tunes were solid R & B group sounds - "Close Your Eyes" by the Five Keys was one of the last of the true R & B stylings by the group for Capitol (one more was the amazing "Wish I Had Never Learned To Read" ) before thay were aimed at a broader more pop attuned audience with the rising number 15 "The Verdict" (another tune supposedly written by Freed), "Out of Sight Out of Mind" and "Wisdom of a Fool" which were certainly huge successes, but had much less of a bite than their earlier efforts for Capitol and certainly the many sides for Alladin.
It's also nice to see The Mellows, DuDroppers, and a great up-tempo rocker by The Flamingos included here. These charts whose accuracy was always suspect, were however, an informative look into the past of the first big surge of Rock & Roll music.
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