This is a listing of Alan Freed's Top Twenty Five records on his Saturday morning survey show on New York City station WINS from late November in 1956. The two top trends of the year are obvious in this listing - vocal groups and Elvis !

25. "My Boy Lollipop" by Barbie Gaye (Darl #1002)

24. "On Sunday Afternoon" by The Harptones (Rama #214)

23. "Baby Baby" by Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers (Gee #1026)

22. "I'll Remember (In The Still Of The Night)" by The Five Satins (Ember #1005)

21. "See Saw" by The Moonglows (Chess #1629)

20. "Oh What A Night" by The Dells (Vee Jay #204)

19. "Let The Good Times Roll" by Shirley & Lee (Aladdin #3325)

18. "When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold" by Elvis (RCA EP #992)

17. "Keeper Of My Heart" by The Plaids (Darl #1001)

16. "Anyway You Want Me" by Elvis (RCA #6643)

15. "I Put A Spell On You" by 'Screamin' Jay Hawkins (Okeh 7072)

14. "Since I Met You Baby" by Ivory Joe Hunter (Atlantic #1111)

13. "I Feel Good" by Shirley & Lee (Aladdin #3338)

12. "Goodnight My Love" by Jessie Belvin (Modern #1005)

11. "You Ain't Treatin' Me Right" by Mac Curtis (King #4965)

10. "The Closer You Are" by The Channels (Whirlin Disc #100)

9. "Blueberry Hill" by Fats Domino (Imperial #5407)

8. "Priscilla" by Eddie Cooley & The Dimples (Royal Roost #621)

7. "You'll Never Never Know" by The Platters (Mercury #70948)

6. "Love Me Tender" by Elvis (RCA #6643)

5. "Blanche" by The Three Friends (Lido #500)

4. "Singing The Blues" by Guy Mitchell (Columbia #40769)

3. "A Rose And A Baby Ruth" by George Hamilton IV (Colonial #420)

2. "A Thousand Miles Away" by The Heartbeats (Hull #720

1. "Love Me" by Elvis (RCA EP #992)

For what it's worth the version of "My Boy Lollipop" by Barbie Gaye is the original that no one remembers. Millie Small's 60s hit is a cover of this record. The Elvis sides at #18 and #1 were in a 45 rpm extended play (four songs) and not released as singles. The Plaids at #17 are a mystery-they were signed by George Goldner to Rama in April as a pop group and now they show up on the small independent Darl label. Mac Curtis was a rockabilly singer with a lot of Elvis moves back in the day. Eddie Cooley & The Dimples (three female singers) had this snappy hit on the (usually) jazz specific Royal Roost label but never followed up on the promise. George Hamilton IV (a country singer not the actor) had a monster hit with this song and the candy company evidently did not like the association, and so the song was recut as "A Rose And A Candy Bar".

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