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Edited by Claus Röhnisch (updated June 25, 2006)

The Coasters of 1957.


THE SUPER HITS
of R&B´s Super Stars
Compiled by Claus Röhnisch

Titles listed - in order of popularity - with day/month of hitting any of Billboard´s national R&B charts´ # 1 Position. Number after date marks total weeks at # 1 position. Important titles, which did not reach # 1, are shown with peak pos. After original song title: recording location and date of recording (day/month/year). Composer(s) followed by number of total R&B charting weeks with month of entry. Original label credit followed by label with catalog number and month of issue. A couple of recordings, not listed here, became greater hits than the listed, here though the classic top hits by the "super stars" are listed.
Grammy Hall of Fame Awards noted with year of award (GHFA 99).

1949
5/3  14   The Huckle-Buck    NY 15/12-48 
(Andy Gibson - Roy Alfred)  32w Feb
- Paul Williams and his "Hucklebuckers" (Savoy 638, 1-49)

4/12-48   5   Chicken-Shack Boogie    LA 19/11-47
(Lola Cullum-Amos Milburn)  23w Nov-48
- Amos Milburn (Aladdin 3014, 10-48)

1950
27/5  13  Pink Champagne   LA 20/1-50
(Joe Liggins)  25w May
- Joe Liggins and his "Honeydrippers" (Specialty 355, 5-50)

4/3  9   Double Crossing Blues    LA 1/12-49
(Johnny Otis - Jessie Mae Robinson)  22w Feb
 Johnny Otis Quintette - The Robins and Little Esther (Savoy 731, 2-50)

19/8  3   Hard Luck Blues    Cinc 19/4-50
(Roy Brown)  18w Jun
- Roy Brown and his Mighty-Mighty Men (DeLuxe 3304, 5-50)

1951
30/6  14   Sixty-Minute Man    NY 30/12-50
(Billy Ward - Rose Marks)  30w May
- The Dominoes (Federal 12022, 5-51)

9/12-50  11   Teardrops From My Eyes    NY 9-50
(Rudy Toombs)  25w Oct
- Ruth Brown with Budd Johnson's Orch. (Atlantic 919, 10-50)

3/3  14    Black Night    LA 21/12-50
(Jessie Mae Robinson) 24w Feb
- Charles Brown and Band (Aladdin 3076, 2-51)

1952
12/7   7    Lawdy Miss Clawdy     NO 13/3-52
(Lloyd Price)   26w  May
- Lloyd Price and his Orchestra
(Specialty 428, 5-52)

May  (#2)   One Mint Julep    NY 17/12-51
(Rudy Toombs)  18w Apr
- The Clovers (Atlantic 963, 4-52)

2/2  5   3 O'Clock Blues    Memph ca Sept -51
(Lowell Fulson - B.B. King - Jules "Taub")  17w Dec-51
- B.B. King (RPM 339, 12-51)

1953
21/11  11    Money Honey    NY 9/8-53
GHFA 1999
(Jesse Stone)  21w Oct
- Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters (Atlantic 1006, 10-53)

5/12   8   Honey Hush    NO 12/5-53
(Lou Willie Turner) 25w Sep
- Joe Turner and his Band (Atlantic 1001, 9-53)

21/2   3   Baby Don't Do It    NY 30/10-52
(Lowman Pauling)  15w Jan
- The "5" Royales with Charlie Ferguson, His Tenor & Orchestra
(Apollo 443, 12-52)

1954
22/5   7   Work With Me Annie     Cinc 14/1-54
(Hank Ballard)  26w Apr
- The Midnighters (formerly known as the Royals)
(Federal 12169, 4-54)

12/6   3   Shake, Rattle And Roll    NY 15/2-54
GHFA 1998
(Jesse "Charles Calhoun" Stone)  32w  May
- Joe Turner and his Blues Kings (Atlantic, 1026 5-54)

15/1-55   3    Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)     LA ca Sept -54
GHFA 1998
(Jesse Belvin-Curtis Williams-Gaynel Hodge)  19w Dec
- The Penguins (Dootone 348, 10-54)

1955
22/10   7   Only You (And You Alone)     LA 26/4-55
GHFA 1999
(Buck "Ande Rand" Ram)   30w Jul
- originallly recorded fpr Federal in 1954 (issued after the Mercury recording)
- The Platters (Mercury 70633, 7-55)

11/6  11  Ain´t It A Shame    LA 15/3-55
GHFA 2002
(Dave Bartholomew - Fats Domino)  26w May
(correct title: Ain't That A Shame)
- Fats Domino and his band (Imperial 5348, 5-55)

Nov  (#2)   Tutti-Frutti    NO 14/9-55
GHFA 1998
(Richard Penniman - Dorothy LaBostrie -
Joe Lubin - Bumps Blackwell)  21w Nov
- Little Richard and his Band (Specialty 561, 10-55)

1956
25/8  13    Honky Tonk (Parts 1 & 2)     NY 19/6 -56
GHFA 1998
(Doggett-Shepherd-Butler-Scott-Glover)  28w Aug
- Bill Doggett & his Combo (King 4950, 8-56)

3/11  11    Blueberry Hill    LA  27/6 -56
GHFA 1987
(Lewis-Stock-Rose)  23w Oct
- Fats Domino (Imperial 5407, 10-56)

9/3-57   1   Jim Dandy  NY 21/12 -55
(Lincoln Chase)  18w Dec
- LaVern Baker and The Gliders (Atlantic 1116, 10-56)

1957
10/6  12   Searchin´    LA 15/2-57
- original flip side of "Young Blood"
(Jerry Leiber- Mike Stoller)  21w May
- The Coasters (Atco 6087, 5-57)

25/11  6   You Send Me    LA 1/6-57
GHFA 1998
(L C Cook)  18w Oct
- Sam Cooke with Bumps Blackwell Orch (Keen 4013, 10-57)

3/6   1   Young Blood    LA 15/2-57
(Leiber-Stoller-Doc Pomus)  17w May
- The Coasters (Atco 108, 5-57)

1958
23/6   7   Yakety Yak    NY 17/3-58
GHFA 1999
(Jerry Leiber-Mike Stoller)  14w Jun
- The Coasters (Atco 6116, 6-58)

8/12  1   A Lover´s Question    NY 7/8-58
(Brook Benton - Jimmy T. Williams)  22w Oct
- Clyde McPhatter (Atlantic 1199, 10-58)

10/3  3    Sweet Little Sixteen    Chic 29/12-57
(Chuck Berry) 11w Feb
- Chuck Berry (Chess 1683, 2-58)

1959
15/12-58   7    Lonely Teardrops     NY 15/10-58
GHFA 1999
(B & G Gordy - Roquel Billy "Tyron Carlo" Davis)  22w Nov
- Jackie Wilson with Dick Jacobs Orch (Brunswick 55105, 11-58)

9/3   9    It´s Just A Matter Of Time     NY 1955
(B Benton - B Hendricks - C Otis)  15w Feb
- Brook Benton (Mercury 71394, 2-59)

9/2   4   Stagger Lee    NY late-58
(trad-Lloyd Price-Harold Logan /L.T. Gross Sr/)  19w Dec-58
- Lloyd Price with Don Costa Orch (ABC-Par 9972, 12-58)

27/7   1   There Goes My Baby   NY 6/3-59
GHFA 1998
(Ben E. King / Nelson / - George Treadwell -
Lover Patterson - Leiber-Stoller)  19w Jun
- The Drifters (Atlantic 2025, 6-59)

3/8   1   What´d I Say (Parts 1 & 2)     NY 18/2-59
GHFA 2000
(Ray Charles)  17w Jul
Ray Charles and his Orchestra (Atlantic 2031, 6-59)

Note:
The Clovers had several #1 Top Hits, but "One Mint Julep" is the true classic.
Little Richard's "Long Tall Sally" (
GHFA 1999) and The Platters' "The Great Pretender" (GHFA 2002)
- both from 1956 - were greater hits than "Tutti-Frutti" and "Only You", when originally issued.
Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode"
(GHFA 1999) of 1958 became a greater classic
than "Sweet Little Sixteen", but was not that big when first issued.


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Top 40 Rock Songs of the 1950s
1. Johnny B. Goode - Chuck Berry
  2. Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
  3. What'd I Say - Ray Charles
  4. Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
  5. Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard
  6. Whole Lot of Shakin' Going On - Jerry Lee Lewis
  7. Summertime Blues - Eddie Cochran
  8. Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
  9. Long Tall Sally - Little Richard
10. That'll Be The Day - Buddy Holly & the Crickets
11. Bye Bye Love - Everly Brothers
12. Great Balls Of Fire - Jerry Lee Lewis
13. Maybellene - Chuck Berry
14. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
15. Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner
16. Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
17. Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
18. Earth Angel - Penguins
19. Why Do Fools Fall In Love - Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
20. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
20. Good Golly Miss Molly - Little Richard
21. Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent & the Bluecaps
22. School Day - Chuck Berry
23. Rock And Roll Music - Chuck Berry
24. Peggy Sue - Buddy Holly
25. Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price
26. Lucille - Little Richard
27. Roll Over Beethoven - Chuck Berry
28. In The Still Of The Nite - Five Satins
29. I Only Have Eyes For You - Flamingos
30. For Your Precious Love - Jerry Butler & the Impressions
31. Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino
32. Please, Please, Please - James Brown & the Famous Flames
33. Sh-Boom - Chords
34. Money Honey - Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter
35. I Walk The Line - Johnny Cash and the Tennessee Two
36. Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
37. Fever - Little Willie John
38. The Great Pretender - Platters
39. Ain't It A Shame - Fats Domino
40. That's All Right - Elvis Presley with Scotty and Bill


The Greatest Rock Songs of the 1950s


The Golden ´50s
50 years of R&B History


SUPER ARTISTS

 

The Coasters on TV in 1958; Jones, Gardner, Gunter and Guy.

  

Top R&B Artists of the 1950s
with number of #1 R&B Hits, total weeks at #1 and
number of total R&B Top 10 Hits 1949-1959.


Pos.


1.
2.
3.
4.
5.
6.
7.
8.
9.
10.
11.
12.
13.
14.
 
15.

16.
17.
  


Artist


Fats Domino
Elvis Presley
Ruth Brown
Clyde McPhatter
The Coasters
The Platters
The Drifters
Lloyd Price
B. B. King
Ray Charles
Johnny Ace
Chuck Berry
Brook Benton
Faye Adams
(with Joe Morris) 
Johnny Otis
(with Little Esther) 
The Clovers
Little Richard  
  

#1 Hits


9  (7) 
6  (4)
5
5  (3) 
4
4  (3) 
4  (3)
4
4  (2)
4  (1)







3
3 (2)
  


Weeks

56
20
32
22
26
23
21
18
12
5
24
19
16
16

14

9
12
 


Top 10 Hits

34 - 24
19 - 13
20 - 12
15 - 13
6  -  6
12  -  8
15 - 11
13 - 11
15 - 11
17 - 12
8  -  7
13  -  9
5  -  5
3  -  3
 
16 - 12

19 - 15
14  -  7
  

Note:
Listed are artists with most #1 Hits on any Billboard national R&B Chart during 1950 - 1959. Clyde McPhatter´s hits include the ones with the Drifters (his #1 Hits include 2 with the Drifters for 19 weeks). Number of #1 Hits noted in parentheses are the number of titles who hit #1 on Billboard´s R&B "Best Seller" Chart (if lesser than those on either of Best Seller, Disc Jockey or Juke Box charts). The Best Seller Chart could during several years include double-sided hit records,  registered as one hit. Total weeks at #1 position on one of the charts marked in column four. Lastly are marked number of R&B Top 10 Hits on any national R&B Chart - followed by number of R&B Top 10 Best Sellers.


Top R&B Artists of the Decade
1950 - 1959

according to Joel Whitburn (the Billboard/Record Research)
and Big Al Pavlow´s "The R&B Book"


Pos.


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20
21
22
23
24
25

  


Whitburn


Fats Domino
Elvis Presley
Ruth Brown
Dinah Washington
The Clovers
The Drifters
B.B. King
Joe Turner
Ray Charles
Little Richard
Chuck Berry
Johnny Otis
The Platters
Little Walter
Lloyd Price
The Dominoes
LaVern Baker
Chuck Willis
Nat "King" Cole
Muddy Waters
The Coasters
Ivory Joe Hunter
Clyde McPhatter
Johnny Ace
Sam Cooke

  

Pavlow


Fats Domino
The Platters
Clyde McPhatter
Chuck Berry
Little Richard
The Clovers
Ruth Brown
Lloyd Price
Ray Charles
The Drifters
Johnny Otis
The Coasters
Dinah Washington
LaVern Baker
The Dominoes
Joe Turner
Sam Cooke
Brook Benton
Chuck Willis
B.B. King
Nat "King" Cole
Roy Hamilton
Johnny Ace
Jackie Wilson
Little Walter

  

Note:
Whitburn follows the hits registered on Billboard´s R&B Charts (and does not credit Clyde McPhatter´s titles with the Drifters to Clyde - which should have been done, since his name is in big letters on the record labels). Pavlow follows R&B and Pop Charts, but only registers black acts.


Top R&B Artists
according to Big Al Pavlow


Pos.


1
2
3
4
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
19
20

  


1950 - 1954


The Clovers
Ruth Brown
Johnny Otis
The Dominoes
Dinah Washington
Joe Turner
B.B. King
Fats Domino
Amos Milburn
Johnny Ace
Joe Morris
Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters
The Midnighters
Charles Brown
Roy Brown
Faye Adams
Little Walter
Nat "King" Cole
Percy Mayfield
Louis Jordan

  

1955 - 1959


Fats Domino
The Platters
Chuck Berry
Little Richard
Clyde McPhatter
The Coasters
Ray Charles
LaVern Baker
Lloyd Price
Sam Cooke
Brook Benton
Jackie Wilson
The Drifters
Bill Doggett
Chuck Willis
Little Willie John
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Roy Hamilton
Nat "King" Cole
Jimmy Reed

  

TOP R&B RECORDS of the 1950s
according to Big Al Pavlow´s "The R&B Book".

1940s
1  Choo Choo Ch' Boogie / That Chick' s... - Louis Jordan    1946
Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens / Let The Good Times Roll - Louis Jordan   1947
Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton   1946
The Huckle-Buck - Paul Williams   1949
Don't Cry, Baby - Erskine Hawkins   1943
The Honeydripper - Joe Liggins   1945
Trouble Blues - Charles Brown   1949
Snatch And Grab It - Julia Lee   1947
Caldonia / Somebody Done Changed... - Louis Jordan   1945
10 Straighten Up And Fly Right - King Cole Trio  1944
 

1950 - 1954

Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes    1951
Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins    1950
Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown    1950-51
Work With Me Annie - The Midnighters    1954
Lawdy Miss Clawdy - Lloyd Price    1952
Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis with Little Esther & The Robins    1950
Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters     1953
Hearts Of Stone - The Charms    1954
Please Send Me Someone To Love - Percy Mayfield    1950-51
10 Black Night - Charles Brown    1951

11 Shake A Hand - Faye Adams    1953
12 You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton   1954
13 Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter  1954
14 My Song - Johnny Ace  1952
15 Crying In The Chapel - The Orioles  1953
16 For You My Love - Larry Darnell   1950
17 Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes  1952
18 The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim  1954
19 Anytime, Any Place, Anywhere - Joe Morris  1950
20 Fool, Fool, Fool - The Clovers  1951

21 Night Train - Jimmy Forrest   1952
22 Don't You Know I Love You - The Clovers  1951
23 I Don't Know - Willie Mabon   1953
24 Honey Hush - Joe Turner  1953
25 Blue Light Boogie - Louis Jordan  1950
26 I Almost Lost My Mind - Ivory Joe Hunter  1950
27 Shake, Rattle And Roll - Joe Turner  1954
28 Lovey Dovey / Little Mama - The Clovers  1954
29 Chains Of Love - Joe Turner  1951
30 (Mama) He Treats Your Daughter Mean - Ruth Brown  1953

31 Hurts Me To My Heart - Faye Adams  1954
32 One Mint Julep / Middle Of The Night - The Clovers  1952
33 3 O' Clock Blues - B. B. King  1952
34 5-10-15 Hours - Ruth Brown   1952
35 Flamingo - Earl Bostic  1952
36 Hard Luck Blues - Roy Brown  1950
37 Oh What A Dream - Ruth Brown & her Rhythmakers   1954
38 Rocket "88" - Jackie Brenston & his Delta Cats  1951
39 Mistrustin' Blues / Misery  - Johnny Otis w. Little Esther & Mel Walker   1950
40 Goin'  Home - Fats Domino   1952

41 You Know I Love You - B. B. King   1952
42 Hound Dog - Willie Mae "Big Mama" Thornton  1953
43 Bad. Bad Whiskey - Amos Milburn   1951
44 Blue Shadows / Low Society Blues - Lowell Fulson  1950
45 Help Me Somebody / Crazy Crazy Crazy - The "5" Royales    1953
46 The Clock - Johnny Ace  1953
47 The Glory Of Love - The Five Keys
48 Because Of You - Tab Smith   1951
49 Juke - Little Walter & his Nite Cats   1952
50 Baby Don't Do It - The "5" Royales  1953

1955 - 1959
Searchin´ / Young Blood - The Coasters     1957
Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett    1956
Only You - The Platters    1955
Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino    1956
Ain´t It A Shame - Fats Domino    1955
The Great Pretender - The Platters    1956
You Send Me - Sam Cooke    1957
I´m In Love Again / My Blue Heaven - Fats Domino     1956
Yakety Yak - The Coasters    1958
10 Lonely Teardrops - Jackie Wilson    1958-59


11 Fever - Little Willie John    1956
12 Maybellene - Chuck Berry    1955
13 It´s Just A Matter Of Time / Hurtin´ Inside - Brook Benton     1959
14 Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price    1958-59
15 Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace    1955
16 Why Do Fools Fall In Love - The Teenagers    1956
17 Kansas City - Wilbert Harrison    1959
18 Twilight Time - The Platters    1958
19 Send For Me - Nat King Cole    1957
20 It´s All In The Game / Please Love Me Forever - Tommy Edwards     1958


21 Long Tall Sally / Slippin´ And Slidin´ - Little Richard     1956
22 Get A Job - The Silhouettes    1958
23 Earth Angel - The Penguins    1955
24 A Lover´s Question - Clyde McPhatter    1958
25 Blue Monday / What´s The Reason ...  - Fats Domino     1957
26 I´m Walkin´ - Fats Domino    1957
27 Rock-in Robin / Over And Over - Bobby Day    1958
28 Looking Back - Nat King Cole    1958
29 Short Fat Fannie / High School Dance - Larry Williams     1957

30 Sweet Little Sixteen - Chuck Berry    1958

31 School Day - Chuck Berry   1957
32 Topsy - Cozy Cole   1958
33 My Prayer / Heaven On Earth  - The Platters   1956   
34 There Goes My Baby - The Drifters   1959
35 Since I Met You Baby - Ivory Joe Hunter   1957
36 Unchained Melody - Roy Hamilton   1955

37 Rip It Up / Ready Teddy - Little Richard   1956
38 Personality - Lloyd Price   1959
39 Poison Ivy / I' m A Hog For You - The Coasters   1959
40 Try Me - James Brown & The Famous Flames   1959

41 Thank You Pretty Baby - Brook Benton   1959
42 I' m Gonna Get Married / Three Little Pigs - Lloyd Price    1959
43 Come Go With Me - Dell-Vikings   1957
44 Mr. Lee - The Bobbettes   1957
45 Tutti-Frutti - Little Richard   1955
46 Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters   1956

47 What'd I Say - Ray Charles   1959
48 The Clouds - The Spacemen   1959
49 Lucille / Send Me Some Lovin'  - Little Richard   1957
50 So Many Ways - Brook Benton   1959

51 Happy, Happy Birthday Baby - The Tune Weavers   1957
52 What Am I Living For / Hang Up My Rock And Roll Shoes - Chuck Willis   1958
53 C. C. Rider - Chuck Willis   1957
54 Let The Good Times Roll - Shirley & Lee   1956
55 Love Is Strange - Mickey & Sylvia   1957
56 Jenny, Jenny / Miss Ann - Little Richard  1957

Note: Rankings based on positions and longevity on various U.S. R&B and Pop charts 1943 - 1959. Since the R&B records started to sell "Pop" from 1955 a comparison for the whole of the 1950s is not valid - one has to find "relative comparison".


TOP R&B #1 Hits
(according to Joel Whitburn; from "Top R&B Singles 1942-1999" and "The Billboard Book of Top 40 R&B and Hip-Hop Hits")

1940s
1.  The Honeydripper (Parts 1 & 2) - Joe Liggins and his Honeydrippers  1945  (18w #1 - total 27w)
2.  Choo Choo Ch'Boogie - Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five  1946  (18w #1 - total 26w)
3.  Ain' t Nobody Here But Us Chickens - Louis Jordan and his Tympany Five  1947  (17w #1 - total 27w)
4.  Hey! Ba-Ba-Re-Bop - Lionel Hampton and his Orchestra  1946  (16w #1 - total 25w)
5.  Trouble Blues - Charles Brown Trio  1949  (15w #1 - total 27w)
6.  The Huckle-Buck - Paul Williams and his Hucklebuckers   1949  (14w #1 - total 32w)
7.  Don' t Cry Baby - Erskine Hawkins and his Orchestra  1943  (14w #1 - total 29w)

1950s
*) "Young Blood" held 1w #1 before record flipped to "Searchin' " (total 13w at #1)
1.  Sixty-Minute Man - The Dominoes   1951  (14w #1 - 30w total)
2.  Black Night - Charles Brown and his Band   1951 (24w #1 - 24w total)
3.  The Things That I Used To Do - Guitar Slim and his Band   1954  (14w #1 - 21w total)
4.  Honky Tonk (Parts 1& 2) - Bill Doggett  1956  (13w #1 - 28w total)
5.  Pink Champagne - Joe Liggins and his "Honeydrippers"  1950  (13w #1 - 25w total)
6.  Searchin'  - The Coasters  1957 (12w#1 - 21w total)  *)
7.  Teardrops From My Eyes - Ruth Brown  1950  (11w #1 - total 25w)
8.  Blueberry Hill - Fats Domino  1956  (11w #1 - total 23w)
9.  Ain' t It A Shame - Fats Domino and his Band   1955  (11w #1 - total 26w)
10. Money Honey - Clyde McPhatter and The Drifters   1953  (11w #1 - total 21w)
11. The Great Pretender - The Platters   1956  (11w #1 - total 20w)
12. Maybellene - Chuck Berry and his Combo   1955  (11w #1 - total 16w)
13. Shake A Hand - Faye Adams with Joe Morris Orch   1953  (10w #1 - total 21w)
14. Have Mercy Baby - The Dominoes  1952  (10w #1 - total 20w)
15. Pledging My Love - Johnny Ace  1955  (10w #1 - total 19w)
16. Double Crossing Blues - Johnny Otis Quintette, The Robins and Little Esther  1950  (9w #1 - total 22w)
17. My Song - Johnny Ace with The Beale Streeters  1952  (9w #1 - total 20w)
18. I'm In Love Again - Fats Domino  1956  (9w #1 - total 20w)
19. Hearts Of Stone - The Charms  1954  (9w #1 - total 19w)
20. It's Just A Matter Of Time - Brook Benton  1959  (9w #1 - total 15w)
21. Honey Hush - Joe Turner and his Band  1953  (8w #1 - total 25w)
22. Honey Love - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter  1954  (8w #1 - total 23w)
23. You'll Never Walk Alone - Roy Hamilton  1954  (8w #1 - total 20w)
24. Juke - Little Walter and his Nite Cats  1952  (8w #1 - total 20w)
25. I Don't Know - Willie Mabon and his Combo  1952  (8w #1 - total 19w)

1960s
1.  Tossin' And Turnin'  - Bobby Lewis  1961  (10w # 1 - total 19w)
2.  Baby (You've Got What It Takes)  - Dinah Washington & Brook Benton  1960  (10w #1 - total 17w)
3.  I Can't Stop Loving You - Ray Charles  1962  (10w #1 - total 16w)
4.  I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops  1965  (9w #1 - total 18w)
5.  Kiddio - Brook Benton  1960  (9w #1 - total 14w)
6.  Shop Around - The Miracles  1961  (8w #1 - total 16w)
7.  Ain't Too Proud To Beg - The Temptations  1966  (8w #1 - total 17w)
8.  Papa's Got A Brand New Bag, Part 1 - James Brown and The Famous Flames  1965  (8w #1 - total 17w)
9.  Respect - Aretha Franklin  1967  (8w #1 - total 14w)
10. Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes  1961  (7w #1 - total 23w)
11. He Will Break Your Heart - Jerry Butler  1960  (7w #1 - total 16w)
12. My Guy - Mary Wells  1964  (7w #1 - total 20w
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13. Soul Man - Sam & Dave  1967  (7w #1 - total 18w)
14. 634-5789 - Wilson Pickett  1966  (7w #1 - total 16w)
15. I Heard It Through The Grapewine - Marvin Gaye  1968  (7w # 1 - total 14w)
16. I Never Love A Man (The Way I Love You) - Aretha Franklin  1967  (7w #1 - total 14w)
17. I Got You (I Feel Good) - James Brown and The Famous Flames  1965  (6w #1 - total  16w)

Note:
Whitburn presents his lists with the titles that held most weeks #1 position at priority and lists only #1 hits. Some true R&B classic super hits (which for one reason or another didn't hit #1) are, by this way of presenting, left out.


TOP MALE R&B VOCAL GROUP RECORDS of the 1950s
(according to Big Al Pavlow´s "The R&B Book").

1. SEARCHIN´ / YOUNG BLOOD - The Coasters     1957
2. ONLY YOU - The Platters    1955
3. THE GREAT PRETENDER - The Platters    1956
4. YAKETY YAK - The Coasters    1958
5. WHY DO FOOLS FALL IN LOVE - The Teenagers    1956
6. TWILIGHT TIME - The Platters    1958
7. SIXTY-MINUTE MAN - The Dominoes    1951
8. GET A JOB - The Silhouettes    1958
9. EARTH ANGEL - The Penguins    1954
10. MY PRAYER / Heaven On Earth - The Platters    1956


11. THERE GOES MY BABY - The Drifters    1959
12. POISON IVY / I´m A Hog For You - The Coasters    1959
13. TRY ME - James Brown with The Famous Flames    1958-59
14. COME GO WITH ME - The Dell-Vikings    1957
15. SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES - The Platters    1959
16. TEARS ON MY PILLOW - The Imperials    1958
17. SILHOUETTES / Daddy Cool - The Rays    1957
18. WORK WITH ME ANNIE - The Midnighters    1954
19. WESTERN MOVIES - The Olympics    1958
20. BOOK OF LOVE - The Monotones    1958


21. MONEY HONEY - Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters     1953
22. HEARTS OF STONE - The Charms    1954
23. CHARLIE BROWN - The Coasters    1959
24. YOU´RE SO FINE - The Falcons    1959
25. DANCE WITH ME / If You Cry - The Drifters    1959
26. SO FINE - The Fiestas    1959
27. HONEY LOVE - The Drifters featuring Clyde McPhatter     1954
28. CRYING IN THE CHAPEL - The Orioles    1953
29. 16 CANDLES - The Crests    1959
29. AT MY FRONT DOOR - The El Dorados    1955
31. IN THE STILL OF THE NITE - The Five Satins    1956
31. HAVE MERCY BABY - The Dominoes    1952
33. SPEEDOO - The Cadillacs    1956
34. SINCERELY - The Moonglows    1955
35. I´M SORRY / He´s Mine - The Platters    1957

Note: "Rock-in Robin" b/w "Over And Over" (1958) by Bobby Day to be placed above #10; "Double Crossing Blues" (1950) featuring the Robins above #21; if you regard them as male vocal group R&B records. Rankings based on positions and longevity on various U.S. R&B and Pop charts during 1950-1959.

 


Bill Daniels' Dusty Charts
Top R&B Records 1949 - 1959

The Top R&B Singles 1950-1969


Three Hours of Super R&B Sounds
A subjective play-list of 73 favorite R&B songs by
The Super Stars of R&B (not-too-well-known songs).

Play-list for your pleasure. Favorite songs by The Super Stars of R&B.


The Coasters in circa 1965.

John Lee Hooker
Muddy Waters
Sonny Boy Williamson
Howlin´ Wolf
Elmore James
Little Walter
Jimmy Reed
Jimmy Rogers
Lionel Hampton
Louis Jordan
Buddy Johnson
Joe Turner
Johnny Otis
Wynonie Harris
T-Bone Walker
Charles Brown
Lowell Fulson
Amos Milburn
Roy Brown
B. B. King
Bobby Bland
Little Junior Parker
Johnny "Guitar" Watson
Fats Domino
Little Richard
Lloyd Price
Ernie K-Doe
Dinah Washington
Ruth Brown
LaVern Baker
Etta James
Bill Doggett
Bobby Day
Richard Berry
Young Jessie
Ike & Tina Turner
Bo Diddley
Rufus Thomas
Ray Charles
James Brown
Chuck Berry
Clyde McPhatter
Sam Cooke
Jackie Wilson
Jesse Belvin
Little Willie John
Chuck Willis
Brook Benton
Ben E. King
Solomon Burke
Joe Tex
King Curtis
Booker T. & the M.G.s
Wilson Pickett
Otis Redding
Marvin Gaye
Aretha Franklin
Jimmy Smith
The Orioles
The Ravens
The Robins
The Drifters
The Clovers
The "5" Royales
The Dominoes
The Midnighters
The Platters
The Moonglows
The Flamingos
The Coasters
The Cadillacs
The Isley Brothers
The Temptations

I´m Goin´ Upstairs
She´s 19 Years Old
Don´t Loose Your Eye
I Ain´t Superstitious
Dark And Dreary
You´re Sweet
Wear Something Green
My Last Meal
Hamp´s Boogie Woogie #2
Ain´t That Just Like A Woman
Bitter Sweet
You Know I Love You
Get Together Blues
Sittin´ On It All The Time
Street Walkin´ Woman
I Lost Everything
Loving You
Amos´ Boogie
Good Rockin´ Man
When My Heart Beats Like A Hammer
Woke Up Screaming
Driving Wheel
Cuttin´ In
Good Hearted Man
Send Me Some Lovin´
Just Because
Until The Real Thing Comes Along
Blow Top Blues
Standing On The Corner
Living My Life For You
Something Crazy
Smokie
Unchained Melody
You Are My Sunshine
Nothing Seems Right
Tra La La La La
I Can Tell
Can´t Get Away From This Dog
I´ve Got News For You
Don´t Cry Baby
No Money Down
I´m Lonely Tonight
Shake, Rattle And Roll
Stormy Weather
One Little Blessing
Need Your Love So Bad
Keep A Drivin´
You´re The Reason I´m Living
Young Boy Blues
Stupidity
One Monkey Don´t Stop No Show
Little Brother
Mo´ Onions
Soul Dance Number Three
Hawg For You
Pride And Joy
A Natural Woman
Hoochie Coochie Man
I Miss You So
Walking The Blues Away
Our Romance Is Gone
Someday (You´ll Want Me To Want You)
Stay Awhile
When I Get Like This
That´s What You´´re Doing To me
Tore Up Over You
You´ll Never Never Know
Baby Please
The Vow
Three Cool Cats
Woe Is Me
Your Old Lady
Don´t Look Back

The Golden ´50s (15 years of R&B)


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