From the Land of Band Box Records

The Hit Parade 1959 – Part 2

May 16, 2018


All of these trade ads appeared in Cash Box magazine – The magazine appeared in 1942 on August 11th and continued on until 1996.  Cash Box made comeback of sorts in 2006 with it’s on-line version.  Music was all over the board grouped into a single popularity chart.  There was room for anyone who cut a catchy track back then and it seems that teens didn’t really shy away from songs that could now be perceived to be “their parents music”.

And before we really talked about “country cross overs” a good country song just naturally could find its way onto the pop charts – no questions asked.  Not all of these artists made it – but they experienced at least a moment in time when they thought their ship was coming in (where is Erle Hall?).  There was room for Canadians (The Diamonds) – a sailor (The Fleetwoods) – even a guy who really couldn’t sing much (Tab Hunter).

ABC Paramount Records Artists – January, 1959

Chris Barber & Chris Connor – February, 1959

Carla Boni and Gino Latilla – February, 1959

Johnny Cash – January, 1959

The Chordettes – February, 1959

The Diamonds – January, 1959

The Fleetwoods – February, 1959

Georgia Gibbs – January, 1959

Billy Graves – January, 1959

Erle Hall – January, 1959

Tab Hunter – January, 1959

Jamie Records Artists – January, 1959 (Duane Eddy & Pierre Cavalli Orchestra)

One Comment

  1. What a wonderful cross-section of ads and records.Thank you for remembering both the major and the minor leaguers of the time!

    “She Say” was always a favorite – a cross between a straight-ahead rocker and a novelty that still entertains and packs a punch (love that bass singer!).I think that in many ways The Diamonds were under-rated artistically, considered a novelty group but musically well above that, even if their material was somewhat uneven.

    Erle Hall got me curious. The B-side is posted here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hrW3ZuJWS7s . I can’t find the A side posted, but listening to this, I sorta don’t need to! Apparently he died in Montgomery, AL, in 2002, leaving a “legacy” of the one 45 advertised here and probably a good life filled with other endeavors.

    Keep up the good work, Craig – you rock!!!

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