Come On, Let’s Go by Ritchie Valens (1958): This video clip is fun, even if the person who uploaded it misspelled the artist’s name.
Chantilly Lace by The Big Bopper (1958): “Hellllooooo baaaaaby!”
Not Fade Away by Buddy Holly (1957): Jana is a big fan of this bespectacled musician’s songs. He appears in our playlists from time to time. (Jana’s note: I’m pretty sure this is at least his 3rd mention)
Songs from piano men:
Tutti Frutti by Little Richard (1955):
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On by Jerry Lee Lewis (1957): Let’s forget about that whole marrying his teenage cousin part of the story. (Jana’s note: Did anyone else see Great Balls of Fire? Wasn’t Dennis Quaid pretty great in that?)
Songs by brothers:
Shout by The Isley Brothers (1959): The dance scene in Animal House with John Belushi in a toga is one of those iconic cinematic scenes where the perfect song was picked for a movie. But, that’s not this video clip because that was Otis Day and the Knights covering The Isley Brothers.
Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers (1957): fun fact~the daughter of one of these guys is named Erin Everly and that’s who inspired Axl Rose to write the lyrics for Sweet Child of Mine. (Jana’s note: I did not know that)
Songs that make you want to dance (besides the ones already mentioned):
Shake, Rattle, and Roll by Bill Haley and the Comets (1954):
At the Hop by Danny & the Juniors (1957)
Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry: Since we forgot about Jerry Lee Lewis marrying his cousin, let’s forget that Chuck Berry allegedly had cameras installed in the women’s toilets filming them while using the restroom at a restaurant he owned… (Jana’s note: I did not know this either. But seriously, what the actual fuck?)
Love Me Tender by Elvis Presley (1956): For that slow dance…
Songs that were introduced to me (Erin) by my grandfather:
Your Cheatin’ Heart by Hank Williams (1953):
It’s Only Make Believe by Conway Twitty (1958): Sometime, in the ’70s, my (Erin’s) grandparents and extended family went to a Conway Twitty show, and Dolly Parton was the opening act. My uncle bought me nachos, and I was sitting on his lap eating them. Then, I puked all over his boots while Conway Twitty was playing. Awww sweet memories.
Folsom Prison Blues by Johnny Cash (1955): Johnny sings “I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die.” Johnny was gansta before gangsta rappers.
But, what’s great, is songs like these have lasted SIXTY years. Think about that. What songs recorded this decade do you think will last as long as these? What artists will the bloggers of 2076 be sharing?