Album Chart of 1951

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Album Chart of 1951
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HANK'S EX-JUKEBOX CUTS MAKE UP DEBUT ALBUM

By 1951, the LP still had a long road to travel as it strove to find its place as the foremost outlet for an artists recorded works.

In July, DJ and music promoter Alan Freed broadcast his first Rhythm and blues radio programme from station WJW in Cleveland, Ohio. He used the term rock and roll to describe R&B, in an effort to introduce the music to a broader white audience – but there would no sign of an actual Rock n Roll LP for quite a few years yet.

Hank Williams, at the peak of his considerable popularity in 1951, had an album with his name on it – but many regarded it as a second class affair. Producer Fred Rose took songs from previous single releases (1946-1949) that did not sell well at the moment of their release. As Williams’ biographer Colin Escott put it:

“Rose used Hank's first album as a dump site for oddball tracks that hadn't sold elsewhere. With the exception of 'Wedding Bells,' the tracks were the dogs of Hank's catalog, like 'I've Just Told Mama Goodbye,' 'Wealth Won't Save Your Soul,' and 'Six More Miles.'”

Harsh words – not entirely justified for the very decent “Hank Williams Sings” offering – but he has a point of sorts. The days where the new LP would routinely showcase an artist’s brand new recordings were still far off in 1951.

“Hank Williams Sings” also demonstrated that the rival formats were still clinging on for dear life – the album was released on ten-inch LP, a four 45rpm packaged set and a four 78rpm set.

The Jukebox Rebel
21-Oct-2015

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HANK WILLIAMS SINGS
Hank Williams with his Drifting Cowboys
MGM Records E-107
the USA
6.04 “Decent enough” Country

Jukebox picks: “Wedding Bells” (6.7) • “Mansion On The Hill” (6.6) • “Wealth Won’t Save Your Soul” (6.3)
TJR saysStrategically issued in November to coincide with Hank’s appearance on The Perry Como Chesterfield Show, Hank’s debut LP...more →

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ÉDITH PIAF ENCORES
Édith Piaf
Columbia FL-9527
France
5.08 “Below average” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Don’t Cry” (6.5) • “My Lost Melody” (5.9) • “La P’tite Marie” (5.3)
TJR saysThe second of three new music albums from Édith Piaf in 1951 – all tracks were new to her LP discography, and were recor...more →

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ÉDITH PIAF SINGS AGAIN
Édith Piaf
Columbia FL-9520
France
4.65 “Poor” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Le Chevalier De Paris” (6.2) • “C’est D’la Faute” (5.2) • “Tous Les Amoureux Chantent” (4.8)
TJR saysThe first of three new Édith Piaf LPs to be issued in 1951, and the first which could perhaps be deemed as a true new mu...more →

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HITS FROM “LA P’TITE LILI”
Édith Piaf
Columbia FL-9535
France
4.04 “Lame” Crooner / Cabaret

Jukebox picks: “Demain” (5.4) • “La Valse De L’Amour” (5.3) • “Rien De Rien” (5.2)
TJR saysAll recorded and released in 1951 – how refreshing. “La P’tite Lili” (The Maid Lili) was a short film directed by French...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1951



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