Album Chart of 1956

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Album Chart of 1956

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FATS RULES THE ROOST

With his first three LPs all making my Top 5 for 1956, there's little doubt as to my top dog in this years album chart. Pictured in November 1956, the great man looks quite pleased with himself.

In this years chart, the piano-playing blues legend has genre company from Piano Red.

On the Rock n Roll front Bill Haley had some album company at last. As well as his own there were true Rock n Roll albums in this year from Elvis Presley, Gene Vincent and Johnny Burnette. Unfortunately, I don't own them all. Hopefully I will, in the fullness of time.

Old school swinger Louis Prima plays a big part in what shapes up as quite an exciting Top 10.

The Jukebox Rebel
26-Oct-2015

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ROCK AND ROLLIN’ WITH FATS DOMINO
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9004
the USA
8.13 “Excellent” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Going To The River” (10) • “Ain’t It A Shame” (9.8) • “The Fat Man” (9.5)
TJR saysReleased March 1956 (Imperial LP-9004) and issued in the UK on London Records as “Carry On Rockin’”. The Imperial Label ...more →

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THIS IS FATS DOMINO!
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9028
the USA
7.97 “Brilliant” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Blue Monday” (10) • “Blueberry Hill” (9.7) • “So Long” (9.1)
TJR saysReleased December 1956 (Imperial LP-9028). Fats was buzzin’ on his a-game in 1956 – this was his third LP of the year an...more →

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ELVIS PRESLEY
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-1254
the USA
7.51 “Brilliant” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Rock n Roll Ballad

Jukebox picks: “Blue Suede Shoes” (9.2) • “One Sided Love Affair” (9.0) • “Blue Moon” (8.4)
TJR saysLet’s go cat” encourages Elvis… Scotty Moore on guitar rises to the challenge on the exciting album opener… “aw...more →

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THE WILDEST!
Louis Prima featuring Keely Smith with Sam Butera and The Witnesses
Capitol Records T-755
the USA
7.34 “Really good” Big Band / Jive / Swing; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Oh Marie” (9.7) • “Night Train” (8.4) • “Buona Sera” (8.2)
TJR saysEver since the trumpeter / singer / songwriter began away back in the mid-1930s he had been re-inventing himself, moving...more →

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ROCK AND ROLLIN’
Fats Domino
Imperial LP-9009
the USA
7.31 “Really good” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Swanee River Hop” (8.3) • “Fat’s Frenzy” (8.1) • “I’m In Love Again” (7.9)
TJR saysReleased August 1956 (Imperial LP-9009). Fats second LP in 5 months is led by his recent pop smash “I’m In Love Again...more →

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SCOTS FOLK SONGS
Ewan MacColl accompanied by Alf Edwards and Brian Daly
Riverside Records RLP-12-609
England
6.48 “Decent enough” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Bonnie Lass O' Fyvie” (8.3) • “Lassie Wi' The Yellow Coatie” (7.6) • “The Wee, Wee German Lairdie” (7.5)
TJR saysAs Ewan tells in his sleeve notes, the collecting and publication of Scots folk music has been something of a national s...more →

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ELVIS [1956]
Elvis Presley
RCA Victor LPM-1382
the USA
6.04 “Decent enough” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly

Jukebox picks: “So Glad You’re Mine” (7.3) • “Rip It Up” (6.8) • “How’s The World Treating You?” (6.5)
TJR saysFollowing “Elvis Presley” in March came “Elvis” in October. This time it was a clean, straight-forward, affair with all ...more →

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BLUEJEAN BOP!
Gene Vincent and his Blue Caps
Capitol Records T-764
the USA
5.77 “Average” Rock n Roll / Rockabilly; Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Who Slapped John” (7.1) • “Bluejean Bop” (6.8) • “Jump Back, Honey, Jump Back” (6.6)
TJR saysA quick scan of the cover versions on the debut LP from the supposed wild man of Rock n Roll leaves me bemused, and a li...more →

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PIANO RED IN CONCERT
Piano Red
Groove LG-1002
the USA
5.71 “Average” Blues / Rhythm n Blues

Jukebox picks: “Got You On My Mind [live ’56]” (8.3) • “Pay It No Mind” (7.5) • “Goodbye” (7.1)
TJR saysProbably somewhere around late 1953 RCA decided that they would make a stab at breaking into the R n B market in a bigge...more →

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AT NEWPORT [CL 934]
Duke Ellington
Columbia CL-934
the USA
5.34 “Below average” Jazz

Jukebox picks: “Diminuendo And Crescendo In Blue [live ’56]” (7.7) • “Jeep’s Blues [studio ’56]” (5.7) • “Blues To Be There [studio ’56]” (5.5)
TJR saysA full 21 years before The Sex Pistols, “Team Ellington” had pulled off the great Jazz ‘n’ Swing Swindle. Live albums we...more →

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SCOTS DRINKING SONGS
Ewan MacColl
Riverside Records RLP-12-605
England
5.34 “Below average” Folk

Jukebox picks: “The Muckin' O' Geordie's Byre” (6.4) • “A Wee Drappie O't” (6.2) • “The Brisk Young Lad” (6.0)
TJR saysEwan tackles 19 auld Scots drinking songs, 13 of which are sung as they would have been in their traditional bothy form ...more →

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TRAGIC SONGS OF LIFE
The Louvin Brothers
Capitol Records T-769
the USA
4.93 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Mary Of The Wild Moor” (6.1) • “Alabama” (6.0) • “Knoxville Girl” (5.7)
TJR saysReleased in October, “Tragic Songs Of Life” was critically acclaimed from the off and has been held in high regard by co...more →

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SINGING DOWN THE LANE
Jim Reeves
RCA Victor LPM-1256
the USA
4.79 “Poor” Country

Jukebox picks: “Highway To Nowhere” (5.7) • “Beyond A Shadow Of A Doubt” (5.6) • “Waltzing On Top Of The World” (5.4)
TJR saysGentleman Jim settled into his new home at RCA with a typically dependable set for which he would become famous over the...more →

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SONGS FOR SWINGIN’ LOVERS!
Frank Sinatra
Capitol Records W-653
the USA
3.70 “Terrible” Crooner / Cabaret; Big Band / Jive / Swing

Jukebox picks: “I've Got You Under My Skin [1956 version]” (5.1) • “Makin' Whoopee” (4.8) • “You Make Me Feel So Young” (4.7)
TJR saysThe tenth “A-lister” from the recently turned 40 year-old arrived in March 1956 and was an altogether snazzier, more up-...more →

see also: (B-list) Album Chart of 1956



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