Ten Great Songs of 1958
They say that a classic song is one that endures over the years and no matter how many decades pass, it continues to sound as fresh and innovative as when it was released for the first time.
Here are a dozen tunes —no particular order of importance— that they are adhering to 60 years of existence and that in our view have stood the test of time. We hope, dear reader, that you also agree and enjoy…, though they are much older than you.
1.- “All I Have to Do is Dream”. The Everly Brothers. Although it has been sung by countless artists, the version of the brothers Everly is without a doubt the most well-known and endearing. Sweet ballad of jangle pop, was composed by Boudleaux Bryant and remains as a landmark of the popular song of the american after six decades.
2.- “At the Hop”. Danny and the Juniors. Mix of rock n’ roll and doo-wop, this is a song ingenue and contagious that caused an uproar in 1958 and that it would be revived by the group Sha Na Na in 1969, to interpret it during his performance at the Woodstock music festival.
3.- “Yakety Yak”. The Coasters. The pair of composers formed by Jerry Lieber and Mike Stoller began to score a hit after another and this was one of them, played by the sensational vocal quartet The Coasters with the great King Curtis on saxophone. The letter talks about the daily duties of all adolescent in the home, listed by their fathers, to which the guy replies: “Yakety Yak” and the dad warns with a hoarse voice: “I do Not repeles”. Very funny.
4.- “Sweet Little Sixteen”. Chuck Berry. One of the great songs of the 58 and the entire history of rock. A rock ‘ n ‘ roll classic that has many versions (including the Beatles) and the Beach Boys wanted to plagiarize, he changed the lyrics in his song “Surfin’ USA”. Fortunately, a lawsuit prevented the theft and the credit of Berry should be included, with the consequent payment of royalties.
5.- “Great Balls of Fire”. Jerry Lee Lewis. A great rock ‘ n ‘ roll of this enormous and controversial exponent of the genre. Recorded in the studios of Sun Records, in Memphis, at the end of 1957, it was given to know at the beginning of the following year and was an instant success, thanks to their strength and to their intended letter.
6.- “The Stroll”. The Diamonds. A theme strange, mysterious, perhaps a bit too horny for your time and for the morality prevailing at the end of the fifties. Even the way the dance floor had something of sicalíptico, if we take into account that it was aimed at young white. A delight that some of it is unhealthy and creepy, as a song for a David Lynch movie.
7.- “Peggy Sue”. Buddy Holly. One of the compositions badge of Holly, released a year before his tragic death. Interpreted in the side of The Crickets, the name of the song is a tribute to the bride and future wife of the drummer of the group, Jerry Allison, to whom we owe the famous and characteristic part of the drums.
8.- “Fever”. Peggy Lee. Sexy song par excellence, more jazz than rock, “Fever” was in the voice of Peggy Lee an issue that caused the wet dreams of millions of men (and probably women too) from all over the world. Even though it had been originally recorded by the unknown but excellent singer black Little Willie John in 1956, was the version of Lee that became a classic.
9.- “Summertime Blues”. Eddie Cochran. A theme great, with a letter ahead of its time. After the early death of Cochran, it would be recorded by countless groups, although the best versions would be those of Blue Cheer and The Who. Explosive and sensational.
10.- “Tequila”. The Champs. Instrumental that was all the rage 60 years ago with his touch “latino”, in what was a mix of mambo with garage rock. Although the Champs had recorded as a piece of filler on their first album and as the B-side of their song “Train to Nowhere” and not what they had thought as a possible success, the result was very different and became a classic of 1958… and of all the future.