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Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of 1959
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Complete Pop Instrumental
Hits of 1959
    Complete 60s Records



Complete 60s CD #11959       $39.98        Add to cart

Our mission at Complete 60s Records to collect every U.S. pop instrumental hit of the 1960s produced three spectacular box sets, but when we found it impossible to go forward past 1962, collectors demanded we turn back the clock to 1959, another great year for instrumentals. So now, on two jam-packed CDs, we have collected every charting U.S. pop hit from 1959 in sparkling fidelity, all 66 of them! Nearly a third of these (21) are CD debuts, tracks that appear on CD for the first time ever.

Even more exciting, this collection sports EIGHT iconic 1959 songs in real STEREO for the first time. These aren’t just minor hits, but the biggest hits of the year in spectacular new STEREO that will knock your socks off. But don’t take our word for it: just check out the SOUND SAMPLES below. You won’t believe your ears!

Starting with two #1 hits, “Sleep Walk” by Santo & Johnny and “The Happy Organ” by Dave “Baby” Cortez, you’ll also thrill to the original single versions (in STEREO) of “Red River Rock” by Johnny & The Hurricanes, “Guitar Boogie Shuffle” by The Virtues, “Petite Fleur” by Chris Barber and “Wild Weekend” by The Rockin’ Rebels (recorded in 1959)... plus even more. There haven’t been this many Stereo debuts of major hits from this long ago on a single collection EVER!

But beyond the new stereo, there’s real depth here: these 66 songs offer a snapshot of 1950s instrumental music: rock & roll, orchestral pop, exotica, big bands, jazz, novelties, and more. Some of these singles spotlight specific instruments: guitar, clarinet, organ, trumpet, drums, or steel guitar. Others combine styles in surprising ways, like the rockin’ strings of Franck Pourcel and Enoch Light, or the R&B/swing fusion of Ernie Fields’ “In The Mood.”

Many of the biggest names of ’50s music are included: Duane Eddy, Billy Vaughn, Chet Atkins, and Ray Anthony, as well as many one-hit wonders like the (original) Intruders and the Megatrons.

The research team at Complete 60s combed the vaults for the best possible sources for these wordless wonders, making sure to always locate the original hit versions and compare them to the original 45 rpm singles for authenticity. Then, two top sound engineers carefully remastered the original recordings until the twangy guitars, pounding drums, and soaring strings practically leap out of your speakers. You’ll be speechless! Thank goodness, however, writer Greg Adams wasn’t at a loss for words. His detailed 28-page liner notes include biographies of all 48 artists, plus release notes and chart information for every track. The same creative folks who lovingly compile those great Eric CDs in the States produced this set for Complete 60s, so you know there’s the same commitment to high-quality sound and attention to detail missing from so many oldies collections. Why settle for less? Why take chances with risky, off-brand, mediocre MP3 downloads of dubious origin?

This is a historic, must-have collection that no true instrumental enthusiast can be without. Simply put, if you love instrumentals of any kind, Complete Pop Instrumental Hits of 1959 is the ginchiest!


Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
play 1. Stereo DebutTHE HAPPY ORGAN Dave “Baby” Cortez #1 5/11/59 Stereo*
play 2. Stereo DebutPETITE FLEUR (Little Flower) Chris Barber’s Jazz Band #5 3/2/59 Stereo*
play 3. Stereo DebutGUITAR BOOGIE SHUFFLE The Virtues #5 4/27/59 Stereo*
play 4. I TALK TO THE TREES Edmundo Ros & His Orchestra #77 1/26/59 Stereo
play 5. BLUE HAWAII Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #37 2/2/59 Stereo
play 6. U.S. Single
Version Debut
Reg Owen & His Orchestra #10 2/9/59 Mono
play 7. GAZACHSTAHAGEN The Wild-Cats #57 2/9/59 Mono
play 8. THE LONELY ONE Duane Eddy #23 2/16/59 Mono
play 9. JUPITER-C Pat & The Satellites #81 2/23/59 Mono
play 10. PETER GUNN Ray Anthony & His Orchestra #8 3/2/59 Mono
play 11. CD DebutBUNNY HOP The Applejacks #70 3/9/59 Mono
play 12. RAW-HIDE Link Wray & His Ray Men #23 3/23/59 Mono
play 13. CD DebutMIDNIGHT OIL Charlie Blackwell #55 3/23/59 Mono
play 14. CD DebutFRIED EGGS The Intruders #73 3/23/59 Mono
play 15. RECORD HOP BLUES The Quarter Notes #82 3/23/59 Mono
play 16. HAWAIIAN WAR CHANT Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #89 3/30/59 Stereo
play 17. THE BEAT The Rockin’ R’s #57 4/13/59 Mono
play 18. YEP! Duane Eddy #30 4/20/59 Mono
play 19. Single Version
Ray Anthony & His Orchestra #96 4/20/59 Stereo
play 20. 77 SUNSET STRIP The Big Sound Of Don Ralke #69 4/27/59 Mono
play 21. PIPE DREAMS Jimmy Beck & His Orchestra #82 4/27/59 Mono
play 22. YOUR CHEATIN’ HEART Billy Vaughn & His Orchestra #82 5/4/59 Mono
play 23. ROCKIN’ CRICKETS The Hot Toddys Featuring Bill Pennell #57 5/25/59 Mono
play 24. Mono Single
Version Debut
Martin Denny & His Orchestra #4 6/1/59 Mono
play 25. Stereo DebutONLY YOU (And You Alone) Franck Pourcel’s French Fiddles #9 6/1/59 Stereo*
play 26. CROSSFIRE Johnny & The Hurricanes #23 6/8/59 Mono
play 27. A STRING OF TRUMPETS The Trumpeteers #64 6/8/59 Mono
play 28. STRAIGHT FLUSH The Frantics #91 6/8/59 Stereo
play 29. CD DebutWITH MY EYES WIDE OPEN I’M DREAMING Enoch Light & The Light Brigade #99 6/15/59 Stereo
play 30. TALL COOL ONE The Wailers #36 6/22/59 Mono
play 31. DANNY BOY Sil Austin #59 6/22/59 Stereo
play 32. BONGO ROCK Preston Epps #14 6/29/59 Mono
play 33. VELVET WATERS The Megatrons #51 6/29/59 Mono
Listen Track Title Artist Chart Date Stereo
play 1. Stereo DebutSLEEP WALK Santo & Johnny #1 9/21/59 Stereo*
play 2. Stereo DebutRED RIVER ROCK Johnny & The Hurricanes #5 9/7/59 Stereo*
play 3. LITTLE DIPPER The Mickey Mozart Quintet #30 7/6/59 Mono
play 4. Stereo Single
Version Debut
The Arthur Lyman Group #55 7/6/59 Stereo
play 5. THE WHISTLING ORGAN Dave “Baby” Cortez #61 7/6/59 Mono
play 6. CD DebutHAPPY VACATION Jackie Lee #95 7/6/59 Mono
play 7. LIKE YOUNG Andre Previn with David Rose & His Orchestra #46 7/20/59 Stereo
play 8. FORTY MILES OF BAD ROAD Duane Eddy #9 7/27/59 Stereo
play 9. THE QUIET THREE Duane Eddy #46 7/27/59 Stereo
play 10. Stereo Single
Version Debut
Martin Denny & His Orchestra #88 7/27/59 Stereo
play 11. CIAO, CIAO BAMBINA Jacky Noguez & His Orchestra #24 8/10/59 Stereo
play 12. CRY The Knightsbridge Strings #53 8/17/59 Stereo
play 13. MAU-MAU The Wailers #68 9/7/59 Mono
play 14. THE CATERPILLAR CRAWL The Strangers #49 9/14/59 Mono
play 15. FOG CUTTER The Frantics #93 9/14/59 Mono
play 16. BOO BOO STICK BEAT Chet Atkins #49 10/12/59 Mono
play 17. TEEN BEAT Sandy Nelson #4 10/19/59 Mono
play 18. FIRST LOVE, FIRST TEARS Duane Eddy #59 10/19/59 Stereo
play 19. SOME KIND-A EARTHQUAKE Duane Eddy #37 10/26/59 Stereo
play 20. TORQUAY The Fireballs #39 10/26/59 Mono
play 21. JOEY’S SONG Bill Haley & His Comets #46 11/9/59 Stereo
play 22. THE ENCHANTED SEA The Islanders #15 11/16/59 Stereo
play 23. CD DebutWHEEL OF FORTUNE The Knightsbridge Strings #88 11/16/59 Stereo
play 24. WOO-HOO The Rock-A-Teens #16 11/23/59 Mono
play 25. REVEILLE ROCK Johnny & The Hurricanes #25 11/23/59 Stereo
play 26. Stereo Single
Version Debut
Martin Denny & His Orchestra #28 11/23/59 Stereo
play 27. THE HUNCH Paul Gayten #68 11/23/59 Mono
play 28. THE HUNCH The Bobby Peterson Quintet #71 11/23/59 Mono
play 29. CD DebutMARINA Jacky Noguez & His Orchestra #87 11/30/59 Mono
play 30. IN THE MOOD Ernie Fields’ Orchestra #4 12/14/59 Mono
play 31. I’LL WALK THE LINE Don Costa & His Orchestra #59 12/14/59 Stereo
play 32. Stereo DebutTEAR DROP Santo & Johnny #23 12/21/59 Stereo
play 33. Stereo Debut –
Bonus Track
The Rockin' Rebels #8 12/1/62 Stereo*
*This track is presented in Digitally Extracted Stereo (DES), a technological advance that uses the original mono recording to produce an authentic stereo listening experience. Click here for more details

Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburn’s Record Research series of Billboard chart books.

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