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More than most years, 1958 was chocked full of surprises. America countered Sputnik with its own satellite, Explorer. Fourteen-year-old Bobby Fischer won the chess championship. Elvis Presley was inducted into the army. And Italy invaded the United States.
Hmmm, you ponder that last one doesnt ring a bell. Perhaps so, but singers of Italian heritage certainly invaded the pop charts. Sal Mineo, Annette Funicello, Tony Benedetto (aka Bennett), and Connie Frances (née Franconero) are just a few of the Italian Americans who ruled the airwaves during 1958. Leading the charge, however, was Domenico Modugno, whose Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) stormed to #1 and nabbed the Grammy Award for Record of the Year and Song of the Year.
These spicy meatballs are all represented on Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1958: More Pop Gold, a jam-packed collection of hard-to-find favorites, many of which have never before appeared on CD! It even features four Top 100 hits sung in Italian! This generous lineup of hits 26 tracks running 68 minutes features superb, audiophile quality remastering and an informative booklet making it an extraordinary entertainment value for casual oldies fans, as well as a bonanza for collectors.
Looking for cuts that have never been on CD? 1958: More Pop Gold features Stereo Debuts of #1 hits by David Seville and The Teddy Bears (featuring future Wall Of Sound architect Phil Spector). Five of the tracks make their CD Debut including the Beverly Sisters Greensleeves and Eydie Gormes Mama, Teach Me to Dance.
Of course, 1958: More Pop Gold features some of the years biggest hits, too, including Jimmy Clantons swamp ballad Just A Dream, the rare stereo single version of the Poni-Tails proto-girl group classic, Born Too Late, Johnny Mathis very first hit, Wonderful! Wonderful! and a new stereo mix of Perry Comos Magic Moments the song featured in so many wonderful PBS-TV specials.
Terrific Value! An incomparable selection of 26 songs lasting over a full hour, and a fact- and photo-filled 12-page booklet featuring a 3,500 word essay by music writer Greg Adams, Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1958: More Pop Gold brings the magic of the 50s back to life! (Also see Hard To Find Jukebox Classics 1958: Pop Gold and 1958: Rhythm & Rock.)
5 CD DEBUTS! ALL TRACKS MONO EXCEPT AS NOTED
|1.||TO KNOW HIM, IS TO LOVE HIM (new stereo mix)||The Teddy Bears||#1||9/58|
|2.||JUST A DREAM||Jimmy Clanton||#4||7/58|
|3.||BORN TOO LATE (stereo single version)||The Poni-Tails||#7||7/58|
|4.||START MOVIN (In My Direction) (rare stereo)||Sal Mineo||#9||5/57|
|5.||TALL PAUL||Annette (Funicello)||#7||12/58|
|6.||STUPID CUPID||Connie Francis||#14||7/58|
|7.||WONDERFUL! WONDERFUL!||Johnny Mathis||#14||2/57|
|8.||ITS NOT FOR ME TO SAY||Johnny Mathis||#5||4/57|
|9.||MY HAPPINESS (stereo)||Connie Francis||#2||12/58|
|10.||Rare On CD COME PRIMA||Tony Dallara||#60||12/58|
|11.||NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU (Volare)||Domenico Modugno||#1||8/58|
|12.||TORERO (DCS stereo)||Renato Carosone||#18||5/58|
|13.||LAZY MARY (Luna Mezzo Mare) (stereo)||Lou Monte||#12||3/58|
|14.||CD Debut THE BIRD ON MY HEAD (stereo)||David Seville||#34||7/58|
|15.||THE WITCH DOCTOR (rare stereo)||David Seville||#1||4/58|
|16.||Rare On CDI LOVE MY BABY (My Baby Loves Me)||Jill Corey||#21||1/57|
CD Debut LITTLE BY LITTLE
CD DebutMAMA, TEACH ME TO DANCE
|19.||CD Debut HAPPINESS STREET (Corner Sunshine Square)||Tony Bennett||#38||8/56|
|21.||CD Debut GREENSLEEVES||Beverly Sisters||#41||1/57|
|22.||MAY YOU ALWAYS (stereo)||McGuire Sisters||#11||12/58|
|23.||Rare On CD PADRE (stereo)||Toni Arden||#13||5/58|
|24.||Rare On CD ST. THERESE OF THE ROSES||Billy Ward & His Dominoes||#13||8/56|
|25.||FOR YOUR LOVE||Ed Townsend||#13||4/58|
|26.||MAGIC MOMENTS (new stereo mix)||Perry Como||#4||1/58|
Chart positions taken from Joel Whitburns Record Research series of Billboard chart books.