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On December 19, 1955.

On December 19, 1955, “Decca” label released “Rock Around the Clock”, the third Bill Haley and His Comets album. Like his two previous albums it is compilation of previously issued singles. It was recorded April 1954–September 1955, at “Pythian Temple Studios” in New York City, and was produced Milt Gabler.

Personnel:

  • Bill Haley– vocals, rhythm guitar
  • Danny Cedrone, Franny Beecher– lead guitar
  • Billy Williamson– steel guitar
  • Johnny Grande– piano
  • Marshall Lytle– double bass
  • Billy Gussak– drums on
  • Joey d’Ambrosio– tenor saxophone
  • Panama Francisor Billy Gussak – drums
  • Al Rex– double bass
  • Cliff Leeman– drums
  • Rudy Pompilli– tenor saxophone
  • Dick Richards – triangle, tom toms, backing vocals
  1. Rock Around the Clock – James E. Myers, Max C. Freedman
  2. Shake, Rattle and Roll – Jesse Stone
  3. A.B.C. Boogie – Al Russel, Max Spickol
  4. Thirteen Women (And Only One Man in Town) – Dickie Thompson
  5. Razzle-Dazzle – Charles E. Calhoun
  6. Two Hound Dogs – Bill Haley, Frank Pingatore
  7. Dim, Dim the Lights (I Want Some Atmosphere) – Beverly Ross, Julius Dixon
  8. Happy Baby – Frank Pingatore
  9. Birth Of The Boogie – Bill Haley, Billy Williamson, Johnny Grande
  10. Mambo Rock – Bix Reichner, Mildred Phillips and Jimmy Ayre
  11. Burn That Candle – Winfield Scott
  12. Rock-A-Beatin’ Boogie – Bill Haley

 

On March 23, 1956.

On March 23, 1956, “RCA Victor” label released the self-titled, debut Elvis Presley album. It was recorded July 1954 – January 1956, at “”RCA Victor Studios” in Nashville, Tennessee, “RCA Victor Studios” in New York City, “Sun Studio” in Memphis, Tennessee, and was produced by Sam Phillips (Sun recordings) and Steve Sholes (RCA recordings). “Rolling Stone” magazine ranked the album cover at number 40, on its list of the “100 Greatest Album Covers”. The album was certified Platinum in US by the “RIAA”.

Personnel:

  • Elvis Presley– vocals, acoustic guitar, piano
  • Scotty Moore– electric guitar
  • Chet Atkins– acoustic guitar
  • Floyd Cramer– piano
  • Shorty Long– piano
  • Bill Black– bass
  • Doug Poindexter– percussion, guitar
  • J. Fontana– drums
  • Johnny Bernero – drums
  • Gordon Stoker– backing vocals
  • Ben Speer– backing vocals
  • Brock Speer– backing vocals

 Track listing:

  1. Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
  2. I’m Counting On You – Don Robertson
  3. I Got a Woman – Ray Charles, Renald Richard
  4. One Sided Love Affair – Bill Campbell
  5. I Love You Because – Leon Payne
  6. Just Because – Bob Shelton, Joe Shelton, Sydney Robin
  7. Tutti Frutti – Dorothy LaBostrie, Richard Wayne Penniman
  8. Tryin’ to Get You – Rose Marie McCoy, Charles Singleton
  9. I’m Gonna Sit Right Down and Cry (Over You) – Howard Biggs, Joe Thomas
  10. I’ll Never Let You Go (Little Darlin’) – Jimmy Wakely
  11. Blue Moon – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
  12. Money Honey – Jesse Stone

 

In December 1957.

In December 1957, “Prestige” label released “Bags’ Groove”, the 23rd Miles Davis album. It was recorded June 29 – December 24, 1954, at “Van Gelder Studio” in Hackensack, NJ, and was produced by Bob Weinstock.

Personnel:

  • Miles Davis– trumpet
  • Sonny Rollins– tenor saxophone
  • Horace Silver– piano
  • Percy Heath– bass
  • Kenny Clarke– drums
  • Milt Jackson– vibraphone
  • Thelonious Monk– piano

Track listing:

  1. Bags’ Groove (Take 1) – Milt Jackson
  2. Bags’ Groove” (Take 2) – Milt Jackson
  3. Airegin – Sonny Rollins
  4. Oleo – Sonny Rollins
  5. But Not for Me (take 2) – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  6. Doxy – Sonny Rollins
  7. But Not for me (Take 2)  – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin

On October 21, 1961.

On October 21, 1961, “Sun” label released “Now Here’s Johnny Cash”, the tenth Johnny Cash album. It was recorded September 1954 – July 17, 1958, and was produced by Sam Phillips and Jack Clement.

Personnel:

  • Johnny Cash – vocal, guitar
  • Al Casey- guitar
  • Bill Pitzonka – art direction, design

Track listing:

  1. Sugartime – Odis Echols, Charlie Phillips
  2. Down the Street to 301 – Jack Clement
  3. Life Goes On – Johnny Cash, Jack Clement
  4. Port of Lonely Hearts – Johnny Cash
  5. Cry! Cry! Cry! – Johnny Cash
  6. My Treasure – Johnny Cash
  7. Oh Lonesome Me – Don Gibson
  8. So Doggone Lonesome – Don Gibson
  9. You’re the Nearest Thing to Heaven – Jim Atkins, Johnny Cash, Hoyt Johnson
  10. The Story of a Broken Heart – Sam Phillips
  11. Hey Porter – Johnny Cash
  12. Home of the Blues – Johnny Cash, Glen Douglas, Vic McAlpin

On October 11, 1957.

On October 11, 1957, “Sun” label released “Johnny Cash with His Hot and Blue Guitar”, the debut Johnny Cash album. It was recorded  September 1954 – August 4, 1957, and was produced by Sam Phillips.

Personnel:

  • Johnny Cash – vocals, guitar
  • Luther Perkins- electric guitar
  • Marshall Grant– bass
  • Bill Pitzonka – art direction

Track listing:

All tracks by Johnny Cash, except where noted.

  1. The Rock Island Line – unknown author
  2. I Heard That Lonesome Whistle – Jimmie Davis, Hank Williams
  3. Country Boy
  4. If the Good Lord’s Willing – Jerry Reed
  5. Cry! Cry! Cry!
  6. Remember Me – Stuart Hamblen
  7. So Doggone Lonesome
  8. I Was There When It Happened – Jimmie Davis, Fern Jones
  9. I Walk the Line
  10. The Wreck of the Old ’97 – traditional, arranged by Johnny Cash
  11. Folsom Prison Blues
  12. Doin’ My Time – Jimmie Skinner

 

In April 1954.

In April 1954, “Pacific Jazz” label released “Chet Baker Sings”, the ninth Chet Baker album and his debut vocal album. It was recorded on February 15, 1954, and was produced by Richard Bock.

Personnel:

  • Chet Baker- vocals, trumpet
  • Russ Freeman- piano, celesta
  • Carson Smith- double bass
  • Joe Mondragon- double bass
  • Bob Neel – drums
  • Jimmy Bond – double bass
  • Larance Marable- drums
  • Peter Littman – drums
  • Gerald Heard – liner notes
  • William Claxton– photography

Track listing:

  1. But Not for Me – George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  2. Time After Time – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
  3. My Funny Valentine – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
  4. I Fall in Love Too Easily – Jule Styne, Sammy Cahn
  5. There Will Never Be Another You – Harry Warren, Mack Gordon
  6. I Get Along Without You Very Well (Except Sometimes) – Hoagy Carmichael
  7. The Thrill is Gone – Lew Brown, Ray Henderson
  8. Look for the Silver Lining – Jerome Kern, Buddy DeSylva

 

In March 1954.

In March 1954, “Philips” label released “Grand Jacques”, the début Jacques Brel album. It was recorded on February 15, 1954.

Personnel:

  • Jacques Brel– vocals, acoustic guitar
  • André Grassi, Glen Powell – arrangements
  • Michel Legrand, André Popp, François Rauber– orchestra conductor
  • Jean-Marie Guérin – mastering
  • Henri Guilbaud – photography

Track listing:

All tracks by Jacques Brel, except where noted.

  1. La haine
  2. Grand Jacques (C’est trop facile)
  3. Il pleut (Les carreaux)
  4. Le diable (Ça va)
  5. Il peut pleuvoir – Jacques Brel, Glen Powell
  6. Il nous faut regarder
  7. Le fou du roi
  8. C’est comme ça
  9. Sur la place