My 74 for ’74 playlist continues with 1957 songs.
4. Rock and Roll Music, Chuck Berry (1957). If Rock Around the Clock is effectively the original rock and roll record, this is probably the definitive anthem. This song made rock and roll a clear category. I also love the Beatles’ cover of this one — John Lennon really gets after the vocal. The Beach Boys too. Enjoy this 1986 Chuck Berry duet with the great Etta James.
5. Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis (1957). Lewis sold over a million copies of this record in the first 10 days, allowing it to reach #2 on the Billboard pop charts, #3 on the R&B charts, and #1 on the country charts.
6. That’ll Be the Day, Buddy Holly (1957). This record reached Billboard #1 status. I also loved the Linda Ronstadt version. This song was the first to be recorded (as a demo) by The Quarrymen, the band that subsequently became The Beatles.
Other great 1957 songs: Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On, Jerry Lee Lewis; I’m Walkin’, Fats Domino; Jailhouse Rock, All Shook Up, Elvis; You Send Me, Sam Cooke; Bye Bye Love, Wake Up Little Susie, The Everly Brothers; Peggy Sue, Buddy Holly.