74 for ’74: 1958-1959

My 74 for ’74 rock and roll playlist continues with songs from 1958 and 1959.

7. Johnny B. Goode, Chuck Berry (1958).  When Chuck was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986, he performed “Johnny B. Goode” and “Rock and Roll Music” (note my 1957 selections) backed by Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band. The Hall of Fame included these songs and “Maybellene” in their list of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll. The video below was filmed in 1972 but is still great.

You’ll also probably remember Michael J. Fox rocking out on this tune in Back to the Future. It has been covered by almost everyone.

8. Shout, The Isley Brothers (1959).  We were too young to enjoy it when it first came out, but the Animal House copycat version in 1978 sold us completely.  Who can resist answering to the call and response chorus?

9. What’d I Say, Ray Charles (1959). After a run of R&B hits, this song finally brought Ray into the mainstream of pop music and sparked a new R&B sub-genre — soul. Rolling Stone named this the #10 song of all-time.  Here’s why:

It cooks.

Other great songs from 1958 and 1959 follow.

1958: All I Have To Do Is Dream, The Everly Brothers; Rockin’ Robin, Bobby Day; Book of Love, Monotones; Tears on My Pillow, Little Anthony & The Imperials; Great Balls of Fire, Jerry Lee Lewis; Good Golly, Miss Molly, Little Richard; Chantilly Lace, The Big Bopper; La Bamba, Ritchie Valens.

1959: I Only Have Eyes for You, The Flamingos; Kansas City, Wilbert Harrison; Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, The Platters; 16 Candles, The Crests.

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