90-track 3CD set with one disc devoted to each year 1957-1959
Compiles singles released in the UK, which could reasonably have been expected to be hits but failed to chart
Featured artists include Johnny Cash, Connie Francis, Gene Vincent, Lonnie Donegan, Patsy Cline and Alma Cogan
A fascinating companion to hits-of-the-year compilations, like Fantastic Voyage’s exhaustive British Hit Parade series
A second set will cover the years 1960-1962
Not every record that’s released can be a hit, but - hit or not - every record released is still a memory for someone. In The Forgotten 45s 1957-1959 we are remembering the records that deserved to be a UK hit but, for whatever reason, were not. Packed with singles by hit-makers of the calibre of Gene Vincent, Alma Cogan, Frankie Lymon, Lonnie Donegan, Brenda Lee and Dion, as well as US acts hoping to extend their success beyond the domestic market, this 3CD set devotes one disc to each year from 1957 to 1959, and will be followed by a companion set covering the years 1960-1962. Reflecting the musical preferences of the era, the featured styles run the gamut of R&B, doo wop, rock & roll, country, skiffle and mainstream pop.
Considered alongside hits-of-the-year compilations, like Fantastic Voyage’s exhaustive British Hit Parade series, The Forgotten 45s offers a fascinating parallel narrative. Artists, labels and other pundits could reasonably have expected these recording to be UK hit singles, but they were denied that success. The reason may be apparent with hindsight: the timely release of a rival version, or the listening public starting to fall out of love with the artist, or their style of music. But other misses are harder to fathom, and of course it is this unpredictability that goes a long way to explain our fascination with hit records. If you were one of the few that bought one or more of these tracks back in the day, then you already know the enjoyment you derived from them, and you can sit back and let the memories come flooding back. If you are only now discovering the music of a bygone age, then The Forgotten 45s offers an intriguing, different dimension to your journey.
1. Little Bitty Pretty One (Bobby Day & The Satellites) 2. Black Slacks (Joe Bennett and The Sparkletones) 3. Teenage Love (Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers) 4. California Zephyr (Jimmy Jackson’s Rock ’n’ Skiffle) 5. Fraulein (Bobby Helms) 6. Home Of The Blues (Johnny Cash and The Tennessee Two) 7. Just Because (Lloyd Price) 8. The Big Beat (Tony Crombie and His Rockets) 9. Mr Wonderful (The Beverley Sisters) 10. I Never Had A Sweetheart (Connie Francis) 11. Mr Lee (The Bobbettes) 12. C. C. Rider (Chuck Willis) 13. Rockabilly Party (Hugo and Luigi) 14. B-I-Bickey-Bi, Bo-Bo-Go (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps) 15. Sittin’ In The Balcony (Johnny Dee) 16. Lucky Lips (Ruth Brown) 17. Walkin’ After Midnight (Patsy Cline) 18. Dig (Nervous Norvus) 19. Skiffle Party (The Vipers Skiffle Group) 20. Hula Love (Buddy Knox with The Rhythm Orchids) 21. I’m Stickin’ With You (Jimmy Bowen with The Rhythm Orchids) 22. Shame, Shame, Shame (Smiley Lewis) 23. Jim Dandy (LaVern Baker) 24. Dynamite (Brenda Lee) 25. Fabulous (Alma Cogan) 26. I’m Walkin’ (Ricky Nelson) 27. First Date, First Kiss, First Love (Sonny James) 28. Round And Round (Perry Como) 29. The Joker (That’s What They Call Me) (Billy Myles) 30. Happy, Happy Birthday Baby (The Tune Weavers)
1. Buzz Buzz Buzz (The Hollywood Flames) 2. Everybody’s Rockin’ (Shirley and Lee) 3. Don’t You Just Know It (Huey “Piano” Smith and The Clowns) 4. C’mon Let’s Go (Guy Mitchell) 5. Just A Dream (Jimmy Clanton) 6. The Hula Hoop Song (Teresa Brewer) 7. Why, Why, Why (Mike Preston) 8. 6-5 Jive (The King Brothers) 9. Catch A Falling Star (Jeremy Lubbock) 10. Midnight Special (Lonnie Donegan Skiffle Group) 11. The Stroll (The Diamonds) 12. Bim Bam (Sam Butera and The Witnesses) 13. One Summer Night (The Danleers) 14. Get A Job (The Silhouettes) 15. Dance Me Daddy (Marvin Rainwater) 16. Rocky Road Blues (Gene Vincent and His Blue Caps) 17. She’s Neat (Dale Wright with The Rock-Its) 18. Don’t Let Go (Roy Hamilton) 19. Devotion (Janice Harper) 20. Should We Tell Him (The Everly Brothers) 21. Oh Lonesome Me (Don Gibson) 22. Skinny Minnie (Bill Haley and His Comets) 23. Teacher’s Pet (Doris Day) 24. It’s Just A Matter Of Time (Brook Benton) 25. A Lover’s Question (Clyde McPhatter) 26. I’m Wanderin’ (Jackie Wilson) 27. Secretly (Jimmie Rodgers) 28. You Win Again (Jerry Lee Lewis) 29. Click Clack (Boyd Bennett and His Rockets) 30. Forget Me Not (The Kalin Twins)
1. Peek-A-Boo (The Cadillacs) 2. Plain Jane (Bobby Darin) 3. Hawaiian Wedding Song (Andy Williams) 4. Smokie - Part 1 (Bill Black’s Combo) 5. Crazy Little Daisy (Neville Taylor) 6. Wait For Me (Ti Diro) (Marion Ryan) 7. Adonis (Petula Clark) 8. Allentown Jail (Lita Roza) 9. The Hippy Hippy Shake (Chan Romero) 10. Kansas City (Wilbert Harrison) 11. Pretty Blue Eyes (Steve Lawrence) 12. New Fangled Tango (Lena Horne) 13. Three Stars (Tommy Dee) 14. This Should Go On Forever (Rod Bernard) 15. Guitar Boogie Shuffle (The Virtues) 16. White Lightning (George Jones) 17. Hey Mae (Rusty and Doug) 18. A Lover’s Prayer (Dion and The Belmonts) 19. Okefenokee (Freddy Cannon) 20. Turn Me Loose (Fabian) 21. Woo-Hoo (The Rock-A-Teens) 22. Pretend (Carl Mann) 23. It’s Not For Me to Say (Johnny Mathis) 24. Talk Of The School (Sonny James) 25. Crossfire (Johnny and The Hurricanes) 26. Private Eye (The Olympics) 27. Baby Talk (Tom and Jerry) 28. Hey Little Girl (Dee Clark) 29. The Worryin’ Kind (Tommy Sands) 30. Almost Grown (Chuck Berry)