Essential Fifties Singles

Essential Fifties Singles Collection

War of the Speeds | Early 50s | Late 50s |

The 1950s brought to a head the so-called "war of the speeds" as RCA Victor pitted themselves in competition with Columbia in their race to replace the standard 78-rpm disc. RCA Victor countered the Columbia microgroove record with a new disc and record-playing equipment having a turntable speed of 40 plus rpm. Thus was born the 45-rpm single which certainly didn't defeat Columbia's LP but it nevertheless became the standard of charted hit records for many years to come. Throughout the 1950s it was common for songs to be released in multiple formats from the original 78-rpm disc to 45-rpm and several long-play formats. However, the single double-sided 45-rpm record became the standard of reference for record sales and popular appeal throughout the 1950s and decades to come. Even today, record success is often measured by the popularity of a "single" despite the fact that no one is quite certain what that means because almost all recordings are released in multiple song compilations i.e. a record album or compact disc. During the 1950s Perry Como certainly didn't lack for success in sales of his popular record singles no matter what the format. One performance on his popular television show would virtually guarantee a chart position the following week. During this period, his batting average second to none, he produced over eighty essential tracks which have never been featured within a 1950s comprehensive collection. Most album compilations skip over this important era in Perry's  career with scant attention to his undeniable achievement.  A few of these recordings pop up here and there in various album compilations but they have never been released in a comprehensive way. Surprisingly, some of them, having charted well, were never released again in any format other than the original single.

A Bushel And A Peck

A Still Small Voice

All At Once You Love Her

Beats There A Heart So True

Cara Cara Bella Bella

Catch A Falling Star

Chee Chee-Oo Chee ( Sang the Little Bird )

Childhood Is A Meadow


Dance Only With Me


Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes

Dream Along With Me ( I'm On My Way to a Star )


( The ) Girl With The Golden Braids


Hello, Young Lovers

Here's To My Lady

Hit And Run Affair


Hot Diggity ( Dog Ziggity Boom )

I Confess

I Cross My Fingers

I Know

I May Never Pass This Way Again


If Wishes Were Kisses

Ivy Rose

Juke Box Baby

Just Born ( To Be Your Baby )

Keep It Gay

Kewpie Doll

Kiss Me and Kiss Me and Kiss Me ( Tre Voite Baciami )

Ko-Ko-Mo ( I Love You So )


Lonesome, That's All

Look Out the Window ( And See How I'm Standing In The Rain )

Love Makes The World Go 'Round

Magic Moments

Mandolins In The Moonlight

Marching Along To The Blues


Mi Casa, Su Casa ( My House Is Your House )

Moonlight Love

Moon - Talk


My Lady Loves To Dance

My Little Baby

My Love and Devotion

My One and Only Heart

No Other Love

Noodlin' Rag

On The Outgoing Tide

Pa-paya Mama

Papa Loves Mambo


Play Me a Hurtin' Tune

Please Mr. Sun

Rollin' Stone

( The ) Rose Tattoo

Round and Round

Route 66

Say You're Mine Again

She's A Lady

Somebody Up There Likes Me

Sweethearts Holiday

The Things I Didn't Do

There Never Was A Night So Beautiful

There's A Big Blue Cloud

There's No Boat Like A Rowboat

Tina Marie

To Know You ( Is To Love You )


Tulips and Heather

Tumbling Tumbleweeds

Two Lost Souls

You Came A Long Way from St. Louis


Watchin' The Trains Go By

Watermelon Weather

Wild Horses

With All My Heart and Soul

You Alone ( Solo Tu )

You Are In Love

You Don't Kno' What Lonesome Is

You'll Always Be My Lifetime Sweetheart

You're Just In Love ( I Wonder Why )

Zing Zing — Zoom Zoom

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Tuesday, December 13, 2022