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The Music and Events of 1956

Our favorite songs of 1956 included these:

Title Artist
 
16 Tons Ford, Tennesee Ernie
Autumn Leaves Williams, Roger
Be-Bop-A-Lula Vincent, Gene
Blue Suede Shoes Perkins, Carl
Blue Suede Shoes Presley, Elvis
Blueberry Hill Domino, Fats
Born to Be With You Chordettes
Canadian Sunset Winterhalter, Hugo
Crazy Arms Price, Ray
Cry Ray, Johnny
Devil Or Angel Clovers
Donít Be Cruel Presley, Elvis
Drinkiní Wine, Spo-Dee-O-Dee Burnette, Johnny
Fool, the Clark, Sanford
Get Rhythm (When You Get the Blues) Cash, Johnny
Gonna Get Along Without Ya Now Patience & Prudence
Got My Mo-Jo Working Foster, Preston
Graduation Day Four Freshmen
Great Pretender, The Platters
Green Door Lowe, Jim
Happy, Happy Birthday Baby Tune Weavers
He McGuire Sisters
Heartbreak Hotel Presley, Elvis
Honey Hush Burnette, Johnny
Hot Diggity Como, Perry
Hound Dog Presley, Elvis
I Almost Lost My Mind Boone, Pat
I Could Have Danced All Night Andrews, Julie
I Donít Care If the Sun Donít Shine Presley, Elvis
I Love You Because Presley, Elvis
I Love You íCause Youíre You Martino, Al
I Still Miss Someone Cash, Johnny
I Walk the Line Cash, Johnny
I Want You Presley, Elvis
In the Still of the Night Five Satins
In the Still of the Night Dion & Belmonts
It Only Hurts For a Little While Ames Brothers
Iíll Be Home Boone, Pat
Iím in Love Again Domino, Fats
Just Walking in the Rain Ray, Johnnie
Long Tall Sally Presley, Elvis
Long Tall Sally Little Richard
Love and Marriage Sinatra, Frank
Love is a Many Splendered Thing Four Aces
Love Me Presley, Elvis
Love Me Tender Presley, Elvis
Magic Touch (Youíve got) Platters
Memories are Made of This Martin, Dean
My Prayer Platters
No Not Much Four Lads
Oh, Lonesome Me Gibson, Don
On the Street Where You Live Damone, Vic
One Night of Sin Lewis, Smiley
Only You Platters
Ooby Dooby Orbison, Roy
Rip It Up Little Richard
Rock Around with Ollie Vee Holly, Buddy
Rockbilly Boogie Burnette, Johnny
Roll Over Beethoven Berry, Chuck
Rose and a Baby Ruth, a Hamilton, George
See You Later Alligator Bill Haley & the Comets
Singing the Blues Mitchell, Guy
Singing the Blues Robbins, Marty
Slippiní and Slidiní Little Richard
Slow Down Williams, Larry
Speedo Cadillacs
Standing on the Corner Four Lads
The Flying Saucer 1 & 2 Buchanan & Goodman
Tonight You Belong to Me Patience & Prudence
Too Much Monkey Business Berry, Chuck
True Love Crosby, Bing
Trying to Get to You Presley, Elvis
Tutti-Frutti Little Richard
Tutti-Frutti Boone, Pat
Wayward Wind Grant, Gogi
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera..) Day, Doris
When My Blue Moon Turns to Gold Again Presley, Elvis
Why Do Fools Fall in Love? Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
Wonderful, Wonderful Mathis, Johnny
You Canít Catch Me Berry, Chuck
You Donít Know Me Arnold, Eddy


Meanwhile, in 1956...

In February, Ampex Corporation demonstrates the first successful video tape recorder.

The Dow Jones Industrial Average peaks at 521.06.

Libya's first oil well goes into production.

Procter & Gamble introduces Comet to compete against Ajax.

Clairol introduces the "Does She or Doesn't She" advertising campaign. "Only her hairdresser knows for sure."

Budweiser Brewery introduces Busch beer, giving itself a decade or so to get ready for the boomers.

Chinese citizens who resist communism continue to be "liquidated" by the government.

Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. organizes a boycott of Montgomery, Ala., public transportation.

"My Fair Lady" opens on Broadway starring Julie Andrews as Eliza Doolittle and Rex Harrison as Professor Higgins.

On May 21 The U.S. Atomic Energy Commission explodes the world's first airborne hydrogen bomb.

At a reception for Western ambassadors in November in Moscow, Nikita Khrushchev says, "History is on our side. We will bury you!"

Republican President Eisenhower wins re-election with 57% of the vote, despite concern about his health. The Democrats retain control of the Congress.

At age 21, Floyd Patterson knocks out 42 year-old Archie Moore to become the heavyweight champion of the world.

Don Larsen pitches the first "perfect" game in World Series history, and the Yankees win the World Series.

July 24: 52 people die when the Italian passenger liner S.S. Andrea Doria collides off Nantucket Island, Mass. with the Swedish liner S.S. Stockholm.

June 29: The Federal Aid Highway Act passes in Congress authorizing construction of a 42,500-mile network of roads to link major U.S. urban centers.

The Academy award for Best Picture goes to "Around the World in 80 Days." Yul Brenner won for Best Actor in "The King and I."


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