1959 - Love is in the Air
Love was in the air in 1959. Many of the songs that topped the charts were about love, such as The Drifters "There Goes My Baby" and The Flamingo's "I Only Have Eyes for You." Ray Charles made the scene with "What'd I Say", and that put American's in a tail-spin. The Number One song of 1959 was Bobby Darin's tune "Mack the Knife". Darin went on to pursue an acting career. Paul Anka's "Lonely Boy" hit #1 in the summer of 1959, and it was a favorite played at the sock hops.
Interesting Fact: American Bandstand with Dick Clark was the most coveted TV program for up and coming rock 'n' roll performers. American teens loved the show, and Dick Clark ruled!
Jack Buck, Harry Caray, and Joe Garagiola were all nationally known sports broadcasters by 1959, thanks to the power of RADIO!
By 1959, it was apparent that the newly-founded Motown label had a place in the music industry.
The Rolling Stone named 500 of the greatest songs of all time. 5 songs made the cut in 1959!
10 What'd I Say - Ray Charles
251 Mack the Knife - Bobby Darin
193 There Goes My Baby - The Drifters
157 I Only Have Eyes for You - The Flamingos
118 Shout - The Isley Brothers