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The year was 1955, and it began on a Saturday. In the entertainment world, a young Jim Henson built the first version of Kermit the Frog. Elvis Presley made his TV debut on Louisiana Hayride. The Broadway musical Peter Pan , starring Mary Martin in the title role, appeared on TV. The $64,000 Question quiz show premiered on CBS. It was a great year for Walt Disney. He released Lady and the Tramp. The Mickey Mouse Club debuted. Disneyland opened to the public. Actor James Dean was killed in a car accident, and his film Rebel Without a Cause was released a month later. The Salk polio vaccine receives full approval from the FDA. Radio stations played all kinds of music, including pop, rock and roll, and doo wop. Here is a sampling of what was popular in 1955.

  1. At My Front Door by The El Dorados
  2. Blue Velvet by The Clovers
  3. Bo Diddley by Bo Diddley
  4. The Great Pretender by The Platters
  5. Hey Señorita by The Penguins
  6. I’ve Got a Woman (aka I Got a Woman) by Ray Charles
  7. Ling, Ting, Tong by The Five Keys
  8. Love is a Many-Splendored Thing by The Four Aces
  9. Maybellene by Chuck Berry
  10. Pledging My Love by Johnny Ace
  11. Rock Around the Clock by Bill Haley & His Comets
  12. Sincerely by The Moonglows
  13. Sixteen Tons by Tennessee Ernie Ford
  14. Smokey Joe’s Café by The Robins
  15. Story Untold by The Nutmegs
  16. Tutti-Frutti by Little Richard
  17. Unchained Melody by Al Hibbler
  18. When You Dance by The Turbans
  19. Why Do Fools Fall in Love by The Teenagers
  20. Why Don’t You Write Me by The Jacks

For another playlist: “Golden Oldies Playlist for 1956.”

For More Golden Oldies Music                

The Daily Doo Wop Rec Room has daily featured doo wop, rock and roll, R&B, or rockabilly songs that were hits during the first era of rock and roll (that is, from about 1952 until the British invasion in 1964). After a song is featured, it then goes into the juke box. You are welcome to listen to any of the 40+ selections there. Every weekend, there is a Golden Oldies Juke Box Saturday Night, and the juke box is full of song requests from the 1950s and 1960s.

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  1. Mary says:

    Such great memories…..thank you.

  2. Thank you so much!! Remember those song & dance with those great people!

  3. Marge Thomas says:

    Thank you so much for these songs that carried me through the year 1955. I was fourteen back then and when ever I catch an oldie but goodie station with records from the 50’s, I just sit back and let the memories come as the will. Each song you named is one at sometime I danced to or had a spoon in my hand andeliver tried to sing to. So, thank you again fir this great reminder.

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