Various Artists

50's Jukebox Favorites

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"Late '50s" is what the title of this compilation should say, since all but one of its selections (Gogi Grant's "The Wayward Wind") were in the charts in 1958 and 1959. By then, of course, the rock & roll revolution that had begun with Bill Haley in 1955 had largely passed, and the hits were considerably softer. Here, major stars like the Everly Brothers rub shoulders with one-hit wonders like Miss Toni Fisher, but nobody really works up a sweat. There is nothing comprehensive about the collection; it's just a random bunch of hits (every one, except the Skyliners' "Since I Don't Have You," a Top Five chart entry) in random order. But it does give a good idea of what pop music sounded like at the end of the 1950s.

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