Today In Pop Music History (11-24-2015)

A VOCAL MASTERPIECE
HITS THE TOP


Remember the movie “Back To The Future,” where Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) is suddenly back 30 years in time to 1955? And the first song you hear is one by the Four Aces? BUT…

With all due respect to the Four Aces, their version of that song wasn’t the biggest…because the biggest became the new #1 song SIXTY ONE YEARS AGO Tuesday (11/24/54)…and a vocal group masterpiece…

 
 
“Mr. Sandman” by the Chordettes would stay at #1 for seven weeks. It would spend its seventh and last week at #1 to start 1955. That was the first year of the so-called Rock Era as noted many times by “American Top 40” host Casey Kasem.
 
The Four Aces version of “Mr. Sandman,” meanwhile, reached #5 on one chart but failed to even make another pop chart that I recognize. The song was also known as “Mr. Santa” for Christmas, 1954. However, none of those versions came close to matching the success of the Chordettes’ version.
 
The Chordettes would join Billy Williams as the acts who’d perform lip-synching on the first  “American Bandstand” nationwide show on August 5, 1957.  The Chordettes sang “Just Between You And Me” on that historic Bandstand show. They nearly had another #1 hit when “Lollipop” reached #2 in 1958. 
 
Emmylou Harris would record “Mister Sandman” with Dolly Parton and Linda Ronstadt on an early 80’s album, “Evangeline.” The trio’s recording made it onto that album with the stipulation that it wouldn’t be released as a single. Undaunted, Emmylou loved the song so much that she re-recorded it on her own…with overdubs to make it sound like a trio was singing. It made both the country and pop top 40 charts.
 
For more on the Chordettes…
 
 
For more on “Mr. Sandman”…
 
 

TOMORROW:
THE B SIDE OF “BIRDMAN
OF ALKATRASH” HITS THE TOP


 

 

Preview YouTube video The Chordettes “Lollipop” & “Mr. Sandman”

 

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