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Sandy Nelson (born December 1, 1938) is an American drummer. Nelson had several solo instrumental Top 40 hits and was a session drummer on many other well-known hits, and released over 30 albums. "Teen Beat" is a 1959 instrumental by Nelson that rose to number 4 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1959. It sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. In addition, the song made #17 on the R&B Singles Chart and #9 on the UK Singles Chart. The song also made #36 on the Billboard Year-End Hot 100 singles of 1959.

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The Elegants is an American doo-wop vocal group that had their start in South Beach, Staten Island, New York. "Little Star" became a number one hit, and was the only million seller for the group. It spent 19 weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, earning gold disc status. After their success with "Little Star", the band, still in their teens, toured with artists such as Buddy Holly, Dion and the Belmonts, Chuck Berry and Jerry Lee Lewis. However, none of their subsequent singles reached the charts making them a prime example of one-hit wonders. This was the only song that ever charted for the group because, it was said, they refused to pay payola to a prominent New York disc jockey, which inhibited air play of their follow up recordings.

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Johnny Burnette (3/25/1934 – 8/14/1964) was an American singer-songwriter of rockabilly and pop music. "Dreamin'" is a song performed by Johnny Burnette that reached #5 on the UK Singles Chart and #11 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960. The song appeared on his 1960 album, Dreamin, produced by Snuff Garrett. Snuff Garrett was born in Dallas, Texas and worked in radio here in Wichita Falls, Texas. See more about Snuff Garrett in my North Texas Local News Collection.

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The Diamonds are a Canadian vocal quartet that rose to prominence in the 1950's and early 1960's with 16 Billboard hit records. They were most noted for interpreting and introducing rhythm and blues music to the wider pop music audience, and eventually evolved into a Doo-Wop group. "Little Darlin'" is a popular Top 40 song, made famous by the Diamonds. The song reached number two in sales for eight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Billboard ranked this version as the No. 3 song for 1957.

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Nat King Cole (3/17/1919 – 2/15/1965), was an American singer who first came to prominence as a leading jazz pianist. He was widely noted for his soft baritone voice, performing in big band and jazz genres, and was a major force in popular music for three decades. Cole was one of the first African Americans to host a national television variety show, The Nat King Cole Show. His recordings remained popular worldwide after his death from lung cancer in February 1965. This song "Looking Back" was song 31 on the list of Billboard magazine's top 50 singles of 1958.

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Dion and the Belmonts were a leading American vocal group of the late 1950's. All of its members were from the Bronx, New York City. In late 1957 Dion DiMucci joined The Belmonts with singers Carlo Mastrangelo, Fred Milano, and Angelo D'Aleo to form the group. "A Teenager in Love" is a song written by Doc Pomus and partner Mort Shuman and was originally sung and released by Dion and the Belmonts in March 1959. "A Teenager in Love", broke the Top Ten, reaching No. 5 on the Billboard Hot 100 and No. 28 on the UK Singles Charts. The song is considered one of the greatest songs in rock and roll history.

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Pérez Prado (12/11/1917 – 9/14/1989) was a Cuban bandleader, singer, organist, pianist and composer, who also made brief appearances in films. He is often referred to as the "King of the Mambo". "Patricia" is a popular song with music by Pérez Prado and lyrics by Bob Marcus, published in 1958. The song is best known in an instrumental version by Prado's orchestra that became the last record to ascend to No.1 on the Billboard Jockeys and Top 100 charts, both of which gave way the next week to the then newly-introduced Billboard Hot 100 chart. The song was also No. 1 on the R&B Best Sellers for two weeks and became a gold record. Billboard ranked it as the No. 5 song for 1958.

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Bobby Darin (5/14/1936 – 12/20/1973) was an American singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and actor in film and television. He performed jazz, pop, rock and roll, folk, swing, and country music. He started his career as a songwriter for Connie Francis. He recorded his first million-selling single, "Splish Splash", in 1958. It was Darin's first hit and the song helped to give him a major boost in his career, reaching No. 3 on the U.S. pop singles chart and No. 2 on the R&B Best Sellers chart. "Splish Splash" was Darin's only entry on the C&W Best Sellers in Stores chart, where it peaked at No. 14. Darin suffered from poor health his entire life. On the evening of December 19, a five-man surgical team worked for over six hours to repair his damaged heart. Shortly after the surgery ended in the early morning hours of December 20, 1973, Darin died in the recovery room without regaining consciousness. He was 37 years old.

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"Lonely Boy" is a song written and recorded by Paul Anka. Recorded in August 1958, "Lonely Boy" was released in 1959. Anka sang this song in the film Girls Town. When released as a single, it topped the Billboard Hot 100, becoming Anka's first song to do so. Billboard ranked the song as the No. 5 song for 1959. The song was also covered in 1971 by Billy "Crash" Craddock.

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Dodie Stevens (born Geraldine Ann Pasquale, February 17, 1946) is an American rock and pop singer. She is best known for her 1959 song "Pink Shoe Laces", which she performed at 13 years old. Stevens was born in Chicago, Illinois. She and her family moved to the San Gabriel Valley in California when she was three. She soon started taking singing and dancing lessons. In 1954, at the age of eight, she recorded her first song, which was performed on the Art Linkletter's House Party TV show and issued on Gold Star Records under the name Geri Pace. The president of Crystalette Records, happened to see her in a local show and gave her the name Dodie Stevens and the song "Pink Shoe Laces". Although she did not initially like her new name or the song, she recorded "Pink Shoe Laces" in 1959. The song reached #3 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and it sold over one million copies, and was awarded a gold disc. Following the song’s success, Dot Records signed her to a recording contract.
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