Albums from the 1950s

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This page lists the top albums of the 1950s in the source charts. The way that the various charts are combined to reach this final list is described on the in the site generation page. A list of the hit songs of the 1950s can be found here.

The mid 1950s saw the explosion of "Rock & Roll", dominating the music scene, at least in terms of revenue earned. The top 50 acts of the 1950s were:

#1: Elvis Presley #2: Frank Sinatra #3: Nat King Cole #4: Miles Davis #5: Perry Como
#6: Harry Belafonte #7: Bill Haley & his Comets #8: Johnny Mathis #9: Thelonious Monk #10: Frankie Laine
#11: Doris Day #12: Pat Boone #13: Fats Domino #14: Eddie Fisher #15: Ella Fitzgerald
#16: Patti Page #17: Louis Armstrong #18: The Platters #19: Dean Martin #20: Dave Brubeck
#21: Tony Bennett #22: The Kingston Trio #23: Four Aces #24: Little Richard #25: Chuck Berry
#26: Sonny Rollins #27: Art Blakey #28: Johnnie Ray #29: Duke Ellington #30: Sarah Vaughan
#31: Mitch Miller #32: Hank Williams #33: Mantovani #34: Bing Crosby #35: Rosemary Clooney
#36: Mario Lanza #37: The Everly Brothers #38: Guy Mitchell #39: Charles Mingus #40: Chet Baker
#41: Paul Anka #42: Les Paul & Mary Ford #43: Buddy Holly #44: Jo Stafford #45: Jackie Gleason
#46: Ray Charles #47: Ricky Nelson #48: Tennessee Ernie Ford #49: Claudio Villa #50: Kay Starr
# Artist Album Title Year Chart Entries
1 Miles Davis Kind of Blue 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1992 (1959), BEA 1 of 1959, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 2002), US (Sup) 4 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Oct 2008), France Platinum (certified by SNEP Jan 2000), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Apr 1998), Rolling Stone 12, Virgin 14, WXPN 14 (1959), WTMD 21, PopVortex 28 (1959), Guiness 28, NARM 34, Defin200 34 (1959), Acclaimed 37 (1959), Norway 40 - Jan 2003 (1 week), DMDB 46, RS Reader's 61, UK 70 - Mar 2001 (3 weeks), US Longest Running Album 74 1959 (167 weeks), France (InfoDisc) 83 of 2000 (peak 29, 25 weeks), RYM 1 of 1959, WFUV 18, KEXP 49
2 Frederick Loewe My Fair Lady 1956 UK 1 - May 1958 (156 weeks), US CashBox 1 of 1957, US 1 of 1957, US num 1 for 8 weeks - Jul 1956, US BB 1 of 1956, Library of Congress artifact added 2007 (1956), Germany 1 for 96 weeks - Jul 1962, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1977 (1956), UK Gold (certified by BPI in Nov 1987), Acclaimed 2391 (1956), RYM 25 of 1956
3 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley 1956 UK 1 - Nov 1956 (15 weeks), US num 1 for 10 weeks - May 1956, BEA 1 of 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1966), US 5 of 1956, US BB 6 of 1956, Norway 20 - Sep 1977 (1 week), German RS100 26, Guiness 49, Rolling Stone 55, PopVortex 92 (1956), Acclaimed 120 (1956), Defin200 147 (1956), WXPN 470 (1956), WTMD 701, RYM 4 of 1956, KEXP 580
4 Dave Brubeck Time Out 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2005 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2009 (1959), BEA 2 of 1959, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1997), France 2 X Gold (certified by SNEP Feb 1994), US CashBox 9 of 1962, UK 11 - Jun 1960 (1 week), US BB 11 of 1961, Billboard 68 - Aug 1963 (31 weeks), US Longest Running Album 77 1959 (164 weeks), Defin200 150 (1959), WXPN 203 (1959), WTMD 309, Acclaimed 324 (1959), RYM 6 of 1959, WFUV 64
5 Leonard Bernstein West Side Story 1958 Library of Congress artifact added 2008 (1957), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1991 (1958), US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), UK 2 x Platinum (certified by BPI in Feb 1986), UK 3 - Jan 1959 (28 weeks), US CashBox 4 of 1962, US 4 of 1962, Germany Gold (certified by BMieV in 1989), US Longest Running Album 41 1957 (191 weeks), Guiness 55, DMDB 81, Acclaimed 1230 (1957), RYM 22 of 1957
6 Frank Sinatra Songs For Swingin' Lovers 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (35 weeks), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1956), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), BEA 5 of 1956, US BB 7 of 1956, Guiness 22, Channel4 43, Virgin 100, Acclaimed 210 (1956), Rolling Stone 306, WXPN 406 (1956), WTMD 640, RYM 1 of 1956, WFUV 79
7 Original Soundtrack Oklahoma! 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (167 weeks), US num 1 for 8 weeks - Jan 1956, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1943), US BB 2 of 1956, US 3 of 1957, US CashBox 5 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 7 1955 (283 weeks), Guiness 81, Billboard 94 - Feb 1964 (9 weeks), RYM 31 of 1955
8 Henry Mancini The Music from Peter Gunn 1958 US 1 of 1959, US num 1 for 10 weeks - Feb 1959, Library of Congress artifact added 2010 (1958), Grammy in 1958, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1959), US BB 2 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1959), Acclaimed 1593 (1958), RYM 36 of 1958
9 Original Soundtrack South Pacific 1958 UK 1 - May 1958 (315 weeks), US num 1 for 5 weeks - May 1958, US BB 1 of 1958, US CashBox 2 of 1958, US 3 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in May 1966), US Longest Running Album 14 1958 (262 weeks), DMDB 36, Billboard 108 - Jan 1964 (11 weeks), RYM 77 of 1958
10 Original Soundtrack Gigi 1958 US num 1 for 9 weeks - Jul 1958, US BB 1 of 1959, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1958), UK 2 - Jan 1959 (87 weeks), US 2 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 1968), US CashBox 10 of 1958, US Longest Running Album 64 1958 (172 weeks), RYM 156 of 1958
11 Elvis Presley Elvis 1956 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 1956, US (Sup) 5 x Platinum (certified by RIAA in Dec 2010), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Mar 1992), UK 3 - May 1957 (20 weeks), BEA 8 of 1956, US BB 9 of 1956, D.Marsh 9 of 1968, US CashBox 13 of 1957, Billboard 52 - Jul 1973 (13 weeks), Acclaimed 410 (1956), RYM 9 of 1956
12 Harry Belafonte Calypso 1956 US 1 of 1956, US num 1 for 11 weeks - Sep 1956, US BB 1 of 1957, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1956), US CashBox 4 of 1957, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1963), BEA 9 of 1956, Acclaimed 1252 (1956), RYM 13 of 1955
13 Frank Sinatra Come Fly With Me 1958 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Feb 1958, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1958), UK 2 - Sep 1958 (26 weeks), Grammy in 1958 (Nominated), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 2002), US 5 of 1958, US CashBox 6 of 1958, US BB 9 of 1958, Acclaimed 839 (1958), RYM 19 of 1958
14 Frank Sinatra Frank Sinatra Sings For Only The Lonely 1958 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Oct 1958, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1958), BEA 2 of 1958, Grammy in 1958 (Nominated), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), UK 5 - Dec 1958 (13 weeks), US BB 7 of 1958, US CashBox 16 of 1958, Acclaimed 625 (1958), RYM 4 of 1958
15 Elvis Presley Elvis' Christmas Album 1957 US num 1 for 4 weeks - Dec 1957, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 2 - Nov 1957 (11 weeks), Canada Platinum (certified by CRIA in May 2002), US sales 9 M (according to RIAA), US BB 20 of 1957, US CashBox 43 of 1957, Acclaimed 2988 (1957), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jan 1976), RYM 28 of 1957
16 Original Soundtrack The King & I 1956 UK 1 - Sep 1956 (199 weeks), US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1956, US 3 of 1956, US BB 3 of 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1964), US CashBox 9 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 10 1956 (277 weeks), RYM 106 of 1956
17 Frank Sinatra In the Wee Small Hours 1955 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1984 (1955), BEA 1 of 1955, US BB 3 of 1955, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 2002), Rolling Stone 100, Defin200 140 (1955), Acclaimed 224 (1955), WXPN 434 (1955), WTMD 621, RYM 2 of 1955
18 Nat King Cole Love Is The Thing 1957 UK 1 - May 1957 (14 weeks), US num 1 for 8 weeks - May 1957, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1992), US CashBox 3 of 1957, US BB 5 of 1957, Billboard 73 - Mar 1965 (11 weeks), Acclaimed 2136 (1957), RYM 24 of 1957
19 Mario Lanza The Student Prince 1954 US num 1 for 36 weeks - Aug 1954, US BB 1 of 1955, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jan 1960), UK 5 - Aug 1956 (1 week), US CashBox 32 of 1960, US Longest Running Album 103 1954 (151 weeks), RYM 68 of 1954
20 Original Cast The Music Man 1958 US CashBox 1 of 1958, US num 1 for 9 weeks - Mar 1958, Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1958), US 2 of 1958, US BB 2 of 1958, RYM 90 of 1958
21 Johnny Mathis Johnny's Greatest Hits 1958 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Jun 1958, US 3 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1999), US Longest Running Album 2 1958 (490 weeks), US CashBox 3 of 1958, US 3 of 1958, US BB 3 of 1958, Billboard 30 - Aug 1963 (215 weeks)
22 John Coltrane Blue Train 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1957), BEA 2 of 1957, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 2001), Canada Gold (certified by CRIA in Sep 2006), WXPN 431 (1997), Acclaimed 613 (1957), WTMD 831, RYM 2 of 1958
23 Elvis Presley Lovin' You 1957 UK 1 - Aug 1957 (25 weeks), US num 1 for 10 weeks - Jul 1957, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 1968), US BB 7 of 1957, US CashBox 11 of 1957, Acclaimed 1505 (1957), RYM 37 of 1957
24 Original Cast Guys & Dolls 1950 US num 1 for 1 week - Mar 1951, Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1950), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1950), US BB 31 of 1956, Billboard 109 - Aug 1992 (5 weeks), RYM 7 of 1950
25 Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music 1952 Library of Congress artifact added 2005 (1952), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2012 (1952), BEA 1 of 1952, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 2005), Rolling Stone 276
26 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Ella & Louis 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2016 (1956), BEA 2 of 1956, US BB 38 of 1956, UK 43 - Sep 2004 (1 week), WXPN 759 (1956), WTMD 785, Acclaimed 1370 (1956), RYM 2 of 1956, WFUV 62
27 Van Cliburn Tchaikovsky - Concerto No. 1 1958 US num 1 for 7 weeks - Aug 1958, Library of Congress artifact added 2012 (1958), Grammy in 1958 (Nominated), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1989), US BB 8 of 1958, US CashBox 9 of 1958, RYM 67 of 1958
28 Marty Robbins Gunfighter Ballads & Trail Songs 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2016 (1959), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), BEA 7 of 1959, UK 20 - Aug 1960 (1 week), US CashBox 23 of 1959, US BB 23 of 1960, Acclaimed 1625 (1959), RYM 5 of 1959
29 Miles Davis Birth Of The Cool 1954 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1982 (1957), BEA 1 of 1954, Guiness 42, Acclaimed 325 (1954), WTMD 429, WXPN 529 (1956), KEXP 609
30 Harry Belafonte Belafonte At Carnegie Hall 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1959), Grammy in 1959 (Nominated), US CashBox 3 of 1960, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1961), US BB 20 of 1960, US Longest Running Album 73 1959 (168 weeks), Acclaimed 1480 (1959), RYM 13 of 1959
31 Elvis Presley Elvis' Golden Records 1958 US 6 X Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), UK 2 - Oct 1958 (60 weeks), US sales 6 M (according to RIAA), US CashBox 12 of 1958, US BB 18 of 1958, France (InfoDisc) 32 of 1968 (peak 4, 81 weeks), Billboard 63 - Sep 1977 (24 weeks)
32 Frank Sinatra Come Dance With Me! 1959 Grammy in 1959, UK 2 - May 1959 (30 weeks), US BB 4 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1961), US CashBox 34 of 1960, Acclaimed 1328 (1959), RYM 28 of 1959
33 John Coltrane Giant Steps 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1960), BEA 5 of 1959, Rolling Stone 102, Acclaimed 305 (1959), WXPN 465 (1960), RYM 1 of 1960
34 Little Richard Here's Little Richard 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1957), BEA 1 of 1957, US BB 39 of 1957, Rolling Stone 50, PopVortex 93 (1957), Acclaimed 382 (1957), RYM 4 of 1957
35 Johnny Mathis Heavenly 1959 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Nov 1959, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Nov 1986), US BB 3 of 1959, US CashBox 4 of 1959, US Longest Running Album 6 1959 (295 weeks), Billboard 76 - Aug 1963 (29 weeks)
36 Original Soundtrack Carousel 1956 UK 1 - Jul 1956 (37 weeks), US num 1 for 5 weeks - Aug 1945, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Apr 1992), US BB 8 of 1956
37 Glenn Miller Glenn Miller Story 1955 US num 1 for 11 weeks - Mar 1954, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1961), UK 12 - Aug 1969 (9 weeks), Dutch 70s 24 - Apr 1971 (18 weeks), US BB 54 of 1955, RYM 49 of 1954
38 Charles Mingus Mingus Ah Um 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2013 (1959), BEA 3 of 1959, Acclaimed 384 (1959), WXPN 793 (1959), RYM 2 of 1959
39 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 (1949), BEA 1 of 1951, Guiness 91, Acclaimed 458 (1951), RYM 1 of 1951
40 Elvis Presley King Creole 1958 UK 1 - Sep 1958 (22 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1999), BEA 4 of 1958, US BB 22 of 1958, US CashBox 35 of 1958, Acclaimed 1968 (1958), RYM 32 of 1958
41 Carmen Cavallaro The Eddy Duchin Story 1956 US num 1 for 1 week - Oct 1956, UK 3 - Aug 1956 (4 weeks), US 4 of 1956, US BB 4 of 1956, US CashBox 12 of 1957
42 Ornette Coleman The Shape of Jazz to Come 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2012 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2015 (1959), BEA 4 of 1959, Rolling Stone 246, Acclaimed 315 (1959), RYM 3 of 1959
43 Benny Goodman The Famous 1938 Carnegie Hall Jazz Concert 1950 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1938), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1975 (1950), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1997), Acclaimed 513 (1950), RYM 5 of 1950
44 Original Cast Flower Drum Song 1959 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Feb 1959, UK 2 - Apr 1960 (26 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Feb 1962), US BB 6 of 1959, US CashBox 19 of 1962
45 Ray Charles The Genius of Ray Charles 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1997 (1960), BEA 9 of 1959, US CashBox 37 of 1959, Guiness 87, Rolling Stone 263, Acclaimed 696 (1959), RYM 15 of 1959
46 Thelonious Monk Brilliant Corners 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1956), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), BEA 3 of 1956, Acclaimed 429 (1957), RYM 2 of 1957
47 Original Soundtrack Porgy & Bess 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1976 (1951), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1963), UK 7 - Oct 1959 (12 weeks), US BB 13 of 1959, US CashBox 28 of 1960, RYM 83 of 1959
48 Bing Crosby Merry Christmas 1957 US num 1 for 35 weeks - Dec 1945, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1970), UK EP 9 - Dec 1960, US BB 20 of 1958, Internet 83 - 15 M claimed (1957), RYM 19 of 1957
49 Sonny Rollins Saxophone Colossus 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2016 (1956), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), BEA 4 of 1956, Acclaimed 370 (1956), RYM 1 of 1957
50 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings Cole Porter 1956 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1956), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1956), BEA 7 of 1956, Acclaimed 617 (1956), RYM 5 of 1956
51 The Kingston Trio Here We Go Again! 1959 US num 1 for 5 weeks - Dec 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1960), US 5 of 1960, US CashBox 7 of 1959, US BB 9 of 1959, RYM 156 of 1959
52 The Kingston Trio Kingston Trio At Large 1959 US num 1 for 15 weeks - Jul 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 1960), US 5 of 1959, US BB 7 of 1959, Acclaimed 2310 (1959), RYM 140 of 1959
53 Original Soundtrack Around The World In 80 Days 1957 US num 1 for 10 weeks - Jul 1957, US CashBox 2 of 1957, US BB 2 of 1957, US 4 of 1957
54 Mantovani Film Encores 1957 US num 1 for 1 week - Jul 1959, US BB 4 of 1957, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Sep 1961), US CashBox 10 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 28 1957 (231 weeks)
55 Mitch Miller Sing Along With Mitch 1958 US num 1 for 8 weeks - Oct 1958, US CashBox 4 of 1958, US BB 4 of 1958, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1959), US Longest Running Album 36 1958 (204 weeks)
56 Bill Haley & his Comets Rock Around The Clock 1956 UK 2 - Aug 1956 (23 weeks), BEA 4 of 1955, Australia Goset 14 - Mar 1971 (4 weeks), US BB 23 of 1956, Acclaimed 2042 (1956), RYM 21 of 1956
57 Original Soundtrack Fantasia 1957 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1956), US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Jan 1993), Italy 88 of 1973, Billboard 190 - Nov 1990 (2 weeks), RYM 91 of 1957
58 The Kingston Trio The Kingston Trio 1958 US num 1 for 1 week - Nov 1958, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Apr 1960), US BB 6 of 1958, US CashBox 26 of 1958, US Longest Running Album 40 1958 (195 weeks), RYM 151 of 1958
59 Tennessee Ernie Ford Hymns 1957 US 2 of 1957, US Platinum (certified by RIAA in Feb 1992), US BB 3 of 1957, US CashBox 7 of 1957, US Longest Running Album 11 1957 (277 weeks)
60 Glenn Gould Goldberg Variations 1955 Library of Congress artifact added 2003 (1955), France Platinum (certified by SNEP May 2001), BEA 3 of 1955, RYM 1 of 1955
61 Art Blakey A Night At Birdland, Vol 1 1954 Library of Congress artifact added 2013 (1954), Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1954), Acclaimed 1236 (1954), RYM 5 of 1954
62 Chet Baker Chet Baker Sings 1954 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1956), BEA 1 of 1953, Acclaimed 1970 (1954), RYM 8 of 1954
63 Frank Sinatra A Swingin' Affair 1957 UK 1 - Sep 1957 (20 weeks), US CashBox 8 of 1957, US BB 9 of 1957, Acclaimed 1178 (1957), RYM 10 of 1957
64 The Crickets Chirping Crickets 1957 UK 5 - Apr 1958 (1 week), BEA 6 of 1957, German RS100 80, Acclaimed 329 (1957), Rolling Stone 421, RYM 5 of 1957
65 Buddy Holly The Buddy Holly Story 1959 UK 2 - May 1959 (155 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Dec 1969), US BB 28 of 1959, US Longest Running Album 50 1959 (181 weeks), Billboard 67 - Aug 1963 (29 weeks)
66 Billie Holiday Lady in Satin 1958 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2000 (1958), BEA 1 of 1958, Acclaimed 639 (1958), RYM 5 of 1958
67 Original Cast Gypsy 1959 Library of Congress artifact added 2009 (1959), Grammy Hall of Fame in 1998 (1959), Billboard 175 - Sep 2003 (1 week)
68 George Gershwin An American in Paris 1951 US num 1 for 16 weeks - Jan 1952, Grammy Hall of Fame in 2006 (1951), RYM 1 of 1928
69 Jackie Gleason Music for Lovers Only 1953 US num 1 for 36 weeks - May 1953, US BB 4 of 1955, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), RYM 32 of 1953
70 Disney Cinderella 1950 US num 1 for 1 week - May 1950, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Mar 1994), UK Silver (certified by BPI in Jan 1994)
71 Thelonious Monk Genius of Modern Music, Vol 2 1951 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2003 (1949), Guiness 91, Acclaimed 714 (1952), RYM 1 of 1952
72 Jackie Gleason Music, Martinis, & Memories 1954 US num 1 for 4 weeks - Oct 1954, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jun 1962), US BB 5 of 1955, RYM 81 of 1954
73 Joao Gilberto Chega de Saudade 1959 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1958), Latin Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1959), RYM 10 of 1959
74 Harry Belafonte Belafonte 1956 US num 1 for 6 weeks - Mar 1956, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Aug 1963), US BB 5 of 1956, RYM 192 of 1955
75 The Quintet Jazz at Massey Hall 1953 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1995 (1953), BEA 4 of 1953, Acclaimed 514 (1953), RYM 3 of 1956
76 Frank Sinatra This Is Sinatra 1957 UK 1 - Feb 1957 (13 weeks), US Gold (certified by RIAA in Nov 1962), US BB 18 of 1957
77 Sarah Vaughan Sarah Vaughan 1955 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1955), BEA 3 of 1954, Acclaimed 743 (1955), RYM 3 of 1955
78 Glenn Miller Glenn Miller Plays Selections From 'The Glenn Miller Story' & Other Hits 1955 US num 1 for 10 weeks - May 1954, UK 10 - Jan 1961 (18 weeks), US BB 10 of 1955
79 Sammy Davis Jr Starring Sammy Davis, Volume I 1955 US num 1 for 6 weeks - Jun 1955, US BB 6 of 1955, UK EP 30 - Jul 1960
80 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings Irving Berlin 1958 Grammy in 1958 (Nominated), UK 5 - Jul 1958 (1 week), UK EP 17 - Aug 1960, Acclaimed 875 (1959), RYM 46 of 1958
81 Louis Armstrong Louis Armstrong Plays WC Handy 1954 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2010 (1954), BEA 6 of 1954, Acclaimed 1036 (1954), RYM 2 of 1954
82 Frank Sinatra Where Are You? 1957 UK 3 - Mar 1958 (5 weeks), US CashBox 15 of 1957, US BB 16 of 1957, Acclaimed 1673 (1957), RYM 15 of 1957
83 Fred Astaire The Astaire Story 1952 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1952), BEA 4 of 1952, Acclaimed 2208 (1953)
84 Ella Fitzgerald & Louis Armstrong Porgy & Bess 1958 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1958), France (InfoDisc) 81 of 1969 (peak 5, 27 weeks), Acclaimed 1373 (1956), RYM 25 of 1958
85 Louis Prima The Wildest! 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1957), BEA 9 of 1957, Acclaimed 2452 (1956), RYM 80 of 1956
86 Mario Lanza Mario Lanza Sings Christmas Carols 1959 US num 1 for 3 weeks - Dec 1951, UK EP 10 - Dec 1960, US BB 30 of 1959
87 Frank Sinatra Swing Easy 1955 UK 5 - Oct 1960 (17 weeks), US BB 29 of 1955, Guiness 56, Acclaimed 2217 (1954), RYM 9 of 1954
88 Ella Fitzgerald Ella Sings Rodgers & Hart 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), US BB 34 of 1957, Acclaimed 888 (1956), RYM 11 of 1956
89 Duke Ellington Ellington at Newport 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1957), US BB 46 of 1957, Acclaimed 385 (1956), RYM 6 of 1956
90 Erroll Garner Concert By The Sea 1956 Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999 (1956), US BB 40 of 1958, Acclaimed 683 (1955), RYM 18 of 1956
91 Johnny Mathis Warm 1958 US Gold (certified by RIAA in May 1960), UK 6 - Nov 1958 (2 weeks), US CashBox 7 of 1958, US BB 13 of 1958
92 Tom Lehrer Songs By Tom Lehrer 1953 Library of Congress artifact added 2004 (1953), UK 7 - Nov 1958 (19 weeks), RYM 7 of 1953
93 Original Soundtrack Pal Joey 1958 UK 1 - Jan 1958 (23 weeks), US BB 16 of 1958, US CashBox 17 of 1958
94 Doris Day Love Me or Leave Me 1955 US num 1 for 25 weeks - Aug 1955, US BB 2 of 1955, RYM 44 of 1955
95 Miles Davis Milestones 1958 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004 (1958), BEA 6 of 1958, Acclaimed 829 (1958), RYM 6 of 1958
96 Ricky Nelson Ricky 1958 US num 1 for 2 weeks - Jan 1958, US BB 11 of 1958, US CashBox 13 of 1958, RYM 88 of 1957
97 The Kingston Trio ...from the 'Hungry i' 1959 US 4 of 1959, US Gold (certified by RIAA in Oct 1960), US Longest Running Album 56 1959 (178 weeks), Billboard 114 - Aug 1963 (5 weeks), RYM 108 of 1959
98 Ray Conniff 's Marvelous 1958 US Gold (certified by RIAA in Jul 1962), UK EP 18 - Dec 1962, US BB 25 of 1959, US CashBox 32 of 1958, RYM 184 of 1957
99 Tito Puente Dance Mania 1958 Library of Congress artifact added 2002 (1958), BEA 8 of 1958, Acclaimed 1122 (1958), RYM 71 of 1958
100 Art Blakey Moanin' 1958 Grammy Hall of Fame in 2001 (1957), BEA 10 of 1959, Acclaimed 781 (1958), RYM 4 of 1959

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5 Jan 2015

3rd Request-Hundreds of missing e-mails!!!

I'm not sure what's going on. Up until late November, 2014 you would answer mye-mails within 2-3 weeks. However since then over half of those I've sent haven't been answered at all!

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11 May 2011

lyrics or possible name of band that added lyrics to "Vanessa"

Hi, I am named after the song "Vanessa". I know it was originally a HugoWinterhalter arrangement from 1952. However, it was apparently "resurrected" in 1956 and someone added some lyrics to the music - for which my mom decided to name me after the song. The only lyrics she remembers are "you never can guess what Vanessa is going to do next, Vanessa!". She said it was popular in the Ft. Worth, TX area in 1956 - I have looked off and on for many years but haven't found the lyrics - any suggestions?

Thank you!

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