Friday, February 1, 2019

Darling, It's Wonderful: Music From The 1950's

     As I age, I've started to become wary of nostalgia - or, more accurately, over-indulging in nostalgia.  I'm not always as vigilant as I probably should be, but I try to remember that past eras are never as wonderful as we remember (or imagine them to have been).  Still, about a year ago, I watched the 1982 movie Diner for the first time in at least a decade.  It features an ensemble cast of male twentysomething friends and it's set in Baltimore during the last week of 1959.  It still holds up really well, and despite my aforementioned wariness about nostalgia, it kinda sent me off on a 50's nostalgia trip - well, at least musically speaking.  

      Since I've been listening to a lot of 50's music and since it's been ten years since I started this blog, I figured I should put together a really big compilation of 50's music.  It's got a lot of artists that are probably familiar to most people, but hopefully there are enough artists and songs that people haven't heard to keep it interesting.  Hope you like Volumes One and Two (with volumes 3-6 to follow over the next three months).

(Also, as long as I'm indulging my nostalgia jones,  I've re-upped my homages to early 1960s music)

Download Both Volumes

Volume One

Moanin' Lambert, Hendricks & Ross
The Chill Is On Joe Turner
Farther Up The Road Bobby "Blue" Bland
Crazy Arms Ray Price
Juke Joint Johnny Red Sovine
Give Me a Pinto Pal Elton Britt
Iku Koni Payin West African Rhythm Brothers
Will Call  Joe Jones
Wagon Stan Kenton
Basin Street Blues Julie London
My Prayer The Platters
Yesterdays Cal Tjader
Chega de Saudade Joao Gilberto
Let's Get Lost Chet Baker
Rabbits Don't Ever Get Married Hank Penny
Red-Headed Woman Sonny Burgess
Bad Penny Blues Humphrey Lyttelton
Something's Got A Hold Of Me The Soul Singers
Guitar Boogie Woogie T. Texas Tyler
Too Much Monkey Business Chuck Berry
Lost Mind Mose Allison
Angel Of Love The Schoolboys
Volume Two
Pledging My Love Johnny Ace
Just Walking in the Rain The Prisonaires
Jumpin' The Blues Jimmy Witherspoon with Jay
Birth of Ghana Lord Kitchener
Gopher Mambo Yma Sumac
Car Hoppin' Mama Hawkshaw Hawkins
Train Of Love Johnny Cash
Clickety Click Clack The Turbans
Soon I'll Be Done with the Troubles of the World Five Blind Boys Of Mississippi
Junco Partner James Wayne
Eisenhower Blues J.B. Lenoir
Finders Keepers The Miller Sisters
Let Her Go, God Bless Her The Louvin Brothers
Rave On Buddy Holly
Rawhide Link Wray & The Wraymen
Right Now! Jackie Wilson
Tomorow Is The Question Ornette Coleman
Take Out Some Insurance Jimmy Reed
Nem As Paredes Confesso (I Don't Confess It, Even to the Walls) Amalia Rodrigues
Darling, It's Wonderful The Lovers
My Rifle, My Pony And Me Dean Martin
Three Cigarettes In An Ashtray Patsy Cline