Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

Top Ranking Singles of 1956

Fats DominoBlueberry Hill

Elvis Presley – Hound Dog

Shirley & LeeLet The Good Times Roll

Johnny Cash – I Walk The Line

Ivory Joe Hunter – Since I Met You Baby

Carl Perkins – Blue Suede Shoes

Little RichardLong Tall Sally

Elvis Presley – Heartbreak Hotel

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps – Be-Bop-A-Lula

Ray Charles Hallelujah I Love Her So 

Johnny Cash – There You Go

Chuck BerryBrown Eyed Handsome Man

Eddie Cochran – Sweetie Pie

Howlin’ WolfSmokestack Lightnin’

Johnny Horton – Honky-Tonk Man

Ray Charles – Lonely Avenue

Johnny Burnette Trio – The Train Kept A Rollin

Fats DominoI’m Walkin’

Clarence “Frogman” HenryAin’t Got No Home

Chuck Berry – Roll Over Beethoven

Elvis Presley – Don’t Be Cruel

Mickey & Sylvia – Love Is Strange

Bill Haley & His Comets – See You Later, Alligator  

The Five Satins – In The Still of the Night  

Wanda Jackson – Hot Dog! That Made Him Mad

Screamin’ Jay Hawkins – I Put A Spell On You

Ray Price – Crazy Arms

James Brown – Please Please Please

Ray Charles – Mary Ann

Frank SinatraI’ve Got You Under My Skin

Fats DominoMy Blue Heaven

Webb Pierce – Why Baby Why

Harry Belafonte – Day-O (Banana Boat)

Elvis Presley – Love Me Tender

Fats Domino – Blue Monday

Paul AnkaDiana

Bo Diddley – Who Do You Love?

Elvis Presley – Blue Moon

Chuck Berry – Too Much Monkey Business

Marty Robbins – Singing The Blues

Little Richard Rip It Up 

Faron Young – Sweet Dreams

Harry Belafonte – Man Smart (Woman Smarter)

Patsy Cline – I Love You, Honey

Chuck Berry – You Can’t Catch Me

Little Willie John – Fever

Elvis Presley – Blue Suede Shoes

The Drifters – I Gotta Get Myself A Woman

Buck Owens – After the Dance

Fats Domino – When My Dreamboat Comes Home

Dean Martin – Memories Are Made Of This

The DellsOh, What A Night

George Jones – Just One More

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – The ABC’s of Love

Elvis Presley – I Want You, I Need You, I Love You

The Drifters – Ruby Baby

Buck Owens – Down on the Corner of Love

Little Richard – Ready Teddy

Johnnie RayJust Walking In The Rain

Clifford Brown and Max Roach – These Foolish Things

Roy Orbison – Ooby Dooby

The Platters – My Prayer

Wanda Jackson – I Gotta Know

Bo Diddley – Diddy Wah Diddy

Guy Mitchell – Singing The Blues

Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers – I’m Not a Juvenile Delinquent

Patsy Cline – I’ve Loved and Lost Again

The Valentines – The Woo Woo Train

Elvis PresleyOld Shep

Young Jessie – Don’t Happen No More

Johnny Burnette Trio – Tear It Up

Junior GordonBlow Wind Blow

John Lee Hooker – Dimples

Huey “Piano” Smith – Little Liza Jane

Warren Smith – Ubangi Stomp

Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk

Carl Perkins – Dixie Fried

LaVern Baker – Jim Dandy

Johnny Burnette Trio – Honey Hush

Ray Charles – What Would I Do Without You?

Dean Martin – Innamorata (Sweetheart)

The Drifters – Steamboat

Eddie Cochran – Skinny Jim

Bo Diddley –  Cops and Robbers

Bing Crosby & Grace KellyTrue Love [from High Society]

Little Willie John – Need Your Love So Bad

Let The Good Times Roll

Top Ranking Songs of the Past: 1956

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae inna Golden Oldies Version

GOLDEN OLDIES VERSION

In this edition of the World of Reggae Music Collection the selector uncovers some of the greatest reggae cover songs. This particular edition focuses on the Golden Oldies. Form pop sensations Elvis Presley, Neil DiamondBobby Darin, and Fats Domino to the singer/songwriters Bob Dylan and James Taylor to  the rock and roll greats like the Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and the Animals, to the soul crooners like Sam Cooke, Ray Charles, Otis Redding, and Bill Withers this compilation of tracks explores the greatest reggae versions of pop hits.

Groups like Three Dog Night, The Association, and The Archies dominated American and British pop charts. And many Jamaicans took these tunes and transformed them into Jamaican reggae hits. One of my favorites in this edition is Bob Marley’s cover of the Archies tune “Sugar Sugar.”  Some of the greatest reggae performers including Gregory Isaacs, Jimmy Cliff,Toots & The Maytals, Dennis Brown, and John Holt took on these rock and roll legends and covered excellent pop songs from the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.  And of course, Ub40 made an entire career at the art of the reggae oldies cover, making smash top 40 hits out of Sonny And Cher‘sI Got You Babe” and Elvis Presley’s(I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You.”

Gregory Isaacs House Of The Rising Sun

Derrick MorganStand By Me

Desmond Dekker – Yakety Yak

Toots & the Maytals Louie, Louie

Alton Ellis Duke Of Earl

Big Youth Hit the Road Jack

Anonymously Yours Get Back

Chaka Demus & PliersTwist And Shout

UB40 – (I Can’t Help) Falling In Love With You

Joy White My Guy

The GayladsIt’s All in the Game

Susan CadoganFever

Slightly Stoopid Leaving On A Jet Plane

Ken Boothe Ain’t No Sunshine

B.B. SeatonSummertime

Dennis Brown(Sittin’ On) The Dock of the Bay

Glen AdamsI Wanna Hold Your Hand

Toots & The Maytals – Let the Four Winds Blow

UB40 & Chrissie Hynde – I Got You Babe

The Heptones – Our Day Will Come

Morgan Heritage – The Lion Sleeps Tonight

John Holt Hey Jude

Sugar Minott Never My Love

Judy Mowatt Joy to the World

Bob Marley & The Wailers – How Many Times

Stephen Marley – Pale Moonlight (How Many Times)

Busy Signal – Dream Dream

Alton Ellis – Bye Bye Love

Bruce Ruffin – Candida

Honeyboy MartinHave You Ever Seen the Rain

Shaggy & Samira – Never Knew What I Missed (Till I Kissed You)

Jackie Edwards – Take Me As I Am

The GayladsFire and Rain

Bruce RuffinCecilia

The Heptones(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction

Horace Andy Dream Lover

Irving BrownListen to the Music

Dennis Brown – Good Lovin’

C.J. Lewis Why Do Fools Fall In Love

Cornell Campbell Wonderful World

SizzlaSubterranean Homesick Blues

Sizzla – Subterranean Homesick Blues Dub

Wayne Armond – Maggie May

John Holt I’d Love You To Want Me

The Wailing Souls – My Generation

Judy Mowatt & the GaylettesSon Of A Preacher Man

Yami BoloJohnny B. Goode

Steel Pulse & Juki Rank We Can Work It Out

Tenor Fly Bright Side Of Life

Cynthia Richards & Irving Brown – You’ve Got a Friend

Susan Cadogan As Tears Go By

Bunny Rugs, U-Roy, & the Easy Star All Stars Lovely Rita

John HoltTouch Me In The Morning

Brent Dowe Knock Three Times

B.B. SeatonEverything Is Beautiful

Max Romeo Cracklin’ Rosie

Steel Pulse Brown Eyed Girl

Alton Ellis & Hortense Ellis Breaking Up Is Hard To Do

Ben Harper & The Skatalites – Be My Guest

Bob Marley & the Wailers Sugar Sugar

Big Youth – Sugar Sugar

The Wailing Souls – My Sweet Lord

Maxi Priest Some Guys Have All The Luck

Johnny Clarke – Soul and Inspiration

Bob Marley & the Wailers And I Love Her

YellowmanBlueberry Hill

BushmanDowntown

Stevie Face – In The Living Years

Cornell Campbell – Just My Imagination

John Holt Girl from Ipanema

Devo – Whip It (Techno Remix)

Ken Boothe – Yesterday

Delroy Wilson Do That To Me One More Time

Freddie McGregor – Starting All Over

Derrick Harriot Eighteen with a Bullet

Alton Ellis – Diana

The Now Generation Alone Again, Naturally

Ken Boothe – Help Me Make It Through The Night

John Holt Baby I’m A Want You

Tessanne – I Want To Know What Love Is

Bruce RuffinCandida

Eric DonaldsonCandle in the Wind (Goodbye Norma Jean)

YvonneClose to You

Cornell Campbell – My Baby Just Cares For Me

Jackie Edwards – The Last Farewell

Bitty McClean – Dedicated To The One I Love

Lascelles Perkins – Pledging My Love

Taxi Gang – Mission Impossible

Marcia Griffiths – Play Me

Slim Smith – Love Me Tender

Jackie Edwards – High School Dance

Adina Edwards – Why Don’t You Write Me

Lascells Perkins – Mood For Love

Diana King – I Say A Little Prayer For You

Dave Barker & The Wailers – Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying

Jackie Edwards – It’s All In the Game

Ali Campbell – Devoted To You

UB40 – I Wanna Be Like You

NEED

Susan Cadogan In the Ghetto

The Gaylettes Yester-Me, Yester-You, Yesterday

Don Carlos – Hello Goodbye

Chosen Few – Drift Away

Pat Kelly – A Hard Day’s Night

The Cables – Bridge Over Troubled Water

Horace Andy – Mother and Child Reunion

B.B. Seaton – Eleanor Rigby

Boris Gardiner – Hooked On A Feeling

The Uniques – Crimson And Clover

Hopeton Lewis – Mighty Quinn

Ken Lazarus – Sugar Sugar

Bob Andy – Baby I Need Your Loving

Delroy Wilson – Get Ready

Alton Ellis – And I Love Her

Peter Tosh – Here Comes The Sun

Freddie McGregor – Sweet Caroline

Joe White – Yesterday

Judy Mowatt – Rescue Me

Ben Harper – Michelle

Horace Andy & Massive Attack – Light My Fire (Live)

Singing Sweet – Donna

Derrick Morgan – Ain’t That a Shame

Tommy McCook & the Supersonics – Ode To Billie Joe

Sister Carol – Wild Thing

Boris Gardiner & the Happening – Spooky

Horace Andy – Sea of Love

Ernie Smith – Kansas City

Denzil Dennis – (All I Have to Do Is) Dream

Chaka Demus – Don’t Be Cruel

John Holt – Soul & Inspiration

Joya Landis – Kansas City

The World of Reggae Music Collection: Reggae inna Golden Oldies Version

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas

Today I attended the Denton Arts and Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas. The location of the festival is a couple of blocks from the downtown square in Denton. This spot was originally an African-American neighborhood called Quakertown. Today Quakertown is a park where the people of Denton celebrate art and jazz music on the greens of the park and its surrounding facilities.

Denton has become a center of art, jazz culture, and music, especially since the University of North Texas’s music and art schools excel at honing the talents of countless musicians and artists. In fact the music and art schools are the crown jewels at the university. At the UNT showcase stage aspiring eagles played for large audiences, and many UNT talents appeared on the main jazz stage, such as the UNT Faculty Band and the UNT One O’Clock Lab Band.

Early in the day I saw Fortified Funk playing some classic jazz tunes from the Wes Montgomerycatalog. The trombonist in this band was laying it down. After eating some festival food I caught a portion of Island Boogie banging on steel drums. Then I crossed the festival bridge to see Dave Zoller leading his tribute band to Duke Ellington.  I got to admit this was a highlight in the festival for me because I enjoy swing music from the big band era. Plus this tribute band was full of top-notch musicians, including a horn section with trombone, coronet, saxophone, and trumpets.

Then I flipped the script and saw the local indie rock band Oso Closo at the Bud Light Courtyard Stage. This was a talented band. Both guitarists also played keys, displaying their versatility. The bassist sang, and so did the two guitarists. And all three vocalists sang together. The guitar work was good and the vocal harmonies very nice.

Later in the evening I saw contemporary jazz artist Tom Braxton. The saxophonist is a smooth jazz staple as seen in such songs as “Open Road.” The Dallas-based Braxton, actually from the Lubbock area, played several tracks from his album Endless Highway. I especially like his cover of the America song “Ventura Highway.”

The festival’s headliners Jimmie Vaughan and Lou Ann Barton brought the house down with some Classic Blues. Barton has played music with Jimmie Vaughan for a long time. In fact she toured with The Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble. Jimmie played the SRV classic “Texas Flood.” Lou Ann Barton joined Jimmie Vaughan for some intensely soulful tunes and a rockin’ version of “Boom Bapa Boom.”

Denton Arts & Jazz Festival in Denton, Texas

World of Reggae Music Collection: Table of Contents

The Jam-Tex selector will post a study and organization of the essential tracks of reggae music. The selector invites others to join in on the organization of these tracks.  Thus Jam-Tex presents “The World of Reggae Music Collection.”

Please feel free to comment. The selector is open to suggestions and changes. Feel free to comment on the selections, categories, genre headings, and section headings. The selector will consider track additions and removals and even the renaming of categories, sections, and genres. Without further ado…

The Jam-Tex Selector presents…The World of Reggae Music Collection

REGGAE’S SUPERSTARS

The Lions of Jah

The Lion Youth

REGGAE’S SUPERHITS

Roots Hits

Pop Hits

SKA MUSIC MOVEMENT

 The Ska Originals

Two-Tone Ska

Third Wave Ska

International Ska

ROCKSTEADY ERA

Rocksteady

VINTAGE REGGAE

The Early Years

Classic Reggae

ROOTS & CULTURE

Rastaman

Political Reggae

Slavery Days

DUB

Classic Dub

Neo Dub

Dubstep

Boss Deejays

The Deejays

Rub A Dub

Dancehall

The Old School

Classic Tracks

The New School

Ragga

COLLIE HERB

Collie Herb

LOVER’S ROCK

Lover’s Rock

REGGAE SISTERS

Reggae Sisters

MARLEY FAMILY & FRIENDS

Marley Family & Friends

REGGAE UB40

Original Versions

UB40 Versions

REGGAE INSTRUMENTALS

Reggae Instrumentals

INNA REGGAE VERSION

Golden Oldies inna Reggae Version

Soul inna Reggae Version

Hippy Music inna Reggae Version

Folk & Country Music inna Reggae Version

REGGAE FUSION

Hip-Hop/Reggae Fusion

Rock/Reggae Fusion

Electronica/Reggae Fusion

REGGAE AROUND THE WORLD

Reggae from Around the World

Texas Reggae

Reggae Espanol

LIVE REGGAE

Live Reggae

ACOUSTIC REGGAE

Acoustic Reggae

World of Reggae Music Collection: Table of Contents