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Song of the day: Paul Anka- Diana

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In 1957, Paul Anka wrote a song about a girl he saw in church, although he hardly knew her. Others say the song was inspired by a classmate and friend of Paul Anka. However, he reached number 1 with the song in the UK and number 2 in the US, and he sold over nine million copies of the song. The song would be covered a lot of times, none reached the success Paul Anka had with it. Enjoy

Paul Anka- Diana

Song of the day: Jerry Lee Lewis- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

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Today we’re paying attention to one of the earliest covers in pop music. The original recording of this song was done by Big Maybelle, who made her version in 1955. This song was produced by Quincy Jones (who later produced most of the Michael Jackson records). Jerry Lee Lewis first played this song live, and decided to record it in 1957. He knew it would be a hit, though Sam Phillips (the founder of Sun Records) thought it to be too risky. It was a number 3 hit in the US pop chart. Enjoy

Jerry Lee Lewis- Whole Lotta Shakin’ Goin’ On

Song of the day: Buddy Holly- Peggy Sue

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This song originally was made by the Crickets, the band in which Buddy Holly was the singer. He later recorded it for his own album. The song title first was Cindy Lou, because the song would be for his niece. They changed the title when Jerry Allison (one of the Crickets members) had a breakup with his later wife. In 1957, the song hit number 3 in the US. Enjoy

Buddy Holly- Peggy Sue

Song of the day: Jackie Wilson- Reet Petite

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Jackie Wilson originally was a member of the Dominoes. He left the band and went solo. In 1957, he recorded his first solo-song, written by Berry Gordy and the cousin of Jackie Wilson. The title was stolen from Louis Jordan, who had a song called Reet, Petite and Gone. The song made it to number 6 in the UK and number 62 in the US. The money was used by Berry Gordy, who fund Motown with it… Three years after Jackie Wilson died, the song became a hit again because of a clay-animation. It now even made number 1 in the UK! Enjoy

Jackie Wilson- Reet Petite

Song of the day: Fats Domino- I’m Walkin’

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The song I’m Walking was written by Fats Domino and Dave Bartholomew. Fats recorded it in 1957, and made it to number 4 in the US pop chart and even to number 1 in the R&B chart. Later, the song would be used in the movie The Blues Brothers, and in some commercials (as the picture tells us). Enjoy

Fats Domino- I’m Walking