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FlinterFile: Frankie Laine- Rawhide


In 1959, the television series Rawhide started. The series, running for seven years, saw the rise of Clint Eastwood. Of course, the TV-series couldn’t do without a tune. The song was sung by Frankie Laine, and written by two composers who had dealt with western music earlier: Dimitri Tiomkin and Ned Washington. They made a sort of cattleride of it, including whips. The song was later popular again because the Blues Brothers used it. It was a number 6 hit in the UK. Enjoy

Frankie Laine- Rawhide


Song of the day: Frankie Ford- Sea Cruise


In 1959, Huey ‘Piano’ Smith (a R&B and jazz singer), wrote the song Sea Cruise. He also recorded it, but there was one problem: Smith was black. Ace Records, his record label, decided to keep the song, but to replace the lyrics which were sung by Smith by the vocals of a white man, Frankie Ford. After this, the song was released and reached the Top 20 in the US. Enjoy

Frankie Ford- Sea Cruise

Song of the day: Johnny & the Hurricanes- Reveille Rock


Johnny & the Hurricanes started as the Orbits from Toledo. Their first hit would be Crossfire, which charted at number 23. After another big hit with the Red River Rock, they started to work on old tunes. These were easy to recognize by the public, and therefore potential hits with a new beat. One of these tunes was the reveille. The song which derived from this was the Reveille Rock, which charted at number 25 in the US. Enjoy

Johnny & the Hurricanes- Reveille Rock

Song of the day: Johnny Otis- Telephone Baby


Maybe this song was no big hit in the world at all, at least I had a lot of trouble finding any information on it. I now know it was from 1959. In the Netherlands, he had a hit with it, peaking at number 6 in 1960. Enjoy

Johnny Otis & Marci Lee- Telephone Baby

Song of the day: Brenda Lee- Sweet Nothin’s

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In 1959, Brenda Lee released the song Sweet Nothin’s. The song, written by Ronnie Self, peaked at number 4 in both the US and the UK. The song itself doesn’t have a special history, but it has been a favourite to sample. Kanye West used a sample, as well as Sigma in their hit Nobody To Love. Enjoy

Brenda Lee- Sweet Nothin’s