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THE OLD ROCKER: Williams ranked No. 1 among piano recording artists
Renowned pianist Roger Williams earned that honor. He recorded an instrumental version of “Autumn Leaves” in 1955. The song climbed to No. 1 in October of that year to become the first instrumental in the rock era to top the Billboard magazine charts.
OLD ROCKERS: Elvis and the Fab Four are getting some company
The current records are inundated with female superstars during the past 25 years, including Mariah Carey, Madonna, Rihanna, Whitney Houston and Katy Perry.
OLD ROCKER: Where were you when Elvis died 38 years ago?
Elvis Presley recorded approximately 700 songs on 45s and albums and had a then-record 18 No. 1 hits. He also appeared in 33 movies. The Beatles hold the record with 20 No. 1 hits, two more than Presley and Mariah Carey.
THE OLD ROCKER: Diamonds' version of 'The Stroll' a No. 1 hit
Nicknamed Diamond Dave, Dave Somerville performed with a variety of acts and had a full schedule until his death.
OLD ROCKER: Mammals, bird, reptiles, insects have their day on charts
Of all the words in the titles of rock ‘n’ roll songs during the modern era’s first decade, most were focused on love and relationships and good times. On the opposite end, few titles referred to mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
OLD ROCKER: Check your knowledge of No. hits in the 1050s
The Isley Brothers recorded their second single, “Shout,” on July 29, 1959. The song did not achieve great chart success, but would sell more than 1 million copies and became a rock classic.
THE OLD ROCKER: Tunes in films make them more memorable
From “West Side Story”and “My Fair Lady” to “Grease” and “Ghost,” big screen entertainment wouldn’t be the same without a memorable soundtrack.
OLD ROCKER: Broadway shows, movies fertile ground for great songs
Day sang “Que Sera Sera” near the end of the film as she and her husband tried to find her son who had been kidnapped. The song climbed to No. 2 in the summer of 1956 and won an Oscar.
OLD ROCKER: Bill Haley’s hit song credits as the first rock n roll song
During the 1970s, Bill Haley fell victim to alcoholism and died on Feb. 9, 1981, at his home in Harlingen, Texas.
THE OLD ROCKER: With passing of Ronnie Gilbert, only one member of The Weavers is still alive
Even after splitting up during the 1950s Red Scare, The Weavers got back together in the mid-’50s and found they still had an audience, influing later folk singers.