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Rocket 88: Early Rock & Roll (1951)

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Rocket '88 B-side: Come Back Where You Belong Released: April 1951 Recorded: March 1951 Label: Chess Songwriter: Jackie Brenston (credited), Ike Turner (uncredited) Producer: Sam Phillips The roots of rock and roll are in the rhythm and blues (then called " race music ") and country music (then called " hillbilly music .")  According to the writer Robert Palmer:  "Rock 'n' roll was an inevitable outgrowth of the social and musical interactions between blacks and whites in the South and Southwest. Its roots are a complex tangle. Bedrock black church music influenced blues. Rural blues-influenced white folk songs and the black popular music of the Northern ghettos; blues, and black pop-influenced jazz, and so on. But the most critical process was the influence of black music on white . Read more: " Present Tense . Duke University Press.  pp. 13–38 .

One Hit Wonders: The Trashmen (1963)

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Surfin' Bird Single by The Trashmen From the album Surfin' Bird B-side: King of the Surf Released: November 13, 1963 Recorded: 1963 Songwriters: Al Frazier, Carl White, Sonny Harris, Turner Wilson Jr. "Surfin' Bird is a medley made up of the choruses of two R&B classics by the '60s doo-wop group The Rivingtons : "The Bird Is the Word" and "Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow." The brainchild of Trashmen drummer Steve Wahrer, the song was a quirky and consumable hit. It entered the Billboard Hot 100 on December 28, 1963.

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One Hit Wonders: Clarence "Frogman" Henry (1956)

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Clarence "Frogman" Henry Ain't Got No Home Songwriter: Clarence "Frogman" Henry Written: 1955 Released: December 15, 1956 Recorded: 1956 In the United States, " Ain't Got No Home " reached number 3 on one of the Billboard R&B charts and number 20 on the Billboard Top 100 pop chart. It ranks number 98 on the N.M.E. magazine's list of  100 Best Songs of the 1950 s . Henry's contribution has been recognized by the  Rockabilly Hall of Fame . In April 2007, Henry was inducted into the  Louisiana Music Hall of Fame .

Rod Stewart: Sing It Again, Rod (1972)

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Sing It Again Rod Compilation album: Rod Stewart Released: August 10, 1973 Producer: Rod Stewart I bought the album,  Sing It Again, Rod,  soon after we arrived in Germany. It was the first one I purchased. I used my school lunch money. Records cost $4.50 at the Post Exchange; the department store on the military base. One of my favorite songs on it was "Handbags and Gladrags," written by the lead singer of Manfred Mann, Mike d'Abo. He describes the song as " saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values. "

David Bowie: Diamond Dogs (1974)

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Diamond Dogs Studio album by David Bowie Released: May 24, 1974 Recorded: January–February 1974 Producer: David Bowie Halloween Jack is a character created by David Bowie for the 1974 Diamond Dogs album and tour. He is described as being a " real cool cat " who lives in Hunger City. Some of this is inspired by the novel 1984 by George Orwell .  After David Bowie retired the Ziggy Stardust character, he worked on two projects; an aborted musical about Ziggy and a musical adaption of George Orwell's novel "Nineteen Eighty-Four." Orwell's widow wouldn't grant permission to use the book. Unused songs - Rock n Roll With Me and Rebel, Rebel ended up on Diamond Dogs,. The other tracks were for his attempted 1984 musical.

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One Hit Wonders: John Fred & His Playboy Band (1968)

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Judy in Disguise (With Glasses) John Fred & His Playboy Band From the album: Agnes English B-side: Out of Left Field Released: October 1967 Songwriters: John Fred Gourrier, Andrew Bernard John Fred Gourrier was known by his stage name John Fred.   An American blue-eyed soul, swamp pop, rock and roll, performer from Louisiana, he's best known for the hit single "Judy In Disguise (with Glasses);"   a parody of The Beatles " Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds ."  According to one story, John Fred thought the lyric was "Lucy in disguise with diamonds" when he first heard the Beatles' number. But Fred said he came up with the idea while touring southern states in 1967 behind his minor hit "Agnes English."

David Bowie: Rock'n Roll with Me (1974)

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Rock 'n' Roll With Me B-side: Panic in Detroit (live) Artist: David Bowie Album: Diamond Dogs Released: May 1974 Recorded: January 1974 Songwriters: David Bowie, Warren Peace "Rock 'n' Roll With Me" is a pop power ballad written by David Bowie and Warren Peace.   A pop power ballad is a form of slow love song prevalent in nearly all genres of popular music. There are rock ballads, soul ballads, country ballads, and even heavy metal ballads.  Dolly Parton 's song, " I Will Always Love You " (popularized by  Whitney Houston ), is an example of of a pop power ballad. Celine Dion's " My Heart Will Go On ' from the movie Titanic is another.

Pop-Up Video: Come On Eileen (1982)

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Come On Eileen Dexys Midnight Runners B-side:   Dubious Released: June 25, 1982 Songwriters:  Kevin Rowland, Jim Paterson, Billy Adams Dexys Midnight Runners ' song "Come On Eileen" was  number 2 in the "Rolling Stone Readers Pick the Top 10 One-Hit Wonders of All Time" article on May 4, 2011.  It lands at number 3  on the VH1 tally of the 100 Greatest One Hit Wonders. The song   won Best British Single at the  1983 Brit Awards . In 2015, it was voted by the British public as the nation's sixth favorite 1980s number one in a   poll for ITV .   It ranked number eighteen on   VH1's   100 Greatest Songs of the '80s .   Similar polls by the music channel VH1 placed the song at number three in the  100 Greatest One-hit Wonders  of all time and number one in their list of  100 Greatest   One Hit Wonders of the 80s . 

One Hit Wonders: Frankie Ford (1959)

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"Sea Cruise" B-side: "Roberta" Released: 1959 Recorded: 1958 Songwriter: Huey "Piano" Smith  Frankie Ford and Me The year I was born, Frankie Ford had his only hit song, Sea Cruise. It didn't come to my attention until 1978.   I was dating a guy named Chuck from the small town of Sardis, Georgia. Sardis was in Burke County. It was ' dry ' ; as in, no alcohol could be sold within county limits.  Chuck's father had a still and his favorite song was Sea Cruise. So, at one of Chuck's parent's ' hoe-downs' , I was introduced to Frankie Ford and to moonshine. I liked the song a lot, but I mixed Coca-Cola with my whiskey and got a lot of laughs. Evidently, moonshine isn't for mixed drinks. I couldn't drink it straight. From that point on, I was known in Sardis as the City Boy who couldn't handle moonshine.

Cher: Dark Lady (1974)

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Dark Lady Artist:  Cher Album: Dark Lady B-side:  Two People Clinging to a Thread Released: February 1974 Songwriter: Johnny Durrill "Dark Lady" is the title track for Cher's eleventh studio album. It was written by John Robert "Johnny" Durrill and released as a single in early 1974.  The song became Cher's third solo U.S. number 1 hit on March 23, 1974, and her last until " Believe ," 25 years later.

Sonny & Cher: I Got You Babe (1965)

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I Got You Babe Artists: Sonny & Cher Album: Look at Us B-side : It's Gonna Rain Released: July 9, 1965 Recorded: 1965 Songwriter: Sonny Bono "I Got You Babe" was the first single taken from Sonny & Cher 's debut studio album Look at Us . In August 1965, it spent three weeks at number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the United States where it sold more than 1 million copies and was certified Gold. 

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Pop-Up Video: If I Could Turn Back Time (1989)

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"If I Could Turn Back Time" Artist: Cher Album: Heart of Stone B-side : "Some Guys" Released: July 1, 1989 Songwriter: Diane Warren "If I Could Turn Back Time" was recorded by Cher for her  album Heart of Stone and released as the album's lead single.  It  was written by Diane Warren , who has also written songs for Aretha Franklin , Celine Dion , Barbara Streisand , Tina Turner and Whitney Houston .