The 1954 British Hit Parade (CD)
Release Date: 11/08/11
We have enjoyed great results on the two previous two volumes of our ongoing BRITISH HIT PARADE series. This 4CD set is the third in our yearly series and comprises every record that entered the UK chart from January 9th 1954 to December 18th 1954 in chronological order of entry with the exception of multiple versions of the same song where we have separated the different versions for ease of listening. 1954 was the year that saw the first signs of the Rock N Roll revolution. This album highlights the huge changes in music that were afoot with the entry into the charts of the first Americans to wake up the Industry. Later in the year, December, to be precise, the first true rock'n'roll record entered the chart ' Bill Haley and The Comets ' 'Shake Rattle And Roll'. Evidence of the coming of Rock and Roll is apparent in several other tracks though, especially 'Sh-Boom' by The Crewcuts and 'Mr. Sandman' by The Chordettes and Dickie Valentine. The track by Al Jolson impersonator, Norman Brooks who had his sole chart hit in 1954 with 'A Sky Blue Shirt And A Rainbow Tie' has its first appearance on CD. With the chart of October 2nd the listing is expanded to 20 places, thereby introducing a new phrase into everyday English ' The Top Twenty! The package comes with a 36 page fully illustrated booklet featuring the history of each and every track.