Video: '1956 HITS ARCHIVE: Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins'
(Saturday, March 10, 1956) — Carl Perkins’ “Blue Suede Shoes” showed up on all three of today’s Billboard best selling retail charts — pop, country and western and rhythm and blues — marking the first time a country and western artist ever scored in all three categories.
The 65-year-old president frankly told his party tonight, however, that because of his heart attack last Sept. 24, he must restrict his activities in the conduct of his office and in the presidential campaign.
(Saturday, February 25, 1956) — “Lisbon Antigua” by Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Best Sellers in Stores chart for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 25, Mar. 3/10/17, 1956).
(Saturday, February 25, 1956) — In a sensational “Secret Speech” to the 20th Congress of the Communist Party, Soviet leader Nikita Khrushchev denounced Joseph Stalin today as a brutal despot, painting a graphic picture of a regime of “suspicion, fear, and terror” built up under the former dictator, who died three years ago.
(Saturday, February 18, 1956) — “The Great Pretender” by The Platters peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Top 100 chart for two consecutive weeks (Feb. 18/25, 1956). In 2004, the song was voted 360th greatest song of all time by Rolling Stone.