Category Archives: Popular Music 1950s

‘Venus’ by Frankie Avalon peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 9 1959)

(Monday, March 9, 1959)“Venus” by Frankie Avalon peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for five consecutive weeks (Mar. 9/16/23/30, Apr. 6, 1959). Continue reading ‘Venus’ by Frankie Avalon peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 9 1959)

‘Charlie Brown’ by The Coasters peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 9 1959)

(Monday, March 9, 1959)“Charlie Brown” by The Coasters peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three weeks. Continue reading ‘Charlie Brown’ by The Coasters peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 9 1959)

‘Peter Gunn’ by Ray Anthony peaks at #8 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 2 1959)

(Monday, March 2, 1959)“Peter Gunn” by Ray Anthony peaked at #8 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘Peter Gunn’ by Ray Anthony peaks at #8 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Mar 2 1959)

‘Donna’ by Ritchie Valens peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1959)

(Monday, February 23, 1959)“Donna” by Ritchie Valens peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Continue reading ‘Donna’ by Ritchie Valens peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 23 1959)

‘Stagger Lee’ by Lloyd Price peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

(Monday, February 9, 1959)“Stagger Lee” by Lloyd Price peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for four consecutive weeks (Feb. 9/16/23, Mar. 2, 1959). Continue reading ‘Stagger Lee’ by Lloyd Price peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

‘16 Candles’ by The Crests peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

(Monday, February 9, 1959)“16 Candles” by The Crests peaked at #2 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Continue reading ‘16 Candles’ by The Crests peaks at #2 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

‘Lonely Teardrops’ by Jackie Wilson peaks at #7 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

(Monday, February 9, 1959)“Lonely Teardrops” by Jackie Wilson peaked at #7 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for two weeks. Continue reading ‘Lonely Teardrops’ by Jackie Wilson peaks at #7 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 9 1959)

Rock stars Holly, Valens & Richardson killed in plane crash 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 3 1959)


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(Tuesday, February 3, 1959, approximately 1:00 a.m. CST) — American rock and roll musicians Buddy Holly, 22, Ritchie Valens, 17, and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, 28, were killed in a plane crash early this morning near Clear Lake, Iowa, together with pilot Roger Peterson, an event that later became known as “The Day the Music Died.” Continue reading Rock stars Holly, Valens & Richardson killed in plane crash 60 years ago this hour #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 3 1959)

‘La Bamba’ by Ritchie Valens peaks at #22 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1959)

(Monday, February 2, 1959)“La Bamba” by Ritchie Valens peaked at #22 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for one week. Continue reading ‘La Bamba’ by Ritchie Valens peaks at #22 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Feb 2 1959)

‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ by The Platters peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1959)

(Monday, January 19, 1959)“Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” by The Platters peaked at #1 on today’s Billboard Hot 100 singles chart for three consecutive weeks (Jan. 19/26, Feb. 2, 1959). Continue reading ‘Smoke Gets in Your Eyes’ by The Platters peaks at #1 in USA 60 years ago #OnThisDay #OTD (Jan 19 1959)