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Essential Songs: The 1950s

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Our Price: £19.95    Change Currency
Media: Sheet Music
Arrangement: Piano, Vocal & Guitar (with Chord Boxes) (PVG(B))
Skill Level: Intermediate - Explain this
Series: Essential Songs
Catalogue #: HLE90002726
ISBN: 9781846093586


This heavyweight book of Essential Songs: The 1950s is packed to the limits with over 100 hits from the decade that changed music forever by giving us the original rock 'n' roll stars, doo-wop and incredible innovation in jazz - all arranged for Piano, Voice and Guitar.

From Elvis Presley and Ritchie Valens to Perry Como and Patti Page - this huge collection of songs is guaranteed to feature all your favourites... plus a whole lot more! Some of Elvis' best tunes are included here, with songs like All Shook Up, Hound Dog and Love Me Tender taking you back to a time when the King of Pop (and his hips) rules the stages and airwaves. The other giant of '50s pop, Frank Sinatra is represented generously, with Love And Marriage and Young At Heart reminding you of old blue eyes himself at the very top of his game.

Not only are the biggest hits and hitmakers of the decade included, but there are some lesser-known gems that are guaranteed to transport you back to television's golden age, the era of post-war optimism and the space race. The Everly Brothers, Jerry Lee Lewis, Dean Martin and Little Richard, they're all here. 

Even if you weren't born back then, this 1950s sheet music songbook will bring you back to the birth of modern music, before autotune took over, before everything turned electronic. The beauty of these tunes is their realness, the emotion that the incredibly talented performers put into the songs has not been matched since, and there is a reason people still listen to their songs today. 

If you love the style and sound of the 1950s, you will love this book of Essential Songs. Arranged for Piano, Vocal and Guitar, you can learn every bittersweet note of these timeless tunes that is guaranteed to transport you back to the time of best music.

Click on a song below to find all titles, including compilations, that contain it.
(Now And Then There's) A Fool Such As I [Presley, Elvis]
(Put Another Nickel In) Music! Music! Music! [Brewer, Teresa]
('til) I Kissed You [Everly Brothers, The]
(You've Got) Personality [Price, Lloyd]
(You've Got) The Magic Touch [Platters, The]
A Lover's Question [Mcphatter, Clyde]
A Teenager In Love [Dion And The Belmonts]
A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation) [Robbins, Marty]
All I Have To Do Is Dream [Everly Brothers, The]
All Shook Up [Presley, Elvis]
Along Came Jones [Coasters, The]
At The Hop [Danny And The Juniors]
Be-bop-a-lula [Vincent, Gene]
Believe What You Say [Nelson, Ricky]
Bird Dog [Everly Brothers, The]
Black Denim Trousers And Motorcycle Boots [Cheers, The]
Blue Hawaii [Vaughn, Billy]
Blue Suede Shoes [Perkins, Carl]
Blueberry Hill [Domino, Fats]
Bony Moronie [Williams, Larry]
Book Of Love [Monotones, The]
Breathless [Lewis, Jerry Lee]
Butterfly [Williams, Andy]
Bye Bye Love [Everly Brothers, The]
Catch A Falling Star [Como, Perry]
Chanson D'Amour [Todd, Art And Dotty]
Chantilly Lace [Big Bopper, The]
Charlie Brown [Coasters, The]
Donna [Valens, Ritchie]
Don't [Presley, Elvis]
Don't Be Cruel [Presley, Elvis]
Don't Let The Stars Get In Your Eyes [Mcdonald, Skeets]
Don't You Know? [Reese, Della]
Fever [Lee, Peggy]
Great Balls Of Fire [Lewis, Jerry Lee]
Honeycomb [Rodgers, Jimmie]
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom [Como, Perry]
Hound Dog [Presley, Elvis]
Hushabye [Mystics]
I Beg Of You [Presley, Elvis]
I Don't Care If The Sun Don't Shine [Page, Patti]
In The Cool, Cool, Cool Of The Evening [Crosby, Bing] [Wyman, Jane]
It's Almost Tomorrow [Dream Weavers]
It's Just A Matter Of Time [Benton, Brook]
Jambalaya (On The Bayou) [Williams, Hank]
Just A Dream [Clanton, Jimmy]
Kiss Of Fire [Gibbs, Georgia]
Kisses Sweeter Than Wine [Rodgers, Jimmie]
La Bamba [Valens, Ritchie]
Let Me Be Your Teddy Bear [Presley, Elvis]
Let Me Go Lover [Weber, Joan]
Lipstick On Your Collar [Francis, Connie]
Lollipop [Chordettes, The]
Lonely Boy [Anka, Paul]
Lonely Street [Williams, Andy]
Lonely Teardrops [Wilson, Jackie]
Lonesome Town [Nelson, Rick]
Long Tall Sally [Richard, Little]
Love And Marriage [Sinatra, Frank]
Love Me Tender [Presley, Elvis]
Loving You [Presley, Elvis]
Magic Moments [Como, Perry]
Memories Are Made Of This [Martin, Dean]
Mockin' Bird Hill [Page. Patti]
Moments To Remember [Four Lads, The]
Mona Lisa [Cole, Nat King]
My Heart Cries For You [Mitchell, Guy]
My Heart Is An Open Book [Dobkins Jr., Carl]
Never Be Anyone Else But You [Nelson, Ricky]
Oh, Lonesome Me [Gibson, Don]
Papa Loves Mambo [Como, Perry]
Party Doll [Knox, Buddy]
Peggy Sue [Holly, Buddy]
Poison Ivy [Coasters, The]
Poor Little Fool [Nelson, Ricky]
Primrose Lane [Wallace, Jerry]
Put Your Head On My Shoulder [Anka, Paul]
Return To Me [Martin, Dean]
Rip It Up [Richard, Little]
Rock Around The Clock [Haley, Bill And His Comets]
Rockin' Robin [Day, Bobby]
Sea Of Love [Philips, Phil And The Twilights]
Searchin' [Coasters, The]
See You Later, Alligator [Haley, Bill And His Comets]
Shake, Rattle And Roll [Haley, Bill And His Comets]
Since I Don't Have You [Skyliners, The]
Sincerely [McGuire Sisters, The]
Singing The Blues [Mitchell, Guy]
Sixteen Tons [Ford, Tennessee Ernie]
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes [Platters, The]
Splish Splash [Darin, Bobby]
Tammy [Reynolds, Debbie]
Teach Me Tonight [De Castro Sisters, The]
Tears On My Pillow [Anthony, Little And The Imperials]
Tennessee Waltz [Page, Patti]
Tequila [Champs, The]
That'll Be The Day [Crickets, The]
That's Amoré (That's Love) [Martin, Dean]
That's Amore [Martin, Dean]
The Great Pretender [Platters, The]
The Green Door [Lowe, Jim]
The Hawaiian Wedding Song (Ke Kali Nei Au) [Williams, Andy]
The Walk [McCracklin, Jimmy]
The Wayward Wind [Grant, Gogi]
There Goes My Baby [Drifters, The]
Tom Dooley [Kingston Trio]
Turn Me Loose [Fabian]
Tutti Frutti [Richard, Little]
Wear My Ring Around Your Neck [Presley, Elvis]
What I'd Say [Charles, Ray]
Why [Avalon, Frankie]
Why Do Fools Fall In Love? [Lymon, Frankie And The Teenagers]
With These Hands [Ray, Johnnie]
Wonderful! Wonderful! [Mathis, Johnny]
Young At Heart [Sinatra, Frank]
Young Blood [Coasters, The]
Young Love [James, Sonny]

Essential Songs: The 1950s reviews verified by reevooReevoo

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Scores 8.7 out of 10 based on 7 reviews
10 out of 10


Brisbane GB Love to play music
I love this book, good selection of well known and some not quite so well known songs, nicely arranged and in a large album where the pages will open and stay open
nothing bad for me, I am very happy with this album.
Confirmed purchase: 16 June 2015
Published on: 05 July 2015
10 out of 10


Leigh, Lancashire GB amateur piano player
see review in 1990s series
Confirmed purchase: 03 February 2015
Published on: 18 February 2015
5 out of 10


Rugby GB nothing
Reviewer left no comment
I cannot give marks as I thought I was getting easy play music. I realised that this graded itermediate, which is at this moment in time is beyound my capability.
Confirmed purchase: 15 January 2015
Published on: 17 February 2015

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Customer Rating This book was just what I was looking for. It has all the best songs of the 50's and I have enjoyed using it both for the guitar and the piano. Definately worth buying!

Customer Rating Took me straight back to my teenage years. Excellent book. Good for novice or advanced players.

Customer Rating This is an excellent book with a lot of the best songs of the '50s. If you remember this era or even if you don't, it is worth buying this book.
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More Product Details

Sales Rank: Not specified
Published on: 05/04/2006
Format: Mixed Songbook
Length: 382 pages
Language: English
Publisher: Hal Leonard Europe

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