1959 One Hit Wonders & Artists Known For One Song
|77 Sunset Strip
Don Ralke was a prolific arranger, composer, and conductor who worked extensively in the film and television industry.
|A House of Love
Scott Garrett is a less-known artist who had several releases during the late ’50s and early ’60s.
|A String Of Trumpets
The Trumpeteers were a gospel music group from Baltimore, active primarily during the 1940s and 1950s.
|Abrose (Part Five)
Linda Laurie is an American singer and songwriter known for her novelty song “Ambrose (Part Five)”. She later became a successful songwriter for film and television.
|Ballad of a Girl and a Boy
The Graduates were a one-off studio group put together by producer Bob Crewe.
|Battle Hymn of the Republic
Mormon Tabernacle Choir
The Mormon Tabernacle Choir, known for its rich, orchestral sound, is a large choir of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Roger Smith was an actor known for his role in the TV show “77 Sunset Strip”. He also had a recording career in the late 1950s and early 1960s.
|Blah, Blah, Blah
Nicola Paone was a Sicilian-American singer and songwriter known for his comedic and novelty songs.
|Boom – A – Dip – Dip
Stan Robinson was a pop singer active in the late ’50s and early ’60s, with a voice similar to Elvis Presley.
|Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
Jivin’ Gene and the Jokers
Jivin’ Gene and the Jokers were a rock and roll band from the late ’50s known for their vibrant performances.
Tony Dallara is an Italian singer who was particularly popular in the late ’50s and early ’60s.
|Come Softly To Me
Ronnie Height was a pop singer who released a number of singles in the ’50s and ’60s.
The Intruders, not to be confused with the Philly soul group of the same name, were a rock and roll band from the late ’50s.
The Tradewinds were a surf rock band from the late ’50s.
The Wild – Cats
The Wild – Cats were a rockabilly band known for their lively performances.
Sonny Spencer was a rock and roll singer active in the ’50s and ’60s.
Jackie Lee is an English pop and country singer who had a number of hits in the ’50s and ’60s.
|Here Comes Summer
Jerry Keller was a pop singer and songwriter, best known for his 1959 hit “Here Comes Summer.”
|High School U.S.A.
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The Mystics are a singing group which began in Brooklyn, New York, noted for their hit “Hushabye” with a sound often compared to The Belmonts.
|I Can’t Sit Down
Marie and Rex
Marie and Rex were a duet best known for their gospel and R&B performances during the 50s and 60s.
Joe Damiano was a pop singer from the late 1950s and had a unique vocal style that combined elements of R&B and pop music.
|I Kneel At Your Throne
Joe Medlin was a R&B singer known for his smooth vocal style and was often noted as a dynamic live performer.
|I Love An Angel
Little Bill and the Bluenotes
Little Bill and the Bluenotes are a Pacific Northwest band formed in the late ’50s who had a successful run in the regional music scene.
|I Loves You, Porgy
Nina Simone was an iconic American singer, songwriter, and civil rights activist. She was known for her wide range of musical styles including jazz, classical, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
|I’ve Come of Age
Billy Storm was part of several notable Doo Wop groups in the 1950s and 1960s, including The Penguins, The Colts, and The Valiants.
|Jimmy Kiss and Run
Diane Maxwell was a pop singer known for her sultry vocal style in the late 1950s.
|Jupiter – C
Pat and The Satellites
Pat & The Satellites were a novelty pop group whose music was influenced by the space race era.
|Just To Be With You
The Passions were a doo-wop group from Brooklyn, New York, known for their intricate vocal harmonies.
Rocky Olson was a country and pop singer, popular on the West Coast music scene in the 1950s.
Wilbert Harrison was an American singer, pianist, guitarist, and harmonica player, best known for his recordings of “Kansas City” and “Let’s Stick Together”.
Sammy Turner was a late 1950s R&B singer known for his distinct, silky smooth vocal style.
Andre Previn was a German-American pianist, conductor, and composer with a career spanning over seven decades. He won numerous awards including four Academy Awards and ten Grammy Awards.
Ray Sharpe is a rockabilly singer, guitarist, and songwriter. His recordings were noted for their mixing of rockabilly with R&B sounds.
|Little Boy Blue
Huelyn Duvall is a rockabilly musician who worked with renowned musicians such as Johnny Meeks of Gene Vincent’s Blue Caps.
Mickey Mozart Quintet
Mickey Mozart Quintet was an instrumental pop group in the late 1950s. They blended pop and classical influences in their music.
|Lonely Saturday Night
Don French was an American rockabilly artist. Despite a limited recording career, his music is highly regarded by rockabilly enthusiasts.
Floyd Eugene Robinson (August 10, 1932 – May 28, 2016) was an American singer, born in Nashville, Tennessee.
Reg Owen was a British conductor and arranger who had a U.K. Top 10 hit with “Manhattan Spiritual” in 1959. He worked as a staff arranger with many orchestras in England.
Rocco Granata is an Italian-Belgian singer, songwriter, and accordionist who achieved international success with his hit song “Marina”. He later became a film actor and a record industry executive.
Charlie Blackwell was a pop and rockabilly singer and songwriter active in the late ’50s and early ’60s. Though not widely known, he had a distinctive style that combined elements of country and pop music.
The Revels were an American rock and roll group from the 1950s, associated with the surf music genre. They were one of the earliest groups to have a surf music hit, “Church Key”, in 1960.
Jimmy Barnes, not to be confused with the Australian rock singer of the same name, was an American R&B and rock and roll singer active during the 1950s and 60s.
The Morgan Brothers
The Morgan Brothers were a 1950s pop vocal group. Despite their short-lived success, they were known for their close harmony singing style.
Ralph DeMarco was a pop singer active in the late 1950s. He was known for his crooning vocal style reminiscent of the big band era.
|One More Sunrise (Morgen)
Leslie Uggams is a Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress and singer with career highlights in television, film, and Broadway. She was a regular on “Sing Along with Mitch” and later starred in “Roots”.
Frank Purcell was a popular singer in the 1950s, known for his rich baritone voice and engaging performance style.
|Petite Fleur (Little Flower)
Chris Barber was a British jazz musician, best known as a bandleader and trombonist. He was instrumental in popularizing traditional New Orleans jazz in Britain.
|Pink Shoe Laces
Dodie Stevens is an American pop and rock vocalist who became a teenage star in the late 1950s when her song “Pink Shoe Laces” became a big hit.
|Rockin’ In The Jingle
The Eternals were an American doo-wop group from the Bronx, New York. They are known for their hit “Rockin’ in the Jungle”, which showcased their tight harmonies and unique lyrical themes.
|Robbin’ The Cradle
Tony Bellus is an American rock and roll singer and songwriter. He is best known for his hit song “
|Russian Band Stand
Spencer and Spencer
Spencer and Spencer was a musical comedy duo that recorded a number of novelty songs in the late 1950s.
Frankie Ford was an American rock and roll and rhythm and blues singer, best known for his hit “Sea Cruise”. He was known as the “New Orleans Dynamo”.
|Sea of Love
Phil Phillips is an American singer and songwriter best known for his hit “Sea of Love”. He wrote the song and it is his only top 40 hit.
|See You In September
The Tempos were an American doo-wop group best known for the hit “See You In September”. They are remembered for their smooth harmonies.
E.C. Beatty was an American singer known for his novelty songs. “Ski King” was a unique combination of pop and yodeling.
|Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)
The Impalas were an American doo-wop group formed in 1958, best known for their hit “Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)”.
Rusty York was an American musician known for his rockabilly music style, and he transitioned to bluegrass later in his career.
Eddie and Betty
Eddie and Betty were a pop duo known for their harmonious vocal style.
Quaker City Boys
Quaker City Boys were a one-hit wonder from Philadelphia, known for their tune “Teasin'”, which hit the Billboard Hot 100.
Mark Dinning was an American pop singer. Despite his brief career, his hit “Teen Angel” remains a classic example of the teenage tragedy song.
|Tell Him No
Dean and Marc
Dean and Marc were a singing duo composed of brothers, best known for their hit “Tell Him No”.
|Tell Him No
Travis and Bob
Travis and Bob were an American rock and roll duo, who had a Top 40 hit with “Tell Him No”.
|The American Boy
Bobby Bare is an American country music singer and songwriter, best known for hits like “Detroit City” and “500 Miles Away from Home”.
The Rockin’ R’s were an American rockabilly group known for their instrumental work in the 1950s.
|The Caterpillar Crawl
The Strangers were an American instrumental rock band, who scored a hit with “The Caterpillar Crawl”.
Lee and Paul
Lee and Paul were an American pop duo known for their novelty song “The Chick”.
The Spacemen was an American instrumental rock band known for their atmospheric tunes.
|The Enchanted Sea
The Islanders were a studio group that scored a hit with “The Enchanted Sea”, a top-ten hit in 1959.
|The Happy Reindeer
Dancer, Prancer and Nervous
Dancer, Prancer and Nervous were a novelty act that released Christmas-themed music.
|The Little Space Girl
Jesse Lee Turner
Jesse Lee Turner is a former rockabilly singer, who had a Top 20 hit in 1959 with “The Little Space Girl”.
Bob McFadden & Dor
The Mummy was written by Rod McKuen and was first released by Bob McFadden and Dor in 1959. It was also covered by The Fall and Bad Manners. Aside from his music career, McFadden had an extensive career as a voice actor, most famous for his roles in popular animated series like “Milton the Monster” and “Cool McCool”. He also did the voice of Franken Berry in the cereal commercials for General Mills.
Dean Reed was an American actor, singer, and songwriter who became incredibly popular in Latin America and Eastern Europe, despite remaining relatively unknown in his home country.
|The Shag (Is Totally Cool)
Billy Graves was an American rockabilly singer best known for his novelty song “The Shag (Is Totally Cool)”.
|The Shape I’m In
Johnny Restivo was a teen idol pop singer who had a hit with “The Shape I’m In” when he was only 17.
|The Three Bells (Jimmy Brown)
Dick Flood was an American country music singer, also known by his stage name, “Okefenokee Joe”, a popular environmental educator and entertainer.
|There Is Something On Your Mind
Big Jay McNeely
Big Jay McNeely was an American rhythm and blues saxophonist, popular in the 1940s and 1950s, known for his wild stage performances.
Tommy Dee was an American singer-songwriter and producer, best known for his tribute to the death of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens, and The Big Bopper, “Three Stars”.
|To A Soldier Boy
The Tassels were a one-hit wonder girl group from the late 1950s known for their song “To A Soldier Boy”.
Thomas Wayne was an American singer best known for his hit “Tragedy”. He was the brother of Johnny Cash’s guitarist Luther Perkins.
The Megatrons were an American instrumental rock group from the late 1950s, noted for their distinct surf rock sound.
|Who’s That Knocking
The Genies were a doo-wop group from Brooklyn, New York, best known for their hit “Who’s That Knocking”.
Danny Zella and the Zell Rocks
Danny Zella and the Zell Rocks were a rockabilly group known for their energetic performances and the song “Wicked Ruby”.
The Accents were a pop group in the late 1950s, best known for their hit “Wiggle, Wiggle”.
The Rock-A-Teens were an American rockabilly group, known for their hit instrumental, “Woo-Hoo”.
|You Can’t Be True Dear
Mary Kay Trio
The Mary Kay Trio were a pop vocal group active in the late 1950s, noted for their smooth harmonies.
Chico Holiday was an American pop singer who had a few chart hits in the late 1950s and early 1960s, including “Young Ideas”.