Carl Smith “Why, Why” Classic 45 Big Hit For Carl Smith In 1957.

Carl Smith “Why, Why” Classic 45 Big Hit For Carl Smith In 1957.

Greetings from Asheville, where the good music still lives on the turntable. Today’s Classic 45 is one of my favorites from 1950’s hit-maker Carl Smith. Tennessee native Carl Smith burst onto the scene in 1951, with his first hit, “Let’s Live A Little”. Soon, his records were regularly at, or … Continue reading

Classic Single “Ballerina” or “Dance Ballerina Dance” One Of The Biggest Hits Of 1948, With 4 Versions Charting

Classic Single “Ballerina” or “Dance Ballerina Dance” One Of The Biggest Hits Of 1948, With 4 Versions Charting

This time around, we are going pop for this classic single. Also, it’s not a classic 45, but rather a classic 78. The song “Ballerina” was one of the top hits of 1948, with four versions becoming hits. Vaughn Monroe, Buddy Clark, Bing Crosby, and Jimmy Dorsey. Up through the … Continue reading

Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue” Classic 45 A Rock and Roll Classic That Crossed Over To Country

Buddy Holly “Peggy Sue” Classic 45 A Rock and Roll Classic That Crossed Over To Country

This past Sunday was the 60th anniversary of “The Day The Music Died”. On that day, February 3rd, 1959, Buddy Holly perished, along with fellow performers Richie Valens and J. P. “The Big Bopper” Richardson, when their plane crashed, shortly after takeoff in Clear Lake, Iowa. I thought it appropriate … Continue reading

Marty Robbins “Ain’t I The Lucky One” – Ultimate Twang Classic 45 One of Marty's Collaborations With Mitch Miller

Marty Robbins “Ain’t I The Lucky One” – Ultimate Twang Classic 45 One of Marty's Collaborations With Mitch Miller

Of all the singers not named Elvis in the late 1950’s, it’s hard to find one who was hotter than Marty Robbins. Not only was Marty one of country music’s top acts, but he was also enjoying success on the pop side. This success, in part, was due to Marty’s … Continue reading

Lost Singles: 3 Hit Singles You Should Hear

Lost Singles: 3 Hit Singles You Should Hear

From time to time on this blog, I like to talk about single records; i.e.: 45 rpm’s and 78 rpm’s, and yes, on occasion, even a rare 33 1/3 rpm single, too. Now if you go out and look for old records in thrift shops, used record stores, record shows, … Continue reading

Classic Album Review: Eddy Arnold “My World” 1965

Classic Album Review: Eddy Arnold “My World” 1965

Today’s Classic Album Review remembers one of the classic albums of the 1960’s. It is also one of the first albums looked at on the old Ultimate Twang blog. The legendary Eddy Arnold recorded over 50 original albums during his long career (not including compilations and reissues), and arguably the … Continue reading

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