Billboard Magazine
Top 20 of 1956


Oakland, 3 June 1956, S.F. Chronicle

  1. Elvis Presley -- Heartbreak Hotel
  2. Elvis Presley -- Don't Be Cruel
  3. Nelson Riddle with Orchestra -- Lisbon Antigua
  4. The Platters -- My Prayer
  5. Gogi Grant -- The Wayward Wind
  6. Elvis Presley -- Hound Dog
  7. Les Baxter with Orchestra -- The Poor People of Paris
  8. Doris Day -- Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Sera, Sera)
  9. Dean Martin -- Memories are Made of This
  10. Kay Starr -- The Rock and Roll Waltz
  11. Morris Stoloff -- Moonglow & Theme from Picnic
  12. The Platters -- The Great Pretender
  13. Pat Boone -- I Almost Lost My Mind
  14. Elvis Presley -- I Want You, I Need You, I Love You
  15. Elvis Presley -- Love Me Tender
  16. Perry Como -- Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity Boom)
  17. Hugo Winterhalter with Eddie Heywood -- Canadian Sunset
  18. Carl Perkins -- Blue Suede Shoes
  19. Jim Lowe -- The Green Door
  20. The Four Lads -- No, Not Much

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December 1956 perhaps represented the official start of our current era of popular culture. When the Billboard Hot 100 chart for the year was tabulated, not only were three of the top ten records of 1956 by one artist -- Elvis Presley -- but they were also "rock 'n' roll". Although they were the only three rock 'n' roll records in the top ten, the music industry saw the future.

Also in December 1956, the Willys Motors division of the Kaiser Corporation thought they saw the future of four-wheel-drive: the Forward Control Jeep.

See also Elvis Presley's Jeeps on CJ3B.info.

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