New Musical Express | December 1969

No. 631 5 December 1958  
Cover Rock! Como Speaks Out
Photos: Tommy Steele, Anne Shelton, Jane Morgan, Conway Twitty, Harry Robinson, The Kingston Trio, Frankie Vaughan, Ricky Nelson
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N.A. Perry Como Gets a Kick out of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Is Full of Praise for Conway Twitty and Our Jackie Dennis 2
Keith Goodwin Skiffle Book Disappoints 2
Frank Sinatra A Star Speaks 2
N.A. Who’s Where 2
Advertisement You Get More with Telefunken 2
Bruce Charlton Can Belafonte’s ‘Mary’s Boy Child’ Become Another Yuletide Classic Like Bing’s ‘White Christmas’? 3
Derek Johnson When Wyatt Earp Canters into London Town You’re Going to Love Hugh O’Brian 3
Allan Evans EPs:
Dick James, Sing Song Time (Parlophone)
Frankie Froba, Frankie Froba (HMV)
Jane Allyson, Mickey Rooney, and Judy Garland, Words and Music (MGM)
The Michael Sammes Singers, 25th of the 12th (Fontana)
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Advertisement Philips: The Records of the Century 3
Keith Fordyce Singles Review:
Tommy Steele: “A Lovely Night” / “Marriage Type Love” (Decca)
Johnnie Ray: “What More Can I Say” / “You’re the One Who Knows” (Philips)
Guy Mitchell: “Till We’re Engaged” (Philips)
Frankie Laine: “When I Speak Your Name” / “Cottage for Sale” (Philips)
Jones Boys: “The Day the Rains Came” / “Hideaway” (Columbia)
Julius Larosa: “Let Nature Take Its Course” (Columbia)
Mike Preston: “Why, Why, Why” / “Whispering Grass” (Decca)
Alyn Ainsworth: “Lily of Laguna” / “The Flagwavers” (Parlophone)
Tony Osborne: “I Want to Be Happy,” “Marrakesh” (HMV)
Chaquito: “Caravan” / “Cha for Three” (Fontana)
Four Aces: “The World Outside” / “The Christmas Tree” (Brunswick)
Roger Williams: “The World Outside” / “Tchaikowsky Piano Concerto” (London)
Ronnie Hilton: “Do I Love You” / “The Day the Rains Came” (HMV)
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N.A. The Four Coins in the Best ‘World Outside’ 4
Advertisement Roy Castle, “In My Heart”; Lonnie Donegan, “Tom Dooley” (PYE) 4
NME Top Thirty:
1.  “Hoots Mon,” Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
2.  “It’s Only Make Believe,” Conway Twitty (MGM)
3.  “Tom Dooley,” Lonnie Donegan (Pye-Nixa)
4.  “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards (MGM)
5.  “A Certain Smile,” Johnny Mathis (Fontana) 
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NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1.  “More than Ever” (Sterling)
2.  “A Certain Smile” (Robbins)
3.  “Mary’s Boy Child” (Bourne)
4.  “It’s All in the Game” (Blossom)
5.  “Trudie” (Henderson”
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Advertisement Michael Holliday, “My Heart Is an Open Book” (Columbia) 5
Advertisement Vic Damone, “Do I Love You” (Philips) 5
N.A. Bygraves’ Star Christmas Guests: Stapleton Captures Valentine and First ITV Series 6
N.A. ‘Oh Boy!’ Stage Debut at Hammersmith
Marty Wilde Seeks to End Disagreement
Guest Stars’ Ban Cancel Como
‘Dig This’ Replaces ‘6.5’ in 1959
New U.S. Jazz Songstress in Palladium TV
Savoy Books Roy Castle
U.S. Poll Winners [Juke Box Operators’ Poll]
Playmates Pull the Plug Out! [The Playmates must re-record song without trade names to avoid BBC broadcasting ban]
Pianist Bereaved [“Poppa Atwell,” father of pianist Winifred Atwell, died]
Joan in Film [Joan Regan appearing in “Sonja Henie in London”
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Nat Hentoff Johnny Mathis Names for Palladium Variety 6-7
N.A. Tommy Steele Leads Great New Year’s Day Gala Show [Steele rescues program contractors by performing on “The 1959 Show”] 7
Nat Hentoff U.S. Recording Unit May Fly to Elvis [RCA-Victor may send musicians to Germany to record new titles by Elvis] 7
N.A. Extra-special ‘Top Numbers’
‘Show Band Show’ Returning to Radio
Max at New York Premiere [Max Bygraves travelling to New York to promote his film “Cry from the Streets”]
Ronnie Hilton in Delfont TV Show
Sammy Davis as a Slave [Sammy Davis co-starring with John Wayne in “The Alamo”]
Off to Spain [The King Brothers playing in Spain]
Christmas ‘Mardis Gras’ [New musical opening on boxing day]
Regular TV ‘Black Magic’
Minstrels Again [BBC planning “Black and White Minstrel Show”]
Alma’s Guests [Max Bygraves and Lonnie Donegan to be interviewed by Alma Cogan on her “Sunday Best” show]
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Bruce Charlton Newcomers to the Charts [Jane Morgan] 8
Keith Goodwin After ‘Topsy,’ Cozy Waxes ‘Turvey’ [Cozy Cole] 8
Advertisement The Kingston Trio, “Tom Dooley” (Capital) 8
N.A. Life-lines of Roy Castle 9
N.A. From You to Us 9
N.A. Cha Cha band’s Non-stop Session
Peggy Lee Wrote Two Good Tunes
Danny’s Gipsy Scene
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Advertisement Westminster Record Player: Sensational Bargain Offer! 9
Keith Goodwin Pantomimes Give Song Stars a Chance to be Actors [Christmas entertainment broadening form to attract teenagers and children] 10
Advertisement Winifred Atwell, “Let’s Go” (Decca) 10
  Joshua Stone, October 2009  
     
No. 622 December 12, 1958  
Cover Page 1959 All-Star Annual 1
Allen Evans LP Reviews
TV’s Oh Boy!  (Parlophone)
At Your Request by Harry Secombe (Oriole)
Music to be Murdered By by Alfred Hitchcock (London)
Gabriel and 12 Ages of Man by Eddie Calvert (Columbia)
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Keith Fordyce Singles  Reviews
Poni-Tails: “Close Friends” / “Seven Minutes in Heaven” (HMV)
Ted Heath: “Cha-Cha Black Sheep” / “Curly Headed Baby Cha-Cha” (Decca)
Mark Murphy: “Belong to Me” / “Don’t Cry for Me Love” (Capitol)
Big Ben: “Christmas Carols” (Columbia)
Stan Freberg: “Green Christmas” (Capitol)
Norrie Paramor: “Enchanted April” / “Marianina” (Columbia)
Eddie Calvert “Trumpet Cha-Cha” / “Cha-Cha in the Rain” (Columbia)
Julie London: “Blue Moon” / “Man of the West” (London American)
Valerie Shane: “Meet Me Tonight in Dreamland” / “One Billion, Seven Million, Thirty Three” (Wally Stott)
Fats Domino: “Whole Lotta Loving” (London)
Jo Stafford: “How Can We Say Goodbye” / “Hibiscus” (Hollywood)
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NME Top Selling Pop Records
1. “Hoots Mon,” Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
2. “It’s Only Make Believe,” Conway Twitty (MGM)
3. “Tom Dooley,” Lonnie Donegan (Pye-Nixa)
4. “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards (MGM)
5. “Tea for Two Cha-Cha” Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Brunswick)
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  Top Selling Sheet Music
1. “More Than Ever” (Sterling)
2. “Mary’s Boy Child” (Bourne)
3. “A Certain Smile” (Robbins)
4. “It’s All in the Game” (Blossom)
5. “Volare” (Robbins)
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N.A. Cliff Richard booked for ballroom cabaret spot
Anka offered February tour
Twitty’s TV debut here
Mantovani to present AR-TV’s ‘Cat’s Whiskers’
Everly Brothers due here for January TV
Dickie won’t sign Nixa contract till he knows titles
Grandiers to have own show
Preston concerts
NME all-star 1959 annual
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  Rockingham XI head up ‘Top Numbers’
Basie band have 31 British dates
Presley mystery: is he coming to London at Christmas?
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  Marty Wilde in ‘Oh Boy!’ again
Joe Henderson uses NME Charts in 208 show
Ella, Louis set for British return dates
TV- stage link for U.S. stars
Tommy Edwards’ visit postponed
Starry casts in 208 Xmas fare
Opening Venue is changed
Big Bopper on ‘6.5’
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T.K. Meet the deejay: Kent Walton 2
N.A. Alma needs hands (a new NME feature) 2
N.A. Look out fellas, this girl can rock! (pop star Janice Peters) 2
Tony Keniston Frankie Vaughan scares himself! (Frankie’s new films) 3
Don Wedge Tommy Steele Will Be London’s Golden Buttons (pantomime) 3
Keith Goodwin Jazz (review) 8
Derek Johnson Triumph for Ruby Murray (pop singer review) 8
N.A. America fell for Mike Preston’s singing before Britain (pop singer review) 8
Derek Johnson Polls prove Britain and America have the same taste in pop singers 9
Connie Francis I hope ‘My Happiness’ will be your happiness (her love songs) 10
Keith Goodwin ‘Oh Boy!’ made Cliff Richard and Lord Rockingham XI famous…The Dallas Boys must be next 10
  Madeline Tucci, October 2009  
     
No. 623 19 December 1958  
Cover Personalities in the Hit Parade 1
N.A Who Said This about..., Ricky Nelson? 2
N.A Meet the Deejay: David Jacobs 2
Johnson, Derek Lets all have a ‘Mardi Gras’ Christmas! (Pat Boone new movie) 3
Johnson, Derek Is Cliff Too Sexy? 4
N.A Letters about Ruby Murray, Sinatra, Donegan, etc. 4
N.A Johnnie Ray’s Party for Death Children 5
Hentoff American Airmail (Non-stop Frank Sinatra recording LP at night) 5
Evans, Allen EP Reviews
Los Chamacos, Singing Cha Cha Cha (Fontana)
Victor Sylvester, Cha Cha Cha (none specified)
Frank Sinatra, I Am Loved (Fontana)
Eddie Calveri, Eddie Plays Italy (none specified)
Julie London, Make Love to Me (none specified)
Johnny Mathis, Ave Maria (Fontana)
Billy Eckstine, Tenderly (MGM)
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N.A Little Richard’s Cry From The Heart 6
Fordyce, Keith Keith Fordyce Covers The Singles
Billy Vaughn: “You’re My Baby Doll” (London American)
Robin Luke: “My Girl” (London American)
Five Dallas Boys: “Oh Boy!” (Columbia)
Bill Shepherd: “Inn of the Sixth Happiness” (none specified)
Cyril Stapleton: “Childrens Marching Song” (Decca)
Patience and Prudence: “Tom Thumbs Tune” (London American)
Teresa Brewster: “Jingle Bell Rock” (none specified)
Hernando Hopkins: “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (HMV)
Bill Forbes: “My Cherie” (Columbia)
The Playmates: “Beep Beep” (Columbia)
Russ Conway: “The Warsaw Concerto” / “The World Outside” (none specified)
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NME Laurie London Sings about Schoolboy Love
Tommy Dorsey Band Sticks to Cha Cha
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NME Top Thirty
1.  “It’s Only Make Believe,” Conway Twitty (MGM)
2.  “Hoots Mon,” Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
3.  “Tom Dooley,” Lonnie Donegan (Pye-Nixa)
4.  “Tea For Two Cha-Cha,” Tommy Dorsey Orchestra (Brunswick)
5.  “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards (MGM)
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NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain
1.  “More Than Ever” (Sterling)
2.  “Mary’s Boy Child” (Bourne)
3.  “A Certain Smile” (Robbins)
4.  “It’s All in the Game” (Blossom)
5.  “Trudie” (Henderson)
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NME Best Selling Pop Records in U.S
1. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” Teddy Bears
2. “Problems,” Everly Brothers
3. “Tom Dooley,” Kingston Trio
4. “One Night,” Elvis Presley
5. “Beep Beep,” Playmates
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NME Sinatra’s ‘Pal Joey’ Top Musical
NME: Colossal Demand
Frankie Vaughn’s co-star was an Elephant
Rank Records Make Two Appointments
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N.A. Super aggregation of Pop Stars on BBC and ITA Channels
U.S. Juke-Box Men Place Elvis Tenth
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N.A. Cliff Richard believed Santa arrived on an Elephant! 10
N.A Finding the right tune 11
Keniston, Tony Conway Twitty is Top 12
N.A. Tommy Edwards (Mister Music Man) knows that hits and misses ‘All in the Game’; that’s why he’s know a top class  14
  Joshua Vargas, October 2009  
     
No. 26 December 1958  
Cover Critics Name Top 1958 Stars: Pat Boone, Tommy Steele, Russ Conway, Hugh O'Brian, Ruby Murray, Frankie Vaughan, and Janette Scott  
Keith Goodwin Glenn Miller – He died 14 years ago this week – but his musical influence lives on 2
Advertisement The Platters and Buck Ram extend holiday greetings to their many British fans.  We hope the New Year will be a happy and prosperous one. Looking forward to our return in the near future. In the meanwhile, our current American smash hit – “Smoke Gets In Your Eyes” is released in Great Britain next Friday, January 2nd  
Tony Keniston Shirley Bassey earns mink coat with hit discs 3
Hugh O’Brian ‘My Singing Secrets’ (As told to Keith Goodwin) 3
Keith Fordyce Reviews latest disc releases: Connie Francis climaxes a wonderful year
Connie Francis: “You Always Hurt the One You Love” / “In the Valley of Love” (MGM)
Ronnie Hilton: “The World Outside” / “As I Love You” (HMV)
Bridie Gallagher: “It’s a Sin to Tell a Lie” / “I Found You Out” (Decca)
Sally Blair: “Daddy” / “Whatever Lola Wants” (MGM)
Valeria Carr: “When the Boys Talk about the Girls” / “Look Forward” (Columbia)
Allan Bruce: “Mio Amor” / “Will Ye No Come Back Again” (Fontana)
Griz Green: “Be Happy” / “Morocco” (Mercury)
Matt Monro: “Have Guitar, Will Travel” / “Prisoner of Love” (Fontana)
Brook Benton: “Hurtin’ Inside” / “It’s Just a Matter of Time” (Mercury)
Les Chakachas: “Eso Ed El Amor” / “Ay! Mulata” (RCA)
Donn Reynolds: “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” / “Bella Belinda” (MGM)
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N/A Lifelines of Toni Dalli 4
Derek Johnson EPs:
Jane Morgan:  All the Way (“All the Way,” “Tammy,” “Melodie d’Amour,” “Young at Heart”)
Johnnie Ray: “Up until Now,” “No Regrets,” “Endlessly,” “Lonely for a Letter”)
Ricky Nelson-Part 1 (“Shirley Lee,” “Someday,” “There’s Good Rockin’ Tonight,” “I’m Feelin’ Sorry”)
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Advertisement 2 Xmas Hits by Lonnie Donegan: “Tom Dooley” and “Lonnies Skiffle Party” 4
NME Best Selling Pop Records in Britain:
1. “It’s Only Make Believe,” Conway Twitty (MGM)
2. “Hoots Mon,” Lord Rockingham’s XI (Decca)
3. “Tom Dooley,” Lonnie Donegan (Pye-Nixa)
4. “Tea for Two,” Tommy Dorsey (Brunswick)
5. “It’s All in the Game,” Tommy Edwards (MGM)
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NME Best Selling Sheet Music in Britain:
1. “More than Ever” (Sterling)
2. “Mary’s Boy Child” (Bourne)
3. “A Certain Smile” (Robbins)
4. “It’s All in the Game” (Blossom)
5. “It’s Only Make Believe” (F.D. & H.)
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NME Best Selling Pop Records in U.S.:
1. “The Chipmunk Song,” David Seville & Chipminks
2. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes,” Platters
3. “To Know Him Is to Love Him,” Teddy Bears
4. “Problems,” Everly Brothers
5. “Tom Dooley,” Kingston Trio
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N.A. Is ‘My Fair Lady’ biggest album seller? – Rival Label Disputes ‘Record’ Sales Claim
What is Frankie Vaughan’s New Year resolution?
Trying to catch ‘Oh Boy!’ ‘Go, Man, Go!’
Hammerstein’s opinion of Tommy Steele
Comedy disc stars provide fun & music
No star part for Elvis!
Paul Anka in new rock film
German film company seeks Ted Heath band
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N.A. Disc stars honoured with AR-TV awards
Poni-Tails wag here?
Michael Holliday’s season and BBC-TV
Perry Como’s Boxing Day Special Show
Cliff Richard, Johnny Duncan lead Granada concert stars
Tommy Steele writes
Summer plan for Eve Boswell
Heath Parade’s on U.S. radio
Dickie Henderson’s Palladium TV date
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NME The Critics’ Choice of Stars & Discs for 1958 8-9
Malcolm Johns Tommy Steele’s success without rock ‘n’ roll! 8
Advertisement Exclusive presentation – 120: What every music fan has waited for! Exciting photos all of the great star, in Elvis Presley Picture Parade Album… on sale now… Don’t delay - order your copy to-day! 8
N/A Elvis shakes a leg! 9
N/A Critics like Doris Day 9
N/A Nat Hentoff’s agency is worried about Europe-bound Everly package show 9
N/A Meet the deejay: Jack Jackson 9
Derek Johnson Stars in big business 10
N/A Alma needs hands 10
N/A Sing sisters, sing brothers! 10
Alley Cat Tail Pieces: Boone’s book screen rights bought for Elvis Presley! 12
  Jennifer Zacharia, October 2009  
 
 
  Original pages by Oliver Jones, March 1999  
  grtedit 10/09