Daddy's Little Girl - Mills Brothers
Mona Lisa - Nat King Cole
Music! Music! Music! - Teresa Brewer
The Tennesse Waltz - Patti Page
A Bushel and a Peck - Perry Como and Betty Hutton
Rag Mop - Ames Brothers
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I'd Have Baked A Cake - Eileen Barton
Harbor Lights - Sammy Kaye
Goodnight, Irene - Gordon Jenkins and the Weavers
I Wanna Be Loved - the Andrews Sisters
Guys and Dolls opens on Broadway.
Patti Page becomes the first artist to have a #1 record on the Pop, R&B and Country charts concurrently.
Mockingbird Hill - Patti Page
Cry - Johnny Ray
Too Young - Nat King Cole
Cold, Cold Heart - Tony Bennett
Come On-a My House - Rosemary Clooney
Because of You - Tony Bennett
Sentimental Journey - Les Brown & the Ames Brothers
That's My Boy - Stan Freberg
Be My Love - Mario Lanza
Sixty Minute Man - Billy Ward and His Dominoes
Walt Disney’s Alice In Wonderland brought us such
children's hits as “All in a Golden Afternoon”, “I‘m Late”, and
“The Unbirthday Song”.
Singer Dinah Shore began her first TV show in November.
Unforgettable - Nat King Cole
Blues In the Night - Rosemary Clooney
High Noon (Do Not Forsake Me) - Frankie Lane
You Belong To Me - Jo Stafford
It's In The Book - Johnny Standley
A Guy Is A Guy - Doris Day
Please, Mister Sun - Johnny Ray
Wheel of Fortune - Kay Starr
Heart and Soul - Four Aces
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania - Guy Mitchell
On March 21 the first reported rock & roll riot breaks out at Alan “Moondog” Freed's “Moondog Coronation Ball” in Cleveland.
On October 7 Bob Horn’s Bandstand has its first broadcast on a local Philadelphia TV station. It is later renamed American Bandstand.
That’s Amore - Dean Martin
The Doggie In The Window - Patti Page
Vaya Con Dios - Les Paul & Mary Ford
Your Cheatin‘ Heart - Hank Williams
Rags To Riches - Tony Bennett
I've Got The World On A String - Frank Sinatra
You Belong To Me - Jo Stafford
I Believe - Frankie Laine
South Of The Border - Frank Sinatra
Stranger In Paradise - Tony Bennett
Elvis’ first visit to a recording studio was in the summer when he recorded
My Happiness and That's When Your Heartaches Begin.
Frank Sinatra began recording at Capitol Records.
Country legend Hank Williams passed away on January 1.
Shake Rattle and Roll - Bill Haley and His Comets
Young At Heart - Frank Sinatra
Sh-Boom (Life Could Be A Dream) - The Crew-Cuts
Mambo Italiano - Rosemary Clooney
Mr Sandman - The Chordettes
Goodnight Sweetheart Goodnight - Spaniels
Stranger In Paradise - Tony Martin
Three Coins In The Fountain - Al Alberts & Four Aces
Oh! My Papa - Eddie Fisher
Naughty Lady of Shady Lane - Ames Brothers
Bill Haley and His Comets recorded Rock Around the Clock, which was later used as the theme song for the movie
The Blackboard Jungle.
On July 5 Elvis Presley he had his first commercial recording session at Sun Studios in Memphis, and on October 16 he made his first appearance on a radio program, The Louisiana Hayride in Shreveport, LA.
Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado
Sincerely - the McGuire Sisters
Rock Around The Clock - Bill Haley & His Comets
Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing - Four Aces
The Yellow Rose of Texas - Mitch Miller
Ballad of Davey Crockett - Bill Hayes
Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams
Let Me Go Lover - Joan Weber
Dance With Me Henry (Wallflower) - Georgia Gibbs
On January 14 Alan “Moondog” Freed, produced the first rock & roll concert, in New York.
On October 15 future star Buddy Holly opened for Elvis Presley in a concert as part of a local duo called “Buddy and Bob”.
Other future legends who started their careers this year were Johnny Cash, Patsy Cline, Eddie Cochran, Little Richard and John Coltrane.
Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
Singing The Blues - Guy Mitchell
The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
Memories Are Made Of this - Dean Martin
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
My Prayer - the Platters
Buddy Holly’s first recording session for Decca Records took
place in Nashville on January 26.
On January 28 Elvis Presley debuted on national television on The Dorsey Brothers Stage Show and he then signed a three-picture deal with Paramount Pictures on April 6.
On July 9 1956 American Bandstand with Dick Clark as host airs.
The start of other musical careers attributed to 1956 are Aretha Franklin, Gene Vincent, The Coasters, Charlie Rich, Bobby Darin and Willie Nelson.
All Shook Up - Elvis Presley
Love Letters In The Sand - Pat Boone
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear - Elvis Presley
April Love - Pat Boone
Young Love - Tab Hunter
Tammy - Debbie Reynolds
Honeycomb - Jimmie Rodgers
Wake Up Little Susie - The Everly Brothers
You Send Me - Sam Cooke
Whatever Will Be, Will Be (Que Será, Será) sung by Doris Day
in the Alfred Hitchcock movie The Man Who Knew Too Much won
the Academy Award for Best Song.
On January 6 Elvis Presley made his last appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show.
Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel, under the name “Tom and Jerry” began their recording career with Sid Prosen of Big Records.
On March 19 Elvis Presley purchased Graceland in Memphis.
At The Hop - Danny and the Juniors
It’s All In The Game - Tommy Edwards
The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
All I Have To Do Is Dream - the Everly Brothers
Tequila - the Champs
Don't - Elvis Presley
Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare) - Domentico Modugno
Sugartime - the Mcguire Sisters
He's Got The Whole World (In His Hands) - Laurie London
The Chipmunk Song - The Chipmunks
On March 24 Elvis Presley entered the US Army.
The Bee Gees and Marvin Gaye began performing.
On February 14 the Iranian government bans rock & roll, claiming that the music is against the concepts of Islam and is a health hazard.
Mack The Knife - Bobby Darin
The Battle Of New Orleans - Johnny Horton
Venus - Frankie Avalon
Stagger Lee - Lloyd Price
The Three Bells - The Browns
Lonely Boy - Paul Anka
Come Softly To Me - the Fleetwoods
Smoke Gets In Your Eyes - The Platters
Heartaches By The Number - Guy Mitchell
Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny
Three major players in shaping the decade, as well as the top 10 songs of the 1950s, also perish: On February 3 Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and JP Richardson “The Big Bopper”, die in a plane crash in Iowa, and the world mourned as it faced the changing years ahead in the 1960s.