The Legends of the Rocking Dutchman - episode 58

The Rhythm & Blues Chart

number ones 1955

For today, the number ones of 1955 are on the menu. This is the year when the Rock 'n Roll craze really started off, but 1955 also brought us some classic doowop ballads and the pop standard Unchained Melody. Ray Charles brought us his I got a woman, often regarded as the invention of soul and the first song to mix gospel and Rhythm & Blues - but the latter had been done long before and I'll show you why first is far more obvious in his next number one hit.

Today also the story of Fats Domino's 20 gold discs being washed away in the Katrina floods, and how the pop and R&B charts slowly were growing closer to each other from the mid-fifties.



  1. Penguins - Earth Angel (Will You Be Mine)
  2. Moonglows - Sincerely
  3. Johnny Ace - Pledging My Love
  4. Etta James & The Peaches - The Wallflower
  5. Little Walter - My Babe
  6. Ray Charles - I got a woman
  7. Roy Hamilton - Unchained Melody
  8. Fats Domino - Ain't It A Shame
  9. Al Hibbler - Unchained Melody
  10. Bo Diddley - Bo Diddley
  11. Ray Charles - A Fool For You
  12. Chuck Berry - Maybelline
  13. The Platters - Only You
  14. Fats Domino - All by myself
  15. Jay McShann feat. Priscilla Bowman - Hands Off
  16. Fats Domino - Poor Me
  17. Drifters - Adorable


  • Wild Bill Moore Sextette - Bongo Bounce
The following music served as background music during the spoken parts:
  • Kirk Kirkland - The Saxaphone Rag
  • Bill Doggett - Hot Fudge
  • Bo Diddley - Corn bread
  • Cozy Eggleston - Big Heavy
  • Eddie Chamblee - 6 String Boogie
  • Hen Gates & his Gaters - Moondog Rock
  • McGuire Sisters - Sincerely