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Billboard Top 20, March17, 1958
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 9 / 4 Tequila---------------------------------The Champs
#2 .. 3 / 5 Sweet Little Sixteen--------------------Chuck Berry
#3 .. 1 / 8 Don't-----------------------------------Elvis Presley
#4 .. 6 / 9 26 Miles (Santa Catalina)--------------The Four Preps
#5 .. 5 / 11 Oh Julie--------------------------------The Crescendos
#6 .. 8 / 4 Who's Sorry Now-------------------------Connie Francis
#7 .. 2 / 9 Get A Job-------------------------------The Silhouettes
#8 .. 7 / 4 The Walk--------------------------------Jimmy McCracklin
#9 .. 13 / 12 Sugartime-------------------------The McGuire Sisters
#10 .. 16 / 5 Good Golly, Miss Molly------------------Little Richard
#11 .. 4 / 8 Short Shorts----------------------------The Royal Teens
#12 .. 12 / 13 Sail Along Silvery Moon-----------------Billy Vaughn
#13 .. 14 / 9 Catch A Falling Star--------------------Perry Como
#14 .. 56 / 2 Lollipop--------------------------------The Chordettes
#15 .. 26 / 3 Breathless------------------------------Jerry Lee Lewis
#16 .. 17 / 5 A Wonderful Time Up There---------------Pat Boone
#17 .. 10 / 12 The Stroll------------------------------The Diamonds
#18 .. 18 / 5 It's Too Soon To Know-------------------Pat Boone
#19 .. 11 / 15 At The Hop--------------------------Danny & the Juniors
#20 .. 28 / 3 Rock And Roll Is Here To Stay--Danny & the Juniors

 

Rock and roll was hitting its stride in March of 1958 -- rock and roll legends Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Chuck Berry all had a record in the top twenty. The Champs' "Tequila" climbed to the top spot on March 17th and it would remain there for five weeks. There were five records in the top twenty that had been to the top: "Don't," "Get a Job," "Sugartime," "Catch a Falling Star," and "At the Hop."

"Sweet Little Sixteen" became Chuck Berry's highest ranking record when it reached #2 on March 17th. It was never able to overcome "Tequila," but it spent six weeks in the top five. It was Berry's most successful record until 1972. The man dubbed The Father of Rock and Roll had eight top twenty records. His signature song, "Johnny B. Goode" stalled at #8. One of his best, "Roll Over Bethoven" didn't even make the top twenty (#29).

While rock and roll had come to dominate the charts, the top twenty of 1958 still held remnants of the past with "Sugartime" from The McGuire Sisters and "Catch A Falling Star" from Perry Como. The bridge that Pat Boone had built with his covers of early rock and roll was still serving him well as he placed two records in the top twenty. All in all, the chart from March 17th is a good representation of the pop music taste of the time.

And by the way, that Chuck Berry number one? -- It was the novelty tune, "My Ding-a-Ling" from 1972 -- go figure.

In other news:

  • Charles Van Doren loses on the game show "21."
  • Sugar Ray Robinson wins his 5th championship title bout
  • "Bridge on the River Kwai" wins the 30th Academy Award for Best Picture
  • Holly Hunter, the voice of Elastigirl (The Incredibles) and Eddie Lomax's (Gary Busey) secretary in The Firm, is born
  • Mike Todd, Elizabeth Taylor's third husband dies in a plane crash
  • Nikita Kruschev takes over as Premier of the Soviet Union
  • An unarmed nuclear bomb is accidentally dropped near Florence, South Carolina
  • President Eisenhower is pronounced completely recovered from his stroke
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Can you guess the biggest event of March, 1958?
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