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Billboard Top 20, September 23, 1957
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

9/23/1957
#1 .. 1 / 10 Tammy-----------------------------------Debbie Reynolds
#2 .. 2 / 11 Diana-----------------------------------Paul Anka
#3 .. 3 / 7 That'll Be The Day--------Buddy Holly & The Crickets
#4 .. 4 / 14 Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On-------Jerry Lee Lewis
#5 .. 6 / 7 Honeycomb-------------------------------Jimmie Rodgers
#6 .. 5 / 14 Teddy Bear------------------------------Elvis Presley
#7 .. 8 / 8 Mr. Lee---------------------------------The Bobbettes
#8 .. 7 / 10 Rainbow---------------------------------Russ Hamilton
#9 .. 14 / 8 In The Middle Of An Island--------------Tony Bennett
#10 .. 9 / 19 Bye Bye Love---------------------The Everly Brothers
#11 .. 16 / 22 It's Not For Me To Say------------------Johnny Mathis
#12 .. 10 / 20 Searchin'-------------------------------The Coasters
#13 .. 15 / 14 Star Dust---------------Billy Ward & His Dominoes
#14 .. 11 / 15 Send For Me-----------------------------Nat King Cole
#15 .. 13 / 14 Short Fat Fannie------------------------Larry Williams
#16 .. 17 / 11 White Silver Sands----------------------Don Rondo
#17 .. 12 / 12 Whispering Bells--------------------The Dell-Vikings
#18 .. 18 / 21 Love Letters In The Sand----------------Pat Boone
#19 .. 19 / 17 I'm Gonna Sit Right Down-----------Billy Williams
#20 .. 25 / 5 Fascination-----------------------------Jane Morgan

 

Buddy Holly's "That'll Be the Day" was the #1 song on the Billboard "Best Sellers" list on September 23, 1957 -- it was #3 on the "Top 100" list. It had actually been recorded nine months earlier when Holly was under contract with Decca records. Decca didn't release it and eventually terminated Holly's contract. Holly then went to Clovis, New Mexico to record in Norman Petty's studio. They again recorded "That'll Be the Day." After being passed on by several other labels, Coral / Brunswick agreed to release it. Since Decca owned the rights to Holly's earlier record, the Brunswick label released it accredited to The Crickets. This still causes some confusion today, as subsequent releases were credited to The Crickets on Brunswick and to Holly on the Coral label. "That'll Be the Day" was Holly's only number one record as his career was ended by a plane crash in 1959.

The September 23rd, 1957 list contains several other rock classics: "Diana," "Honeycomb," "Teddy Bear," and "Bye Bye Love" were all #1's. "Whole Lotta Shakin'" was a #1 on the Country and R&B charts. Pat Boone's "Love Letters in the Sand" had also been a top song the previous June.

But it was the decidedly non rock and roll "Tammy" that was the top song of September. It was just ending a five week stint in the #1 position and would spend 23 weeks in the top forty. It was sited as the #12 song for the year by Billboard and recognized as the best song of 1957 by Cashbox.

 

 

In other news:

  • "Wagon Train" premiered

  • NBC Peacock first appeared to announce "brought to you in living color"

  • "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac published

  • Gloria Estevan was born

  • Jimmy Hoffa is indicted for perjury by a Federal grand jury.

  • Bill Black and Scotty Moore quit Elvis Presley over a pay dispute

  • The New York Giants played their last game at the Polo Grounds

The film noir crime dramas were very much alive and well in 1957 -- one sub-genre was the teen gang films. Can you guess the title of this one?
Okay -- let's make it multiple choice: "Young Bodies," "Youth on the Street," "Street Kids," or "Teenage Doll."
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