In the history of recorded music, songs do not get much bigger than this one. The impact of this song, how it and the artist who performed it influenced music for the next 50 years and beyond, is quite amazing. It was a real trend setter.
For seven weeks, in the fall and winter of 1957, this tune was #1 from downtown Manhattan to Alcatraz Island. The smash hit was blasting out of AM car radios and, internationally, the artist had the first song to ever debut at #1 on the British charts. Ike was the President, back in the days when the country was less divided and a President could actually be popular, and nobody had yet heard of the Beatles. They were still just kids.
The performer of this smash hit is now a legend. The song was incorporated into the artist's third full length movie and the scene, which was choreographed by the artist himself, is the best known of any of the production numbers to appear in the artist's numerous movies. If you are guessing on this one, not sure of the artist or the song, simply click on Alcatraz Island, below, to be transported back to the year 1957.