What was the number one song in the UK on 17th May 1957?

By Hayley Beasley Dye

As if Guy didn’t have enough of being number one in the UK at the beginning of the year, he’s back again with Rock-a-Billy, which was number one for 1 week.

Well, this is fun, but terribly repetitive. I can imagine it going down well at a 1950s knees-up at a barn dance with a spit roast, pieces of straw hanging from mouths and lots of people called Billy-Bob. A hillbilly dream of a tune, but not really for me.

Wikipedia

“Rock-a-Billy” is a popular song by Woody Harris and Eddie V. Deane, published in 1957. The song was popularized by Guy Mitchell in 1957. Billie Anthony also did a version of this song.

Mitchell’s recording (released as Columbia Records catalog number 40877) reached No. 10 on the Billboard chart in the United States, and No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart for one week in May 1957.

Lyrics

“Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock
Some people think it came from Tennessee
Then spread on out to the lone prairie
It’s the hillbilly rock, feeddlee dee
Turns me inside out
Gimme some
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock
Hey, grab yourself a partner, lose the blues
Wear your store-bought clothes and your stompin’ shoes
Better head for the hills, gonna blow my fuse
Hooo, I’m gonna shout
Gimme some
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock
Since rock-a-billy swang the do-si-do
And the gee-tar man chased the old banjo
Leave the hoe for the crow, holler “Go, oh man, go”
Wiggle like a trout
Gimme some
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock
From the moment I feel this crazy beat
Ya gotta lose control or you’re two left feet
Give me mountain juice, turn me loose
Leave me wave my arms about
Gimme some
Ya know what rock-a-billy’s all about
Ya know it’s gonna make ya sing and shout
Ya know you’re gonna act like a crazy fool
Who cares? It’s cool
Rock-a-billy, rock-a-billy, rock, rock”

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