This week 56 years ago, President Eisenhower's was the first voice heard in a radio broadcast from space, using the first communications satellite. And the following songs were the most popular in the United States, according to Billboard's Hot 100 chart archive.
10. "A Lover's Question," Clyde McPhatter
"A Lover's Question" — actually many questions — was McPhatter's biggest solo hit. He was later inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame twice, as a solo artist and a member of the Drifters.
9. "It's Only Make Believe," Conway Twitty
This was Twitty's only No. 1 pop hit — and he later re-recorded it as a duet with Loretta Lynn in 1970.
8. "Lonesome Town," Ricky Nelson
You may also recognize this song from the "Pulp Fiction" soundtrack. Just where Ricky Nelson hoped it would one day appear. The song's writer, Baker Knight, also wrote one of the best-titled country songs of all time, "Don't the Girls All Get Prettier at Closing Time."
7. "Beep, Beep," the Playmates
The Nash Rambler never got any respect.
6. "One Night," Elvis Presley
I love how this song was originally written and recorded, by another artist, under the title "One Night (Of Sin).
5. "Tom Dooley," the Kingston Trio
My favorite American folk song about a 19th-century murderer turned into a hit folk song.
4. "Problems," the Everly Brothers
Don and Phil Every were just 21 and 19, respectively, when this song hit big. It eventually reached No. 2.
3. "To Know Him, Is to Love Him," the Teddy Bears
Phil Spector wrote this song based on an inscription on his dad's grave. I'll let that sink in.
2. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," the Platters
Hard to believe, but this classic was actually written for the 1933 musical "Roberta." Though many consider the Platters' version the most memorable, it has been covered by a wide array of artists in every genre, including Judy Garland, Bryan Ferry and Deborah Cox. "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes" is also the title of the very first episode of "Mad Men."
1. "The Chipmunk Song," the Chipmunks with David Seville
Ready for Christmas! So are the Chipmunks!! Yes, this song hit No. 1 (and won three Grammy awards). Billboard regards it as one of the top-five popular Christmas songs of all time. Agree?Copyright © 2021, The Baltimore Sun