Monday, January 29, 2018

Vintage 1950s Music


          The number 3 hit on the Billboard Chart  in 1955 was Mitch Miller's version of The Yellow Rose of Texas. The song is a traditional American folk song. Members of the Western Writers of America chose it as one of the Top 100 Western songs of all time. Several versions of the song have been recorded, including those by Elvis Presley, and Willie Nelson.

          This song originally became popular among Confederate soldiers in the Texas Brigade during the American Civil War; upon taking command of the Army of Tennessee in July 1864, General John Bell Hood introduced it as a marching song.

          In September 1955, for six weeks, Mitch Miller had a Billboard number one hit with the song. Thirteen months later, Miller's version was used for a key scene in the 1956 Texas-based film Giant starring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean. The 1955 song became a gold record. The song achieved the #2 position in the UK and the #1 position in Australia.

Enjoy the memories! To listen to the song click on the link below.

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