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1956 Radio Oldies



In 1956

Dick Clark took over hosting duties on Bob Horn's Bandstand after Bob allegedly twiddled with female teenage dancers who appeared on his show. They changed the name to American Bandstand.





Monkee's Mike Nesmith's mother, Bette Nesmith Graham invents "Mistake Out," later renamed Liquid Paper.

* The word "Beatnik" takes hold to describe the emerging "Beat Generation" counterculture movement.

October 8, Game 5 of the World Series, NY Yankee right-hander Don Larson pitched a 'perfect game.'

The hovercraft was invented by Christopher Cockerell.

25 people were hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Charles Van Doren and Herb Stempel, the leading competitors on TV's quiz show, Twenty-One, admitted to being coached by producers of the show.

"Takes a licking and keeps on ticking" -Times (watches).

"You're in good hands with Allstate" - New slogan for Allstate.

25 people were hospitalized after a melee at a Bill Haley concert in Asbury Park, New Jersey.

Charles Van Doren and Herb Stempel, the leading competitors on TV's quiz show, Twenty-One, admitted to being coached by producers of the show.

Hits of 1956



Billboard FM 1956



Hits of 1956


* Heartbreak Hotel - Elvis Presley
* Don't Be Cruel - Elvis Presley
* Lisbon Antigua - Nelson Riddle
* My Prayer - Platters
* The Wayward Wind - Gogi Grant
* The Poor People of Paris - Les Baxter
* Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) - Doris Day
* Memories Are Made of This - Dean Martin
* Rock and Roll Waltz - Kay Starr
* The Great Pretender - Platters
* I Want You, I Need You, I Love You - Elvis Presley
* Love Me Tender - Love Me Tender
* Hound Dog - Elvis Presley
* Blue Suede Shoes - Carl Perkins
* Sixteen Tons - Tennessee Ernie Ford
* Allegheny Moon - Patti Page
* I'm in Love Again - Fats Domino
* Be-Bop-A-Lula - Gene Vincent
* Why Do Fools Fall in Love - Frankie Lymon and The Teenagers







Way Back





Born in 1956:


Tom Hanks
Mel Gibson
Joe Montana
Paula Zahn
David Copperfield
Garth Brooks
Lisa Hartman
Larry Byrd
Montel Williams
Bill Maher