#TBT: Platter Party
BY Christopher Harrity
June 12 2014 4:00 AM ET
Music to listen to while practicing kissing your pillow.
"Young Love" by actor-singer Tab Hunter was released by Dot Records. It first reached the Billboard charts on January 19, 1957. On the Disk Jockey chart, it peaked at number 1; on the Best Seller chart, at number 1; on the Juke Box chart, at number 1; and on the composite chart of the top 100 songs, it reached number 1. The success of this record led Warner Bros., where Hunter was under contract, to form Warner Bros. Records.
Music to listen to while sulking and putting Vitalis in your hair.
Sal Mineo already had a solid acting career when he started putting out records. Before he released his first single, he had appeared in several major productions on Broadway and in films. When he turned to rock and roll, his first efforts were equally successful. In 1957 he released a pair of singles, "Start Movin' (In My Direction)" and "Lasting Love." The former broke into the Top 10 and remained in the Top 40 for more than three months, while the latter hit number 27. (Source: AllMusic.com)
Music for boys with conflict-y mother issues. ("Oh God, Mother, blood!")
The emo boy prototype, Tony Perkins began his recording career in 1956 after he sang “A Little Love Goes a Long, Long Way” during a Goodyear TV Playhouse production called Joey. Executives at Epic Records were impressed with Perkins’s vocal abilities and offered him a recording contract, which led Perkins to record a self-titled album for Epic in 1957. Afterward he recorded two albums for RCA, From My Heart and On a Rainy Afternoon, both released in 1958. But having received much praise for his performance in William Wyler’s film Friendly Persuasion (1956), Perkins focused more on his acting career as the '50s came to a close, and he never recorded another album. (Source: Cinebeats.Wordpress.com)