Jan '57
Sun Records releases "Flyin' Saucer Rock & Roll" by Billy Lee Riley and his Little Green Men. This rockabilly classic features Jerry Lee Lewis on piano. (more)
Billy Lee Riley
Graceland Elvis Presley 1957
Mar '57
Mar '57
Riding the top of the Pop charts with the songs "Too Much" and "All Shook Up", Elvis Presley takes time out to purchase the Graceland mansion in Memphis, in part to provide more security and to avoid neighbors complaints about his fans. (more)
California guitarist Eddie Cochran hits the US Top 20 for the first time with "Sittin' in the Balcony" on Liberty Records. (more)
DJ Alan Freeds new televison show, The Big Beat on ABC, is cancelled after complaints about black teenage singer Frankie Lymon being shown dancing with a white girl. (more)
The Big Beat Alan Freed 1957
Little Richard 1957
Apr '57
Little Richard continues ripping up the charts with four hit singles concurrently on both the Pop and R&B charts including "Lucille" his second R&B #1 single. (more)
Jerry Lee Lewis
Jul '57
Sun Records artist Jerry Lee Lewis causes a stir on the Steve Allen TV show when he kicks over his piano stool during a performance of "Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On". The song hits #3 US, #38 UK. (more)
Eddie Cochran 1957
The Everly Brothers from Knoxville, TN have their first  hit with the song "Bye, Bye Love" #2 US, #6 UK. The song also hits #1 on the US Country Charts. (more)
Everly Brothers
Jailhouse Rock - Elvis Presley 1957
Sep '57
Elvis releases the single "Jailhouse Rock" to coincide with the release of the movie of the same name. The song would reach #1 in both the US and UK. (more)
Aug '57
American Bandstand 1957
The television show American Bandstand is syndicated nationally where it would run for the next 32 years. (more)
Sep '57
Lubbock, TX band Buddy Holly's and the Crickets have a US  & UK #1 hit with "That'll Be The Day". They follow with two more Top Ten hits, "Peggy Sue" and "Oh Boy". (more)
Buddy Holly and the Crickets
Biggest Show of Stars 1957
Sep '57
The 1957 Biggest Show of Stars tour starts in Sep. and covers 78 cities. Artists include Fats Domino, LaVern Baker, Frankie Lymon, Chuck Berry, Clyde McPhatter, The Crickets, the Everly Brothers  and more.
The Everly Brothers 1957
Oct '57
The Everly Brothers top the US Pop, R&B and Country charts with their second hit "Wake Up Little Susie" which also reaches #2 UK. (more)  
Sam Cooke
Nov '57
Former gospel singer Sam Cooke of Chicago, IL hits #1 US, #29 UK with "You Send Me" his first single for  Keen Records. (more) 
Jerry Lee Lewis - Sun Records 1957
Dec '57
"Great Balls of Fire" hits #1 on Country Charts, #2 US Pop and #1 in the UK  for Jerry Lee Lewis on Sun Records. (more)
Jul '57
Dale Hawkins
Buddy Knox
Apr '57
May '57
Buddy Knox of Happy, TX
scores a #1 with "Party Doll" produced by Norman Petty and released on Roulette. (more)
Dale Hawkins of Shreveport, LA takes his song "Susie Q" into the US Top 30 on Chess Records. (more)
Jackie Wilson - Reet Petite
Paul Anka
Bill Justis - Raunch
Warren Smith
Aug '57
Positioned as a teen idol, Canadian singer Paul Anka rockets to #2 US, #1 UK with his own composition "Diana". (more) 
Aug '57
Bill Justis records the song "Raunchy" at Sun Studios in Memphis. The single goes to #2 and is the first rock instrumental hit. (more)
Sep '57
After leaving the Dominoes, Jackie Wilson releases his first solo single "Reet Petite" which charts at #62 US, but goes all the way to #11 in the UK. (more)
Dec '57
Sun Records artist, Warren Smith, has rockabilly success with the single "So Long, I'm Gone" which climbs to #74 nationally. (more)
Chuck Berry - Rock and Roll Music 1957
Sep '57
St. Louis, Mo singer songwriter Chuck Berry is back in the US Top Ten at #8 with the single "Rock and Roll Music", one of four US Top Ten hits for him in 1957. (more)
1957 in Rock & Roll History:

Elvis continues to dominate the charts with 25 weeks at #1 with four different singles. Rock music moves on to national television with Alan Freed's short lived show The Big Beat and Dick Clark's American Bandstand which airs for the next 30 years. Memphis label, Sun Records continues to discover successful new artists after losing Elvis to RCA including the years biggest new rock and roll success, Jerry Lee Lewis.

Top 60 Singles of 1957
Worldwide:

1   Elvis Presley - Jailhouse Rock
  2   Jerry Lee Lewis - Great Balls of Fire
  3   Paul Anka - Diana
  4   Harry Belafonte - Banana Boat Song
  5   Elvis Presley - All Shook Up
  6   Pat Boone - Love Letters in the Sand
  7   The Diamonds - Little Darlin'
  8   The Crickets - That'll Be the Day
  9   Debbie Reynolds - Tammy
10   Jerry Lee Lewis
       Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
11   The Everly Brothers - Bye Bye Love
12   Elvis Presley
       (Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear
13   Danny & The Juniors - At the Hop
14   Sam Cooke - You Send Me
15   Buddy Holly - Peggy Sue
16   Tab Hunter - Young Love
17   Pat Boone - April Love
18   The Everly Brothers
       Wake Up Little Susie
19   Fats Domino - I'm Walkin'
20   Frank Sinatra - All the Way
21   Johnny Mathis - It's Not For Me to Say
22   Harry Belafonte - Island in the Sun
23   Johnny Mathis - Chances Are
24   Pat Boone - Don't Forbid Me
25   Little Richard - The Girl Can't Help It
26   Margot Eskens - Cindy, Oh Cindy
27   Andy Williams - Butterfly
28   Harry Belafonte - Mary's Boy Child
29   The Coasters - Searchin'
30   Tommy Steele - Singing The Blues
31   Jodie Sands - With All My Heart
32   Bobby Helms - My Special Angel
33   Johnnie Ray - Yes Tonight Josephine
34   The Del Vikings - Come Go With Me
35   Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb
36   Dalida - Bambino (Guaglione)
37   Little Richard - Lucille
38   Mickey & Sylvia - Love is Strange
39   Bill Justis - Raunchy
40   Chuck Berry - Rock 'n' Roll Music
41   Corry Brokken - Net als toen
42   Charlie Gracie - Butterfly
43   Jimmy Dorsey - So Rare
44   The Rays - Silhouettes
45   Chuck Berry - School Day
46   Buddy Knox - Party Doll
47   The Diamonds - The Stroll
48   The Bobbettes - Mr Lee
49   Pat Boone - Bernardine
50   Perry Como - Round & Round
51   Little Richard - Keep a Knockin'
52   The Coasters - Young Blood
53   Roger Williams - Till
54   Johnny Mathis - The Twelfth of Never
55   Elvis Presley - Too Much
56   Jane Morgan - Fascination
57   Muddy Waters - Got My Mojo Working
58   The Gladiolas - Little Darlin'
59   Vico Torriani
       Siebenmal in der Woche
60   Freddy Quinn - Heimatlos


All chart information above is from Tsort and uses a formula based on splitting the world into four regions based on sales, the USA (about 35%), other English speaking countries (about 20%), the rest of Europe (about 25%) and the rest of the world (about 20%).  We feel this is the best methodology available to show the global impact of a song or album. More detailed chart info is available on the Tsort website. Actual US & UK charts are linked at the bottom of each year timeline on this site.

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1957 Rock Music Timeline
Texas R&B pianist Ivory Joe Hunter scores his tenth Top Ten R&B hit with the #1 single "I Almost Lost My Mind". (more)
Jan '57
Chicago, IL R&B singer LaVern Baker goes to #1 R&B, #17 Pop with the single "Jim Dandy". (more)
Mar '57
Mar '57
Shreveport, LA singer Tommy Sands appears on Kraft Television Theatre playing an Elvis-like teen idol, driving his single "Teen-Age Crush" to #2. (more)
Apr '57
Apr '57
"Little Darlin" by Canadian vocal group The Diamonds goes to #2 on both the US Pop and R&B charts. (more)
The Del-Vikings a group of Air Force members stationed in Pittsburgh, PA hit #4 on the Pop Chart with "Come Go With Me". (more)
Jul '57
New Orleans singer songwriter Larry Williams scores a big hit with "Short Fat Fannie" #1 R&B, #5 Pop, #21 UK. (more)
Los Angeles vocal group The Coasters team up with songwriters Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller for their first R&B #1 hit "Searchin" #3 Pop. (more)
Jun '57
Sep '57
The Bobbettes, a female vocal group from Spanish Harlem, NY hit #1 R&B, #6 Pop with an ode to their high school teacher "Mr. Lee". (more)
Nov '57
Dec '57
Bronx, NY high school vocal group The Chantels go to #2 R&B, #15 Pop with the single "Maybe". (more) 
Indianapolis, IN native Thurston Harris goes to #2 R&B, #6 Pop with his cover of Bobby Day's song "Little Bitty Pretty One". (more)
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