Ricky Nelson
Jan '58
17 year old teen idol Ricky Nelson has a #1 album, helped by his family's  primetime TV show. In April he has his first #1 single with "Poor Little Fool". (more)
Jan '58
Jailhouse Rock tops UK Charts 1958
Elvis Presley's single "Jailhouse Rock", from the movie of the same name, becomes the first UK single to enter the charts at #1, it also tops the US charts. (more)
Feb '58
Jerry Lee Lewis - Breathless 1958
Feb '58
Jerry Lee Lewis has his third top 10 hit in a row with "Breathless". In March he tours the US with Chuck Berry and others, and becomes famous for his raucous stage performances. (more)

Link Wray - Rumble
Mar '58
Link Wray and his Ray Men have an instrumental guitar hit "Rumble" which features distortion and an early use of the "power chord". (more)
The Stroll rock dance craze
The Stroll becomes Rock and Roll's first dance craze with the help of TV's American Bandstand. (more)
Elvis Presley inducted to the Army 1958
May '58
After being drafted, Elvis is inducted into the Army. He serves two years stationed in Germany. (more)
Jerry Lee Lewis - Myra Gale Brown 1958
Jun '58
Jerry Lee Lewis' UK tour derails when the press discovers he is married to his 13 year old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown, daughter of his bass player. The resulting negative publicity ends his pop music career. (more)
Jun '58
Atlantic Records  artists, The Coasters from Los Angeles, hit again with another Leiber and Stoller song "Yakety Yak" #1 US, #12 UK. (more)
Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues 1958
California rocker Eddie Cochran charts at US #8, UK #18 with the single "Summertime Blues" on which he uses overdub to perform all vocals and play all instruments. (more)
Aug '58
Chuck Berry 1958
Chuck Berry continues his succes reaching  #2 US, #16 UK with "Sweet Little 16" and #8 US with "Johnny B. Goode" on the Chess record label. (more)
The Champs - Tequila
Bobby Freeman
California studio musicians, The Champs, have a #1 US, #5 UK hit with the instrumental "Tequila". (more)
17 year old Bobby Freeman scores a #5 US hit with "Do You Wanna Dance?" (more)
Jul '58
Oct '58
Ritchie Valens
17 year old Californian, Ritchie Valens rockets to fame with the double single "Donna" US #2 b/w "La Bamba" US #22. (more)

Cliff Richard - Move It - 1958
Cliff Richard hits #2 on the UK Charts with "Move It", considered to be the first Rock and Roll hit written and produced outside the U.S. (more)

Aug '58
Mar '58
The Kingston Trio
California Folk revivalists The Kingston Trio release the single "Tom Dooley" which hits #1 Pop in November. (more)
Jun '58
Nov '58
Danny and the Juniors - At the Hop
Jan '58
After performing
"At The Hop" on American Bandstand,the Philadelphia based quartet Danny and the Juniors, take the song to #1 US, (more)
The Diamonds
Capitalizing on the dance craze, Canadian vocal group The Diamonds release their song "The Stroll" which goes to US #4. (more)
Dec '58
Johnny Otis
California blues pianist and band leader Johnny Otis scores a US Top Ten hit with "Willie and the Hand Jive". (more)
Aug '58
Conway Twitty 1958
Big Bopper
Bobbie Day
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Phil Spector - The Teddy Bears
Oct '58
Conway Twitty pens the smash hit, "It's Only Make Believe" #1 US and UK. Twitty would have several more hits before switching to country music and becoming one of the most successful country acts of all time, with 55 number one country hits. (more) 
Oct '58
The debut single from New York vocal group Little Anthony & The Imperials, "Tears On My Pillow" goes to #2 R&B, #4 Pop. (more)
Nov '58
Bobby Day of Los Angeles, takes his single "Rockin' Robin" all the way to #2. (more)
Nov '58
Texas radio DJ, JP Richardson, known as The Big Bopper, scores a top ten hit with "Chantilly Lace". Richardson also wrote the hits "White Lightning" for George Jones and "Running Bear" for Johnny Preston. (more)

Nov '58
17 year old Californian, Phil Spector, writes, plays, and produces the US #1 single "To Know Him Is To Love Him" for his band The Teddy Bears. (more)

Dec '58
Rock & Roll Christmas songs are big in 1958 with "Jingle Bell Rock" from Bobby Helms, "Rockin' Around The Christmas Tree" from Brenda Lee, and the #1 novelty hit for David Seville "The Chipmunk Song". (more)

1958 in Rock & Roll History:

Billboard introduces the Hot 100 Singles, a chart that tabulates both store sales and airplay. Elvis gets drafted into the Army. RCA begins releasing long playing albums (LP) in stereo. Cliff Richard hits #2 on the UK Charts with "Move It", considered to be the first rock and roll hit produced outside the U.S. The Stroll becomes rock and roll's first dance craze. Chart topping rock star Jerry Lee Lewis' career suffers when it is discovered he is married to his thirteen year old second cousin, Myra Gale Brown.

Top 60 Singles of 1958

  1   The Kingston Trio - Tom Dooley
  2   Domenico Modugno - Volare
  3   The Kalin Twins - When
  4   The Everly Brothers - Bird Dog
  5   Perez Prado - Patricia
  6   Champs - Tequila
  7   Chuck Berry - Johnny B Goode
  8   The Everly Brothers
       All I Have to Do is Dream
  9   Conway Twitty
       It's Only Make Believe
10   Billy Vaughn
       Sail Along Silvery Moon
11   Tommy Edwards - It's All in the Game
12   Connie Francis - Who's Sorry Now?
13   Louis Prima - Buona Sera
14   Elvis Presley - One Night
15   Mitch Miller
       March From The River Kwai
16   The Platters - Twilight Time
17   Eddie Cochran - Summertime Blues
18   Ritchie Valens - La Bamba
19   The Coasters - Yakety Yak
20   Dean Martin - Return to Me
21   Perry Como - Catch a Falling Star
22   Peggy Lee - Fever
23   Billy Vaughn - La Paloma
24   Marino Marini & his Quartet                         More Than Ever (Coma Prima)
25   Elvis Presley - I Got Stung
26   Dean Martin - Volare
27   Chuck Berry - Sweet Little Sixteen
28   Perry Como
       Mandolins in the Moonlight
29   Elvis Presley - Don't
30   David Seville & The Chipmunks                  Witch Doctor
31   Elvis Presley - King Creole
32   Paul Anka - You Are My Destiny
33   Dalida - Come Prima
34   Elvis Presley - Hard Headed Woman
35   Elegants - Little Star
36   The Teddy Bears
       To Know Him is to Love Him
37   Big Bopper - Chantilly Lace
38   Perry Como - Magic Moments
39   The Silhouettes - Get a Job
40   Ricky Nelson - Poor Little Fool
41   The Chordettes - Lollipop
42   Little Richard
       Good Golly Miss Molly
43   Connie Francis - Carolina Moon
44   The Imperials - Tears On My Pillow
45   Tony Dallara - Come Prima
46   Eddie Cochran - C'Mon Everybody
47   Johnny Mathis - A Certain Smile
48   Bobby Day - Rockin' Robin
49   Connie Francis - Stupid Cupid
50   Jackie Wilson - Lonely Teardrops
51   Dion & The Belmonts - I Wonder Why
52   Elvis Presley
       Wear My Ring Around Your Neck
53   Ricky Nelson - Stood Up
54   Laurie London - He's Got the Whole            World in His Hands
55   Paul Anka - Crazy Love
56   Link Wray - Rumble
57   Chakachas - Eso Es El Amor
58   Buddy Holly - Rave On
59   Jane Morgan
       The Day the Rains Came
60   Sheb Wooley - Purple People Eater

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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1958 Rock Music Timeline
Feb '58
Philadelphia, PA vocal group The Silhouettes top the US Pop and R&B charts with their single "Get A Job". (more)
Feb '58
New Orleans R&B pianist Huey "Piano" Smith releases the single "Don't You Just Know It" and hits #4 R&B, #9 Pop. (more)
Mar '58
Mar '58
Newark, NJ vocal group The Monotones hit it big with the single "Book of Love" #3 R&B, #5 Pop. (more)
The Everly Brothers score their second #1 hit "All I Have To Do Is Dream". It is the only song to hit #1 on the Pop, R&B and Country charts simultaneously. It also goes to #1 in the UK. (more)
Bronx, NY singer songwriter Bobby Darin has his first hit with "Splish, Splash" #1 R&B, #3 Pop, #18 UK. (more)
Aug '58
Aug '58
The single "Just A Dream" by Baton Rouge, LA singer songwriter Jimmy Clanton tops the R&B chart and goes to #4 Pop in the US. (more)
Augusta, GA singer James Brown has his first R&B #1 with the single "Try Me" which also charts at #48 Pop. (more)
Oct '58
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