I had so much fun putting together the playlist for our special WBSM broadcast in honor of Joe Jesus' '50s Night in downtown New Bedford, and I’m so glad that you all enjoyed hearing it as much as I enjoyed making it.

All during '50s Night, people were coming up to us at the WBSM tent and talking about how they liked the song selection and the variety that covered the entire decade, and not just the rock and roll songs you’d expect to hear.

In fact, I took many calls on my Friday morning show of people asking if we can play '50s music on WBSM more often. While I can’t promise that, I can promise that we will make this special broadcast an annual tradition each year for '50s Night.

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This very special radio broadcast was made possible through the very cool cats and kittens at Hair in Motion Cosmetology Academy, Cottage Street Motors, People’s Pressed, Shooting Supply, Jose Matos of Advanced Financial Group, Lech Garage & Auto Body, Empire Ford, Market Basket, Castelo Real Estate and Castle Mortgage.

By request, here is the list of 131 songs we played during ‘50s Night, in order of when they were played. I’ve even included the list of songs that were programmed in but had to be omitted due to time constraints.

Songs We Played on '50s Night:

Rock and Roll Music – Chuck Berry
Jailhouse Rock – Elvis Presley
Wake Up Little Susie – The Everly Brothers
At the Hop – Danny & The Juniors
Whatever Will Be Will Be (Que Sera Sera) – Doris Day
Tequila – The Champs
Party Doll – Buddy Knox
It’s Only Make Believe – Conway Twitty
A Lover’s Question – Clyde McPhatter
Oh Boy – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
There Goes My Baby – The Drifters
Willie and the Hand Jive – The Johnny Otis Show
Chantilly Lace – The Big Bopper
Yakety Yak – The Coasters
Mr. Lee – The Bobbettes
The Purple People Eater – Sheb Wooley
Little Darlin’ – The Diamonds
Love Is Strange – Mickey & Sylvia
Papa Loves Mambo – Perry Como
Lollipop – The Chordettes
Rock Around the Clock – Billy Haley & The Comets
Honeycomb – Jimmie Rodgers
Why Do Fools Fall in Love? – Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Smoke Gets in Your Eyes – The Platters
Stagger Lee – Lloyd Price
Old Cape Cod – Patti Page
Sixteen Tons – Tennessee Ernie Ford
Poor Little Fool – Ricky Nelson
Johnny B. Goode – Chuck Berry
All Shook Up – Elvis Presley
Lonely Boy – Paul Anka
Sea of Love – Phil Phillips
What I’d Say – Ray Charles
Little Bitty Pretty One – Thurston Harris
Silhouettes – The Rays
Poison Ivy – The Coasters
(You’ve Got) The Magic Touch – The Platters
Long Tall Sally – Little Richard
Tom Dooley – The Kingston Trio
Cry – Johnnie Ray
Breathless – Jerry Lee Lewis
Mack the Knife – Bobby Darin
Mr. Sandman – The Chordettes
Summertime Blues – Eddie Cochran
La Bamba – Ritchie Valens
I Want to Walk You Home – Fats Domino
Lipstick on Your Collar – Connie Francis
I Want You, I Need You, I Love You – Elvis Presley
That’s Amore – Dean Martin
Witch Doctor – David Seville
So Fine – The Fiestas
Kansas City – Wilbert Harrison
Peggy Sue – Buddy Holly
I Walk the Line – Johnny Cash
The Stroll – The Diamonds
The Great Pretender – The Platters
Whole Lotta Shakin’ Going On – Jerry Lee Lewis
Shake, Rattle and Roll – Bill Haley & The Comets
Hot Diggity (Dog Ziggity) – Perry Como
Be-Bop-a-Lula – Gene Vincent
One Night – Elvis Presley
Sea Cruise – Frankie Ford
Personality – Lloyd Price
Put Your Head on My Shoulder – Paul Anka
(‘Til) I Kissed You – The Everly Brothers
Kookie Kookie (Lend Me Your Comb) – Edward Byrnes & Connie Stevens
Only You – The Platters
Western Movies – The Olympics
Do You Want to Dance? – Bobby Freeman
Rockin’ Robin – Bobby Day
Ain’t That a Shame – Fats Domino
C’mon Everybody – Eddie Cochran
The Angels Listened In – The Crests
Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop – Little Anthony and the Imperials
Ooby Dooby – Roy Orbison
Bird Dog – The Everly Brothers
Beep Beep – The Playmates
School Day – Chuck Berry
I Only Have Eyes for You – The Flamingos
Get a Job – The Silhouettes
Come On Let’s Go – Ritchie Valens
Vaya Con Dios (May God Be With You) – Les Paul & Mary Ford
See You Later Alligator – Bill Haley & The Comets
Dream Lover – Bobby Darin
Hound Dog – Elvis Presley
Tammy – Debbie Reynolds
Love Potion No. 9 – The Clovers
Everyday – Buddy Holly
Goody Goody – Franky Lymon and the Teenagers
Step by Step – The Crests
Whole Lotta Loving – Fats Domino
Over and Over – Bobby Day
Since I Don’t Have You – The Skyliners
Money Honey – The Drifters
Red River Rock – Johnny and the Hurricanes
You Got What It Takes – Marv Johnson
You’re So Fine – The Falcons
The Doggie in the Window – Patti Page
Twilight Time – The Platters
Come Go With Me – The Dell-Vikings
A Teenager in Love – Dion & The Belmonts
Wonderful! Wonderful! – Johnny Mathis
To Know Him Is to Love Him – The Teddy Bears
You Send Me – Sam Cooke
Sleepwalk – Santo & Johnny
Little White Cloud – Johnnie Ray
Lonely Teardrops – Jackie Wilson
What a Difference a Day Makes – Dinah Washington
Blue Suede Shoes – Carl Perkins
Bye Bye Love – The Everly Brothers
Love Me Tender – Elvis Presley
Love Letters in the Sand – Pat Boone
Not Fade Away – Buddy Holly
Wheel of Fortune – Kay Starr
My Blue Heaven – Fats Domino
The Tennessee Waltz – Patti Page
It’s All in the Game – Tommy Edwards
Maybe Baby – Buddy Holly & The Crickets
My Special Angel – Bobby Helms
Harbor Lights – Sammy Kaye
Unchained Melody – Les Baxter
You Belong to Me – Jo Stafford
Loving You – Elvis Presley
Return to Me – Dean Martin
My Prayer – The Platters
True Love Ways – Buddy Holly
Donna – Ritchie Valens
Mona Lisa – Nat King Cole
Chances Are – Johnny Mathis
All I Have to Do Is Dream – The Everly Brothers

Cut for Time:

Great Balls of Fire – Jerry Lee Lewis
Diana – Paul Anka
Splish Splash – Bobby Darin
Charlie Brown – The Coasters
Sweet Little Sixteen – Chuck Berry
(Let Me Be Your) Teddy Bear – Elvis Presley
Young at Heart – Frank Sinatra
Speedo – The Cadillacs
Come-ona My House – Rosemary Clooney
Venus – Frankie Avalon

New Bedford's '50s Night Over the Years

Joe Jesus' '50s Night was a longtime staple of New Bedford's summer schedule with 29 straight years until road construction held it off in 2018. It came back in 2019 following Joe's passing, but it missed 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic. It made a triumphant return in 2022 and is set to become an annual tradition once again. Take a look at '50s Night over the years.

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