Elvis did One Night in 1958 a cover of Fats Domino's version although the latter was not pop top 40.
Now it gets tricky.
Conway Twitty did What Am I Living For in 1960 Chuck Willis had it in 1959. Technically 1960 is still the 50's in the same sense that the year 2000 was still the 19th century.
Bobby Darin did Mack the Knife in 1959, Louis Armstrong did it in 1956, however, both versions are really just remakes.
: For this discussion I am using the term
: "cover" to refer to a record that
: was released to directly compete with an
: existing record still on the market. (With
: this in mind Linda Ronstadt's recording of
: "When Will I Be Loved" was not a
: cover of the Everly Brothers' hit but a
: remake. But she is not part of this
: discussion anyway because she came later and
: does not apply based upon the following
: I am restricting this discussion to the 50s
: and to cases where a white recording act
: covered a black recording act.
: In the 50s there were so many examples of
: this, including:
: The Crew-Cuts covering the Chords on
: Cathy Carr and Gale Storm covering Otis
: Williams and the Charms on "Ivory
: Pat Boone covering Little Richard on
: "Tutti Frutti" and "Long Tall
: Sally" as well as other black recording
: acts on other recordings of his.
: The Diamonds and Teresa Brewer did several
: covers of black recordings.
: Well you get the idea.
: I would like to know what was the final
: instance in the 50s of a white recording act
: covering a black act and making the top ten
: with that cover.
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