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Atlantic Timeline - 1958

Atlantic Timeline is an ongoing column where we highlight some of the most exciting moments from Atlantic Records artists' musical legacy. This installment covers 1958.

BOBBY DARIN’s Ahmet-produced “Splish, Splash” sells over 100,000 in less than a month following its July release. The single establishes him as a full-fledged teen idol and earns him his first gold record. In October, DARIN is among the most popular artists on the annual ‘The Biggest Show of Stars’ caravan, with THE COASTERS and CLYDE McPHATTER also on the bill.

The seminal Ray Charles At Newport, a live recording of CHARLES’ July appearance at the Newport Jazz Festival, is released in October.

“Yakety Yak” becomes a #1 Pop and #1 R&B hit for THE COASTERS. The group ends the year by cutting Leiber and Stoller’s Peanuts tribute, “Charlie Brown,” featuring sax master KING CURTIS.

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