Top 100 Lists


TOP 100 INSTRUMENTAL ARTISTS
OF THE '50S AND '60S

  1. Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - The Lonely Bull, Taste of Honey, Zorba the Greek, Tijuana Taxi, What Now My Love, Spanish Flea, The Work Song, Casino Royale
  2. Duane Eddy - Rebel-'Rouser, Cannonball, The Lonely One,
    Forty Miles of Bad Road, Because They're Young, Pepe
  3. Billy Vaughn - Melody of Love, Sail Along Silvery Moon, La Paloma,
    Look For a Star, A Swingin' Safari
  4. Les Paul - Nola, Josephine, Whispering, Meet Mr. Callaghan
  5. Booker T. and the MG's - Green Onions, Soul-Limbo, Hang 'Em High, Time is Tight
  6. The Ventures - Walk - Don't Run, Perfidia, Walk - Don't Run '64,
    Hawaii Five-O
  7. Bill Black's Combo - Smokie - Part 2, White Silver Sands, Josephine,
    Don't Be Cruel
  8. Roger Williams - Autumn Leaves, Almost Paradise, Till, Near You
  9. Les Baxter - April in Portugal, Ruby, The High and the Mighty,
    The Poor People of Paris
  10. Lawrence Welk - Moritat, Last Date, Calcutta
  11. Hugo Winterhalter - Blue Tango, Vanessa, Canadian Sunset
  12. Floyd Cramer - Last Date, On the Rebound, San Antonio Rose
  13. Ferrante and Teicher - (Theme from) The Apartment, Exodus,
    Midnight Cowboy
  14. Bert Kaempfert - Wonderland by Night, Tenderly, Three O'Clock
    in the Morning
  15. Johnny and the Hurricanes - Crossfire, Red River Rock, Beatnik Fly
  16. Sandy Nelson - Teen Beat, Let There Be Drums, Drums Are My Beat
  17. Bill Doggett - Honky Tonk, Slow Walk, Soft
  18. Perez Prado - Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White, Patricia, Guaglione
  19. Percy Faith - Delicado, (Theme from) A Summer Place, Theme for Young Lovers
  20. Ramsey Lewis - The "In" Crowd, Hang On Sloopy, Wade in the Water
  21. The Champs - Tequila, El Rancho Rock, Too Much Tequila
  22. Henry Mancini - Mr. Lucky, The Pink Panther Theme, (Love Theme from) Romeo and Juliet
  23. King Curtis - Soul Twist, Memphis Soul Stew
  24. Ralph Marterie - Caravan, Skokiaan
  25. Nelson Riddle - Lisbon Antigua, Route 66 Theme
  26. Mantovani - Charmaine, The Moulin Rouge Theme
  27. Victor Young - The High and the Mighty, Around the World
  28. Dave "Baby" Cortez - The Happy Organ, Rinky Dink
  29. Al Hirt - Java, Cotton Candy
  30. Mitch Miller - Song for a Summer Night, March from the River Kwai
    and Colonel Bogey
  31. Jimmy Smith - Walk on the Wild Side, Back at the Chicken Shack
  32. Ray Anthony - Dragnet, Peter Gunn
  33. The Marketts - Surfer's Stomp, Out of Limits
  34. Santo and Johnny - Sleep Walk, Tear Drop
  35. David Rose - Calypso Melody, The Stripper
  36. Willie Mitchell - 20-75, Soul Serenade
  37. Leroy Anderson - The Syncopated Clock, Blue Tango
  38. Frank Chacksfield - (Terry's Theme from) Limelight, Ebb Tide
  39. Richard Hayman - Ruby, Moritat
  40. Guy Lombardo - The 3rd Man Theme, Blue Tango
  41. Cozy Cole - Topsy II, Turvy II
  42. Martin Denny - Quiet Village, The Enchanted Sea
  43. Eddie Heywood - Canadian Sunset, Soft Summer Breeze
  44. The Fireballs - Torquay, Bulldog
  45. Ernie Freeman - Jivin' Around, Raunchy
  46. Don Costa - (Theme from) The Unforgiven, Never on Sunday
  47. Mr. Acker Bilk - Stranger on the Shore, Above the Stars
  48. Little Walter - Juke, Sad Hours
  49. Joe "Fingers" Carr - Down Yonder, Portuguese Washerwomen
  50. Ernie Fields - In the Mood, The Charleston
  51. Mongo Santamaria - Watermelon Man, Cloud Nine
  52. Hugh Masekela - Grazing in the Grass, Riot
  53. Paul Mauriat - Love is Blue, Love in Every Room
  54. The Surfaris - Wipe Out, Point Panic
  55. Dick Hyman - Moritat, The Minotaur
  56. Link Wray and his Ray Men - Rumble, Raw-Hide
  57. Ace Cannon - Tuff, Blues (Stay Away From Me)
  58. Jimmy McGriff - I've Got a Woman, All About My Girl
  59. James Brown - Try Me, The Popcorn
  60. The String-A-Longs - Wheels, Brass Buttons
  61. Young-Holt Unlimited - Wack Wack, Soulful Strut
  62. Lonnie Mack - Memphis, Wham!
  63. The Mar-Keys - Last Night, Morning After
  64. David Carroll - Melody of Love, Fascination
  65. "Cannonball" Adderley - African Waltz; Mercy, Mercy, Mercy
  66. Johnny Maddox - The Crazy Otto, Heart and Soul
  67. Dave Brubeck Quartet - Take Five, Unsquare Dance
  68. The Meters - Sophisticated Cissy, Cissy Strut
  69. Arthur Lyman Group - Yellow Bird, Love For Sale
  70. The Applejacks - Mexican Hat Rock, Rocka-Conga
  71. B. Bumble and the Stingers - Bumble Boogie, Nut Rocker
  72. Ralph Flanagan - Harbor Lights, Hot Toddy
  73. The Viscounts - Harlem Nocturne, Wabash Blues
  74. Bill Haley and his Comets - Rudy's Rock, Joey's Song
  75. Al Caiola - The Magnificent Seven, Bonanza
  76. Raymond Lefevre - The Day the Rains Came, Soul Coaxing
    (Ame Caline)
  77. The Brass Ring - The Phoenix Love Theme, The Dis-Advantages of You
  78. Anton Karas - "The Third Man" Theme
  79. Cliff Nobles and Company - The Horse
  80. The Village Stompers - Washington Square
  81. Kenny Ball - Midnight in Moscow
  82. Chet Atkins - Boo Boo Stick Beat
  83. The Tornadoes - Telstar
  84. Bill Justis - Raunchy
  85. Hugo Montenegro - The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
  86. Sil Austin - Slow Walk
  87. Davie Allan and the Arrows - Blue's Theme
  88. Leroy Holmes - The High and the Mighty
  89. Mason Williams - Classical Gas
  90. Jorgen Ingmann - Apache
  91. Morris Stoloff - Moonglow and Theme from "Picnic"
  92. Earl Bostic - Flamingo
  93. The Bar-Kays - Soul Finger
  94. Bent Fabric - Alley Cat
  95. Eddie Harris - Exodus
  96. The Wailers - Tall Cool One
  97. Steve Allen - Autumn Leaves
  98. Earl Grant - Swingin' Gently
  99. The Baja Marimba Band - Comin' in the Back Door
  100. Herbie Mann - Memphis Underground

Instrumental artists in all areas of music (pop, rhythm and blues, country, jazz, folk, etc.) are included on this list. Rankings are based on the popularity of each artist during the period of 1950 through 1969, though vocal recordings (as opposed to instrumentals with sparingly-used words) are not factored into eligible artist's totals.





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