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I’ve done this is a five parter, this is part 1 and it covers the 1950s and 60s, but it’s only solo singers who have penned their own chart-topping hits. The ones indicated with an ‘ * ‘  are the co-written ones.

Artist Title Year
Elvis Presley All Shook Up   * 1957
Paul Anka Diana 1957
Marvin Rainwater Whole Lotta Woman  * 1958
Russ Conway Side Saddle 1959
Russ Conway Roulette 1959
Bobby Darin Dream Lover 1959
Jerry Keller Here Comes Summer 1959
Lonnie Donegan My Old Man’s A Dustman  * 1960
Eddie Cochran Three Steps To Heaven 1960
Roy Orbison Only The Lonely (Know The Way I Feel)  * 1960
Floyd Cramer On The Rebound 1961
Del Shannon Runaway  * 1961
Cliff Richard Bachelor Boy  * 1962
Roy Orbison It’s Over   * 1964
Roy Orbison Oh, Pretty Woman  * 1964
Roger Miller King of the Road 1965
Jackie Trent Where Are You Now  * 1965
Crazy World of Arthur Brown Fire   * 1968
Ennio Morricone The Good, The Bad and The Ugly 1969
Peter Sarstedt Where Do You Go To My Lovely 1969
Tommy Roe Dizzy 1969