“Autumn Leaves” by Roger Williams was the first instrumental song to reach number one during the rock and roll era. There were four BILLBOARD MAGAZINE pop singles charts in operation during late 1955 but Williams big hit only topped The Best Sellers In Stores Chart. It reached the top of the chart on October 29, 1955, and remained there for four weeks. The amazing thing is that it did not top any of the other charts as the single sold over two million copies.
Williams sound was anything but rock and roll but he managed to sell tens of millions of albums and singles in a career that would last until his death in 2011.
“Autum Leaves” remains the biggest selling piano tune of all time.