We haven’t done a survey post in a while, so let’s take a look at the WLS Silver Dollar Survey from July 21, 1962, this week 55 years ago.
- #10: Pat Boone, “Speedy Gonzales” Pat first came to fame by doing “white” versions of songs by Fats Domino and Little Richard, back in the dark ages when radio stations were hesitant to play “race” records. You really can’t hold it against him, it was the times. This is a novelty record that jumped from #15 the week before, so it was #10 with a bullet…
- #9: Bobby Curtola, “Fortune Teller” Bobby Curtola was a Canadian crooner and teen idol. His record had been on the survey for ten weeks and was on its way down.
- #8: The Orlons, “The Wah Watusi” So, we have The Nylons and The Orlons. One has to ask, what’s next, the Dacrons? This was making its descent after seven weeks.
- #7: Bobby Rydell, “I’ll Never Dance Again” Teen idol Bobby held the #8 spot the week before, so he was still making his way upward.
- #6: David Rose & His Orchestra, “The Stripper” David Rose was a London-born orchestra leader and composer who composed “The Stripper.” I think most of us of a certain age remember this being part of Noxzema Shaving Cream commercials…
- #5: Emilio Pericoli, “Al Di La” Enrico was an Italian singer who covered this song, the song that won the Sanremo Festival the year before when Betty Curtis sang it. He entered the Sanremo Festival that year with the song “Quando, Quando, Quando,” which has become one of the best-known Italian songs. In 1963, he entered the Sanremo Festival again with the song “Uno Per Tutte,” which won that year and earned him a spot in the Eurovision Song Contest, where he placed third.
- #4: Joanie Sommers, “Johnny Get Angry” Joanie’s typical milieu is jazz, standards, and popular material, but this was a hit for her. I especially like the kazoo break halfway through.
- #3: Neil Sedaka, “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” One of Neil’s better-known songs. This is the original version, not the late Seventies reboot that was slower and moodier.
- #2: Bobby Vinton, “Roses Are Red” Bit of music trivia: Bobby and Perry Como are both from Canonsburg, Pennsylvania.
- #1: Brian Hyland, “Sealed With A Kiss” Brian was pretty much known for “Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” from a couple of years earlier, but this sold better. He was a victim of the British Invasion a couple of years later, but came back in the early Seventies with a cover of Curtis Mayfield’s “Gypsy Woman.”
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 24, 2017.