The Friday 5×2: Top Ten From WJJD, 9/8/58

It’s survey time again! We’re reaching all the way back to 1958 and pulling up the Top Ten from WJJD, at one time the rock & roll station in Chicago.

#10: Roger Williams, “Near You” This song peaked at #10 on the Hot 100 and #12 on Cash Box that year. One of two instrumentals on today’s chart.
#9: The Olympics, “Western Movies” Some great doo-wop from The Olympics, it was their first single and reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.
#8: Perez Prado, “Patricia” This was the last song to reach #1 on the Jockeys and Top 100 charts maintained by Billboard. On August 4, 1958, they were combined into a single chart, the Hot 100. As you can see, it was still going strong in Chicago a month later.
#7: Jimmy Clanton, “Just A Dream” Jimmy was known as the “swamp pop R&B teenage idol.” Nationally, this reacxhed #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the R&B chart.
#6: Bobby Day, “Over And Over” This was the flip side to “Rockin’ Robin,” and didn’t do quite as well, although it reached #1 on the R&B chart. It was later covered by the Dave Clark 5, who took it to #1.
#5: Little Anthony & The Imperials, “Tears On My Pillow” Their first hit single, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart.
#4: The Everly Brothers, “Devoted To You” Don and Phil recorded a lot of songs by Felice and Boudleau Bryant, including this one, the flip side to “Bird Dog.” On its own, it reached #10 nationally, #2 on the R&B chart, and #7 on the Country chart.
#3: The Elegants, “Little Star” This was the only million-selling song for the boys from South Beach, Staten Island. It spent a week at #1 and 19 weeks on the Hot 100.
#2: Tommy Edwards, “It’s All In The Game” Was #1 in the nation the day my brother Kip was born. Just a beautiful song, you know?
#1: Domenico Modugno, “Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)” Won the Sanremo Music Festival and later placed third in the Eurovision Song Contest. It spent five nonconsecutive weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 (“Little Star” managed to sneak in ahead of it one week).

Thanks again to my friends at Oldiesloon and to the kind folks who posted all of this, especially Bob Moke, A/K/A MusicProf78. That’s The Friday 5×2 for September 8, 2017.

18 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Top Ten From WJJD, 9/8/58

  1. I don’t remember the first three but 7 to 1 I do. I have Volare on my iTunes by Dean Martin and I think I have It’s All in the Game as well. Love those oldies. Happy Friday, John.


    1. My experience is that “oldies radio” has a short playlist and doesn’t usually deviate from that. That’s why it’s so much fun to go back to the surveys and hear what was popular.


  2. I thought Tom Dooley was #1 the day I was born. “Hang down your head Tom Dooley, cause it’s all in the game (doo doo doo doo de doo de doo)”


    1. Actually, it was neither…it was “It’s Only Make Believe” by Conway Twitty. “Tom Dooley” was the following week, “It’s All In The Game” the week before. That was on the brand-new Hot 100; Cash Box had “Topsy, Part 2” by Cozy Cole the week you were born and “It’s Only Make Believe” the following week (11/15). “All In The Game” was the #1 in the UK. Hard to keep up with all these charts…


  3. I remember most of these – I loved the Everley Brothers. Volare was and will always be a great song. I don’t hear these songs much except on the music stations on our cable. We listen to the oldies channels once in a great while.


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