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).