Brian Hyland is another singer that had a little bit of success in the early 60’s and into the 70’s. He signed with Kapp Records in 1959 and had his first major success in 1960, with “Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini.” It was a #1 hit in the US and a Top 10 hit in the UK, Australia, and The Netherlads. It sold nearly a million copies in its first month and two million copies overall.
Brian’s next Top 10 hit was in 1962, with “Sealed With A Kiss.” This reached #3 in the US and the UK and #4 in The Netherlands.
I feel generous today, so here’s a bonus: Brian stayed out of the Top 10 for a few years after that, with his lone Top 20 hit being “The Joker Went Wild” in 1966. In 1970, he recorded a cover of The Impressions’ hit “Gypsy Woman,” and took it to #3, earning him a gold record and becoming his second-best selling record. It was produced by Del Shannon, famous for the song “Runaway.”
Brian continued to record into the 70’s, and is still touring internationally, accompanied sometimes by son Bodi on the drums. You can find his website here.
Brian Hyland, your Two for Tuesday, May 8, 2018.