Two for Tuesday: Brian Hyland

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.

13 thoughts on “Two for Tuesday: Brian Hyland

  1. I always loved Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini! When I babysat about 30 years ago, I played that song for the little kids I was baby-sitting. I’m not sure if it was appropriate come to think of it, but they loved dancing around to it.

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  2. Itsy Bitsy was wildly successful at many football and athletics events right through my primary and high school years. Our cheerleaders came up with many variations on the lyrics of this catchy tune and even translated them into Afrikaans. For some reason, I totally missed out on The Joker Went Wild.

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  3. “Itsy-Bitsy, Teenie-Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini” is one of the catchy tunes that will be around forever. I remember “The Joker Went Wild” – cool song.

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    1. I went and looked up “The Joker Went Wild” and you’re right, it’s a good tune. So’s “Itsy Bitsy”… I have an aunt (one of Mom’s sisters) whose nickname is Bitsy. She’s the one that’s closest in age to me, and we spent so much time together, it was like having a big sister.

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    1. I went for years thinking that the three songs I featured were done by three different people. The style of all of them is so different (a novelty song, an early 60’s “sad teen” song, and an R&B cover). He was a heck of a musician to pull all of that off, and as I understand it he’s done some country ass well.

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