This is going to take a minute to explain.
One of the blogs I follow is PopRockBopTilUDrop. Craig, who runs the blog is really into popular music from the ’50’s and ’60’s, making us kindred souls. One of the things he does frequently is to go through old issues of Hit Parader magazine and post the trade ads that announce the new records. One of the first posts of his I read was this one, looking at trade ads from 1967 and 1969. I hadn’t heard most of the songs, so, when I had a few spare minutes, I created a playlist of the songs that were advertised. All the songs are pretty good, but many never made the Top 40 and thus never got played on the radio. From that list of 41, I used Random.org to choose ten of them. And that’s what today’s playlist is all about. (You’ll note I linked to the full playlist as well.)
- Bert Kaempfert, “Strangers In The Night” Bert was a German composer and orchestra leader who composed the music for “Strangers in the Night,” which as you probably know was a huge hit for Frank Sinatra.
- Carol Channing, “Do It Again!” My cousins used to say that my mother looked like Carol Channing, which is just crazy, because Mom looked like Lucille Ball. Carol and Julie Andrews were co-stars in the 1967 movie Thoroughly Modern Millie, for which she was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress.
- Ramsey Lewis, “One Two Three” Ramsey was very popular among jazz audiences and frequently ended up in the Top 40, probably best-known for his recording of “The In Crowd” in 1964.
- Keith, “Tell Me To My Face” Keith had a hit with “98.6” in 1967, which peaked at #7. This was the followup, which did nowhere near as well.
- Iron Butterfly, “Soul Experience” Of course, we all remember “In A Gadda Da Vida” from 1968, that made it to #30. This was the followup to that, which only made it to #75. They’re still going, bless their hearts.
- Anthony Armstrong Jones, “It’s Only Lonely Me” Not to be confused with the Earl of Snowdon who was married to Princess Margaret in the ’60’s and ’70’s, Jones was a country singer who found chart success in 1970 with “Take A Letter, Maria,” which reached #8 in 1970. This one didn’t do so well.
- Jimmy Hughes, “Why Not Tonight” Hughes, an American R&B singer, had a hit in 1964 with “Steal Away” (not the song done later by Robbie Dupree), which reached #17. This only hit #90 on the pop chart in 1967, but reached #5 on the R&B chart.
- The Illusion, “Did You See Her Eyes” The Illusion were a psychedelic rock band from Long Island, NY. This song reached #32 in 1969.
- Julie Andrews, “Thoroughly Modern Millie” Julie was the star of Thoroughly Modern Millie and won the Golden Globe for Best Actress in a Movie Musical or Comedy in 1968. This song was written by Jimmy Van Heusen and Sammy Cahn.
- Gene Pitney, “Animal Crackers In Cellophane Boxes” Gene had his last Top 20 hit the year before. This didn’t even make the Hot 100, coming in at #106, and reaching #87 in Australia in 1967.
This was fun, and I hope you’ve enjoyed the music. If you liked this, leave me a comment and let me know, and I’ll do this again. Be sure and follow the link to Craig’s blog and, if you like what you see, subscribe. He posts a couple of times a week. That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 17, 2018.
ETA: Craig contacted me after this was published and straightened me out on his name and gender, so I’ve fixed the references above, with my apologies. Really, though, follow his blog or subscribe to the RSS feed. You’ll be glad you did.