A couple of weeks ago, I played the #40 song on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey from the last survey of each month in 1961. This week, let’s do the same for 1962. This time, I followed the songs as they progressed through the survey. In some cases, they vanished almost immediately.
- 1/27/62 – Marlowe Morris Quintet, “Play The Thing” Marlowe played piano and organ, and was a distant relative of Fats Waller. He recorded with jazz greats Lester Young, Tiny Grimes, and Coleman Hawkins, among others. Disc jockey Jim Bartlett said of this song, “‘Play the Thing’ features some tasty playing behind Marlowe, although his roller-rink organ style probably isn’t for everybody.” Rose to #38 the following week, then dropped off the survey.
- 2/24/62 – Saverio Saridis, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” Saridis earned the sobriquet “The Singing N.Y. Cop,” and he had a pretty nice voice, but his song vanished from the survey by the following week.
- 3/31/62 – The Angels, “Cry Baby Cry” The Angels had a big hit the following year with “My Boyfriend’s Back,” which topped the chart. This song, on the other hand, rose to #37, then exited quietly.
- 4/28/62 – Marty Robbins, “Love Can’t Wait” This was a minor hit on the Country (#12) and Adult Contemporary (#18) charts, but didn’t do so well on Top 40 stations. On WLS, it was gone the next week.
- 5/26/62 – Barbara English, “La Ta Tee Ta Ta” Barbara had a brief acting career in the ’50’s and ’60’s, mostly guest appearances on TV dramas such as Peter Gunn, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Twilight Zone. This spent a couple more weeks on the survey, rising as high as #34 before saying ta-ta.
- 6/30/62 – Lawrence Welk, “Theme From The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm“ From the 1962 fantasy film that starred Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm and a whole lot of stars besides them. Welk’s cover rose to #32 the following week, then dropped off the survey.
- 7/28/62 – The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” The one legitimate hit among this group (and a beautiful song besides), it spent nine weeks on the survey, rising to #4.
- 8/25/62 – Joey Dee & The Starliters, “What Kind Of Love Is This?” Joey and company had a couple of big hits in the early ’60’s, “Peppermint Twist” (#1) and “Shout” (#6). In Chicago, it spent eight weeks on the charts, peaking at #9. Nationally, it rose to #18.
- 9/29/62 – Bobby Darin, “If A Man Answers” Theme song from Bobby’s and wife Sandra Dee’s 1962 movie. The movie did well at the box office and was nominated for a couple of Golden Globes, but the theme song wasn’t as fortunate, only rising to #32 nationally. It spent four weeks on the survey at WLS, peaking at #25.
- 10/27/62 – Dean Christie, “Heartbreaker” Can’t find anything about Dean or the record, but it spent five weeks on the WLS survey, peaking at #17.
- 11/24/62 – Gene McDaniels, “Spanish Lace” Gene is probably best known for “100 Pounds of Clay,” which he took to #3 on the Hot 100. This spent one more week on the chart at #33, pretty close to his #31 nationally.
- 12/29/62 – Jan Bradley, “Mama Didn’t Lie” Discovered by manager Don Talty, who had her audition for Curtis Mayfield. Her first record, Mayfield’s “We Girls,” was a local hit in Chicago and around the Midwest, and this record went to #8 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Hot 100, but went nowhere on The Big 89. It spent three more weeks on the survey, peaking at #30.
And that’s your Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 28, 2018.