The Friday 5×2: WLS, 7/12/63

I’ve been out of it all week. Guess it’s the Dog Days of Summer that’s got me down, or whatever. I know I usually have this out much earlier, but it’s been one of those weeks…

Anyway, I’m wondering how much longer I can keep this up. My sources for surveys are drying up and from week-to-week I’m turning up the same lineup of songs. Noticing I hadn’t done much with 1963, I checked Oldiesloon and just happened to find that WLS had issued a survey on this day in 1963, so here you go.

  1. Johnny Cash, “Ring Of Fire” His classic song, written by June Carter (later June Carter Cash) and originally done by June’s sister Anita. No, it was never used for a Preparation H commercial, but it should have been.
  2. The Classics, “Till Then” It’s the old story of four guys from Brooklyn getting together and singing doo-wop. Nonetheless, a great song.
  3. Ricky Nelson, “Gypsy Woman” Not the same song as The Impressions did and Brian Hyland covered, but a good one nevertheless. Ricky looked good and sang great, and had the good fortune to appear on TV every week and to have James Burton backing him on guitar.
  4. Kyu Sakamoto, “Sukiyaki” A beautiful song about a young man walking through the rain, keeping his head up so no one can see he’s crying, and nothing to do with dinner.
  5. Bobby Vinton, “Blue On Blue” Bobby did a lot of songs with blue in the title, did you ever notice?
  6. Rolf Harris, “Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport” I was just talking about Australia yesterday, wasn’t I? Rolf played the wobble-board, a sheet of plywood that made that “whoop-whoop” sound when shaken.
  7. The Tymes, “So In Love” I never knew the name of the song or the group who did it, but I’ve always liked it. It’s a real beauty, isn’t it? The Tymes were a singing group from Philadelphia, in case you were wondering.
  8. The Beach Boys, “Shut Down” A short (under two minutes) song about a Chevy Stingray chasing a Dodge Dart. They didn’t do too many car songs, particularly when compared to the number of surfing songs, but they did them well.
  9. The Essex, “Easier Said Than Done” To date, the only Top 40 hit done by four active-duty Marines (Semper Fi!), which explains the dress blues in the picture. Being on active duty prevented them from touring much in support of their songs, as you can imagine.
  10. Jan & Dean, “Surf City” Notice this week that the group best known for their songs about surfing is in the Top 10 with a song about cars, while the group best known for its songs about cars charted with a song about surfing. Gotta love it.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for July 12, 2019.

15 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WLS, 7/12/63

    1. The period from 1960 up to Beatlemania in early ’64 was a better time for music than most people think it was, and Ricky was part of the reason. He looked like Elvis, but had that squeaky-clean image. The Nelsons were definitely not the Osbournes…

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      1. John, thanks for not calling me out for calling you Dan. Thatโ€™s what I get for commenting while exhausted. Feel free to edit the comment.

        We all gathered in front of the TV always hoping there would be time for Ricky to sing at the end of the Ozzie and Harriet show. Then there was always his appearance in Rio Bravo. It was a great time for music.

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  1. Excellent selections, John! I’ll be glad when July is over because even though August is still a hot weather month, it is a transitional month. When August comes around, I know relief from hot weather is in my future. So, you may feel you are running out of sources for lineups, but your followers may not see it that way. I don’t remember what lineups you posted several months ago so all is cool for me plus, I enjoy your selections and input.

    I changed the format of my blog a few times because I felt it had the blahs! lol

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    1. The “Dog Days” end in the early part of August, and the temperatures often take a nosedive, but you can never tell. In 2000, Chicago had an unusually cool summer, but when we went there in early September because Mary’s mother ended up in the hospital, it must have been 95 degrees…

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