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.
- 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.
- The Classics, “Till Then” It’s the old story of four guys from Brooklyn getting together and singing doo-wop. Nonetheless, a great song.
- 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.
- 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.
- Bobby Vinton, “Blue On Blue” Bobby did a lot of songs with blue in the title, did you ever notice?
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.