The Friday 5×2: Radio Veronica, 1/23/65

Radio Veronica has been featured many times here, and this is another one. Here’s their Top 10 from 55 years ago yesterday.

  1. Julie Rogers, “The Wedding” One of those songs I guess I should remember, because it went to #10 in the US and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, but I can’t say that I’m familiar with it. It went to #3 in the UK and #1 in Australia.
  2. The Supremes, “Baby Love” Written and produced by the Holland-Dozier-Holland team, it was their followup to “Where Did Our Love Go.” Check the hair on Diana Ross; it looks like she’s struggling to keep her head up. It went to #1 in the US and UK as well as #1 on the R&B chart.
  3. Roy Orbison, “Oh, Pretty Woman” We’ve talked about this one a lot, so let me just refresh you: It was Roy’s second #1 hit, spent three weeks atop the chart, and ultimately sold 7 million copies worldwide.
  4. Chubby Checker, “Lovely Lovely” A non-album track for Chubby that only reached #70 in the US. By this time he was starting to slide off the charts in the US as the British Invasion took hold.
  5. Willeke Alberti, “Mijn Dagboek” I haven’t been able to find much about Ms. Alberti other than she’s an actress and a singer, she’s been married three times, and is something of a gay icon, probably in the same way Judy Garland has become one. You probably already fiugured out that “Mijn Dagboek” is “My Diary” in English.
  6. Rolling Stone, “Little Red Rooster” British blues in its rawest form. The song is by Willie Dixon (though apparently cobbled together from a number of country blues tunes), Brian Jones plays some excellent slide guitar, and Mick Jagger acquits himself nicely on harmonica. The song reached #1 in the UK but was banned from the radio in the US because of its “sexual connotations.”
  7. Cliff Richard & The Shadows, “I Could Easily Fall” Cliff Richard is a huge star in the UK but hardly even heard of in the US. This was a Top 10 hit in the UK (#6), Australia (#9), Ireland (#8), The Netherlands and Sweden (both #3), and New Zealand (#6).
  8. Petula Clark, “Downtown” Well into her 80’s and showing no signs of slowing down. This reached #2 in the UK and Ireland and #1 in most of the rest of the world. She also did French (#6), German (#1), and Italian (#1) versions that were well received.
  9. Lucille Starr, “The French Song” Lucille Starr is a French Canadian country singer from Manitoba who’s best known for “Quand Le Soleil Dit Bonjour Aux Montagnes” (“When The Sun Says Hello To The Mountains”), better known as “The French Song.” She’s also an expert yodeler, and dubbed the voice of Cousin Pearl (Bea Benadaret) in an episode of The Beverly Hillbillies that I just saw earlier this week. Small world…
  10. The Beatles, “I Feel Fine” A non-album single in the UK, this and its flipside, “She’s A Woman,” were included in the Capitol release Beatles ’65 in the US.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 24, 2020.

12 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: Radio Veronica, 1/23/65

  1. I loved listening to these. I never heard of Julie Rogers but she has an amazing voice! Petunia Clark had a great voice as well and always liked that song. I also liked Ms. Alberti and that song but I normally like differ t songs from different countries.

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    1. That’s why I try and throw in a survey from somewhere else in the world besides the US and Canada, but not every country’s radio stations produced surveys (or they just can’t be found). A lot of times the impact that American pop music has on the rest of the world can be overpowering, This was a good survey: it had several non-American acts and songs I had never heard before. I liked Lucille Starr’s “French Song,” myself…

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    1. There are some I should have remembered but didn’t. A couple of the songs did pretty well in the US, but I can’t remember hearing them. That’s one of the many reasons I do this.

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