On a site dedicated to Top 40 stations in Vancouver, British Columbia, I found this survey from CKWX, which was a Top 40 station from 1957 to 1962. The station went to a “middle of the road” format in 1962, then switched to country in 1973 and to all-news in 1996. Here’s their Top 10 from April 22, 1961, which, as you might suspect, is significantly different from the ones in the US.
- Santo & Johnny, “Hop Scotch” After “Sleepwalk” reached #1 in the US, the Farina brothers didn’t have another hit in the US, although the followup, “Tear Drop,” reached #23. This was included on their 1962 album Come On In, and was probably issued as a single in Canada.
- Cliff Richard & The Shadows, “Theme for a Dream” Cliff had limited success in North America, but this was a #3 hit in the UK and a #4 in Ireland, and apparently a local favorite in Vancouver.
- The Marcels, “Blue Moon” A #1 hit in the US that likely reached the chart in Vancouver due to its proximity to Seattle.
- Jerry Fuller, “Shy Away” From his 1960 album Teenage Love, it only reached #73 in the US and didn’t chart in Canada, but again, local favorite.
- Larry Verne, “Abdul’s Party” Verne was fairly successful doing his novelty songs, with two hit records in the US, most notably “Mister Custer” in 1960, which reached #1 and earned a Gold record. Later attempts were nowhere near as successful, and he got fed up with the music business and became a Hollywood set builder.
- Elvis Presley, “Flaming Star” Theme song from his 1960 movie which also starred Barbara Eden, he issued this on an EP, Elvis by Request: Flaming Star and 3 Other Great Songs. Its chart position is likely due to the sales of the EP, as it wasn’t released as a single.
- Bob Luman, “The Great Snowman” Another record that didn’t chart nationally in either the US or Canada, but did well at CKWX.
- Paul Evans, “After the Hurricane” You know the story by now: was not a national hit in the US or Canada, but was a big hit in Vancouver.
- Del Shannon, “Runaway” A #1 song in both the US and Canada, and fairly well-known.
- Roy Orbison, Running Scared” Also a #1 hit in the US and Canada, as well as #5 in Australia and #9 in the UK.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for April 24, 2020.