The Friday 5×2: WRRA (103.7 FM, Ithaca, NY), 6/11/55

The station at 103.7 FM in Ithaca is currently WQNY, “Q-Country,” but in 1955 it was WRRA, broadcasting a Top 40 format. Here was their Top 10 on June 11, 1955.

  1. Georgia Gibbs, “Dance With Me Henry” Wikipedia tells us that Georgia gained fame and notoriety in the mid-’50’s interpreting songs that originated in the black R&B community. “Dance With Me Henry” reached #1 according to Billboard (this was before it became the Hot 100) and #3 according to Cash Box.

  2. Sammy Davis Jr., “Love Me Or Leave Me” Sammy was just starting to make a name for himself on the Top 40, and this song was a follow-up to his first Top 10 hit, “Something’s Gotta Give,” which reached #9. This song reached #12 according to Billboard and #14 according to Cash Box. It did reach #8 in the UK.

  3. Bill Haley & His Comets, “Rock Around The Clock” This was neither the first rock & roll record nor the most successful one, but Bill Haley’s “Rock Around The Clock” has become one of the most identifiable songs of the genre. It reached #1 in the US and UK and also #3 on the R&B chart.

  4. Les Baxter Orchestra, “Unchained Melody” Les Baxter’s recording of “Unchained Melody” predated The Righteous Brothers’ by 10 years. It reached #1 in the US and #10 in the UK.

  5. The Four Aces, “Heart” The Four Aces were a highly-successful vocal quartet in the ’50’s. “Heart” is from the Broadway musical Damn Yankees, which had debuted earlier that year. Their cover reached #13 by Billboard’s reckoning and #12 according to Cash Box.

  6. Sarah Vaughan, “Whatever Lola Wants” The very popular Ms. Vaughan had been recording for almost ten years when she issued this record, and it reached #6 nationally.

  7. Caterina Valente, “The Breeze And I” Born in Paris and still with us, Ms. Valente is fluent in six languages and sings in eleven, plays the guitar and was an actress and dancer who appeeared with many popular singers, including Dean Martin, Bing Crosby, Ella Fitzgerald and Perry Como.ย Retired since 2003, she lives in Lugano, Switzerland. “The Breeze And I” peaked at #13.

  8. The Sunnysiders, “Hey Mr. Banjo” Freddy Morgan and Jad Paul, former members of Spike Jones’s City Slickers, formed The Sunnysiders with singer Margie Rayburn. This song reached #12, prompting Kapp Records to issue an album. Since the actual Sunnysiders had only recorded three songs, Kapp filled the rest of the album with songs performed by a group called The Happy Harts.

  9. Fess Parker, “Ballad Of Davy Crockett” Fess Parker played Davy Crockett in the Disney miniseries of the same name, and also covered the theme song, taking it to #6 on the Pop chart and #31 for the year.

  10. Perez Prado, “Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White” “The Mambo King” had a #1 hit in 1955 with this song by the French composer Louiguy. It stayed in that spot for ten weeks and earned Prado a gold record.

And that’s the Friday 5×2 for June 12, 2020.

12 thoughts on “The Friday 5×2: WRRA (103.7 FM, Ithaca, NY), 6/11/55

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