Top Ten Tuesday: 3DB (1020 AM, Melbourne VIC), 7/27/61

We haven’t been Down Under in a while, so let’s visit radio station 3DB in Melbourne and see what their Top Ten looked like 59 years ago yesterday. I’ve generally shared chart information about the US and UK, because locating chart information for Australia is a frustrating experience: Wikipedia will occasionally have Australian chart info, but not always.

  1. Pat Boone, “Moody River”: Pat was on the charts most of the ’50’s and early ’60’s, so this is no surprise. This was a #1 record in the US and a #13 in the UK.
  2. Connie Francis, “Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart”: Connie Francis was another perennial favorite in the ’50’s and ’60’s. This reached #7 in the US (Cash Box had it at #5) and #12 in the UK.
  3. Linda Scott, “I’ve Told Every Little Star”: Linda was just 15 when this record came out, and it was a big one, #3 in the US and #7 in the UK.
  4. The Everly Brothers, “Temptation”: Not as big of a hit in the US (#27) as it was in Australia (#4), Canada (#12), or the UK (#1).
  5. Gaynor Bunning, “My First Love And Last Love”: The only Australian we see on this week’s survey. Gaynor was from Adelaide in South Australia and was one of the first to travel, to Sydney, Melbourne, and Brisbane.
  6. Mark Wynter, “Dream Girl”: Mark was a British singer and actor who had several hits in the ’60’s, including “Go Away Little Girl” and “Venus In Blue Jeans.” “Dream Girl” reached #27 in the UK.
  7. Eddie Hodges, “I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door”: Eddie was a child actor in the US who was 14 when he recorded this cover of the Isley Brothers hit. He reached #12 on the Hot 100.
  8. Rick Nelson, “Hello Mary Lou”: Reached #8 in the US and #2 in the UK, where James Burton’s guitar solo influenced many of the British Invasion bands.
  9. Bobby Vee, “Baby Face”: Bobby didn’t reach the Top 40 with this one in the US, but he clearly connected with the Australian listeners. It’s a perennial favorite, and has charted as a hit in every decade from the 1920’s to the 1970’s.
  10. Andy Stewart, “A Scottish Soldier”: A song that connected even more with the Australian audience is this one from Andy Stewart. The melody of the song is “The Green Hills of Tyrol,” a Scottish retreat march.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for July 28, 2020.

11 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 3DB (1020 AM, Melbourne VIC), 7/27/61

    1. Those are classics, but all were good. I was happy that the #1 song wasn’t a pop song at all, it was kind of traditional. Funny sometimes what will become a hit.

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  1. Such an interesting collection, John. I notice a lot of the older charts had a broader mix of styles and cross-chart performers. Lots of talent there.

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    1. Even into the late ’60’s you’d have a real blend of styles and genres. Look at the year-end Hot 100 from 1968 (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Billboard_Year-End_Hot_100_singles_of_1968). The diversity was incredible: soul, rock, bubblegum, instrumentals, middle-of-the-road, country, Latin, folk, and a comedy record or two, all living happily side-by-side. Back then we listened to all of it. Might not have liked all of it… but we listened.

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