1960: Percy Faith, “Theme from A Summer Place“: Written by Max Steiner, with lyrics by Mack Discant, the original was recorded by Hugo Winterhalter. Faith, however, recorded the most popuar version of the song in 2960 and won a Grammy for Record of the Year in 1961.
1961: Bobby Lewis, “Tossin’ and Turnin'”: Bobby’s record was a #1 hit for seven weeks during the summer of 1961 and earned a Gold record.
1962: Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore”: As well known for his appearance in a bowler hat and striped waistcoat as well as for his low, breathy tone on the clarinet, Bilk spent over 50 weeks on the British Pop chart in 1962. He was the second British act to top the Billboard Hot 100 since it began.
1963: The Beach Boys, “Surfin’ USA”: Title track for their first album of 1963, it was a rewrite of Chuck Berry’s “Sweet Little Sixteen.” It peaked at only #3 on the Hot 100 during the year, but due to a miscount, it was named the #1 song of the year. Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs’ “Sugar Shack” actually topped the year-end chart.
1964: The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand”: 1964 brought Beatlemania and the first wave of the British Invasion, so it’s not hard to guess that The Fab Four would top the year-end chart that year.
1965: Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, “Wooly Bully”: One of those songs that shouldn’t have done as well as it did: it was released on the XL label out of Memphis. But you never can tell…
1966: The Mamas & The Papas, “California Dreamin'”: Written by John & Michelle Phillips, it was originally recorded by Barry McGuie with The Mamas & The Papas as backup. Their recording of the song was seen as the hrald of the counterculture era. Rolling Stone magazine ranks it at #89 on their list of 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
1967: Lulu, “To Sir With Love”: Theme song from the movie that starred Sidney Poitier. Lulu also acted in the film.
1968: The Beatles, “Hey Jude”: Three minutes of song, four minutes of “Na na na nanana na, nananana, hey Jude.”
1969: The Archies, “Sugar Sugar”: The voices behind the animated band. I remember being nonplussed at the popularity of this song, but then, the following year, Ernie from Sesame Street charted with “Rubber Ducky.”
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 25, 2021.