WJJD was the original Top 40 station in Chicago. They switched to Top 40 music from Country in 1956, and after WLS started playing Top 40 music in 1960 they switched to an adult standards format before going back to country. They’re now WYLL, a 50,000 watt religious broadcaster. Anyway, let’s see what was on the charts on my first birthday…
#10 – The Del-Vikings, "Come Go With Me": Written by C. E. Quick, the bass vcalist for the group, and Norman Wright sang lead. It was released shortly after they signed with Dot Records and reached #4 on the national chart.
#9 – Terry Gilkyson & Easy Riders, "Marianne": Back in the ’50’s it was not uncommon to have the same song done by multiple acts on the chart at the same time. In this case, The Hilltoppers also had done a version of "Marianne," and, as was the custom back then, WJJD listed them as also being at #9. It was written by calypso singer Roaring Lion. Gilkyson’s version of the song went to #4, while The Hilltoppers’ cover went to #3.
#8 – Tommy Sands, "Teenage Crush": Chicago-born actor and singer Tommy Sands sang this song on Kraft Television Theater in January 1957, where he was billed as "The Singing Idol." The appearance helped boost the song to #2 on the Hot 100 and #1 on Cash Box. He had been married to Nancy Sinatra from 1960 to 1965, after which his career took a nosedive (rumors had it that Nancy’s father had something to do with that, although all parties denied it).
#7 – Buddy Knox, "Party Doll": "Party Doll" was Buddy’s first and most successful single, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart. He had one other Top 20 hit, "Hula Girl," later that year.
#6 – Eddie Cochran, "Sittin’ In The Balcony": The song was written by John D. Loudermilk and recorded by him as Johnny Dee, so both were on the WJJD chart at #6, although Cochran was the only one with a hit. Cochran’s reached #18 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the "Most Played By DJ’s" chart.
#5 – Ferlin Husky, "Gone": One of the early Country stars, Ferlin Husky reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Country chart with this song.
#4 – Charlie Gracie, "Butterfly": "Butterfly" was rocker Charlie Gracie’s first song on Cameo Records and his most successful record, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and #12 in the UK.
#3 – Jimmy Bowen, "I’m Stickin’ With You": Jimmy wrote this song with Buddy Knox, and originally it was the B side of Knox’s "Party Doll." It reached #9 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Pop chart.
#2 – The Diamonds, "Little Darlin’": a Canadian quartet who had 16 Billboard hits in the ’50’s and ’60’s. This rose to #2 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts and #3 in the UK.
#1 – Perry Como, "Round And Round": Perry was still a major force on the Top 40 throughout the ’50’s and ’60’s and into the early ’70’s. "Round and Round" reached #1 nationally and was certified Gold.
Back with K tomorrow!
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