Top Ten Tuesday: 1962, The Next Ten

Continuing on with #11 through #20 on the 1962 year-end Hot 100. Pretty evenly divided between rock and R&B, with a couple of Country tunes to boot.

#20 – Elvis Presley, "Good Luck Charm": Spent two weeks at #1 in April. It was certified Platinum (1 million units sold) at the end of March.

#19 – Mary Wells, "The One Who Really Loves You": Written and produced by Smokey Robinson, it peaked at #2 on the R&B chart and #8 on the Hot 100.

#18 – Johnny Tillotson, "It Keeps Right On a-Hurtin’": One of the two country songs, written by Johnny, it peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and #4 on the Country chart.

#17 – Chubby Checker with Dee Dee Sharp, "Slow Twistin’": As you can see from the record label, Dee Dee wasn’t credited initially. Sad, because she put this one over the top. Peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and the R&B chart.

#16 – Claude King, "Wolverton Mountain": The other country song, King had rewritten a song by Merle Kilgore, who had based it on his father. Spent nine weeks at #1 on the Country chart, as well as peaking at #6 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Easy Listening chart, and established King as a major Country artist.

#15 – Neil Sedaka, "Breakin’ Up Is Hard To Do": Neil’s signature song and an overwhelming favorite in a recent Battle of the Bands pitting it against Sedaka’s 1975 version. AllMusic says this is "two minutes and 16 seconds of pure joy." Reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #12 on the R&B chart.

#14 – Freddy Cannon, "Palisades Park": Written by Chuck Barris, who knew he had a winner when Arte Johnson, Jaye P. Morgan, and Jamie Farr didn’t "gong" him. Palisades Park is in New Jersey and for years advertised in DC Comics (Superman, Batman etc.) Peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and #15 on the R&B chart.

#13 – Gene Chandler, "Duke Of Earl": This was Chicago’s own Gene Chandler’s signature tune, and he started billing himself as "the Duke of Earl" after it reached #1 on the Hot 100 and R&B charts. It was selected by the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame as one of The 500 Songs That Shaped Rock & Roll.

#12 – Dion, "The Wanderer": Written by Ernie Maresca, who had written "Runaround Sue" for Dion. Maresca had intended it for Nino & The Ebb Tides, but they turned it down. Reached #2 on the Hot 100.

#11 – Bruce Channel, "Hey Baby": WRitten by Channel with Margaret Cobb, it becamne a regional hit on a smaller label before gaining national attention on Mercury Records’ Smash label. Delbert McClinton plays the familiar harmonica riff. It spent three weeks at #1 in March.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for May 18, 2021.

14 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1962, The Next Ten

  1. Nicely rounded ten. My fave would be a toss up between Neil Sedaka and Dion.


  2. I really like most of the songs but I am not one for country. Mind you the one, Wolverton Mountain, I enjoyed because of the yodeling. The yodeling in the background is right from Austria and/or Germany. I have heard it more than once on German songs that have the yodeling in it. When I was there in 2009, we were walking in the mountains and we heard distant yodeling from one spot and a reply to another…it was magical.


    1. I usually think Swiss, but I think everyone in that area did it. Texas has a lot of Germans in it, and added it to country music.


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