Monday’s Music Moves Me: Scratchy 45’s

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I found some music out on YouTube that was posted by the user Scratchy 45’s. True to his/her/its name, these are some pretty scratchy 45’s that were digitized. I started with one and YouTube drove me to the rest. Most are from 1960, but there are a few later ones. Enjoy!

  1. Brighter Side of Darkness, "Love Jones": A band from Calumet City, Illinois (just outside Chicago) led by 12-year-old Darryl Lamont. The single was released in 1972 and reached #16 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Soul chart. Their album of the same name was released in 1973, but this was their only hit. Cheech & Chong parodied the song with "Basketball Jones."

  2. Jeanne Black, "He’ll Have To Stay": From 1960, a response song to Jim Reeves’s "He’ll Have To Go." It did very well: #4 on the Hot 100, #6 on the Country chart, #11 on he R&B chart, and #41 in the UK.

  3. Larry Verne, "Please Mr. Custer": A novelty record from 1960 that reached #1 on the Hot 100.

  4. The Flame, "See The Light": From their 1970 self-titled album. They were a South African band that included guitarist Blondie Chaplin, who played with The Beach Boys in the ’70’s. Notice that Carl Wilson of the Beach Boys was the producer.

  5. Hollywood Argyles, "Alley Oop": The first rock record played by WLS in 1960. This reached #1 in 1960 and was their only hit.

  6. Jimmy Charles, "A Million To One": Jimmy is from Paterson, New Jersey and sang in a distinctive "crying" style. This was his only hit, reaching #5 on the Hot 100 and #8 on the R&B chart in 1960.

  7. The Vapors, "Turning Japanese": A new wave song from 1980 that reached #34 on the Hot 100. There is no truth to the rumor about what "turning Japanese" meant…

  8. Lolita, "Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)": Lolita was a German singer who had an internatioal hit with this in 1959.

  9. The Fendermen, "Mule Skinner Blues": Jim Sundquist and Phil Humphrey were two guys, both born on November 26, 1937, who met at The University of Wisconsin and formed The Fendermen. "Mule Skinner Blues" was their only hit, reaching #3 on the Hot 100 in 1960.

  10. Jump ‘N The Saddle Band, "The Curly Shuffle": A Chicago band who got their inspiration for this song from watching The Three Stooges, which WFLD in Chicago ran weeknights at 10 as Comedy Classics. They had several offers from record companies, but wanted to wait until they could get a contract. I’m not sure they did, but this reached #15 on the Hot 100 in 1984.

That’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for June 28, 2021.

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18 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: Scratchy 45’s

  1. I knew six of these songs and one of these is a fav – the Vapors. I bought the album (as an LP) used – I forget the year but records were already scarce. I think I paid $20 for it – too bad we don’t have it anymore. Enjoyed some of those novelty songs. Amazed that a couple I didn’t know were from the early 70’s. I was in college by then! I still have a lot my 45’s but not with the sleeves. Probably all scratched.


  2. When my daughter was younger, she always cried when she heard “Mule Skinner Blues”. I knew most of these, but there were a couple that were new to me.


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