The Friday 5×2: KRLA, 1/8/60

As long as we’re spending this week in L. A. (well, songwise, anyway), let’s visit our friends at KRLA and see what was on their Top Ten this week in 1960.

  1. Annette, “First Name Initial” Annette is, of course, Annette Funicello, everyone’s favorite Disney princess. This song reached #20 nationally, but this being L. A. and all, did much better.
  2. Freddy Cannon, “Way Down Yonder In New Orleans” “Boom Boom” had a #6 hit with “Tallahassee Lassie” earlier in 1959, which went to #6. This was a bigger hit, reaching #3 in late 1959 and early 1960. It also went to #3 in the UK, his bestselling single there.
  3. Dion & The Belmonts, “Where Or When” From the Rodgers & Hart Musical Babes In Arms, Dion and the boys reached #3 nationally with this. It turned out to be their highest ranked single.
  4. Andy Williams, “The Village of St. Bernadette” Title track from his 1960 album, which Billboard called “a lovely set of pop inspirational, hymns, and religious themes,” according to Wikipedia. It peaked at #7 nationally.
  5. Marv Johnson, “You Got What It Takes” Marv was on the first-ever record issued by Tamla Records, which eventually became Motown. At the time, Tamla had no national distribution, so it was released on United Artists. It reached #10 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart, as well as #7 in the UK. It was later covered by The Dave Clark 5 and Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell. The original was done by Bobby Parker in 1958.
  6. Jimmy Clanton, “Go Jimmy Go” The “swamp pop R&B idol” recorded this in 1959 and saw it rise to #5 nationally and #19 on the R&B chart.
  7. Steve Lawrence, “Pretty Blue Eyes” Better known for his work in nightclubs and on many TV variety shows, Steve nevertheless had a few Top Ten singles in his career, most notably “Go Away Little Girl,” which reached #1 and earned a Gold record. This song reached #9 nationally. He was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease last June, so say a prayer.
  8. Frankie Avalon, “Why” You knew if Annette was here, Frankie would be. This was Frankie’s second and last #1 hit, after “Venus” the year before. According to Wikipedia, the melody is based on an Italian song. Donny Osmond covered this in 1972 and it reached #13 nationally.
  9. Marty Robbins, “El Paso” This song has popped up a lot on The Friday 5×2, so there’s not much more I can say about it.
  10. Jimmy Jones, “Handy Man” Jimmy’s first and best known song, it reached #2 in the US, #3 in the UK, and #4 in Australia. James Taylor had a hit with a downtempo version of this. Jones’s falsetto influenced a lot of roickers, including Frankie Valli, Lou Christie, and Del Shannon, who in turn influenced Barry Gibb.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 10, 2020.

Monday's Music Moves Me: New Beginnings

Everyone say hello to Michelle from Michelle’s Musings and Merriment, our guest conductor for the merry month of January! Her first task for us this week is "New Beginnings." These would be songs about starting over again. I have ten I’d like to suggest, because after all, ten is a playlist…

Rather than my usual exhaustive job of explaining my choices, here’s the list of songs, and let’s see what you come up with…

  1. ABBA, "Take A Chance On Me"
  2. Patti Labelle, "New Attitude"
  3. Johnny Nash, "I Can See Clearly Now"
  4. The Beatles, "Here Comes The Sun"
  5. Barry Manilow, "Ready To Take A Chance Again"
  6. Talking Heads, "Take Me To The River"
  7. Johnny Cash, "A Boy Named Sue"
  8. Chicago, "Goodbye"
  9. Chicago, "Beginnings"
  10. Lou Christie, "Beyond The Blue Horizon"

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 6, 2020.

Monday’s Music Moves Me is sponsored by X-Mas Dolly, Callie, Cathy, Alana, and Stacy, so be sure and visit them, where you can also find the Linky for the other participants.

The Blogger Recognition Award!

There wasn’t a graphic, so I made one…

Willow was kind enough to give me a Blogger Recognition Award at the end of last year, for which I thanked her profusely and told her that I would get to it after the holidays.

Here are the rules:

Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you and provide a link to their blog. See above.

Write a post to show your award. Again, see above. There wasn’t an official graphic, so I made one, and yes, I intended it to look like the Seal of Good Practice.

Give a brief story of how your blog started. I had these grandiose notions of being a great fiction writer after my stroke and started reading all the blogs that offered advice to budding fiction writers. One of their suggestions was to start a blog to stay in touch with all my readers and announce all the new and great stuff they’re up to. That got me thinking about doing this, then I heard about the Blogging From A To Z Challenge, for which one needs a blog, and that sealed it in my mind that I was going to do this.

As time went on, I realized I didn’t have it in me to be a great fiction writer, primarily because I didn’t even like to read fiction. I didn’t want to give up blogging, because I realized I liked doing this too much, because it was what I liked to write. I like talking about music, I like telling stories from my past, and I do like being a smartass. And it’s sort of ballooned from there.

Give two pieces of advice to new bloggers.

  • Be Yourself. Write what you like to write. Just because everyone else is writing poetry or fiction doesn’t mean you have to. Just because everyone is writing about politics doesn’t mean you have to. If you like digging up old radio surveys and building YouTube playlists of their Top Tens, do that. If you like writing about the stupid things you did as a kid, do that.

  • Be consistent. You don’t have to blog every day like I do. If all you want to commit to is one day a week, that’s fine. Just be sure to be there once a week.

Select up to fifteen bloggers you want to give this award to. This is a part of the game that I always hate, because I don’t want to put anyone on the spot. So, if you’re reading this, you’re nominated. Congratulations! Grab the badge up above and have at it.

Thanks again, Willow!

Some Dave Clark 5 Follow-Up

We’ve talked a lot today about the Dave Clark 5, who were very popular in the ’60’s, then seemed to fall off the radar. Songbird left a comment that the reason you couldn’t buy their music during the ’70’s and ’80’s was because Dave Clark wouldn’t license it. She also mentioned that their music isn’t available on Spotify (some of it is now) but that a lot of it is available on iTunes.

In a rare moment of synchronicity, I was just watching this video on YouTube. Fil, who runs the Wings of Pegasus channel (which is excellent, by the way, and which you can spend many hours on before you know it), did a video about the band and gives a little more insight on what happened. Here it is, if you’re interested.