Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1965

When I started this series, my intention was to highlight music that entered WLS’s survey on the last survey of each month and exited quickly. The fact that so many songs that entered the survey then became hits was, to be honest, frustrating. In giving it a little more thought, I realized that, regardless of where the Big 89 placed a new song on the survey, it could be considered a #40. What I did starting with this set was to choose a new song from the end-of-month survey that dropped off before the end of the following month. And I got some beauties this time around.

  1. Trini Lopez, “Lemon Tree” This first appeared on the survey on January 29, and spent three weeks on it, peaking at #27. It did reach #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  2. Lawrence Welk, “Apples And Bananas” Made its first and only appearance on the survey on February 26. Kind of a cute tune, typical of Lawrence Welk’s “Champagne Music.” It reached #17 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #75 on the Hot 100.
  3. Mary Wells, “Never Never Leave Me” First appeared on the March 26 survey and spent three weeks there, reaching #33. It was a #15 hit for Mary on the R&B chart.
  4. Andy Williams, “…And Roses And Roses” I took this from the April 23 survey because the following week the Top 40 was just the Top 20, because WLS decided to list the Top 20 selling #1 singles since they started programming Top 40 music. Unsurprisingly, seven of those records were by The Fab Four. Andy’s song only made the one appearance, though it reached #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #36 on the Hot 100.
  5. The O’Jays, “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)” This song peaked at #25 and was gone by the end of June. It reached #28 on the R&B chart and #48 on the Hot 100, their big success still a few years off.
  6. Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, “It’s Just A Little Bit Too Late” Spent most of July on the survey, peaking at #20 on July 23 and vanishing on the 30th. It peaked at #45 on the Hot 100.
  7. Gene Pitney, “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love” Gene had three good singles in the US, “Town Without Pity,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and “Only Love Can Break A Heart,” but the writing was on the wall that his best bet was to focus on the UK market. This peaked at #21 at WLS and was off the survey by the end of August, it reached #28 on the Hot 100, but was a #3 hit for him in the UK and Canada.
  8. The Leaders, “Night People” This song only spent 2 weeks on the WLS survey in late August, and as far as I can tell never appeared anywhere else. I can’t find anything on this group, so I have a feeling this never reached the Hot 100.
  9. The Zombies, “Whenever You’re Ready” This appeared on the survey at the end of September and spent three weeks there, peaking at #29. It failed to reach the Hot 100, peaking at #110.
  10. Patty Duke, “Say Something Funny” This appeared on the WLS survey for exactly one week, the the week of October 29. Kind of odd, because it reached #20 nationally.
  11. Johnny Tillotson, “Our World” This cracked the survey in late November and spent two weeks there, peaking at #36. Nationally it reached #70.
  12. Jackie Lee, “The Duck” We end 1965 with a song that appeared on the Christmas Eve survey and promptly vanished. I can’t find any information on Jackie anywhere, but I would guess this went nowhere on the Hot 100.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 11, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: Music that Educates And Other School-related songs

This playlist is half educational songs, half songs that talk about school in some way.

We start off with a couple of the most popular “Schoolhouse Rock” interstitials from the ’70’s, “I’m Just A Bill” and “Conjunction Junction.” These would show during the commercial breaks between cartoon shows on ABC stations and taught American History, Language Arts, and occasionally Math. Disney Educational Products, which, like ABC, is owned by Disney, has posted all of these to YouTube, so have fun. The next song is from Sesame Street, the day that Pentatonix showed up to “Count & Sing To 5.” Next is a clip from the Three Stooges short Violent Is The Word For Curly, where they sang “Swingin’ The Alphabet,”, which according to Wikipedia is the only time they performed an entire song in one of their shorts and mimed it to the prerecorded song. For the last one in this half of the list, I chose a touching song called “Little Child.” In the early ’60’s in Chicago, WBKB-TV (now WLS-TV) ran a program called Here’s Geraldine, hosted by Jim Stewart (no relation to the actor) and his wife Rosemarie (Bud). Jim played the host and the rest of the cast were puppets, including Geraldine the Giraffe. You can read all about it here.

The second half of the playlist is songs that mention school, four of which are blues and R&B tunes: Junior Wells and his Chicago Blues Band (featuring Buddy Guy) with “Good Morning Little Schoolgirl,” Buddy Guy, Robert Cray and Eric Clapton with “Wee Wee Baby” (“It was early one morning, I was on my way to school…”), Chuck Berry with “School Day”, and Otis Rush with “Homework.” Finally, the band Chase with the oft-covered “Handbags and Gladrags,” which Wikipedia tells us “is a song written in 1967 by Mike d’Abo, who was then the lead singer of Manfred Mann. D’Abo describes the song as “saying to a teenage girl that the way to happiness is not through being trendy. There are deeper values.” The pertinent line is “they told me you missed school today,” about two-thirds of the way through the song.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 4, 2019. Happy 182nd birthday to the City of Chicago!

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s/#30’s of 1964

In 1964, there were a couple of times when WLS’s Top 40 became the Top 20, then, right around Labor Day, it went to a Top 30 for the rest of the year, adding a Top 10 of R&B records. By January 1965, everything was back to what passes for normal in the radio business, but normal had changed somewhat: instead of the #40’s being songs that made a quick exit from the survey, many of them spent 6 weeks or more on the survey, including multiple weeks in the Top 10. So, I might need to change my methodology at some point. This isn’t it, though…

  • January 31: Freddy Cannon, “Abigail Beecher” This song spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at #16 both in Chicago and nationally. Freddy still had plenty in the tank by then.
  • February 28: Martha & The Vandellas, “Live Wire” A song that went nowhere nationally nonetheless spent a couple of weeks on the chart in Chicago, reaching #37 before falling off after two weeks.
  • March 27: Joe & Eddie, “There’s A Meetin’ Tonight” Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown were gospel and folk singers who spent three weeks in the lower reaches of the Silver Dollar Survey, peaking at #34 before disappearing.
  • April 24: Boots Randolph, “Hey Mr. Sax Man” This actually started at #39, because the week it entered the survey The Four Seasons were at #40 after a few weeks. This spent three weeks on the chart, peaking at #36.
  • May 29: Johnny Rivers, “Memphis” The song that started Johnny on the road to Top 40 success. It spent 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3.
  • June 26: Little Richard, “Annie Is Back” Standard craziness from Little Richard without the success it usually brought. Was on the chart two weeks, peaking at #36.
  • July 31: The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run ’64” An interesting remake of their 1960 hit, it spent seven weeks on the chart, peaking at #15.
  • August 28: Andy & The Manhattans, “Double Mirror Wrap Around Shades” I’m not sure how many weeks this spent on the survey. Over Labor Day weekend, WLS printed a Top 20 along with a Top 20 of songs that had been popular until then. Anyway, it didn’t get much above #40
  • September 25: The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” The week after Labor Day, WLS switched to a Top 30 survey for the remainder of the year. This started at #30 and spent 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4. /li>
  • October 30: Lorne Greene, “Ringo” Ben Cartwright leaves the Ponderosa beind to give us this gem. It spent nine weeks on the chart and peaked at #2.
  • November 27: Dave Clark 5, “Anyway You Want It” The DC5 brought the Tottenham Sound to US shortly after The Beatles made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan and were almost as big of a hit as the Fab Four. This peaked at #5 in the early weeks of 1965, after spending nine weeks on the chart.
  • December 25: Del Shannon, “Keep Searchin'” Del’s last big single was on the chart at the same time as the last two songs were on it, and peaked at #4.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 25, 2019.

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Moday’s Music Moves Me: Smoke Alarm Battery Charge (Change?)

Cathy pulled out her calendar again for this week’s M4 theme. Evidently today is National Battery Day, so have a good one. She gave us four words, smoke, alarm, battery and charge, around which to center our songs. I added a fifth, change, because I thought there might have been some miscommunication; after all, Time Change Sunday is coming, a day when we not only change the clocks, we change the batteries in the smoke detectors. Sound good?

So, the list starts with two songs about smoke. First is Buck Owens, the Bard of Bakersfield, with his cover of Red Ingle and His Natural Seven’s “Cigareets, Whuskey and Wild, Wild Women.” I usually use the version done by Peter Sellers and The Muppets, so I figured you could use a break. Then, “Smoke! Smoke! Smoke That Cigarette,” the 1947 original by Tex Williams, who wrote it with the Dean of Fingerstyle Guitar Players, Merle Travis.

Next, a couple about alarm. First is “Incense and Peppermints,” the 1967 hit by Strawberry Alarm Clock (see what I did there?). It was their one and only hit, reaching #1 and earning a Gold record. Next is Peter, Paul & Mary’s “If I Had A Hammer,” because, after all, hammering/ringing/singing out danger and warning sounds like an alarm to me.

On to battery… now, in this case, I relied on the fact that the French word for a drum kit is la batterie and chose a couple of songs that feature some amazing drumming. First, a couple of scenes from the 1941 comedy classic Ball of Fire, which starred Gary Cooper and Barbara Stanwyck and featured the incredible drumming of Gene Krupa, appearing with his orchestra, on “Drum Boogie.” Miss Barbara’s voice was dubbed by Martha Tilton on the song. Then, The Surfaris with their 1963 hit song “Wipeout.” A friend of mine (who came from another school) said that he and his friends all owned copies of the record and would play the drum part on their desks when the nun was out of the room.

Next is charge. To do this, I looked up songs that had “charge” in the title, coming up with the finale of Rossini’s “William Tell,” also a part of the Overture and the theme song for the radio and TV versions of The Lone Ranger, and a song called “Charge” done by an electronic band called Bossfight. I have no clue if this is music from a video game or just stands on its own, but I thought it sounded interesting.

Finally, since I thought change was appropriate (also giving me five groups of two songs), we have a couple of “lite rawk!” favorites: The Little River Band’s “Cool Change” from their 1979 album Just Under The Wire, a song that reached #4 in the US that year, and Jimmy Buffet’s “Changes in Latitudes, Changes in Attitudes,” title track from his 1977 album.

And that’s your Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 18, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: The #40’s Of 1963

Continuing my #40 series, here are the #40 songs on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey for the last Friday of each month. This week, 1963.

  • January 25: The Matys Bros., “Who Stole The Keeshka?” A polka, because polkas were always popular in Chicago. You’ll note the phonetic spelling of the word kishka… This spent five weeks on the survey, peaking at #17.
  • February 22: Marvin Gaye, “Hitchhike” Marvin was still gaining traction when this was released. It peaked the following week at #36 before dropping off the survey.
  • March 29: Bobby Vinton, “Over The Mountain (Across The Sea)” Some schmaltz from Bobby Vinton, and don’t you love it? Spent five weeks on the survey, peaking at #19.
  • April 26: Etta James, “Pushover” I’m surprised this didn’t take off better than it did. Spent four weeks on the survey, peaking at #28.
  • May 31: Fats Domino, “There Goes My Heart Again” Considering this song only reached #59 nationally, Fats did all right in Chicago. Spent three weeks on the survey, peaking at #35.
  • June 28: Al Casey, “Surfin’ Hootenanny” Both surfing and hootenannies were popular in 1963, so Al figured that if you put them together, they’d be a big hit. Try again, Al. Nevertheless, it reached #27 after five weeks on the survey.
  • July 26: The Cookies, “Will Power” A Gerry Goffin-Carole King song; The Cookies did several of their songs, including “Chains,” later covered by The Beatles. Peaked at #34 in its second week, also its last.
  • August 30: Kelly Garrett, “Tommy Makes Girls Cry” This entered the survey at #36, because the four songs occupying #37-40 (Sam Cooke’s “Frankie and Johnny,” The Miracles’ “Mickey’s Monkey,” Kyu Sakamoto’s “China Nights” (at least they didn’t rename it “Tempura” or “Yakitori”), and Gene Chandler’s “Man’s Temptation”) were on their way down from higher positions, so I decided to feature this instead. It fell to #40 the following week and spent two more weeks on the survey, peaking at #23.
  • September 27: The Orlons, “Crossfire” This rockin’ little number spent four weeks on the survey and also peaked at #23.
  • October 25: The Allisons, “Surfer Street” This is all Wikipedia had to say aout The Allisons: “The Allisons were an American girl group who had a minor hit with the song ‘Surfer Street.’ This song was released on Tip Records and charted for one week in December 1963, in the number 93 position. The song capitalized on the popularity of early 1960’s surfing culture.” It spent three weeks on the chart at WLS, peaking at #32.
  • November 29: Jan and Dean, “Drag City” This was the one success story for 1963 as far as #40’s go. It spent ten weeks on the chart and reached #1 for a week in January.
  • December 27: The Cookies, “Girls Grow Up Faster Than Boys” Finally, we have this little gem which was written by Gerry Goffin and Jack Keller. It spent five weeks on the chart and peaked at #31.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 11, 2019.

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