Top Ten Tuesday: 1960, The Next 10

After a month of Top Tens, where I recreated the Top Ten for 26 radio stations around the US, Canada, and other parts of the world, I got to today and thought "well, fat boy, what do you do for an encore?" I considered doing the Top Tens from the Billboard Hot 100 year-end lists, starting with 1960 and working the rest of the surveys going forward until, say, 1989 (which would take me the rest of the year), but, as I looked at the songs in the Top Ten, I realized I’ve played all of those, a lot. Looking at the next ten, on the other hand, looked more interesting. I made up my mind to look at the year-end Hot 100’s, but rather than doing #1-10, I’d do #11-20. The full year-end Hot 100 for 1960 is here; here are #11-20…

#20 – Roy Orbison, "Only The Lonely": Brenda Lee’s "I’m Sorry" kept it out of the top spot on the Hot 100, while the song did reach #1 in the UK. Roy and co-writer Joe Melson wrote it, intending to sell it to Elvis or the Everly Brothers, but when neither act was interested, Roy recorded it himself.

#19 – Brian Hyland, "Itsy Bitsy, Teenie Weenie, Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini": Reached #1 on the Hot 100 and sold a million copies, earning a gold record.

#18 – Brenda Lee, "Sweet Nothin’s": Brenda’s first Top ten hit, it reached #4 on the Hot 100 and in the UK.

#17 – Connie Francis, "My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own": By Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller, it was the followup to "Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool," but didn’t cross over to the country chart. It reached #1 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK.

#16 – The Hollywood Argyles, "Alley Oop": Reached #1 on the Hot 100 and was The Argyles’ only Top Ten hit.

#15 – Marty Robbins, "El Paso": I was surprised that this wasn’t a Top Ten single, but regardless, it was a #1 hit on the pop and country charts.

#14 – Jack Scott, "What In The World’s Come Over You": A Canadian-American singer and songwriterJack is a member of the Canadian Songwriters’ Hall of Fame and has been called "Canada’s greatest rock & roll singer of all time." The song peaked at #5 in the US and #2 in Canada.

#13 – The Brothers Four, "Greenfields": An American folk quartet from the Seattle area, "Greenfields" peaked at #2 in the US, #40 in the UK,and #1 in Norway.

#12 – Bobby Rydell, "Wild One": Reached #2 on the Hot 100, trapped there behind Percy Faith’s "Theme From A Summer Place." This was Rydell’s biggest hit.

#11 – Connie Francis, "Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool": Executives at MGM had their doubts about this record, thinking Connie was committing career suicide in Europe, but the song reached #12 in the US and the B side, "Jealous of You (Tango Della Gelosia)," was a hit in Italy.

That’s Top Ten Tuesday for May 4, 2021. Let me know what you think of this.

#atozchallenge Top Ten: WEEI-FM (103.3 FM, Boston, MA), 3/7/83

WEEI-FM at 103.3 FM in Boston is now WBGB, "Big 103," playing an "adult hits" format. The WEEI-FM call letters are now down the dial at 93.7 FM; that station is doing a sports-talk format. You can see the whole history of 103.3 here. As with most things radio in the 21st Century, it’s a bit complicated.

When this survey was issued, WEEI-FM was broadcasting a soft rock format, the softer hits of artists that don’t get played on Top 40 stations (whatever that means). Two days after this survey was released, WEEI-FM became WHTT and changed formats to "hot hits."

  1. Christopher Cross, “All Right”: From his second album, 1983’s Another Page, the single of “All Right” debuted on the Hot 100 at #29. It reached #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #12 on the Hot 100 in the US and #1 on the Canadian Adult Contemporary chart.
  2. Men At Work, “Down Under”: Seen as a patriotic song in their native Australia, this debuted on the Hot 100 in November 1982 and reached #1 in January 1983, spending four non-consecutive weeks there. Billboard ranked it as the #4 song for 1983.
  3. Lionel Richie, “You Are”: Written by Lionel and his then-wife Brenda, this appeared on his eponymous 1982 debut album and reached #4 on the Hot 100, #1 on the Adult Contemporary, and #2 on the R&B chart.
  4. Culture Club, “Do You Really Want To Hurt Me”: This was Culture Club’s first major success in the US, reaching #2 for three weeks, and it reached #1 in the UK.
  5. Stray Cats, “Stray Cat Strut”: From their 1982 album Built For Speed, it was released in June 1982 ande failed to reach the Hot 100, reaching 109 on the Bubbling Under chart. After the success of “Rock This Town,” they re-released it and it climbed to #3 on the Hot 100.
  6. Bob Seger, “Shame On The Moon”: A cover of Rodney Crowell’s 1981 song, it appeared on Bob’s 1982 album The Distance. Bob’s record reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  7. Patti Austin & James Ingram, “Baby Come To Me”: From Patti’s 1981 album Every Home Should Have One, this duet with James Ingram was released in April 1982 and reached #73 on the Hot 100. When the American soap opera General Hospital began using this as the love theme for the character Luke Spencer, it was re-released in October 1982 and reached #1 the following February. Never underestimate the power of soap operas…
  8. Duran Duran, “Hungry Life The Wolf”: from their second album, 1982’s Rio, this reached #5 in the UK, but didn’t do well in the US until MTV started showing the video on heavy rotation. It peaked at #3 on the Hot 100.
  9. The Pretenders, “Back On The Chain Gang”: This was a single by The Pretenders that they released in September 1982 and on the King Of Comedy soundtrack album in early 1983. It peaked at #5 on the Hot 100.
  10. Michael Jackson, “Billie Jean”: Released as a single in early January 1983 from his 1982 album Thriller, it reached #1 on both the Hot 100 and the Hot Black Singles chart by February, the fastest a Michael Jackson record reached the top spot since “ABC,” “The Love You Save,” and “I’ll Be There” in 1970, when he was a member of the Jackson 5.

Back tomorrow with F!

Since it’s Tuesday and this is my usual "Top Ten Tuesday" entry, anyway, I’m using it for both.

Top Ten Tuesday: Postponed!

It’s been one of those days…

  • Mary and I had our first Covid vaccine, and it went well. No side effects other than tired, and that might be a result of getting up too early this morning.
  • My Internet has been down since yesterday. Comcast says it’s "routine maintenance," which evidently started at 1 AM last Thursday and will be finished "as soon as possible," which could be another couple of days. My guess is that there’s nothing routine about it. I’m able to go through my AT&T hot spot, but that’s a little slow.

I figured, since you’re getting a whole month’s worth of Top Tens, I can take a day off. So, no Top Ten today…

Top Ten Tuesday: WKYB (570 AM, Paducah KY), 3/24/62

Had to do some digging to find information on WKYB. Seems the current WKYB, AM and FM is in Danville, Kentucky, about four hours from Paducah. The station formerly known as WKYB is now WKYX, a news-talk station which simulcasts on WKYX-FM in Golconda, Illinois and WNGO in Mayfield, Kentucky. We do know that they were playing Top 40 music in 1962, so let’s look at their survey from March 24 of that year.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 You Win Again
Fats Domino
The song reached #22 on the Hot 100 and #30 according to Cash Box.
9 Slow Twistin’
Chubby Checker & Dee Dee Sharp
Written by Jon Sheldon, “Slow Twistin'” was a duet between Chubby and Dee Dee, although she wasn’t credited on the early pressings of the single. It reached #3 on both the Hot 100 and the R&B chart. The Marvelettes covered the song later that year on their album The Marvelettes Sing.
8 What’s Your Name
Don & Juan
Roland “Don” Trone and Claude “Juan” Johnson took this to #7 for their only hit.
7 Tuff
Ace Cannon
John “Ace” Cannon played tenor and alto saxophone and toured as a member of labelmate Bill Black’s Combo, who backed him on this record. This reached #17 on the Hot 100, and its followup, “Blues (Stay Away From Me)” reached #36 later that year. Ace is a member of the Rock & Soul Hall of Fame, the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, and the Mississippi Musicians’ Hall of Fame.
6 Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You
Connie Francis
The song was written by Benny Davis and Murray Mencher, and was a hit for Connie in 1962 as a pop song and in 1978 by Margo Smith as a country song. Connie’s song reached #1 on the Hot 100 and the Easy Listening charts on March 31, her last #1 record.
5 Dream Baby
Roy Orbison
“Dream Baby (How Long Must I Dream)” was written by Cindy Johnson and recorded as a non-album single by Roy. It was a big international hit, reaching #2 in the UK and Australia and #4 in the US.
4 Young World
Ricky Nelson
Ricky’s regular band was joined by Glen Campbell on this Jerry Fuller song, and it reached #5 on the Hot 100. It reached #19 in the UK.
3 Let Me In
The Sensations
The Sensations were a doo-wop group from Philadelphia that included Yvonne Mills, later Yvonne Baker, who wrote this song. She released this as a solo record as wel as with The Sensations, who took it to #2 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100. It was the group’s most popular single, maybe because of the “wee-oo”‘s throughout.
2 Hey! Baby
Bruce Channel
Bruce reached the Hot 100 about four times, but this is his only song to reach the Top Ten, Topping the chart for three weeks, earning a god record. The harmonica riff is played by Delbert McClinton.
1 Good Luck Charm
Elvis Presley
A song by Aaron Schneider and Wally Gold, Elvis took it to #1 on the Hot 100, the Cash Box 100, and the UK Singles chart.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 23, 2021.

Top Ten Tuesday: WETB (790 AM Johnson City TN), 3/21/76

Wikipedia has all you need to know about WETB in Johnson City, Tennessee: "In the 1960s and 1970s, WETB played Top 40. In the late 80s it was ‘East Tennessee’s Beautiful 79’." They’re now a Christian broadcaster for the Tri-Cities (Kingsport, Johnson City, and Bristol) area. Here’s what they were playing in 1976.

# Song/Artist Remarks
10 Take It To The Limit
Written by Randy Meisner with help from Glenn Frey and Don Henley, the song reached #4 in the US and #12 in the UK, its best showing there. Meisner sang lead on the song, but was reluctant to do so in concert, afraid that he wouldn’t be able to hit the high notes. This led to his departure.
9 Sweet Thing
Rufus & Chaka Khan
Their first major hit as a band, “Sweet Thing” peaked at #5 on the Hot 100 and topped the R&B chart. It became one of the band’s and Chaka’s big hits, and was also a hit for Mary J. Blige in 1993. Essence Magazine ranks it among their 25 Top Slow Jams of All Time.
8 Disco Lady
Johnnie Taylor
“Disco Lady” was Johnnie Taylor’s biggest hit. It sent 4 weeks at #1 on the Hot 100 and 6 weeks at #1 on the R&B chart, and was the #3 record for 1976. Ultimately it sold over 2.5 million copies.
7 Right Back Where We Started From
Maxine Nightingale
“Right Back Where We Started From” was recorded in mid 1975 and turned out to be an international hit for Maxine, reaching #2 in the US, #8 in the UK, and was in the Top 10 in most of the rest of the world.
6 Lonely Night (Angel Face)
Captain & Tennille
A hit written by Neil Sedaka, Daryl and Toni took this to #3 on the Hot 100 and #1 in Canada.
5 Dream Weaver
Gary Wright
The first single from Gary’s third album The Dream Weaver, it went to #2 in the US, kept out of the top spot by “Disco Lady” and Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons’ “December, 1963”, but went to #1 on the Cash Box survey and in Canada.
4 Money Honey
Bay City Rollers
Reached #9 on the Hot 100 and did better internationally.
3 Let Your Love Flow
Bellamy Brothers
“Let Your Love Flow” by the country duo The Bellamy Brothers only reached #21 on the Country chart, but topped the Hot 100 and reached #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart in the US and was a Top 10 hit in much of the rest of the world.
2 December, 1963 (Oh What A Night)
Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons
Written by Bob Gaudio and sung by drummer Gerry Polci, this reached #1 in the US, UK and Canada.
1 Only Sixteen
Dr. Hook
Originally written and sung by Sam Cooke, Dr. Hook had the most success with it, reaching #6 in the US and #3 in Canada.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for March 16, 2021.