CHUM (1050 kHz in Toronto, Ontario, Canada) is now a news-talk station, but from the late ’50’s into the ’80’s played a Top 40 format, which in 1957 meant a lot of country. If you’re like me, you haven’t heard most of these before.
- Alvadean Coker & The Coker Family, “There’s A Tear In The Eye Of The Man In The Moon” Now, that’s what I call the name of a country song.
- Marty Robbins, “Singing The Blues” The legendary Robbins had a #1 hit with this in late 1956, and it was just making its way down the charts.
- Hylo Brown, “The Prisoner’s Song” Brown’s from Johnson County, Kentucky, so you just know you’re going to hear some bluegrass here. Features the great Earl Scruggs on banjo. I hope Shirley got her record back…
- King Ganam, “Josh Brown’s County Breakdown” Ameen Seid “King” Ganam was from Swift Current, Saskatchewan, the son of Syrian-English parents. He was considered “Canada’s King of the Fiddle.” His playing sounds like it was influenced by Scottish and Irish fiddlers. You’ll love it, I promise.
- Bobby Lord, “Without Your Love” From Tampa, Florida, he was discovered by country songwriter Boudleaux Bryant and signed with Columbia. This was a #10 hit for him, the only time in his career he reached the Top 10.
- George Morgan, “There Goes My Love” Considered a “country crooner” because he sounded more like Perry Como than most popular country singers, George is best known for his first hit, “Candy Kisses,” which reached #1. This reached #15.
- Johnny Cash, “There You Go” Another single from his days at Sun Records, this was his followup to “I Walk The Line,” and like its predecessor, it reached #1.
- Sonny James, “Young Love” The only song I recognized on the survey, this was a big crossover hit for Sonny in ’57.
- Elvis Presley, “When My Blue Moon Turns To Gold Again” Another great name for a country song, this comes from Elvis’s Sun Records days, when he did a lot of country.
- Leroy Van Dyke, “The Auctioneer” Almost a novelty record, it features some fast-talkin’ from Leroy.
And that’s The Friday 5×2 for January 11, 2019.