The Friday 5×2: The 1960 Year-End Hot 100, Nos. 11 To 20

Last week, when I did the top 10 from the Billboard Hot 100, I said that I was thinking of doing the next ten songs instead of moving on to another survey, because there were some interesting songs there. So, her are number 11 through #20. Will I keep doing this? Haven’t decided yet.

#20: Roy Orbison, “Only The Lonely” This was Roy’s first major hit and went all the way to #2, were it was kept out of the top spot by Brenda Lee’s “I’m Sorry.”

#19: Brian Hyland, “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” This was Brian’s first single, and it went all the way to #1, selling a million copies and becoming a worldwide hit. It was redone in French (“Itsy Bitsy Bikini Petit“) and German (“Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Honolulu Strand Bikini“) and reached #1 in those languages as well. Not bad for a 17-year-old kid…

#18: Brenda Lee, “Sweet Nothin’s” “Little Miss Dynamite” had a good year in ’60, with four songs in the year-end Hot 100. This peaked at #4 on the US and UK charts, becoming her first international hit.

#17: Connie Francis, “My Heart Has A Mind Of Its Own” Concetta had four Hot 100 singles as well, her two highest showing up on this part of the survey. This reached #1 during the year in the US and #3 in the UK. She also recorded a German version (“Mein Herz Weiß Genau, Was Es Will“) in 1960, but it remained unreleased until 1968.

#16: The Hollywood Argyles, “Alley Oop” The Hollywood Argyles were basically Gary Paxton, who sang lead, and other studio musicians and singers. “They” only had the one hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and #3 on the R&B chart. It was the first record played by WLS in Chicago when they switched to rock in May of ’60.

#15: Marty Robbins, “El Paso” This ballad was a huge crossoer hit for Robbins, reaching #1 on both the pop and country charts. It won the Grammy for Best Country & Western song in 1961, and is by far his biggest hit and best-known song.You know you’ve made it when Homer & Jethro do a parody of your song.

#14: Jack Scott, “What In The World’s Come Over You” Jack Scott had a couple of songs on the Hot 100 during 1960, and oddly enough I had never heard them or of him before now. He’s considered to be Canada’s greatest rock & roll singer of all time, despite the fact that he spent most of his career in the US (he was born in Windsor, across the Detroit River, and moved to a suburb of Detroit when he was 10). This reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #7 on the R&B chart.

#13: The Brothers Four, “Greenfields” The Brothers Four were four University of Washington students who were members of the same fraternity. The group was formed in 1957 and “Greenfields” was their biggest hit, reaching #2.

#12: Bobby Rydell, “Wild One” Bobby also had a good 1960, with six Top 20 singles, including three which reached the Top 10. This was the most successful of the three, reaching #2 on the Hot 100 and #10 on the R&B chart as well as #7 in the UK.

#11: Connie Francis, “Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool” This was released as the B side of “Jealous of You,” which didn’t chart. Connie took this song to #5 during the year.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for November 8, 2019.

The Friday 5×2: The Year-End Hot 100 for 1960

I thought it might be fun to go back in history to the year-end Billboard Hot 100’s and play the Top 10’s from them, so slet’s start with 1960. Not too many songs here I haven’t played before, so I’ll just give you the list of songs and the playlist.

  1. Chubby Checker, “The Twist”
  2. Elvis Presley, “Stuck On You”
  3. Jimmy Jones, “Handyman”
  4. Elvis Presley, “It’s Now Or Never”
  5. Brenda Lee, “I’m Sorry”
  6. Mark Dinning, “Teen Angel”
  7. Johnny Preston, “Running Bear”
  8. The Everly Brothers, “Cathy’s Clowm”
  9. Jim Reeves, “He’ll Have To Go”
  10. Percy Faith & His Orchestra, “Theme From A Summer Place

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for November 1, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: This Week In 1960

Okay, gang, another survey, this one from this day in 1960, courtesy of WJJD Radio, Chicago. This time, instead of the Top Five, I give you the Top Ten for a couple of reasons: because there were some really popular songs which hadn’t risen up the chart by the week ended July 11, and I wanted to show the variety of music in the Top Ten back then: country, rock, instrumental, even some doo-wop. Some of these songs were new to me, 56 years after they were in the Top Ten. Oldies radio is great, but they miss a lot of real gems. That’s a shame. Maybe that’s why I fall back on the surveys so often. There’s a lot of music here, I know, but feel free to skip around…

Thanks again to my friends at Oldiesloon for preserving so many surveys.

#10: Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison This jumped from #18 the previous week and had gotten there in just three weeks. Roy was an unparalleled performer, and many British Invasion bands looked up to him.

#9: Itsie Bitsie Teenie Weenie Bikini – Brian Hyland That’s the way it was spelled on the survey, so I’ll go with it. This had jumped to #9 from #17 in the same three weeks as “Only The Lonely.” Remember, it was summer…

#8: Clap Your Hands – The Beau Marks I hadn’t heard of this song, or this band for that matter. They were a Canadian band from Montreal that had recorded under the name The Del-Tones, but changed their name in honor of the Bomarc missile, a surface-to-air missile. This only rose as high as #45 nationally, although it was a #1 hit in Canada and Autralia. This was its second week at #8 in Chicago.

#7: When Will I Be Loved – The Everly Brothers This was written by Phil Everly, and had been on the survey for five weeks. It fell slightly from #5 the week before.

#6: Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy Love that twangy guitar! This was the theme song from the movie of the same name, and appeared on Duane’s album $1,000,000.00 Worth Of Twang. The song enjoyed its second week at #6.

#5: Mule Skinner Blues – The Fendermen A cover of a Jimmie Rodgers classic, which he called “Blue Yodel #8.” The name of the band likely shows their love of Fender guitars, which had become the premier guitar of rock & roll by that time. Up from #12 in its fourth week on the survey.

#4: Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis We have a couple of classic women singers in the Top Ten this week. I wouldn’t call this a rock & roll song, but there’s always room for the delightful Concetta. This song had been in the #4 slot the week before.

#3: Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles In its ninth week on the survey, down from #2 the week before. This was the first rock & roll number played on WLS when they went Top 40 that year.

#2: I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee Little Miss Dynamite dropped from #1 the week before. She was a little lady with a great big voice.

#1: Image Of A Girl – The Safaris I heard this for the first time today; as I said, oldies radio doesn’t always cover all the great oldies. This was up from #3 the previous week.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 11, 2016.

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