Monday’s Music Moves Me: 1962

As the 1973 movie American Graffiti asked, “where were you in ’62?” As for me, I was six, started the year in kindergarten and ended it in first grade at St. Ignatius School, living on Magnolia Avenue. I think that was the year I had the measles, which really messed with my summer (yeah, I had them during the summer). Anyway, today’s assignment from Mary (who did a spectacular job as guest conductor, didn’t she?) is to play songs from the year I turned six, which was in 1962. According to Billboard magazine, these were the Top 10 records of that year.

  1. The Shirelles, “Soldier Boy” From Passaic, New Jersey, The Shirelles had six Top 10 hits before the British Invasion crowded them off the Top 40. This was their second #1 song after “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.”
  2. Chubby Checker, “The Twist” This is the cover of a Hank Ballard & The Midnighters song that originally reached #1 in 1960, and is the only record of the rock to reach #1 in two separate years.
  3. The Sensations, “Let Me In” The Sensations had already seen some chart success in the ’50’s before disbanding, then reformed in the early ’60’s and had a couple of hits, of which this song was the more successful and was their most-popular song, reaching #2 on the R&B chart and #4 on the Hot 100.
  4. Little Eva, “The Loco-Motion” Eva was babysitter to Carole King and Gerry Goffin, who wrote this song originally for Dee Dee Sharp, who turned it down. It reached #1 and earned a gold record for her.
  5. Shelley Fabares, “Johnny Angel” Shelley played Mary Stone, the daughter of Alex and Donna Stone on The Donna Reed Show from 1958 until 1963. This particular scene is from a later episode and is told in flashback. The song reached #1 and was certified gold in 1962.
  6. David Rose, “The Stripper” A song that was later used in shaving commercials for Noxzema, it was originally the flip side for Rose’s 1958 recording of “Ebb Tide.” When MGM, the record company, realized they had no B side for that record, they had an office boy go through Rose’s tapes, and he chose this because he liked it. It also reached #1 and was certified gold.
  7. Bobby Vinton, “Roses Are Red (My Love)” This was Bobby’s first hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 and Easy Listening chart and #5 on the R&B chart. He found it in a reject pile at Epic Records.
  8. Dee Dee Sharp, “Mashed Potato Time” Dee Dee had rejected “The Loco-Motion” in favor of this song, and it reached #1 on the R&B chart and #2 on the Pop chart, so she probably made the right choice. It was the basis for Bobby “Boris” Pickett’s hit “Monster Mash.”
  9. Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” This was the lead single from Ray’s album Modern Sounds In Country & Western Music, and was a huge hit, reaching #1 on the Hot 100 for five weeks on the Hot 100 as well as #1 on the R&B chart and on the British Singles chart. It was written and first recorded by country singer Don Gibson, who reached #7 on the country chart with it in 1958.
  10. Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore” Written by Acker Bilk (real name Bernard Stanley Bilk) for his young daughter and originally named “Jenny” for her, it was the first #1 record for a British artist on the Hot 100.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for September 30, 2019.

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Monday’s Music Moves Me: The #40’s of 1962

A couple of weeks ago, I played the #40 song on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey from the last survey of each month in 1961. This week, let’s do the same for 1962. This time, I followed the songs as they progressed through the survey. In some cases, they vanished almost immediately.

  • 1/27/62 – Marlowe Morris Quintet, “Play The Thing” Marlowe played piano and organ, and was a distant relative of Fats Waller. He recorded with jazz greats Lester Young, Tiny Grimes, and Coleman Hawkins, among others. Disc jockey Jim Bartlett said of this song, “‘Play the Thing’ features some tasty playing behind Marlowe, although his roller-rink organ style probably isn’t for everybody.” Rose to #38 the following week, then dropped off the survey.
  • 2/24/62 – Saverio Saridis, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” Saridis earned the sobriquet “The Singing N.Y. Cop,” and he had a pretty nice voice, but his song vanished from the survey by the following week.
  • 3/31/62 – The Angels, “Cry Baby Cry” The Angels had a big hit the following year with “My Boyfriend’s Back,” which topped the chart. This song, on the other hand, rose to #37, then exited quietly.
  • 4/28/62 – Marty Robbins, “Love Can’t Wait” This was a minor hit on the Country (#12) and Adult Contemporary (#18) charts, but didn’t do so well on Top 40 stations. On WLS, it was gone the next week.
  • 5/26/62 – Barbara English, “La Ta Tee Ta Ta” Barbara had a brief acting career in the ’50’s and ’60’s, mostly guest appearances on TV dramas such as Peter Gunn, 77 Sunset Strip, and The Twilight Zone. This spent a couple more weeks on the survey, rising as high as #34 before saying ta-ta.
  • 6/30/62 – Lawrence Welk, “Theme From The Wonderful World of The Brothers Grimm From the 1962 fantasy film that starred Laurence Harvey and Karlheinz Böhm and a whole lot of stars besides them. Welk’s cover rose to #32 the following week, then dropped off the survey.
  • 7/28/62 – The Duprees, “You Belong To Me” The one legitimate hit among this group (and a beautiful song besides), it spent nine weeks on the survey, rising to #4.
  • 8/25/62 – Joey Dee & The Starliters, “What Kind Of Love Is This?” Joey and company had a couple of big hits in the early ’60’s, “Peppermint Twist” (#1) and “Shout” (#6). In Chicago, it spent eight weeks on the charts, peaking at #9. Nationally, it rose to #18.
  • 9/29/62 – Bobby Darin, “If A Man Answers” Theme song from Bobby’s and wife Sandra Dee’s 1962 movie. The movie did well at the box office and was nominated for a couple of Golden Globes, but the theme song wasn’t as fortunate, only rising to #32 nationally. It spent four weeks on the survey at WLS, peaking at #25.
  • 10/27/62 – Dean Christie, “Heartbreaker” Can’t find anything about Dean or the record, but it spent five weeks on the WLS survey, peaking at #17.
  • 11/24/62 – Gene McDaniels, “Spanish Lace” Gene is probably best known for “100 Pounds of Clay,” which he took to #3 on the Hot 100. This spent one more week on the chart at #33, pretty close to his #31 nationally.
  • 12/29/62 – Jan Bradley, “Mama Didn’t Lie” Discovered by manager Don Talty, who had her audition for Curtis Mayfield. Her first record, Mayfield’s “We Girls,” was a local hit in Chicago and around the Midwest, and this record went to #8 on the R&B chart and #14 on the Hot 100, but went nowhere on The Big 89. It spent three more weeks on the survey, peaking at #30.

And that’s your Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 28, 2018.

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The Friday 5×2: KONO (860 AM, San Antonio, Texas) On This Day in 1962

Checking ARSA for today led me to The Sonic 60 survey for KONO, which was a Top 40 station in the ’60’s and ’70’s and then an oldies station playing the hits of the ’60’s and ’70’s ever since, with a brief stint as a sports-talk station that ended last year. I’ve been to the Alamo City several times in my career, and I’ve always enjoyed it. I was talking with the bartender at a place called The San Antonio City Limits the first time, and she told me “Y’all oughta move down here, we don’t never get no snow.” Of course, two months later, they had their first snowstorm. Always got a kick out of that. Anyway, here’s their Top 10 from November 9, 1962.

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The Friday 5×2: Top 10 from 4BC, Brisbane QLD, 6-17-62

We’re headed back Down Under for this week’s Top 10 post. Radio station 4BC in Brisbane is currently a news-talk station, broadcasting at 1116 kHz, but back in the Sixties, it was a Top 40 station at 1120 kHz. Here is the Top 10 from “Queensland’s Authentic Survey of Hit Tunes for the week commencing on 17 June 1962.” Survey courtesy of ARSA.

  1. Frankie Davidson, “Have You Ever Been To See King’s Cross?” About all I can find about Frankie is that he’s an Australian actor and singer who had a number of novelty hits in the ’60’s such as “Hector The Trash Collector,” “I Hope Your Chooks Turn Into Emus,” and a cover of The Pipkins’ “Gimme Dat Ding.”
  2. Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore” This was a huge record for Acker Bilk in 1962, spending almost a full year on the chart in the UK and being the first #1 in the US from the UK since the start of the Hot 100.
  3. Jerry Butler, “Moon River” We did crossovers the other week on M4, and here’s another example. The Iceman only reached #11 in the US on the Hot 100, but got to #3 on the Adult Contemporary chart. Kind of sounds like Andy Williams here.
  4. Walter Brennan, “Old Rivers” Walter sounded Western or Southern, but he was born in Massachusetts. He recorded a few songs over the years. Okay, he didn’t actually sing them, but read them in his Amos McCoy voice. This was the the most popular, reaching #$5 on the Hot 100 and doing well internationally.
  5. Ray Charles, “I Can’t Stop Loving You” As I mentioned in my list of crossover songs, Ray tried his hand at country music in 1962 and proved just as popular in that genre. This topped the Hot 100, R&B and Adult Contemporary charts in 1962 in the US and did well in the rest of the world.
  6. Col Joye with The Joy Boys, “Today’s Teardrops” “Col” isn’t an abbreviation for “Colonel” here, his real name was Colin Frederick Jacobsen. He was the first Australian singer to have a nationwide hit. In 1990, he was helping a neighbor with some tree work, slipped and fell almost 20 feet, but by 1998 he was back performing.
  7. The Shadows, “Wonderful Land” The UK’s Hank Marvin and The Shadows were quite popular in Europe and most of the rest of the world, but never made the charts in the US. This was a #1 in the UK and #2 in Australia.
  8. Lucky Starr, “I’ve Been Everywhere” This was Lucky Starr’s (real name: Leslie Morrison) best-selling single. It was written by Australian singer Geoff Mack and rewritten for the US, the UK, New Zealand, and, I swear, there’s one for India. As a bonus, here’s a link to Lucky and Frankie Davidson singing it.
  9. Larry Finnegan, “Dear One” American singer Larry Finnegan (real name John Lawrence Finneran) had one hit, this one, that went to #11 in the US and #1 in Australia. He died of a brain tumor in 1973 at the age of 34.
  10. Rob E. G., “Si, Señor (I Theenk)” I saw the name, and thought it looked familiar: he made another survey I covered a few weeks ago. Robie Porter, better known as Rob E. G., had a few hits in Australia, including this one, which reached #1.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for June 22, 2018.

The Friday 5×2: Top 10 From KRLA On This Day In 1962

KRLA, “The Big 11-10,” was one of several Top 40 stations in the Los Angeles market, going with that format in September 1959. On-air personalities included Casey Kasem, Bob Eubanks, Dick Biondi, and Wink Martindale, and they competed with KFWB and later KHJ for the Top 40 market. I found their survey for May 11, 1962 on Oldiesloon, and I’ll be honest, I hadn’t heard some of these songs until today. Here is their Top 10.

  1. Ronnie & The Hi-Lites, “I Wish That We Were Married” Ronnie Goodson was 14 when they made this song, which explains why he’s crying that he can’t get married. This was their biggest hit, rising to #16 nationally and spending 12 weeks in the Hot 100.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Follow That Dream” Title song for his 1962 movie, it peaked at #15 on the Hot 100 and #5 on the Easy Listening chart.
  3. The Shirelles, “Soldier Boy” Finally, one I recognize. The Shirelles had a #1 hit nationally with this one.
  4. Mary Wells, “The One Who Really Loves You” Before today, the only song I had heard by Mary Wells was “My Guy.” A great song that reached #8 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the R&B chart. The song was written by none other than Smokey Robinson.
  5. Jimmy Soul, “Twistin’ Matilda” I fully expected this to be a dance version of “Waltzing Matilda,” but you can’t have everything. Jimmy Soul is better known for 1963’s “If You Wanna Be Happy.” An interesting guy, he was what they call a “sanctified preacher” at the age of 7, and his stage name was chosen by his congregation. Note that he recorded for SPQR Records, which, in keeping with its name, depicts a wolf suckling Romulus and Remus on its label.
  6. The Marketts, “Balboa Blue” An instrumental group made up of studio musicians, I remember them from their 1963 hit, “Out Of Limits.” Typically thought of as a surf band, leader and chief composer Michael Z. Gordon had them do whatever music he thought would sell well. This didn’t do all that well nationally, peaking at #48.
  7. Dee Dee Sharp, “Mashed Potato Time” And another one I recognize… Dee Dee Sharp, née Dione LaRue, was a Philadelphia-born singer who started out as a backing vocalist. She had a string of Top 10 hits, but this was the biggest one, peaking at #2 and earning her a gold record. Her follow-up song, “Gravy For My Mashed Potatoes,” only reached #9 but was also certified gold. And, as I said a while back, music theory fans recognize that her name is a minor second.
  8. René & Ray, “Queen Of My Heart” I wasn’t able to find anything on this duo or the song, telling me that they were probably a local act. If anyone knows anything about them or the song, please enlighten us.
  9. Mr. Acker Bilk, “Stranger On The Shore” Typical of this period in the Sixties, you could find just about anything on the chart, including Easy Listening instrumentals. This turned out to be a huge hit for him in his native UK and was the first #1 by a British artist on the Hot 100. You might say it was an omen…
  10. David Rose & His Orchestra, “The Stripper” David Rose was a songwriter and conductor who spent 21 years as the musical director for Red Skelton on TV, and wrote music for many TV shows (including Highway Patrol) as Ray Llewellyn. He also composed “Holiday For Strings,” which came as a shock because I always thought Leroy Anderson composed it. No matter. We all knew this one from the Noxzema Medicated shaving cream commercials with the lovely Gunilla Knutsson that played during network sports broadcasts.

And that’s your Friday 5×2 for May 11, 2018.