Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1966

It’s a freebie day! So I’m back to look at the bottom of the Silver Dollar Survey to see what happened to the #40’s at the end of each month in 1966. I had to use the next-to-last survey for December, because the one from December 30 was a partial survey. But it’s the same idea. Most of these songs I don’t remember hearing back then.

  • January 28: Sonny & Cher, “What Now My Love” This spent eight weeks on the survey and ping-ponged in the 20’s until it fell off the survey on my 10th birthday.
  • February 25: Bobby Goldsboro, “It’s Too Late” This song crept slowly (one position a week) up the chart until it peaked at #36, then vanished.
  • March 25: Roger Williams, “Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)” Peaked at #23 on April 8, then spent two more weeks on the survey and disappeared.
  • April 29: Paul Peek, “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” Made just the one appearance and was gone the next week.
  • May 27: Johnny Sea, “Day For Decision” The Friday before Memorial Day (which was still on May 30, which just happened to fall on a Monday in ’66), we were graced with this patriotic speech. It shot up to #9 on June 10 and promptly disappeared.
  • June 24: The Del-Vetts, “Last Time Around” This early psychedelic record was on the survey this one week, then vanished. Guess it wasn’t time for psychedelic music yet.
  • July 29: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, “Searching For My Baby” Shot up to #25 the following week, then couldn’t be found.
  • August 26: The Standells, “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White” Followup to their huge hit “Dirty Water,” and it didn’t fare as well. It was gone the following week.
  • September 30: The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” By the time the DJ’s read the name of the song on the air, it was gone. Seems odd, but there you go.
  • October 28: Barbra Streisand, “Free Again” Peaked at #24 n November 11 and had fallen off the survey two weeeks later.
  • November 25: Ronnie Dove, “Cry” Jumped to #20 the following week, rose to #16 the week later, spent three weeks at #17, fell to #23 and vanished.
  • December 23: Tommy Roe, “It’s Now Winter’s Day” Stayed on the survey through February 17, peaking at #15, as you might expect.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 8, 2019.

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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: #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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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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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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