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.

Billboard #1 Singles, 1975-1979

Monday, I posted the Billboard #1 Singles for the years 1970 to 1974. So today, searching desperately for a topic, I decided “let’s get the second half of the decade!” Here are the #1 singles of the year according to Billboard magazine for the years 1975 to 1979.

1975: The Captain & Tennille, “Love Will Keep Us Together” Daryl Dragon (a/k/a The Captain) and Toni Tennille were featured on Two for Tuesday back in 2014, on the first day of the Ultimate Blog Challenge and on the first day of the string of daily posts from yours truly.

1976: Wings, “Silly Love Songs” Didn’t we just do this one? Oh yeah, we did.

1977: Rod Stewart, “Tonight’s The Night (Gonna Be All Right)” This was Rod The Mod’s second #1 single, the first being “Maggie May.”

1978: Andy Gibb, “Shadow Dancing” Andy was the younger brother of Barry, Robin, and Maurice Gibb, and for a while it looked like his success would eclipse theirs, with six Top Ten singles in the US. For a while he dated Victoria Principal, eight years has senior. They broke up and his drug use got worse, but he managed to clean himself up and he went back to work recording a new album. He went into the hospital complaining of chest pains and died of a heart attack less than a week after his thirtieth birthday.

1979: The Knack, “My Sharona” New Wave was washing disco out to sea (thank goodness) by 1979, and The Knack were one of the reasons why.

And that’s your Friday Five for January 27, 2017.

Billboard #1 Singles, 1970-1974

As I announced last Tuesday, my Two For Tuesday series of Chanteuses is coming to an end the week after tomorrow, and I think I’ve figured out my next series: High School!


New Trier West High School, Northfield, Illinois, my alma mater

I wrote about my high school days during the 2014 A to Z Challenge, though I only went there for three years; I served my sentence attended St. Ignatius College Prep my freshman year. But I was in high school from September 1970 to June 1974, and it was a pretty crazy time in music, with most bands fitting into one of two categories: good or sucks.

I thought it would be fun to look at the Billboard Hot 100 singles and share the #1 song for each year. After seeing the list, I’m not sure how much fun it will be…but anyway… Here’s the list.

1970: Simon & Garfunkel, “Bridge Over Troubled Water” This was popular when I was in eighth grade, and it was popular because it was a slow dance and guys like slow dancing. The flp side of the single was “The Only Living Boy In New York,” another slow one.

1971: Three Dog Night, “Joy To The World” Gotta have one by Three Dog Night if it’s the early Seventies. They were a favorite band of mine, as you know if you’ve been reading the blog for any amount of time.

1972: Roberta Flack, “The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face” I wish this had come out two years earlier, because if you like slow dancing, you don’t get much slower than this. This is actually a few seconds shorter than “Bridge” (above), but it seems longer.

1973: Tony Orlando & Dawn, “Tie A Yellow Ribbon ‘Round The Ole Oak Tree” Was popular again a few years later, when Iran released the hostages it had been holding. I love the guys that are dancing in the video; they’re either high or their girlfriends made them dance. Or both. You decide.

1974: Barbra Streisand, “The Way We Were” Both the movie and its theme song won Academy Awards in ’74, which is why it ended up the best-selling single that year. Top 40 radio stations would often follow this one with something by Led Zeppelin.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for January 23, 2017.

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