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.