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.

The Friday 5×2: The Hot 100 for August 22, 1964

I talk a lot about the Hot 100, Billboard‘s top 100 pop songs at the end of a given week as determined by record sales, radio station requests, and jukebox plays (are there jukeboxes anywhere anymore? I haven’t seen one in years). This week, I found a picture of the Hot 100 on Pinterest for August 22, 1964, and thought it was interesting enough to share with you today.

  1. Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It” One one of The Beatles’ Anthology albums (I think it’s the second), there’s a version of this song by the Fab Four that never made it to a record. Maybe they knew that Gerry Marsden and his band, fellow Merseybeat musicians, would do it better. For the record, they did.
  2. Dusty Springfield, “Wishin’ and Hopin'” The lovely Miss Dusty was a favorite of the disk jockeys in Chicago, who called playing one of her records “a date with Dusty.” Those of us in the 3rd and 4th grades would tear our hair out, because we couldn’t appreciate her voice. We can now. At least, I can.
  3. The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run ’64” A slightly different version of this classic. They had switched from Fender to Mosrite guitars shortly before they recorded this, and were obviously experimenting with some new sounds.
  4. Dave Clark 5, “Because” The DC5 don’t get heard much these days, due to business decisions they made about licensing and releasing their music. It’s a real shame, too, because in the mid-’60’s they were second only to The Beatles in popularity, and they had a great sound (the “Tottenham Sound”) that made them unique.
  5. Bobby Freeman, “C’mon and Swim” The Swim was the latest dance craze, and of course in order to be a dance craze there had to be a song to go along with it, to help you with the steps and whatnot.
  6. The Animals, “The House of the Rising Sun” This is considered to be the song that introduced us to folk rock, and it became wildly popular: in its third week on the Hot 100, it moved from #60 to #5.
  7. The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” Wikipedia tells us that this was the week this song reached its peak. Since then, the song has been covered by just about everyone.
  8. The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” Title song from The Fab Four’s 1964 movie, which is still one of my favorites. The iconic chord at the beginning is an F add 9, in case you were wondering.
  9. Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody” In the comments, someone said that his uncle went to see Dean in Las Vegas back in the ’60’s, but couldn’t get in because he wasn’t wearing a tie. Dean heard this, and sent a tie out for the guy to wear. How many performers would do that today?
  10. The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go?” I love watching The Supremes in the ’60’s performances, because not only do they sing beautifully, they look gorgeous in those gowns. Don’t they?

That’s The Friday 5×2 for September 13, 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.