Monday’s Music Moves Me: This Week In 1960

Okay, gang, another survey, this one from this day in 1960, courtesy of WJJD Radio, Chicago. This time, instead of the Top Five, I give you the Top Ten for a couple of reasons: because there were some really popular songs which hadn’t risen up the chart by the week ended July 11, and I wanted to show the variety of music in the Top Ten back then: country, rock, instrumental, even some doo-wop. Some of these songs were new to me, 56 years after they were in the Top Ten. Oldies radio is great, but they miss a lot of real gems. That’s a shame. Maybe that’s why I fall back on the surveys so often. There’s a lot of music here, I know, but feel free to skip around…

Thanks again to my friends at Oldiesloon for preserving so many surveys.

#10: Only The Lonely – Roy Orbison This jumped from #18 the previous week and had gotten there in just three weeks. Roy was an unparalleled performer, and many British Invasion bands looked up to him.

#9: Itsie Bitsie Teenie Weenie Bikini – Brian Hyland That’s the way it was spelled on the survey, so I’ll go with it. This had jumped to #9 from #17 in the same three weeks as “Only The Lonely.” Remember, it was summer…

#8: Clap Your Hands – The Beau Marks I hadn’t heard of this song, or this band for that matter. They were a Canadian band from Montreal that had recorded under the name The Del-Tones, but changed their name in honor of the Bomarc missile, a surface-to-air missile. This only rose as high as #45 nationally, although it was a #1 hit in Canada and Autralia. This was its second week at #8 in Chicago.

#7: When Will I Be Loved – The Everly Brothers This was written by Phil Everly, and had been on the survey for five weeks. It fell slightly from #5 the week before.

#6: Because They’re Young – Duane Eddy Love that twangy guitar! This was the theme song from the movie of the same name, and appeared on Duane’s album $1,000,000.00 Worth Of Twang. The song enjoyed its second week at #6.

#5: Mule Skinner Blues – The Fendermen A cover of a Jimmie Rodgers classic, which he called “Blue Yodel #8.” The name of the band likely shows their love of Fender guitars, which had become the premier guitar of rock & roll by that time. Up from #12 in its fourth week on the survey.

#4: Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool – Connie Francis We have a couple of classic women singers in the Top Ten this week. I wouldn’t call this a rock & roll song, but there’s always room for the delightful Concetta. This song had been in the #4 slot the week before.

#3: Alley Oop – The Hollywood Argyles In its ninth week on the survey, down from #2 the week before. This was the first rock & roll number played on WLS when they went Top 40 that year.

#2: I’m Sorry – Brenda Lee Little Miss Dynamite dropped from #1 the week before. She was a little lady with a great big voice.

#1: Image Of A Girl – The Safaris I heard this for the first time today; as I said, oldies radio doesn’t always cover all the great oldies. This was up from #3 the previous week.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for July 11, 2016.

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Author: John Holton

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19 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: This Week In 1960”

    1. Like I said, that’s one of those songs you never hear on oldies radio. I realize they can’t play everything, but they miss some really good songs. Brenda Lee was just wonderful, wasn’t she?

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  1. I remember some of them but not all. I was going to say I was more likely to hear Canadian ‘rock and roll’ because of where I live, but the I remembered you were raised in Chicago. Sometimes we just heard it sooner.

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    1. True. A lot of times records would hit the coasts before they hit the Midwest. As the Sixties continued and the British Invasion hit, the record companies tried to issue the records nationwide (the bigger ones, anyway; smaller labels like Vee Jay didn’t have the distribution capabilities of Capitol, for example). And, as you say, Canada would get things on a different schedule, plus they had the Canadian-content laws that gave some preference to Canadian acts, so they’d get music we never heard unless we could get Canadian radio stations. Even in Chicago, WLS would play songs WCFL didn’t, so you could switch stations and hear a lot of songs you hadn’t heard before. Weird…

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  2. So many good songs from back then. I knew most of them. Actually heard Alley Oop on the radio the other day. That comic strip was one of my favorites, too.

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    1. That’s why I like doing these survey posts.

      I don’t think the papers in Chicago carried “Alley Oop,” at least not the ones my family generally read. The song was good, though.

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  3. I know the first two and “When Will I Be Loved” but some of them I’ve never heard before, while others are only vaguely familiar.

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    1. That’s the beauty of going through the surveys, seeing what people were listening to way back then. I might have to find an archive of Billboard Hot 100’s and start going through those next.

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  4. John, WOW, what a compilation of oldies! Many of these are new-to-me, as well, but many I know. I grinned from ear to ear when I saw your feature of Alley Oop. I forgot about it until now. I remember thinking that was a funny song as a kid and my opinion hasn’t changed. What fun! These songs hit the year before I was born, but I grew up hearing them. Thanks for stepping out on the 4M dance floor and by my place today and have a tunetastic week, my friend!

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    1. I enjoyed it. Going through the old surveys is a great way to stumble on forgotten music. There were one or two I hadn’t heard, oddly enough, and others, like “Muleskinner’s Blues,” I had forgotten about. That happens a lot.

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    1. Featuring the top ten gave me a chance to feature some music most people would know. The top five were good songs, but not all that well known. I had never even heard the #1 song.

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