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.