So, I missed last week’s M4 because I was called away from the computer before I had a chance to write it and never got back. Very sorry to Joyce Lansky’s daughter Erica, whose birthday was last Monday and was the theme for last week. Happy belated birthday, Erica!
Now, on to today’s playlist, which is either country music or a freebie. Well, I’m not much of a country kind of guy, so I opted for the latter, consulting Oldiesloon for a survey close to this day in history. I decided, let’s have a look at WJJD, which was Chicago’s rock ‘n’ roller before WLS. I found a survey for February 4, 1957, 61 years ago yesterday. As I was going through the Top 10, I noticed a couple of things: one, their Top 10 was actually a Top 12, because two records were the same song done by two artists and both were listed in the position (in those cases, I picked what I considered to be the better one and linked to the other), and two, a couple of songs were country tunes, anyway.
- Jerry Lewis, “Rock-A-Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” Not related to the movie Rock-A-Bye Baby, which came out the following year and starred Jerry and Marilyn Maxwell. This was originally written for Al Jolson, and Jerry’s version made the Top 10 nationally and earned him a gold recod.
- Micki Marlo, “Little By Little” Micki was a singer and a model, known for both her voice and her good looks. This was her only hit.
- Fats Domino, “Blue Monday” This was Fats’ followup to “Blueberry Hill,” and reached #5 nationwide.
- Jill Corey, “I Love My Baby (My Baby Loves Me)” Popular standards singer Jill Corey recorded a number of hits over the years. This peaked at #28 nationwide.
- Fess Parker, “Wringle Wrangle” Fess Parker starred in Disney’s Westward Ho, The Wagons!, from which this song is taken. A second version was done by actor and singer Bill Hayes, who currently stars in Days of Our Lives with his wife, Susan Seaforth.
- Pat Boone, “Don’t Forbid Me” Pat Boone set a record for the most consecutive weeks on the charts, so seeing him here is no surprise.
- Frankie Laine, “Moonlight Gambler” Another country song by the singer from Chicago’s Little Italy. That still blows my mind.
- Harry Belafonte, “Banana Boat Song” With baseball season upon us, we’ll be hearing “daaaaaay-o!” in ballparks across America. I never knew this, but this song was written by Alan Arkin, who also charted with this with his group, The Tarriers.
- Elvis Presley, “Too Much” The King’s first hit single of 1957, his next being “All Shook Up.”
- Tab Hunter, “Young Love” Apparently Randy Wood, president of Dot Records, approached Tab about making a record. Tab admitted he wasn’t much of a singer, and Wood assured him he didn’t have to be a good singer to make a good record. Wood hired swome backup singers for the session, who turned out to be The Jordanaires, Elvis Presley’s backup group. The record was so good that even Tab had to admit it, and when it became a smash, Jack Warner at Warner Brothers, who owned Tab’s movie contract and thus, in Warner’s eyes, Tab Hunter himself, brought out the lawyers. Tab might have been the reason Warner Brothers started its own record label.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 5, 2018.