Week 22 – 1961

Ricky Nelson

Ricky Nelson, #1 this week

#1 Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man

This song was the second and the last number of Ricky Nelson, who put 53 songs in the Billboard charts.

#2 Shep & The Limelites – Daddy’s Home

This song was covered in 1972 by Jermaine Jackson (sampled , in 1973 by Toots and the Maytals (my favourite version), and by Junior English with some reggae influences.

#3 Roy Orbisson – Running Scared

This song will be number one next week. Wait a moment.

#4 The Shirelles – Mama Said

This song was covered in 1964 by Dusty Springfield, in 2009 by Dionne Bromfield,
This song was sampled by Reflection Eternal in the song Midnight Hour, in 2010

#5 Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law

This song was number one last week.

#6 Del Shannon – Runaway

This song was number one five weeks ago.

#7 Connie Francis – Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart

This song, written by Howard Greenfield and Jack Keller, was recorded at the same time than Where the Boys Are, issued at the end of 1960, but was a minor hit. It was also recorded in Japanese, in Italian as La Valle Senza Eco (The Valley Whitout Echo),
It was covered by the Wilburn Brother.

#8 Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

This song was already number three three weeks ago.

#9 Elvis Presley – I Feel so Bad

This song will be number five next week. Wait a moment.

#10 The Fleetwoods – Tragedy

After the success of Come Softly and Mr Blue, this one was only the last song reaching the top ten of the Billboard chart, before the group splits with Gary Troxel being drafted into the Navy.

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Week 21 – 1961

Ernie K-Doe

Ernie K-Doe, #1 this week

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#1 Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law

Lee Perry did a ska version of this song in 1964. Mother-in-Law was the biggest hit of Ernie K-Doein his career solo, after his career with the Blue Diamonds.

#2 Del Shannon – Runaway

This song was number one four weeks ago.

#3 Shep & The Limelites – Daddy’s Home

This song will be number two next week. Wait a moment.

#4 Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

This song was already number three two weeks ago.

#5 Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man

This song will be number one next week. Wait a moment.

#6 The Shirelles – Mama Said

This song will be number four next week. Wait a moment.

#7 Roy Orbisson – Running Scared

This song will be number one in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#8 Connie Francis – Breaking In A Brand New Broken Hear

This song will be number seven next week. Wait a moment.

#9 Ricky Nelson – Hello Mary Lou

#10 Linda Scott – I’ve Told Every Little Star

This song was number four three weeks ago.

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Week 20 – 1961

Adam Wade

Adam Wade, #10 this week

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#1 Del Shannon – Runaway

This song was already number one three weeks ago.

#2 Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law

This song will be number one next week. Wait a moment.

#3 Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

This song was already number three last week.

#4 Linda Scott – I’ve Told Every Little Star

This song was already number four two weeks ago.

#5 Shep & The Limelites – Daddy’s Home

This song will be number two in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#6 Brenda Lee – You Can Depend on Me

This song was already number six last week.

#7 The Marcels – Blue Moon

This song was number one six weeks ago.

#8 Ricky Nelson – Travelin’ Man

This song will be number one in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#9 The Shirelles – Mama Said

This song will be number four in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#10 Adam Wade – Take Good Care of Her

This song was number seven two weeks ago.

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Week 19 – 1961

Gene McDaniels

Gene McDaniels, #3 this week

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#1 Del Shannon – Runaway

This song was already number one two weeks ago.

#2 Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law

This song will be number one in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#3 Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

First single and biggest success of Gene McDaniels. According to Wikipedia, he’s currently living as a hermit in Maine, and has been posting random videos on Youtube since 2010. If someone ever heard of this…
This song has been covered the same year by Craig Douglas, and in French by the famous Johnny Halliday (Une Seule Poignée de Terre, (Only a Handful Clay), covered later by Richard Anthony), and the following year in Spanish by Enrique Guzman (Cien Kilos de Barro), but these versions do not really have any originality (except for the translation).
More original, the 1974 reggae version of Freddie McKay is perfect with the beginning of the summer. I found several other reggae and downtempo versions of this, like the (good) Maytones version, the Roy Richards version or the Royals version, and finally the excellent funk version of Leon Haywood (1974). Wow!

#4 Linda Scott – I’ve Told Every Little Star

This song was already number four last week.

#5 The Marcels – Blue Moon

This song was number one five weeks ago.

#6 Brenda Lee – You Can Depend on Me

This song should not be mistaken for You Can Depend on Me by Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, released the same year, covered later by The Temptations and The Supremes, nor for the Rick Clark song, nor for the Luther Ingram song.

This song was written by Charles Carpenter, Earl Hines and Louis Dunlap I don’t know when, and became a jazz standard. I found a 1941 version by Bea Wain, a 1946 version by Peggy Lee (wouhou, swinging version), a Nat King Cole version (whouu, smooth version), a 1931 version by Louis Armstrong, a 1980 version by Manhattan Transfer, a 1956 version by Lester Young, and lots and lots of other versions.

#7 Adam Wade – Take Good Care of Her

This song was already number seven last week.

#8 Ray Charles – One Mint Julep

This song was already number eight last week.

#9 Steve Lawrence – Portrait of my Love

BULLSHIT. Seriously.

#10 Floyd Cramer – On the Rebound

This song was number four three weeks ago.

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Week 18 – 1961

Linda Scott

Linda Scott, #3 this week

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#1 Del Shannon – Runaway

It was already number one last week.

#2 Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-Law

This song will be number one in three weeks. Wait a moment.

#3 Linda Scott – I’ve Told Every Little Star

Written by Oscar hammerstein II and composed by Jerome Kern in 1932 for the musical play Music in the Air, the older records I found of it is by Mary Ellis in 1933 (1932?) and the Jack Dennis and His Orchestra version, 1932. The 1961, by Linda Scott, turn in into this famous pop song. There were a lot of verisons of it, so let’s talk about samples and Youtube home-made versions.

It was first sampled by Cypress Hill in 1993 for the song Lil’ Putos (produced by DJ Muggs). Really good and original use. But Knock Knock by Mac Miller (2010, produced by ID Labs) is fuuuuuuuuuuuuuuun fun fun.
I also liked this unplugged version by the youtube version imi87 and this one, also acoustic, by The Heavy Boxes.

#4 Gene McDaniels – A Hundred Pounds of Clay

This song will be number three nexy week. Wait a moment.

#5 The Marcels – Blue Moon

This song was number one four weeks ago.

#6 Clarence Henry – But I Do

This song was number four last week.

#7 Adam Wade – Take Good Care of Her

First single of Adam Wade, this song is difficult to find not sung by Elvis Presley, who covered it in 1973-74. The ELvis Presley is really a parody of the end of his career (yes, the end was his longer period). By the way, Dean Martin covered it in 1963, with a very present choir. We could also joke about the commercial pop-folk version of the Partridge Family (1972) the Jo Sung Mo make-the-tennage-girl-cry version, but Brook Bendon used his great crooner voice on it in 1962.

#8 Ray Charles – One Mint Julep

This song is a cover of the first single of The Clovers, written by Ruby Toombs. The orgue Hammond B3 used for this song (and the album Genius + Soul = Jazz), really makes this instrumental version sound like a MIDI, so I really prefer the Clovers version. Sarah Vaughan recorded a feminin version of it in 1962. Bob James also recroded a seventy disco-funk instrumental version in 1974. you can easily find a list of known covers.

#9 Brenda Lee – You Can Depend on Me

This song will be number six next week. Wait a moment.

#10 Floyd Cramer – On the Rebound

This song was number four two weeks ago.

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Week 13 – 1961

The Shirelles

The Shirelles, #3 this week

#1 Elvis Presley – Surrender

This song was already number one last week.

#2 Chubby Checker – Pony Time

This song was number one four weeks ago.

#3 The Shirelles – Dedicated to the One I Love

The original song is from the 5 Royales. It sad to say this abut The Shirelles, but the original is seriously better.

A notably cover by The Mamas & Papas was recorded in 1967, which was a greater success. In 1973, The Temprees made a soul version, but it only reached the 93th place of the Billboard Chart unles it is maybe one of the best. However, this verison was sampled by 2 Live Crew for The Pussy Caper in 1991, by Arsenik for Rue de la haine (Street of Hate) in 2002, by Shareefa for Hey Baby in 2006, by Cam’ron for Ohh Baby in 2010, Linda Ronstadt covered it with her soft voice in 1996. Tanya Stephens covered it with reggae in 1998.
Bernadette Peters did in 1981 a typical eighties-“60’s-retro” cover, that doesn’t really deserve to go down in history. Billie McLean recored a commercial reggae version in 1994.

DMX sampled the Stacy Lattislaw (which by the way I didn’t found) in 2003 for the song Dog Out.

#4 Jorgen Ingnam – Apache

This song will be number two next week. Wait a moment.

#5 Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry

This song was number four last week.

#6 The Marcels – Blue Moon

This song will be number one next week. Wait a moment.

#7 The Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back

Oh! An amazing song from The Everly Brothers!

I wouldn’t mention this kitsch cover by Anne Murray, but she did it at the Muppet Show and it is fun and great. Bobby Vee also covered it like, I think, every song he ever heard. In 1974, Harry Nilsson included it in the medley Walk Right Back/Cathy’s Clown/Let The Good Times Roll. Of course, there is a cover by The Murasaki Band.

I found better versions by youtube users : with a guitar and a wood block by the Dulcimer Barbies, a multipist version covering the Nilsson medley by David Crandall. Also, a ukulele version by Ukester Brown.

Oh, and nice jukebox detected.

#8 The String-A-Longs – Wheels

This was number three three week ago.

#9 Connie Francis – Where the Boys Are

This song was number four last week.

#10 Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz (Look at His Eyes)

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Week 12 – 1961

Elvis Presley in 1961, Palm beach resort

Elvis Presley, #1 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!

#1 Elvis Presley – Surrender

This song was written in 1902 (or 1894) by Ernesto and Giambattista Di Curtis, under the name of Torna a Surriento (“Come Back to Sorrento”). It becames a classic, covered many times in more than hundred years, so here it is a version by Franco Corelli.
This is one of the 25 songs rearranged by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman for Elvis Presley.

As usual with every famous song, especially from Elvis, the world is full of bad and look-alike covers, without any originality. So I only selected a Chinese version by Lanny Shum. Maybe the video is a little bt ridiculous, at least there is an originality. And pleasant.

#2 Chubby Checker – Pony Time

This song was number  three weeks ago.

#3 Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry

Country blablabla You must be strong blablabla. Hey, did you know this guy was a NASCAR driver?

It must not be confused with Don’t Worry About Me of Joey Ramone, which is quite good.

#4 Connie Francis – Where the Boys Are

Maybe the best music ever, at least from Connie Francis.
AT the beginning, this was a Neil Sedaka demo.
Made for the film Where the Boys Are, Connie Francis also did a Neapolitan version, C’è qualcuno, an Italian version, Qualcuno Mi Aspetta, a Spanish version, Donde hay Chicos, a German version, Wenn ich träume, a French version , Je sais qu’un gars and a Japanese version, Atashi-no.
She did in 1978 a disco version. I found it in English and in Japanese.

So, a quick selection of cover : an amazing Japanese version by Seiko Matsuda, a choir version by Freshman Girls Choir, and a Megurine Luka version.

Rose McGowan, as George, dances on it in the film Lewis and Clark and George.

#5 The Shirelles – Dedicated to the One I Love

This song will be number three next week. Wait a moment.

#6 Jorgen Ingnam – Apache

This song will be number two in two weeks. Wait a moment.

#7 The String-A-Longs – Wheels

This was number three two week ago.

#8 The Everly Brothers – Ebony Eyes

Initially, the BBC banned this song because the lyrics. I think I understand, this is really boring, with this cliché spoken speech.

#9 The Everly Brothers – Walk Right Back

This song will be number seven next week. Wait a moment.

#10 Buzz Clifford – Baby Sittin’ Boogie

This song was number six last week.

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