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Week 52 – 1960

Connie Francis

Connie Francis, #7 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!

#1 Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome To-night?

This song was already number one four weeks ago.

#2 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

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

#3 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was number two four weeks ago.

#4 Kathy Young with The Innocents – A Thousand Stars

This song was number three two weeks ago.

#5 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

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

#6 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

This song was number four last week.

#7 Connie Francis – Many Tears Ago

After Everybody’s Somebody’s Fool and My Heart Has a Mind of Its Own, Many Tears Ago is not a real success, and she will have to wait until 1962 to reach the first place of the US charts again, before a dramatic fall. She interrupted her career for seven years in 1974 after being raped in her hotel room. She came back in 1980 with the song I’m Me Again. And she will survive.

This song has been covered in 1961 by Jean Campbell (amusingly, I just discovered that she also covered Sailor, song that I commented last week), the same year as the crooner version by Italo Leone (the same Italo Leone from whom I just discovered a version of Poetry in Motion, a song I commented five weeks ago).
Connie Francis covered the song in Spanish for the “Spanish version album” Connie Francis en El Patio, in 1964, and in German in 1960.
Darlene Austin made a 80’s pop version, in a Tina Turner style. I think it is just for the live performance, but not sure.
The Hillbilly Moon Explosion made a chill-out jazz version in the album Bourgeois Babes, in 2007.

This song should not be mistaken for the Eddy Arnold song Many Tears Ago.

#8 Johnny Burnette – You’re Sixteen

Written by the Sherman Brothers (who did the music of Mary Poppins, The Book of Jungle and The Aristocats), this is the first interpretation, by Johnny Burnette, father of Rocky Burnette. The song was on the soundtrack of American Graffiti.

Nota : This song is a classic, so I’m too lazy to link to all the boring and unoriginal covers of the song. However, if you know one that I didn’t mention, feel free to comment. (Furthermore, all the old men singing it are really disgusting.)

A major cover was Ringo Starr’s, in 1974, dedicated to Princess Leia (or Carrie Fisher?), with kazoo by Paul McCartney. This version was covered the same year in German by Benny, under the name of Du Bist Sechzehn.

Earlier, the French national hero Johnny Hallyday covered it in 1962. I don’t know why it was not translated, but anyway it was a really good idea not to. Johnny Cymbal also made a perfect doo-wop cover in 1963. Rocky Teoh, the “Elvis of Malaysia” did this Elvis-like version. And believe me, despite what you may think, he’s good. The Outsiders recorded a surf version in 1995. The Bricats made a really good retro rockabilly version in 2006. No free access video, but you can find it on Spotify or an extract on Amazon. There is also on Spotify a good punk-rock instrumental cover by Squid Vicious (haha, I love this this name).

Extremely kitsch, a summer version by Blue Bombay.

I’ve found on Youtube this amazing ukulele cover by Wukulele, a ukulele band, and this vocal version by The Northwest Vocal Project.

#9 Lolita – Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)

This song was number five last week.

#10 Ray Peterson – Corinna, Corinna

This song will be number nine in two weeks.

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Week 51 – 1960

Johnny Horton

Johnny Horton, #5 this week

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#1 Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome To-night?

This song was already number one three weeks ago.

#2 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was already number two three weeks ago.

#3 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

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

#4 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

This song was made by Johnny Horton as a tie-in for the movie of the same name, starring John Wayne.
Johnny Horton was the creator of the concept of “historical ballad”, which North To Alaska belongs to, as well as Jim Bridger, The Battle of New Orleans (his main hit) or Sink The Bismarck.

Frankie Laine covered it in 1962,with a funny production, as well as Dwight Yoakam in live performances and lots of other country musicians.

#5 Lolita – Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)

To say things plainly, I love listening to songs in German. But this one sounds really horrible. Anyway, this song is the first German song to reach the Billboard top ten. The woman who speaks in English is unidentified. In Germany, it was originally issued under the name of “Seemann (Deine Heimat Ist Das Meer)”

The same year, Catherine Valente made a Dutch cover.

In the beginning of 1961, the great Petula Clark covered it in English. At the same time, another English singer, Anne Shelton, covered it in English again in a more old-fashioned way. It is funny that the two versions were for both performers a comeback to the charts, and the guitar was played by Big Jim Sullivan in both versions. Petula Clark was so happy to find success again that she recorded a French version, also in 1961. The English version was covered again by the patriotic Andrews Sisters.

The Dutch version was ridiculously covered by Ciska Peters in 1981, the German one by Geraldine Olivier in 2009 (LOL).

#6 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

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

#7 Kathy Young with The Innocents – A Thousand Stars

This song was number three last week.

#8 Connie Francis – Many Tears Ago

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

#9 Johnny Burnette – You’re Sixteen

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

#10 Jerry Butler – He Will Break Your Heart

This song was number two weeks ago.

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Week 50 – 1960

Kathy Young & The Innocents

Kathy Young & The Innocents, #3 this week

The weekly playlist is available here! ;)

#1 Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome To-night?

This song was already number one two weeks ago.

#2 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was already number two two weeks ago.

#3 Kathy Young with The Innocents – A Thousand Stars

The original (I mean, I didn’t find anything older) is from The Rivileers in 1953. It was their biggest hit, with, on the B-side, the song Hey Chiquita!
A crooner version was recorded by Billy Fury in 1961, in the album Halfway to Paradise. Billy Fury is best known for being the leader of The Tornados (a.k.a Billy & The Tornados). The Finn Jerry Rock covered it with a strong accent and an original orchestration in 1961.
The bellhop become singer, Arthur Alexander, did a cover in 1962, in the album You Better Move On. I really recommend this version, the voice is oh-my-god so good.
Linda Scott, at the end of the album Starlight Starbright, recorded a version of the song, not really different from the original.
In 1962, The Lennon Sisters recorded the best female version of the song on the album Can’t Help Falling In Love.
Then, there are the not really identified versions: The Whirlwinds, somewhere in the 60s, Melo-D’s , for a pleasant uptempo version, The Chants, The Slippers (a Finnish band, according to the Youtube description), Peachettes and Colin Gold & Fury’s Tornados (yes, the “Fury” is Billy Fury, seen above).

I also found this version, from the Youtube user banderuela66. Aside from the video and the production (I think it is a karaoke version, not sure…), admit she’s got a good voice. billbilpatrick also made a bagpipe cover. I also like the atmosphere of this video.

Big up to RockFur2. I don’t know them, but they posted a lot of versions.

#4 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

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

#5 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

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

#6 Lolita – Sailor (Your Home Is The Sea)

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

#7 Jerry Butler – He Will Break Your Heart

This song was number last week.

#8 Connie Francis – Many Tears Ago

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

#9 Johnny Tillotson – Poetry In Motion

This song was already number three three weeks ago.

#10 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

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

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Week 49 – 1960

Jerry Butler

Jerry Butler, #7 this week

The weekly playlist is available here! ;)

#1 Elvis Presley – Are You Lonesome To-night?

This song was already number one last week.

#2 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was already number two last week.

#3 Johnny Tillotson – Poetry in Motion

This song was already number three two weeks ago.

#4 Maurice Williams & The Zodiacs – Stay

This song was number one two weeks ago.

#5 Kathy Young with The Innocents – A Thousand Stars

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

#6 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

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

#7 Jerry Butler – He Will Break Your Heart

The first song co-written by Curtis Mayfield that reaches the first place of R&B charts. Jerry Butler and Curtis Mayfield were members of Jerry Butler & The Impressions, band renamed The Impressions in 1960 after Jerry Bulter left.
As usual Bobby Vee made a syrupy version of it, in 1961. This song seems to have been made for brothers, because it has been covered by The Righteous Brothers in 1966 and The Walker Brothers in 1965 (reaaaally good cover). Jimmy Griffin and Kane and Abel (remember about the brothers…) also covered the song in 1966. Jackie Edwards made a really beautiful cover in 1969.
In 1975, Tony Orlando and Dawn covered it as He Don’t Love You (Like I Love You), reaching the first place of the Billboard chart, so the song has been covered again under that name, but this is another story. Another story that made this happen.

#8 Gary U.S. Bonds – New Orleans

This song was number six last week.

#9 Lolita – Sailor (Your Home is The Sea)

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

#10 Hank Ballad & The Midnighters – Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go

This song was number six two weeks ago.

Bonus : An “uncredited record”. :)

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