Week 2 – 1961

Bert Kaempfert

Bert Kaempfert, #1 this week

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#1 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

Bert Kaempfert was a famous German musician, famous for writing Stranger in the Night and Spanish Eyes.
The same year, Louis Primo did a vocal version. Anita Brynt made a vocal version too in 1961. A famous “bad crooner” version was made by in 1968 by Engelbert Humperdinck in the album A Man Without Love.
I don’t know where that instrumental cover come from, labelled as Floyd Cramer’s one.

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

It was number one six years ago.

#3 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

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

#4 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was number two six weeks ago.

#5 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

This song will be number on in three weeks.

#6 Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball

The song that made Bobby Vee the international star that covered almost all the songs that are in this blog.
Cliff Richard and Martin Wilde made their version in 1961. Martin Wilde also covered it in a solo version. Gene Pitney, who co-wrote this song with Brill Building) also sang it in live.

This song should not be mistaken for Rubber Ball Man from Abba and Red Rubber Ball from Paul Simon.

#7 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

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

#8 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

This song was number four three weeks ago.

#9 Ray Peterson – Corinna, Corinna

This song was first recorded by Bo Carter in 1918, and covered in 1930 by The Mississipi Sheiks, the same year as Red Nichols. “Big” Joe Turner made a great high-tempo cover in 1956. I couldn’t find the entire Collins Kids version from the same year, but it sounds really great.
Taj Mahal made a really great cover in the album The Natch’l Blues.
Steppenwoplf covered it for the live album Early Steppenwolf in 1969.

Thanks to Youtube, I found a live performance by the Sundowners at the Billy Bob’s Saloon in 2009.

N.B. : this song is also nammed Corrinne Corinna and Sweet Alberta.

#10 Johnny Burnette – You’re Sixteen

This song was number eight two weeks ago.

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