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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.

AND NOW,  TMAVISUWWOTP (The Most Amazing Video I Stumbled Upon While Working On This Post)!!

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Week 10 – 1961

#1 Chubby Checker – Pony Time

This song was already number one last week.

#2 Elvis Presley – Surrender

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

#3 The String-A-Longs – Wheels

This cool and pleasant music is the biggest hit of the instrumental The String-A-Longs (the only one that reached the top ten). One of the two rythm guitarists was Keith McCormack, co-writer of Sugar Shack of Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs (1963).
Billy Vaughn covered Wheels in a really close way the same year, reaching the first place of the German charts. It was also covered by Chet Atkins, by Joe Loss as Wheels Cha Cha in the UK and by Marcel Amont in a vocal version as Dans le coeur de ma blonde (in the heart on my blond). Also by Johnny Duncan in a vocal version
A special seventy cover and by Hot Butter draw my attention. Whohouw, so fun.

#4 Marty Robbins – Don’t Worry


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

#5 Connie Francis – Where the Boys Are

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

#6 – Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

This song was number one three weeks ago.

#7 Buzz Clifford – Baby Sittin’ Boogie

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

#8 The Shirelles – Dedicated to the One I Love

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

#9 The Capris – There’s a Moon Out Tonight

This song was number three last week.

#10 The Everly Brothers – Ebony Eyes

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

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