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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Week 7 – 1961

 

Lawrence Welk

Lawrence Welk, #1 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!

#1 – Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

At the age of 57, Laurence Welk became the older artist reaching the Billboard chart top with this hypnotic song (one of his main hits)..
The Four Peps made a vocal cover in 1961 The Ventures and the Ventures an instrumental one, as well as Enoch Light And His Orchestra.

Oh, and Alfred Ho did this on youtube.

#2 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

This song was number one two weeks ago.

#3 The Miracles – Shop Around

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

#4 Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

Hehe. This is sooooooo crap. I don’t know why, but I only found foreign covers : Filipino by Ike Lozada (in English, andbetter than the original), Swedish by the children Fröna (isn’t that weird to make children sing a song like that ?), and another Swedish but in english (with a strong accent) by Sven-Ingvars Kvartett.

But, there are many youtube cover of the song. Among them, I selected baldyholly79, Johnny Ace, Jacob Jeffries, and my prefered one, The Grayhounds.

#5 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

This song was number two three weeks ago.

#6 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

This song was number five three weeks ago.

#7 Brenda Lee – Emotions

From the album of the same name, this song is one of the four (among twelve) that is not a cover.
It’s not about being lazy, but I didn’t find any interesting cover of this song. So, again, a Grayhounds cover.

#8 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

This song was number one five weeks ago.

#9 Chubby Checker – Pony Time

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

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

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

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Week 6 – 1961

Jackie Wilson

Jackie Wilson, #9 this week

#1 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

This song was already number one last week.

#2 Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

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

#3 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

This song was number two two weeks ago.

#4 The Miracles – Shop Around

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

#5 Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

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

#6 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

This song was number one four weeks ago.

#7 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

This song was number five two weeks ago.

#8 Brenda Lee – Emotions

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

#9 Jackie Wilson – My Empty Arms

Jackie Wilson, best known for songs as Reet Petite, was a major black artist of the sixties, so appreciated by the King that he paid for his nine years of hospitalization in the coma.
I don’t know why this song was commercially so minor, becaus eit is excellent, evocating a good James Bond music.
This song was covered in 1963 in a banjo blugras version by The Kentucky Travelers.

#10 Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball

This song was number six four weeks ago.

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Week 5 – 1961

The Shirelles

The Shirelles, #1 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!

#1 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

here is the first great success of The Shirelles, one of the most important girl group, produced by Phil Spector. The song was written by Gerry Goffin and Carole King.
This song has been covered many times. When I say many, it is a lot. You can check this Youtube playlist of it.

#2 Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

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

#3 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

This song was number two last week.

#4 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

This song was number one three weeks ago.

#5 The Miracles – Shop Around

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

#6 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

This song was number five last week.

#7 Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

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

#8 Brenda Lee – Emotions

This song will number seven in two weeks. Wait amoment.

#9 Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball

This song was number six three weeks ago.

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

It was number one nine years ago.

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Week 4 – 1961

Ferrante & Teicher

Ferrante & Teicher, #2 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!

#1 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

This song was already number one two weeks ago.

#2 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

This music is a cover of the main theme from the 1960 film soundtrack Exodus by Ernest Gold.
Ferrante & Teicher are known for covering a lot of classical pieces and movie soundtracks, such as West Side Story or Last Tango in Paris.
A notable sample of the original is Porcelain, by Moby, which uses it reversed, as explained here. It was also used by the DJ Madzim for Get In,  the introduction of the mixtape Streetly Street in 2001, and the same year by Run D.M.C. for Crown Royal.
The Ferrante & Teicher’s version has been sampled by Ice T in 1999 for Exodus, by Nas for You’re da man in 2001, by T.I. for Bankhead in 2006 and by 9th Prince in 2008 for The Writer.
This theme has been covered many times, in French by Edith Piaf in 1961 (sampled by ATK for the song Rester Seul in 1998), in a chorus version by The Duprees (sampled by El Da Sensei  for Crowd Pleasa in 2006),  in a ska version by The Skatalites (sampled in 2001 by Dubmood for Exodus Ska Dub), and in 2004 by Secret Chiefs 3.

The Tapion Theme in Dargon Ball Z, composed by Shunsuke Kikuchi, is also strongly inspired by Exodus.

#3 Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

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

#4 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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

#5 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

This is the main hit of Rosie & The Originals, kitsch girl group (I mean kitsch for a girl group). Rosie Hamlin, the Rosie of the band, was named by John Lennon as one of his favourite singer. According to the legend, she wrote the lyrics as a poem, at the age of fifteen.

Rosie said that the 1973 version by John Lennon was her favourite, and I agree. In 1991, the producer Michael Eckart seemed to want to make money with it, and recorded a version by Angelica. Writing for this blog, I see a lot of bullshit I don’t mention. But this one is too horrible to be left out. This is seriously too cheap.
It has been sampled by Capone-E on Angel Baby in 2003.
I really like the cover by this sweet little girl, posted by pelonsobastian on Youtube.

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

It was number one eight years ago.

#7 The Miracles – Shop Around

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

#8 Neil Sedaka – Calendar Girl

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

#9 Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball

This song was number six two weeks ago.

#10 Ray Peterson – Corinna, Corinna

This song was number nine two weeks ago.

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Week 3 – 1961

Bert Kaempfert

Bert Kaempfert, #1 this week

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#1 Bert Kaempfert – Wonderland By Night

This song was already number one last week.

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

It was number one seven years ago.

#3 Ferrante & Teicher – Exodus

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

#4 The Shirelles – Will You Love Me Tomorrow

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

#5 Lawrence Welk – Calcutta

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

#6 Rosie & The Originals – Angel Baby

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

#7 Bobby Vee – Rubber Ball

This song was number six last week.

#8 Floyd Cramer – Last Date

This song was number two seven weeks ago.

#9 Ray Peterson – Corinna, Corinna

This song was already number nine last week.

#10 Johnny Horton – North To Alaska

This song was number four four weeks ago.

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Week 2 – 1961

Bert Kaempfert

Bert Kaempfert, #1 this week

The weekly playlist is available here!
#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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