Friday, March 4, 2016

Happy Birthday, Chicago! (The Friday Five)

The City of Chicago was incorporated on this date in 1837, the same day Martin Van Buren was inaugurated as President of the United States. So today, let’s set the clock back and enjoy the Top Five from this date in 1961, according to WLS in Chicago.


  1. Jimmy’s Girl – Johnny Tillotson: Nationally, this song peaked at #25, but Chicago listeners obviously liked the crooners like Johnny a lot better.
  2. Baby Sittin’ Boogie – Buzz Clifford: From beautiful Berwyn, Illinois, this was Buzz’s biggest hit, reaching #6 nationally.
  3. Calcutta – Lawrence Welk: This was just sliding down the charts by March 1961, but it had been Lawrence’s only #1 in late 1960. A little champagne music for your Friday! An’-a one an’-a two…
  4. Apache – Jørgen Ingmann: Danish guitarist Ingmann covered this song by The Shadows, which had reached #1 in the UK in 1960, and had a #1 with it in the US. Evidently, Ingmann also played with The Champs on their big hit, “Tequila.”
  5. The Touchables – Dickie Goodman: Yes, a novelty record topped the chart… Dickie Goodman had had several hits with his “break-in” technique, where snippets of songs (guess they would call them “samples” now) would provide the answers to questions. My favorite Dickie Goodman recording was 1966’s “Batman and his Grandmother”.

Thanks, as always, go to Oldiesloon for maintaining an incredible collection of surveys from all over the country. Be sure to visit them and check out their collection.

That’s your Friday Five for March 4, 2016.

from The Sound of One Hand Typing

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