As 1960 drew to a close, rock & roll was giving way to R&B and increasingly to the solo singer, either backed by a band or a full orchestra. It’s not an era I’m that familiar with, and when I looked at this survey, more than a few of these songs looked unfamiliar, so I heard a few of them for the first time today. Anyway, here’s what they were listening to in Chicago on this day 56 years ago. I only embedded the top five, but I added links to the next five, in case you wanted to listen to them.
#10 – “Sleep” by Little Willie John This is a rework of Fred Waring’s theme song. I hadn’t heard this one before today, at least not Little Willie John’s version.
#9 – “Sailor” by Lolita Austrian singer Lolita gives us this German-language song with an English verse recited over her singing. I’m pretty sure I featured this once before, but I have to find it….
#8 – “Stay” by Maurice Williams and The Zodiacs This was listed on the survey as being by Maurice Williams only, so I didn’t recognize it at first, but this is a classic.
#7 – “The Hucklebuck” by Chubby Checker The Hucklebuck didn’t catch on as well as The Twist, but it’s still a rockin’ little number. I hadn’t heard this before today.
#6 – “I Want To Be Wanted” by Brenda Lee Little Miss Dynamite in a sweet downtempo country love ballad. Heard this for the first time today.
#5 – “Save The Last Dance For Me” by The Drifters Another classic from when Ben E. King was with the group.
#4 – “New Orleans” by Gary “US” Bonds You might also remember this one from the end of The Blues Brotheres 2000, which wasn’t quite as good as the original, but it had a lot more music.
#3 – “Wait For Me” by The Playmates Another lovely new-to-me song. The Playmates were a vocal trio, kind of like The Lettermen.
#2 – “Poetry In Motion” by Johnny Tillotson Another classic. I thought I had seen recently where Johnny had died, but he’s still going strong at almost eighty.
#1 – “Ruby Duby Du” by Tobin Mathews This kind of threw me for a loop: I found two guys named Tobin Matthews, one a guitarist and bandleader and the other a singer. This is by the former. Thank heaven they both didn’t do this song. I heard this for the first time today, too.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for November 7, 2016.
from The Sound of One Hand Typing