The Flashback of the 60s, 70s, 80s Greatest Music Hits

Oct 31, 2016

Sam Cooke - Another Saturday Night on Portrait Of A Legend (1951-1964)

Sam Cooke - Another Saturday Night on Portrait Of A Legend (1951-1964)
"Another Saturday Night" is the title of a 1963 hit single by Sam Cooke from the album Ain't That Good News. It reached number ten on the Billboard Hot 100 and was number one on the R&B chart for a single week. In the UK, the song peaked at number 23 on the UK Singles Chart.

Session drummer Hal Blaine played on this version of the song. Other musicians on the record included John Anderson on trumpet, John Ewing on trombone, Jewell Grant on sax, Ray Johnson on piano, and Clifton White and Rene Hall on guitar, and Clifford Hills on bass.

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Original Artist: Sam Cooke
Label: RCA Victor Records;
Recording: RCA Victor #8164 (45)
Release Year: 1963;
Chart: #10 Billboard Hot 100 and #1 R&B
Cover Artist: Cat Stevens
Label: A & M Records;
Recording: A & M #1602 (45)
Release Year: 1974;
Chart: #6 Billboard Hot 100

Produced by legends Hugo Peretti and Luigi Creatore, a song written by Sam Cooke titled "Another Saturday Night" peaked at number 10 on the Hot 100 in 1963. The lyrics bemoan being new in town and not having a date on consecutive Saturday nights. We are also privy to the results of his disastrous blind date. Over a decade later, a remake of the song by Cat Stevens reached an even higher position on the charts than the original. More importantly, however, the Stevens version encouraged new interest in the music of Sam Cooke, with more cover versions of his songs appearing (including "Only Sixteen" by Dr. Hook and "Wonderful World" by James Taylor). However, gone from the Cat Stevens cover of "Another Saturday Night" was Cooke's very cool and swagger-laden line, "How I wish I had some chick to talk to." Stevens only ever sings, "How I wish I had someone to talk to."


Oct 27, 2016

Peter, Paul & Mary - If I Had A Hammer on Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)

Peter, Paul & Mary - If I Had A Hammer on Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)
"If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)" is a song written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays. It was written in 1949 in support of the progressive movement, and was first recorded by The Weavers, a folk music quartet composed of Seeger, Hays, Ronnie Gilbert and Fred Hellerman. It was a number 10 hit for Peter, Paul and Mary in 1962 and then went to number three a year later when recorded by Trini Lopez.

The Weavers released the song under the title "The Hammer Song" as a 78 single in March 1950 on Hootenanny Records, 101-A, backed with "Banks of Marble".

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It fared notably better in commercial terms when it was recorded by Peter, Paul and Mary a dozen years later. Their cover of the song, released in August 1962, became a Top 10 hit. Trini Lopez's 1963 single went to number three on the same Billboard chart. It was included on his album, Trini Lopez at PJ's (Reprise R/RS 6093).

Oct 26, 2016

Ray Charles - You Don't Know Me on Ultimate Hits Collection (1962)

"You Don't Know Me" is a song written by Cindy Walker based on a title and storyline given to her by Eddy Arnold in 1955. "You Don't Know Me" was first recorded by Arnold that year and released as a single on April 21, 1956 on RCA Victor.

The first version of the song to make the Billboard charts was by Jerry Vale in 1956, peaking at #14 on the pop chart. Arnold's version charted two months later, released as an RCA Victor single, 47-6502, backed with "The Rockin' Mockin' Bird", which reached #10 on the Billboard country chart. Cash Box magazine, which combined all best-selling versions at one position, included a version by Carmen McRae that never appeared in the Billboard Top 100 Sides listing.

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The best-selling version of the song is by Ray Charles, who took it to #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in 1962, after releasing the song on his #1 album Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music. This version also topped the "Easy listening" chart for three weeks in 1962, and was used in the 1993 comedy film Groundhog Day. The song was the twelfth number one country hit for Mickey Gilley in 1981.

Jay & The Americans - She Cried on Come A Little Bit Closer (1962)

"She Cried" is a song written by Ted Daryll and Greg Richards and was recorded by Jay and the Americans for their 1962 album, She Cried. The song reached #5 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1962. The song was the group's first major hit.

The Lettermen released a cover version of the song in 1970 that reached #6 on the Adult Contemporary charts. The song also went to #73 on the Billboard Hot 100 the same year.

A cover version by The Shangri-Las, ("He Cried"), peaked at #65 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the spring of 1966, with "Dressed in Black" as the B-side.

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Oct 22, 2016

Brenda Lee - Break It To Me Gently on The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Brenda Lee (1962)

Brenda Lee - Break It To Me Gently on The Millennium Collection: The Best Of Brenda Lee (1962)
"Break It to Me Gently" is a pop song written by blues musician Joe Seneca with lyrics by Diane Lampert. Both Brenda Lee and Juice Newton met with considerable success with their versions of the song.

Brenda Lee recorded "Break It to Me Gently" on August 31, 1961 with Owen Bradley producing the session at his Bradley Film and Recording Studio in Nashville: after another track from the same session: "Fool #1", had become a Top Ten hit "Break It To Me Gently" was released as a single at the end of 1961 and reached number four on the US Billboard Hot 100 in January 1962. In 2008, the Brenda Lee version of the song was featured at the closing of season 2, episode 7 of the AMC series Mad Men. Lee's "Break It to Me Gently" is on the track list of the CD Pan Am: Music From and Inspired By the Original Series set for release January 17, 2012.

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Oct 20, 2016

Chubby Checker - The Twist (1960)

Chubby Checker - The Twist on Best Of 1959-1963 (1960)
"The Twist" is an American pop song written and originally released in early 1959 by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as a B-side to "Teardrops on Your Letter". Ballard's version was a moderate 1960 hit, peaking at number 28 on the Billboard Hot 100.


Chubby Checker's 1960 cover version of the song gave birth to the Twist dance craze. His single became a hit, reaching number 1 on the Billboard Hot 100 on September 19, 1960, where it stayed for one week, and setting a record as the only song to reach number 1 in two different chart runs when it resurfaced and topped the chart again for two weeks starting on January 13, 1962.
In 1988, "The Twist" again became popular due to a new recording of the song by The Fat Boys featuring Chubby Checker. This version reached number 2 in the United Kingdom and number 1 in Germany. In 2014, Billboard magazine declared the song the "biggest hit" of the 1960s.

Clyde McPhatter - Lover Please on Hard-To-Find 45s On Cd (1962)

Clyde McPhatter - Lover Please on Hard-To-Find 45s On Cd (1962)
Clyde McPhatter's first solo hit occurred just after being discharged - "Love Has Joined Us Together" (with Ruth Brown). He released several R&B recordings in the next few years, including "Rock and cry", "Seven Days" (later a bigger hit for Tom Jones), "Treasure of Love," "Let me know", "Just to Hold my Hand", and his biggest solo hit, "A Lover's Question," written by Brook Benton and Jimmy T. Williams, which peaked at No. 6 in 1958. In 1962, the song "Lover Please," written by country artist Billy Swan was released. His 1956 recording "Treasure of Love" saw his first solo No. 1 on the R&B charts and one week in the UK Singles Chart. It reached No. 16 on the U.S. Pop charts, sold over two million copies in the United States alone, and was awarded a gold disc by the RIAA.

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After leaving Atlantic Records, McPhatter then signed on with MGM Records, and released several more songs, including "I Told Myself a Lie" and "Think Me a Kiss" (1960) and his first single for Mercury Records "Ta Ta." His tenure on these labels proved to be less fruitful than his time with Atlantic. He moved to other record labels and recorded more singles, including "I Never Knew" and his final Top Ten hit "Lover Please," which made it to No. 7 in 1962. It was after "Lover Please" that McPhatter saw a downward turn in his career, as musical styles and tastes were constantly changing during the 1960s. These directional changes were the main reason McPhatter turned to alcohol abuse, as more sporadic recordings failed to chart.

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love on Elvis At The Movies (1962)

Elvis Presley - Can't Help Falling In Love on Elvis At The Movies (1962)
"Can't Help Falling in Love" is a pop ballad originally recorded by American singer Elvis Presley and published by Gladys Music, Elvis Presley's publishing company. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore and George David Weiss. The melody is based on "Plaisir d'amour" (1784), a popular romance by Jean-Paul-Égide Martini (1741–1816). It was featured in Elvis Presley's 1961 film, Blue Hawaii. During the following four decades, it was recorded by numerous other artists, including British reggae group UB40, whose 1993 version topped the U.S. and UK charts, and Swedish pop group A-Teens.

Elvis Presley's version of the song, which topped the British charts in 1962, has appeared in numerous other films, including the 2000 film Coyote Ugly, the 2002 Disney film Lilo & Stitch, the 2016 film The Conjuring 2 and the Pilot Episode of Sons of Anarchy. Other films that feature the song include Overboard, Honeymoon in Vegas, The Thing Called Love, Was It Something I Said?, Fools Rush In, Love Stinks and Happily Ever After. The single is certified by the RIAA as a Platinum record, for US sales in excess of one million copies. In the United States, the Elvis Presley version of the song peaked at number two on the pop chart and went to number one on the Easy Listening chart for six weeks.

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Oct 19, 2016

Brian Hyland - Sealed With A Kiss on Greatest Hits (1962)

Brian Hyland - Sealed With A Kiss on Greatest Hits (1962)
"Sealed with a Kiss" is a song written by Peter Udell and Gary Geld. It was first recorded by The Four Voices in 1960 and released as a single, but their recording was not a hit.

In 1962, Brian Hyland, who often performed Udell and Geld's material, covered the song. Hyland's single began its run on June 6, 1962 and became a hit, reaching No. 3 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and the UK Singles Chart. The personnel on the original Brian Hyland recording included Mundell Lowe, Al Caiola on guitar, Gary Geld on piano, George Duvivier on bass, Blackie Shackner on harmonica and Gary Chester on drums and Sticks Evans and Al Rogers on percussion.

When re-released in 1975, Hyland's recording charted in the UK at No. 7. Hyland also recorded a version in German.

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The Highwaymen - Cotton Fields on Back 2 Back Hits (1961)

The Highwaymen - Cotton Fields on Back 2 Back Hits (1961)
"Cotton Fields" was a folk revival hit by the Highwaymen, hence the composer credits given as "Arr. and Adapt. by Dave Fisher," a member of that group. In reality the song originated with bluesman Huddie Ledbetter (Lead Belly) and was given additional exposure by Odetta and her partner Larry in their much-emulated arrangement on a 1954 recording for the Fantasy label. "Cotton Fields" was also brought to the session by Bradley. The Highwaymen's United Artists version of the song had barely been released and didn't get onto the charts until the day after Monroe's session on December 1." In an at-tempt to emulate the original he uses a trio on the vocals—an unusual feature in an age when he preferred to sing more and more solos. "Journey's End," like "Live and Let Live," was an older country standard originally recorded by Ernest Tubb in 1954. Composer credits were to Tubb and Virgil "Poppy" Stewart, a Blytheville, Arkansas singer who led the popular Stewart Family gospel group that recorded for 4–Star in the 1940s. Although not a gospel song it had the kind of starkness that appealed to Monroe, and it is quite likely that he chose it to round out the album's vocals.

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Acker Bilk - Stranger On The Shore on Clarinet Moods (1962)

"Stranger on the Shore" is a piece for clarinet written by Acker Bilk for his young daughter and originally named "Jenny" after her. It was subsequently used as the theme tune of a BBC TV drama serial for young people, Stranger on the Shore. It was first released in 1961 in the UK, and then in the US, and reached number 1 in the US and number 2 in the UK.

In May 1969, the crew of Apollo 10 took "Stranger on the Shore" on their mission to the moon. Gene Cernan, a member of the crew, included the tune on a cassette tape used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft.

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On 26 May 1962, "Stranger on the Shore" became the first British recording to reach number one on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 where it was issued by Atlantic Records on the Atco label, but it was quickly followed, on 22 December, by the Tornados' "Telstar", another instrumental. In the pre-rock era, Vera Lynn's "Auf Wiederseh'n Sweetheart" had reached #1 in 1952, on the shorter "Best Sellers In Stores" survey. After "Telstar", the next British performers to top the U.S. charts were the Beatles, with their first Capitol Records single "I Want to Hold Your Hand". "Stranger on the Shore" was Billboard's #1 single of 1962, and it spent seven weeks atop the "Easy Listening" chart, which later became known as the Adult Contemporary chart. The tune became the second of three "one-hit wonders" named "pop single of the year" by Billboard (the others being 1958's "Volare (Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu)" by Domenico Modugno and 2006's "Bad Day" by Daniel Powter.

Oct 16, 2016

The Duprees - You Belong To Me on The Best Of The Duprees (1962)

The Duprees - You Belong To Me on The Best Of The Duprees
"You Belong to Me" is a romantic pop music ballad from the 1950s. The singer reminds his or her beloved love interest, soulmate, or sweetheart that whatever exotic locales and sights he/she experiences, "you belong to me" no matter what happens.

In 1958, the song crossed over into rock for the first time on the Capitol album Gene Vincent Rocks and the Blue Caps Roll. A later version of the song, by the Duprees, also made the Billboard Top 10, reaching No. 7 in 1962. It was recorded by many other pop vocalists, including Patsy Cline and Bing Crosby. A solo acoustic version was recorded by Bob Dylan for the 1992 album Good as I Been to You but was eventually left off as an out-take, the recording only surfacing two years later in the soundtrack for the 1994 film Natural Born Killers.

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Oct 14, 2016

Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel on Johnny Angel Album (1962)

Shelley Fabares - Johnny Angel on Johnny Angel Album (1962)
"Johnny Angel" is a song written and composed by Lyn Duddy and Lee Pockriss. The song was originally recorded by both Laurie Loman and Georgia Lee, however these two versions were not successful. It first became a popular hit single in 1962 when covered by Shelley Fabares who took it to number one on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart. British singer Patti Lynn had a moderate hit with her remake of "Johnny Angel" the same year in the UK Singles Chart. The American pop music duo, The Carpenters also covered "Johnny Angel" in 1973 as part of a medley of oldies on side two of their album Now & Then.

Barbara Lynn - You'll Lose A Good Thing on Midnight Blues (1962)

"You'll Lose a Good Thing" is a popular song written by rhythm and blues artist Barbara Lynn Ozen, who, performing as Barbara Lynn, scored a 1962 Top 10 hit, peaking at #8 and also the number 1 spot on the R&B charts, with her bluesy rendition of the song.

From its rural south Louisiana origins, swamp pop went on to exert an influence on popular music both in the United States and abroad. (The term "swamp pop'' was actually coined by British music writer Bill Millar around 1970 and was popularized in the genres homeland by his compatriot and fellow music writer John Broven.) Notable swamp pop-influenced tunes include Bill Haley and the Comets' rerecording of Bobby Charles's ~Later Alligator,'' The Rolling Stones' version of Barbara Lynn's "You'll Lose a Good Thing,'' The Honeydrippers' rendition of "Sea of Love," and the Beatles' original composition "Oh! Darling," which exudes the swap pop ballad sound. (Contrary to popular belief, artists like Dale Hawkins, Tony Joe White, and Creedence Clearwater Revival did not perform swamp pop music, nor do they appear to have been influenced by the sound.)

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Features of This Song

Classic soul qualities
Acoustic sonority
A twelve-eight time signature
Intricate melodic phrasing

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