Wayne's Music Saturday 18 June 2011. The Fab, gear and Groovy 60s.
Stairway To Heaven Neil Sedaka. Most rock fans, including me, think of Led Zeppelin when the song "Stairway To heaven" comes up … but a tune with that title was actually recorded in the 1940s, but the first song with the title appears to have been written by Neil Sedaka
Spinning Wheel Blood Sweat and Tears - written by vocalist David Clayton Thomas - the greatest success for Blood Sweat And Tears.
I'm Sorry Brenda Lee - the thing I always remember about this song was that Decca Records held back on the release while they pondered the legalities of having a teenager sing about affairs of the heart. She was just 15 when it was recorded, and is notable for being one of the first examples of the Nashville Sound. These Eyes Guess Who with the song Randy Bachman wrote while he was waiting for his girlfriend to get ready to go out. Denise, the girl he was waiting for, he married.
Handy Man Jimmy Jones modeled his soulful falsetto on Clyde McPhatter and Sam Cooke. J
Bad Moon Rising Creedence Clearwater revival with the song inspired by the film The Devil and Daniel Webster which is about a Hurricane that wipes out half a town.
Devil Or Angel Bobby vee - one of the first of his five million sellers within three years.
Put A Little Love In Your Heart Jackie De Shannon - an artist ahead of her time.
Pretty Blue Eyes Steve Lawrence, a fine Broadway jazz-oriented balladeer, but his excursions into pop music were artistically excellent - many of his hits suffered badly at the hands of cover versions.
I'm Gonna make You Love Me Supremes & temptations - with the song that was an original hit for Dee Dee Warwick in 1966. Lonely Blue Boy Conway twitty. For a brief period some believed that Mr twitty was actually Elvis Presley recording under a different name.
I Gotta get A message To You Bee Gees - Robin Gibb's song with Percy Sledge in mind to record it first.
Let The Little Girl Dance Bobby Bland heard Titus Turner recording this song, and thought he would show him how he (Bland) thought it should be sung.
Chain Of Fools Aretha Franklin charted a total of 9 Hot 100 placements in 1968, and this one with Joe South on Guitar was the biggest and the best.
Blue Moon The Marcels with their novelty rendition of the classic oldie - there was just one more minor hit I think before the group faded into obscurity.
Hush Deep Purple with the song that saw the band rise to #4 on The American Chart and the album "Shades Of deep Purple" edged into the top 30 in the Billboard Top 100 - yet both the single and the album flopped in the UK in 1968.
Sad Movies Sue Thompson with the John D Loudermilk classic pop song from '62. Spooky Classics IV -
Where The Boys Are Connie Francis, the Top female on the Adult Contemporary Charts of the 1960s
Wayne's Music Sunday 19 June 2011. PART ONE.
His Latest Flame Elvis working with his regular crew of the early 60s, Scotty Moore and Hank garland on guitars, Bob Moore on bass, DJ Fontana on drums, with floyd Cramer on piano and the ever present Jordanaires on backup vocals. Eleanor a kind of a satire on the success of the Turtles earlier hit Happy Together - the band parodying themselves as the super-clean pop group.
Angel Baby Rosie And The originals - Rosie Hamlin wrote this as a poem when she was 14
Different Drum The Stone Poneys with the song that got them on the radio and brought Linda Ronstadt to International prominence.
I Like It Like That Chris Kenner recorded it first in 1961 before the Dave Clark Five got a hold of it 4 years later.
Love Is here And Now You're Gone Diana Ross And The Supremes with the song that lyricist Eddie Holland names as his favouriote Supremes number.
The Wanderer Dion - the original punk, tough and arrogant , not really dangerous, but also not out of the manufactured "teen idol" mould.
let's Live For Today apparantley this was a huge hit in Italy for a group called the Rokes - and with it's 60s theme of "Live For Today there is no tomorrow" it was a winning English language cover by the Grass Roots from LosAngeles.
He's A rebel Darlene Love takes the lead vocal, yet the groups biggest hit didn't feature any Crystals at all.
Town Without Pity here's the man who wrote that last song for the Crystals, but NOT this one Gene Pitney has said Town Without Pity is not the sort of song he would have chosen for himself to sing.
Somebody To Love Jefferson Airplane
Crying In The Rain The Everly Brothers … a collaboration by Carol King and Howard Greenfield (former Brill Building Songwriting students)
I Was Made To Love Her Stevie Wonder
Roses Are Red My Love Bobby Vinton
Whiter Shade Of pale Procul Harum - with the timeless sound synonomous with Flower Power … a Number one for 6 weeks in the summer of 67
Sugar Shack Jimmy Gilmer met his band The Fireballs at Norman Petty's studio in Clovis Texas, just after their lead singer had departed suddenly
We can Work It Out The Beatles with what's regarded as the first "double-A sided" single … with "Day Tripper", recorded during the Rubber Soul sessions.
Loddy Lo Chubby Checker had a career built on dance tune titles - The Hucklebuck, The Twist, The Limbo, The Pony, The Hitch-hiker - the list goes on
You Didn't Have To be So Nice The Lovin' Spoonful from the Daydream Album … actually released as the band's second single in 1965.
Sukiyaki this must be the only song in hot 100 history to be sung entirely in Japanese. Actor and singer Kyu Sakamoto, a native of Kawasaki had wonderful success with the original love ballad "Ue O Muite Aruko" in Japan
Fun Fun Fun The Beach Boys - the story goes that Brian Wilson and Mike Love wrote this song about Shirley England, the daughter of the owner of Radio Station KNAK in Salt Lake City. She borrowed her father's Ford Thunderbird to go study at the library. Instead of driving to the library, she ended up at a hamburger stand. When her father found out, he took the car away. The next day she was at the radio station complaining about it to the staff while The Beach Boys were visiting and they were inspired to write this song
She's Not There The Zombies - take you back to '64, one of the most distinctive records of that year - with the jazz-tinged off beat, and Rod Argent's electric piano sound … wow!
No reply The Beatles with the song that Music Publisher Dick James - was quite pleased with. He said to John Lennon - "You're getting better now - that was a complete story".