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Wayne’s Music Oct20/21 2012.  1960s best selling albums.

San Miguel                   Kingston Trio -  held the number one chart position for eight weeks.

Misty                    from Johnny Mathis’ eighth studio album with all the hallmarks of his big sellers -

Theme From A Summer Place                  Billy Vaughn

Tango Della Gelosia (jealous Of You)                 Connie Francis sings Italian Favourites …Connie's first Italian recordings and also her highest charting …

Sleepy Lagoon               here’s a light orchestral valse serenade that was written by Eric Coates in 1930 …thirty years later, The Platters took it into the Billboard Hot 100. 

Big Iron               Marty Robbins from possibly his most successful album Gunfighter Ballads and Trail Songs

Tonight Is So Right For Love                     G.I. BLUES, Presley's first movie following his return from military service was, like most of his '60s movies, a light romantic comedy with plenty of musical numbers. 

Day O                                      The granddaddy of all live albums, this disc captures the excitement of a Harry Belafonte concert at the height of his popularity.

Put Your Head On My Shoulder                from the album Paul Anka sings his Big 15

Ring A Ding Ding                  this song was written especially for ol blue eyes by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen – it was Sinatra’s first album on his own Reprise label.

Take Five             Boasting the first jazz instrumental to sell a million copies, the Paul Desmond-penned "Take Five," Time Out captures the celebrated jazz quartet at the height of both its popularity and its powers.

The Way You Look Tonight             The Lettermen – believe it or not had 32 charting albums in the 60s …
 

Runaround Sue             Dion  from the days when Everybody was singing in the neighborhood, on the street corners and in the hallways.

I left My Heart In San Francisco     Tony Bennett from one of the best selling albums of his career. 

It Won’t Be Long                    here’s a song from the second Beatles album we know as “With The Beatles” … it was called “Meet The Beatles” on the US release

Ramblin’                       The new Christie Minstrels were formed by Randy Sparkes in 1961, and over the years launched the careers of several solo entertainers including Kenny Rogers, Gene Clark, Kim Carnes and Barry McGuire

I Can’t Stop Loving You                  The Modern Sounds in Country And Western Music Production was a departure from Charles's previous work, the album features country, folk, and Western music standards covered and redone by Charles in popular song forms of the time, including R&B, pop, and jazz.

 

Wayne’s Music Sunday 21 October 2012.  Those 60s best selling albums. PART ONE

John Riley            from Joan Baez’s debut album in 1962 - At the time of its release, Joan Baez's first album was something of a revelation. The folk music revival was beginning to gather steam, and along comes a voice from heaven. 

Surfin’ USA                  while this title track was the centre of attention on the Beach Boys second album, in 1963, What is also interesting is that five of its twelve tracks are surf instrumentals, 

’m Into Something Good                 Herman’s Hermits …The prolific songwriting team of Gerry Goffin and Carole King wrote this. This was originally recorded by Earl-Jean (real name Ethel McCrea), who had been the lead singer the R&B vocal group The Cookies. Her version peaked at #38 in the US. Producer Mickie Most heard it and decided to cover it with a new British group, Herman's Hermits. The band was fronted by 16-year-old Peter Noone, and Most replaced the rest of the band with top session players like Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, both future members of Led Zeppelin. This was Herman's Hermits' only song to reach #1 in the UK,

Ramblin Rose                         It was introduced by Nat King Cole, who at first did not wish to record it. He was talked into it, however, by his 12-year-old daughter, (Natalie?) and her instincts were good, because it was a hit, reaching the #2 position on the charts in August, 1962. CD4 (414) 

Desafinado                    Stan getz/Joao Gilberto -a jazz-bossa-nova 1964 album by American saxophonist Stan Getz and Brazilian guitarist Joao Gilberto , featuring composer and pianist Antonio Carlos Jobim.  This became one of the best selling jazz albums of all time

 

PART TWO.

Do Wacka Do                 return Of Roger Miller is the second studio album from the singer/writer …the critics raved even remarking that "King of the Road" was "perhaps the most perfect country song ever written" .

Subterranean Homesick Blues                   Bob Dylan from the 5th album .. this became the first Dylan single to chart in the US.

A Taste Of Honey                    The Tijuana Brass 4th album, is arguably the best …

I’m Looking Through You               Rubber Soul – recorded in just over 4 weeks to make the Christmas market in 1965 - often cited as one of the greatest albums in music history.

Monday Monday           In 1966 a completely new sound hit the airwaves – “If You Can Believe Your Eyes And Ears” introduced The mamas and The papas to the world

Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)         An unforgettable film score from one of the greatest films  … this is the original film score by Maurice Jarre.
 
Strangers In The Night           Frank Sinatra … Scoobie Doobie Doo – this is the one that brought Frank Sinatra back to the top of the charts in the mid 60s …

Bring It On Home                   The best Of The Animals album emerged in 1966 featuring the new keyboard player Dave Rowberry in the picture on the cover.      
Out Of Time                  The Rolling Stones from their 4th British studio album “Aftermath” Last Train To Clarkesville             this single was released before the debut album in 1966 and it soared right to the top of the charts, and it turned out to be the only hit from the album.  

Mas Que Nada              Sergio Mendez and Brasil ’66 …

Do You Believe In Magic                 Lovin Spoonful  with a “Best Of album … which was the best of the first three albums . 
Hey Joe                          Are You Experienced? … the debut release in 1967 launched an International star …

Sunshine Of Your Love                    the second album by Supergroup Cream.  Their psychedelic blues-rock is best remembered through classics like "Sunshine of your Love" 

A Hazy Shade Of Winter                  Bookends, the fourth studio album from Simon and Garfunkel  and the last from the duo to be released in stereo and mono in 1968 – this is one of the songs written for the movie The Graduate – but rejected by the movie’s producer.

By The Time I get To Phoenix          some songs are just timeless and classic – how could anybody NOT like this Jimmy Webb masterpiece?

Walk On By                   Dionne Warwick  Walk On By' was the first time Burt Bacharach tried putting two grand pianos on a record in the studio.

Folsom Prison Blues.              In January 1968, Backed with June Carter, whom he married later that year; Carl Perkins and the Tennessee Three, Johnny Cash performed two shows at Folsom State prison in California. The resulting album consisted of 15 tracks from the first show and two tracks from the second.