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Wayne’s Music 2/3 March 2013.  Where Were You in 62?

Our Favourite melodies          in 62 it was very rare for a British cover outsell an American original, but it happened when Craig Douglas the teen idol from the Isle Of Wight outdid The New Jersey teen singer Gary Criss. 
Walk On By                   Leroy Van Dyke 

Steel men             Roger Whittaker really was a pioneer of “World Music” when he took the percussive rhythms of his home in Nairobi to London’s Tin Pan Alley – this was released half way through ’62

Can’t You Hear The Beat Of A Broken Heart     the singing matinee idol in Britain Iain Gregory

yes My Darling Daughter                  Edith Garmezano started out as a big band singer in the 40s, and turned solo in 52 with a string of singles to her credit, and in this number in 62 she displays her five-octave range.  The world knows her as Eydie Gorme. 

Forget Me Not                Eden Kane in his early days working with Johnny keating’s orchestra.      

The Crowd           this was released in ’62 about the time when Roy Orbison  was giving concerts in Australasia, the first of several visits to the Antipodes.                     

Lonesome                      Adam Faith with John Barry about the time the singer was being included in BBC discussion programmes about religion and moral issues –

Adios Amigo                  Jim Reeves with one of his best, the last song to be recorded at a lengthy series of sessions in November 1961 …

The Comancheros                   Lonnie Donegan’s version of the theme from John Wayne’s Movie in 1962. 
Conscience           James Darren was 26 when he recorded this single - 

He’s Old Enough To Know Better             The Brook Brothers working with Tony hatch.
Follow That Dream                Elvis Presley with his uptempo rocker for his 9th film

D-Darling            Anthony Newley with a song that came from one of his short-lived experiments in 62 – The Johnny Darling Show.

When Love Comes Along                 Former London Transport bus driver, and a tank driver in the army, Terry  Parsons before he became known world-wide as Matt Monroe.

Jeannie                Moon River gave Danny Williams his career calling card, and the odds were always going to be against him when it came to matching that moment … but he kept recording, and just as he was saying goodbye to his teens he released this song which was co-written by one Terry Stanford who’s better known as [pianist Russ Conway.

Here Comes That Feeling                 Brenda Lee, always a favourite on British Hit  Parades, this song was a B-side in the United States, but when reversed it became her second biggest UK hit of 1962. 

Lonesome Number One                    Don Gibson – called “The Sad Poet” even though there was a free-wheeling rhythm to his music, the story lines were usually about joyless and sorrowful situations.

Stranger On The Shore           something you don’t hear often these days – Andy Williams vocal version of the hugely popular Acker Bilk instrumental “Stranger On The Shore


Wayne’s Music Sunday 3 March 2013.  Where were you in 62?  PART ONE.

Don’t Ever Change                 The Crickets  - a much loved group when they backed Buddy Holly, although Sonny Curtis had been out of the picture for a couple of years doing Military service, the same fate would soon befall Jerry Allison and bass player Joe Mauldin had relocated to Hollywood to work as a recording engineer – hence the arrival of keyboard player Glen Hardin/ vocalist/guitarist Jerry Naylor (who sings on this next song) and a young Glen Campbell. 

I’m Counting On You            Petula Clark – with her vocals double-tracked – a technique used prolifically by Connie Francis in the early days. 

The Right Thing To say Nat King Cole changing his style as the 60s developed, and using a variety of different musicians and producers.

Tonight (From West Side Story)  here’s a re-awakening of one of the main songs from the biggest broadway show (at the time) – and Shirley Bassey gives it a career best performance in February 1962 working with the Rita Williams Singers and geoff Love’s orchestra.

The Green leaves Of Summer Kenny Ball and His Jazzers with a rollicking trad version of the Alamo Theme … The Green Leaves Of Summer. 



I Can’t Stop Loving You                  Ray Charles from his ground-breaking album “Modern Sounds In Country And Western Music”. 

I’ll See You In My Dreams               a reasonably successful UK release for Pat Boone in 62

A Picture Of You                    Joe Brown and The Bruvvers – an all round British Showman – still out there entertaining – his daughter Sam sings and runs a couple of ukulele bands – and son Pete is a record producer.

The Hole In The Ground                  Bernard Cribbins the actor had a series of pop playlets in the 60s – Producer george Martin recognized his distinctive comedic voice, a good example is this black-humoured “Hole In The Ground”. 

I’m Lookin Out The Window           Cliff Richard  with a song that his Producer Norrie Paramor based on an old Peggy Lee recording  - it became the A-side of Cliff Richard’s 17th single in May 1962. 

lesson One            okay – it’s time for a piano lesson from pop pianist Russ Conway – he called it “Lesson One”. 

Come Outside                Mike Sarne with Wendy Richard.

Please Don’t Ask About Barbara               Bobby Vee was a big star in 62 with cameo appearances in films like “Play It Cool” and “Just For Fun” =- and his female fans turned out in droves to buy his singles of the day – whether or not it was their name that figured in the titles … “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara”. 

Caterina               Perry Como with the Ray Charles Singers –

Fanlight Fanny             “Clinton Ford with The George Chisholm All Stars

Town Without Pity                  here’s the song that set the pace for Gene Pitney’s chain of hits to follow.  Dimitri Tiomkin’s dramatic ballad was the title track of the film and it was nominated for the Academy Award for best Song.  Pitney performed the piece at the 62 Oscars, but it lost out to Moon River. 

Lonely City           Johnny Leyton started out as Ginger in the TV adaptation of Biggles in 1960 – and his fan club grew, so producer Joe Meek was persuaded to record his voice with his studio band The Outlaws

Don’t Break The Heart That Loves You     Connie Francis with her big hit in ’62 which she refashioned in four different languages – German, Italian, Spanish and Japanese.

Listen To me                  Buddy Holly – with a single that was released four years after he cut the original. 

Ave Maria            Shirley Bassey

Young World                 Ricky Nelson

Jambalaya           Fats Domino wrapping his New Orleans overtones around the Hank Williams classic.

Love Letters                   who had ever heard of Ketty lester before “Love Letters”. 

She’s Got You                Patsy Cline