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Wayne’s Music 9/10 March 2013.  More “where were you in ’62 songs”.

I’m Just A Baby            Louise Cordet, the daughter of a London socialite who co-owned the Saddle Room in London’s exclusive Mayfair district

I Can’t Help It               Johnny Tillotson

I Remember You           without a doubt one of the most memorable chart toppers of 62 came from the singer from Warwickshire, although he lived in the outback of Australia for about 15 years, Frank Ifield.

I’m Gonna Be Warm This Winter             Connie Francis was very particular when it came to detail  - in this song she replaced the opening line “we met at a ski lodge” with the more plausible “we met on a winter’s day”

Right Said Fred             Bernard Cribbens was always a favourite with British audiences in every one of his various strengths – actor, voice-over artist, or playing the funny man in musical comedies. 

Baby Take A Bow                   this is the last in a long line of hit singles written for Adam Faith by Johnny Worth under his publishing alias Les Vandyke

Speedy Gonzales            Pat Boone with the able support of Jacqueline McDonnell adding her mezzo soprano voice, and Mel Blanc with his cartoonish interjections.      

Island O fDreams Tom Springfield and his sister Dusty and Mike Hurst could have risen to greater heights as a trio if they had stayed together for another few years,

Little Miss Lonely          the schoolgirl with the cavernous contralto, Helen Shapiro was just 15 when this song was in the top 10 in 62. 

me And My Shadow                Dean Martin conducts the orchestra and directs his two “Rat Pack” pals Frank Sinatra and Sammy Davis Junior

But Not For Me             Ketty Lester.

Your Cheatin Heart                Ray Charles’ sings Hank Williams.

Things                           Bobby Darin with the final single on ATCO records before he signed up with Capitol …

The Next Time               Here’s Cliff Richard with a song specifically written for the film “Summer Holiday” –

Gotta See Baby Tonight          Acker Bilk and The Paramount Jazz band …

Like I Do              Maureen Evans  with a direct steal from Ponchiellis opera “Dance Of The Hours”

A Steel Guitar And A Glass Of Wine         one from the days when Paul Anka was the headliner at the Copacabana in Manhattan –

Return To Sender Elvis sings the song that was NOT going to be included in the soundtrack of his movie Girls, Girls, Girls, until his manager Colonel Tom Parker put the pressure on the films Producer Hal Wallis to use it … it did in fact become the movie’s signature song.

Guitar Tango                because they were accused of sounding “samey” with each new release, The Shadows opted for something different by releasing the flamenco-styled “Guitar Tango” with newcomer bass player Brian Licorice Locking. 


Wayne’s Music Sunday 10 March 2013.  Where were you in 62.  PART ONE.

Sealed With A Kiss                  Brian Hyland with equal amounts of heartache, foreboding, despair and angst contained in so many teen songs of the time.

He’s A Rebel                  As soon as the ink had dried on his songwriting note pad, Gene Pitney’s first stop was the Shirelles, but they turned his song down because of the anti-establishment lyric “He’s A Rebel”.  But when Phil Spector got to hear a demo, he wasted no time in recording the song with Darlene Love and The Blossoms putting it out under the name of The Crystals. 

Pick A Bale Of Cotton            Lonnie Donegan with the song that brought the curtain down on the skiffle era – with all the essentials – a slap bass, a shuffle rhythm, and Donegan would sing in as high a key as possible to maximize energy and impact. 

I’m Gonna Change Everything        Jim Reeves with a song he recorded just before heading for a nationwide tour of South Africa with Chet Atkins and Floyd Kramer.  The troup arrived to a screaming welcome at Johannesburg airport … the Jim Reeves legacy in the Rainbow Nation had just begun

So Do I                 Kenny Ball plays a tune that began life in 1939 as the title track of a Franco-German screen romance called “Bel Ami”.  Kenny Ball put his own trad jazz stamp on it in August 1962. 


Dance With The Guitar man  Duane Eddy and The Rebelettes  … the guitar man does a bit of a trade off with the edgy vocals of The Blossoms  on this song and it became his biggest seller for RCA.

You Know What I mean                   The Vernons Girls with a novelty number introducing the scouse accent which had hardly ever been heard on record in an entertainment world where “middle English” was the norm

My Love And Devotion            Matt Monro – the “cockney Sinatra” – an International star by the time he recorded this with the Johnny Spence orchestra at the end of ’62. 

Will I What                    Mike Sarne stuck with the femme-foil formula that had served him well in previous hits, and this time he introduced 16 year old Billie Davis who came up with the Dizzy Dialogue in this production with the Charles Blackwell Orchestra. 

Little Black Book                    the man who gave the world “Big Bad John” came back with this tongue in cheek yarn a single release from the album “Portrait Of Jimmy Dean”.       

Telstar                  The Tornadoes

Limbo Rock                   this is Chubby Checker’s vocalization of The Champs instrumental  … it triggered yet another dance craze, and soon the Limbo swept the world.      

What Now My Love                 the story goes that Orchestra leader Nelson Riddle was still writing the score for his arrangement of “What Now My Love” on the morning of the recording with Shirley Bassey.

Desafinado           Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd captured the imagination of the pop audience with this breakthrough jazz rendition –

She’s Not You                here’s another Leiber and Stoller winner for King Elvis with his ever present and loyal backup singers the Jordanaires.

Sun Arise             Rolf Harris. As indigenous as the didgeridoo recording was, it DID NOT chart in Australia.  Harris/Butler

Teen Age idol                Ricky Nelson with an autobiographical overview of his life up until 1962

She Taught Me To Yodel        maybe a flashback for young Frank Ifield to when he was growing up in rural New South Wales, Australia where he first heard hillbilly music and realized he could belt out a sort of a pop type yodel when he needed to

The loco-Motion   Little Eva

You Don’t Know Me               Ray Charles, with a Hollywood type orchestration by Marty Paich, the emotional power of a string section and an old country tune … bingo a hit song that stayed around for 13 weeks in 62.

Sherry                   .  The jersey boys were finally off and running.    

Love Me Do                   THE BEATLES.            

Keep Away From other Girls  and here’s the girl the Beatles were supporting during a British nationwide tour at the end of 62, Helen Shapiro.                        

Theme From Dr No (James Bond Theme)           over the years there has been a number of court hearings about who in fact did write The James Bond Theme – and proceedings ruled that Monty Norman did write the melody line intended for a musical that was never staged.  John Barry scored the counter melodies, that defined the piece of music, and guitarist Vic Flick a former member of The John Barry Seven should be given more credit for his fret board work on the composition.  .