1961

Number Ones:
Wonderland by Night - Bert Kaempfert [Decca 31141] (Chase, Neuman) is the German song ‘Wunderland bei Nacht’, and had successful covers by Louis Prima [Dot 16151] and Anita Bryant [Carlton 537].
Pony Time - Chubby Checker [Parkway 818] (Berry, Covay) is a cover of Don Covay’s group the Goodtimers [Arnold 1002].
Calcutta - Lawrence Welk [Dot 16161] (Gaze, Pockriss, Vance) originated as ‘Tivoli’ or Tivoli Melody’, a German song which was probably recorded by its writer, Heino Gaze, in 1953. It has been recorded as ‘Take Me Dreaming’ with several versions in 1958: Werner Müller [Decca 30678], Dennis Farnon [RCA 47-7229], Richard Hayman [Mercury 71321], Tony Osborne [HMV 514], and Enrico Leandros [Oriole]. It has been recorded as ‘Nicolette’ possibly by Winifred Attwell. It became a 1960 German hit for Vico Torriani as ‘Kalkutta Liegt an Ganges’ [Decca D19075].
Blue Moon - Marcels [Colpix 186] (Rodgers, Hart) This Rodgers and Hart classic was popular first in 1935 - the only hit by this duo that was not meant for stage or screen (Frankie Trumbauer [1/35, Victor 24812], Glen Gray [1/35, Decca 312], Connee Boswell [1/35, Brunswick 7363], Benny Goodman [2/35, Columbia 3003-D], Al Bowlly with the Ray Noble Orchestra [3/35, Victor 24812], Coleman Hawkins [3/35, in Paris, HMV K7455]). However, with different words it appeared as ‘Prayer’ in the film Hollywood Revue of 1933, sung by Jean Harlow, and as ‘The Bad in Every Man’ in the film Manhattan Melodrama, sung by Shirley Ross. It experienced a minor revival in 1949, recorded by Billy Eckstine [3/49,MGM 10311] and Mel Tormé [4/49, Capitol 15428], due to its inclusion in a bio-pic about the writers, Words and Music. It was recorded by Elvis for Sun Records in 1954 [LPM 1254]. Its first doo-wop version was by the Emanons [‘56, Josie 801].
Michael - Highwaymen [United Artists 258] (Fisher) originated as ‘Michael Row the Boat Ashore’, published in the 1867 collection Slave Songs of the United States by McKin, Ware and Allen. Pete Seeger recorded it on With Voices Together We Sing [‘56, Folkways FA 2452] and the Weavers on The Weavers On Tour [‘56, Vanguard VRS-9013]. Also by Bob Gibson [‘57, Carnegie Concert Riverside RLP 12-816] and the Folk Singers [‘58, Run Come Hear Elektra EKL-157].
Take Good Care of My Baby - Bobby Vee [Liberty 55354] (Goffin, King) was first recorded by Dion, but released after Vee’s single on Runaround Sue [Laurie 2009].
Surrender - Elvis Presley [RCA 7850] (Pomus, Shuman) was an Italian song written by Ernesto de Curtis and Claude Aveling as ‘Torna a Sorrento (Come Back to Sorrento)’ in 1904. Golden Inspirations reports a 1911 recording by Caruso, and presents a 1928 recording by Monte Rey. An English version was recorded by Gracie Fields [1/48, London 110]. It was rewritten for Elvis by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman.
Quarter to Three - Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds [Legrand 1008] (Anderson, Barge, Guida, Royster] is based on the instrumental ‘A Night with Daddy ‘G’’ by the Church Street Five [‘61, Legrand 1004]. Daddy ‘G’ is sax player Gene Barge of the Church Street Five.
Hit the Road Jack - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10244] (Mayfield). Percy Mayfield’s 1960 demo has been released on Specialty LP 7000.
Wooden Heart - Joe Dowell [Smash 1708] (Kaempfert, Twomey, Wise, Wiseman) is a sound-alike cover of Elvis Presley’s song from the film G.I. Blues. It was adapted by German composer and bandleader Bert Kaempfert for the movie from the German folk song ‘Muss I Denn (zum Städtele hinaus)’. ‘Muss I Denn’ appeared in the U.S. on the 1954 album German Folk Songs by Martha Schlamme [Folkways FW 6843]. It is a Schwabian folk tune from before 1824, recorded in 1901 on Zonophone by clarinetist Theodore Pusinelli & Hackert. Other recordings include Doppelquartett des Berliner Lehrergesangvereins [‘28], the German a cappella group the Comedian Harmonists [‘31], and the German-speaking American Chris Howland [‘53], which inspired Elvis.
Moody River - Pat Boone [Dot 16209] (Bruce) was a single for Chase Webster [‘61, Southern Sound 101].
Number Twos:
Exodus - Ferrante & Teicher [United Artists 274] (Gold) is the theme from the Otto Preminger film starring Paul Newman.
Bristol Stomp - Dovells [Parkway 829] (Appell, Mann) is a rewrite of the Students’ ‘Every Day of the Week’ [‘58, Note 10012].
The Boll Weevil Song - Brook Benton [Mercury 71820] (Benton, Otis) came out of a line of songs on this theme, beginning with Charlie Patton’s ‘Mississippi Boweavil Blues’, as The Masked Marvel [‘29, Paramount 12805]; over 15 songs with this theme are listed in Dixon & Goodrich. Meade, Spottswood, Meade list four country versions, all pre-dating the Charlie Patton. Woody Guthrie recorded it for the Library of Congress [‘40]. Versions similar to the Benton version (‘lookin’ for a home’) may have originated with Tex Ritter [‘48, Capitol 40084] and include Carl Sandburg [early ‘50s, New Songs from the American Songbag Lyrichord LL-4 10”], the Weavers [‘57, On Tour Vanguard VRS-9013], the Easy Riders [‘57, Marianne Erik Darling [‘58, Elektra EKL-154], Ramblin’ Jack Elliot [‘58, Jack Takes the Floor Topic 10 T 15], Eddie Cochran [’59, Liberty 55203] and Pete Seeger [‘59, American Favorite Ballads, Vol. III Folkways 2322].
Apache - Jorgen Ingmann [Atco 6184] (Lordan) was originally a British hit by the Shadows [‘60, Columbia DB 4484].
Top Fives:
Dedicated to the One I Love - Shirelles [Scepter 1203] (Bass, Pauling) charted when originally released in 1959. It was originally by the Five Royales [‘58, King 5098], and, according to Rosemont, is a rewrite of the Casanovas’ ‘I Don’t Want You to Go’ [‘55, Apollo 477].
I’ve Told Every Little Star - Linda Scott [Canadian American 123] (Hammerstein, Kern) was sung by Walter Slezak in the 1932 Broadway show Music in the Air, and recorded by Jack Denny [Victor 24183] and Eddy Duchin [Brunswick 6425].
There’s a Moon Out Tonight - Capris [Old Town 1094] (Gentile, Luccisano, Striano) is a re-release [‘59, Planet 1010 and ‘60, Lost0Nite 101].
Where the Boys Are - Connie Francis [MGM 12971] (Sedaka, Greenfield) is a movie title song.
Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group [Hi-Fi 5024] (Bergman, Keith, Luboff) is the Haitian folk song ‘Choucoune’, recorded by Lolita Cuevas in 1953 on the Folkways LP Haitian Folk Songs. The 19th century Haitian melody traces back to the Anjou region of France, as ‘Non, non, je ne marierai pas’. In Haiti it is also known as ‘Ti Zwazo’ (Little Bird). Lord Burgess & his Calypso Serenaders included it in their 1955 LP Folk Songs of Haiti, Jamaica and Trinidad, shortly before he met Harry Belafonte. Belafonte recorded it in ‘57 as ‘Don’t Ever Leave Me’ [RCA Victor 47-6830]. There is also a 1956 recording from the Bahamian group André Tousain & the Caribbeans. The Tarriers released in on a single as ‘Chaucon’ [‘57, Glory 254]. The Norman Luboff Choir recorded ‘Yellow Bird’ on its LP Calypso Holiday [‘57, Columbia LP 1000].
Hurt - Timi Yuro [Liberty 55343] (Crane, Jacobs) was an R&B hit for Roy Hamilton [‘54, Epic 9086], and later a hit for Elvis [‘76, PB 10601].
(Marie’s the Name) His Latest Flame - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 47-7908] (Pomus-Shuman) was recorded on 6/21/61 by Del Shannon and included on his album Runaway with Del Shannon [Big Top 12-1303]. (Earlier recordings by Bobby Darin and Bobby Vee were unreleased.)
Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavor (On the Bedpost Overnight) - Lonnie Donegan [Dot 15911] (Bloom, Breuer, Rose) was ‘Does the Spearmint Lose Its Flavor on the Bedpost Overnight’ by Ernest Hare & Billy Jones [‘24, Cameo 504]. Donegan's record went Top 5 in England early in 1959, but flopped in the U.S. when Dot released it. In the Spring of 1961, Boston DJ Arnie "Woo Woo" Ginsburg made joking references to the title and his listeners insisted there was no such song. Ginsburg had someone in England send him a copy and played it one night just to prove its existence. The result was an instant smash in Boston, and by early Summer it became a national hit. Note that the record retained its original 1959 catalog number.
I Love How You Love Me - Paris Sisters [Gregmark 2] (Mann, Kolber) was on Barry Mann’s debut LP Who Put the Bomp? [late ‘61-early ‘62, ABC Paramount 399] - it may have been recorded earlier.
You Must Have Been a Beautiful Baby - Bobby Darin [Atco 6206] (Mercer, Warren) was sung by Dick Powell in the 1938 film Hard to Get, and had successful recordings by Bing Crosby [Decca 2147] and Tommy Dorsey, feat. Edythe Wright [Victor 26066].
I Feel So Bad - Elvis Presley [RCA 7880] was the ‘54 Chuck Willis song.
This Time - Troy Shondell [Libery 55353] (Moman) was originally by Thomas Wayne [‘58, Mercury 71287 or 71454 or Fernwood 106].
Top Tens:
Every Beat of My Heart - Pips [Vee-Jay 386] (Otis) was first released on Huntom 2510; it was re-recorded on Fury 1050 and released as Gladys Knight & the Pips. The song was originally by the Royals (who later became the Midnighters) [‘52, Federal 12064].
You Can Depend On Me - Brenda Lee [Decca 31231] (Carpenter, Dunlap, Hines) was recorded by Louis Armstrong [‘32, Columbia 2590-D and Okeh 41538].
Together - Connie Francis [MGM 13019] (DeSylva, Brown, Henderson] was a hit in 1928: Cliff Edwards [Columbia 1295-D], Paul Whiteman [Victor 35883], Nick Lucas [Brunswick 3749] and Franklyn Baur [Victor 21220]; and again in 1944, featured in the film Since You Went Away: Helen Forrest & Dick Haymes [Decca 23349], Guy Lombardo [Decca 18617], and Dinah Shore [Victor 20-1594].
Baby Sittin' Boogie - Buzz Clifford [Columbia 41976] (Parker) was the top hit of 1961 in Germany as 'Babysitter-Boogie' by Ralf Bendix [Columbia C 21 824], but although it appears on the Before They Were Hits series, the German version is probably the cover.
Heartaches - Marcels [Colpix 812] (Klenner, Hoffman) was first popular in 1931: Guy Lombardo [Columbia 2390-D], Bert Lown [Victor 22612], and Will Osborne [Melotone 12078]; and again in 1947: Ted Weems [Decca 25017, the biggest hit version], Harry James [Columbia 37305], Eddy Howard [Majestic 1111], and Jimmy Dorsey [MGM 10001].
Let’s Get Together - Hayley Mills [Buena Vista 385] (Sherman, Sherman) was from the movie The Parent Trap starring Mills in a dual role.
One Mint Julep - Ray Charles [Impulse 200] (Toombs) was originally a big R&B hit for the Clovers [‘52, Atlantic 963]. Sarah Vaughan recorded it in early 1962 [Roulette 4413].
San Antonio Rose - Floyd Cramer [RCA 7893] (Wills) was a Western swing classic by Bob Wills: first in 1939 [Vocalion 4755], then in 1940 as ‘New San Antonio Rose’ [Okeh 5694], also charting Crosby [‘41, Decca 3590].
Tonight - Ferrante & Teicher [United Artists 373] (Bernstein, Sondheim) is from the 1958 musical and 1961 film West Side Story.
Asia Minor - Kokomo [Felsted 8612] (Wisner or Mozian) is based on Grieg’s Piano Concerto in A Minor (1868, revised 1907). (Note: “Asia Minor’ (Mozian) by Machito seems to be a different song.)
Corinna, Corinna - Ray Peterson [Dunes 2002] (Williams, Chatman) is a much-recorded song, in many genres, beginning with its writer, Charlie McCoy & Bo Chatman [‘28, ‘Corrine Corrina’, Brunswick 7080], Tampa Red & Georgia Tom [‘29, Vocalion 1450], the Mississippi Sheiks [‘30, ‘Alberta Blues], Red Nichols [‘31, Brunswick 6058], Cab Calloway [‘31, Banner 32340], Ashley & Abernathy [‘31, Banner 32427], Cliff Bruner [‘37, Decca 5350], Bob Wills [‘40, Okeh 06539], Big Joe Turner [‘41, Decca 8563], Texas rockabilly singer Johnny Carroll [‘56, Decca 29941], and Joe Turner again [‘56, Atlantic 1088]. The tune is older and has appeared in other blues songs, such as ‘Northern Starvers Are Coming Home’ by Charlie McCoy & Bo Carter [‘30, Okeh 8853] and ‘How Long Pretty Mama’ by Barbecue Bob [‘27, Columbia 14350-D].
Hello Mary Lou - Ricky Nelson [Imperial 5741] (Pitney) was originally recorded by Johnny Duncan [‘60, ‘Hello Mary Lou, Goodbye Heart’ Leader 812]. Writer Gene Pitney first recorded it for his 1962 LP The Many Sides of Gene Pitney.
Portrait of My Love - Steve Lawrence [United Artists 291] (West, Ornadel) was a hit in England for Matt Monro [‘60, Parlophone B4714]. The Tokens charted with it in 1967 [Warner 5900].
I Understand (Just How You Feel) - G-Clefs [Terrace 7500] (Best) was originally by the Four Tunes [‘54, Jubilee 5132], with a cover by June Valli [RCA Victor 5740]. It later charted for Freddie & the Dreamers [Mercury 72377]. The G-Clefs version includes an interweaving of the Scottish traditional song ‘Auld Lang Syne’.
Crazy - Patsy Cline [Decca 31317] (Nelson) was demoed by Nelson and recorded by him for his 1962 LP And Then I Wrote.
My Empty Arms - Jackie Wilson [Brunswick 55201] (Kasha, Hunter) is based on the aria ‘Vesti la Giubba’ from Leoncavalli’s 1892 opera I Pagliacci. It was a million-seller for Enrico Caruso, first recorded in 1902 fro G&T, but popular in the 1904 and 1907 Victor recordings [81032 and 88061].
Tragedy - Fleetwoods [Dolton 40] (Nelson, Burch) was a Top 5 hit for Thomas Wayne [‘59, Fernwood 109].
Top Twenties:
Moon River - Henry Mancini [RCA 7916] (Mancini, Mercer) was from the film Breakfast at Tiffany’s. It was also popular for Jerry Butler [Vee-Jay 405], and is well-known in Andy Williams’ recording from the 1962 LP of the same name [Columbia 1809].
You’re the Reason - Bobby Edwards [Crest 1075] was a hit for Edwards, its writer, but also charted country for Hank Locklin [RCA 7921] and Joe South [Fairlane 21006].
Once in a While - Chimes [Tag 444] (Green, Edwards) was a big hit in 1937: Tommy Dorsey [Victor 25686], Horace Heidt [Brunswick 7977], Louis Armstrong [Decca 1560], Ozzie Nelson [Bluebird 7256], and Francis Langford [Decca 1542]. It had a revival in 1952 with Patti Page [Mercury 5867].
A Wonder Like You - Rick Nelson [Imperial 5770] (Fuller) was recorded by its writer, Jerry Fuller, for Challenge [‘61], but not released.
Please Love Me Forever - Cathy Jean & the Roommates [Valmor 007] (Malone, Blanchard) first charted in 1958 for Tommy Edwards, the B-side of his big hit [MGM 12688]; it was also recorded that year by the doo-wop group the Sedates [MRB 171, then 20th Century 1011 in ‘59]. It was revived by Bobby Vinton [‘67, Epic 10228].
You Always Hurt the One You Love - Clarence Henry [Argo 5388] (Roberts, Fisher) was a hit in 1944: the Mills Brothers [Decca 18599], Sammy Kaye [Victor 20-1606], the Three Suns [Hit 7105], and Charlie Barnet, feat. Kay Starr [Decca 18638].
I Don’t Know Why - Linda Scott [Canadian American 129] (Turk, Ahlert) was a hit in 1931: Russ Columbo [Victor 22801], Bennie Krueger [Brunswick 6185], Kate Smith [Columbia 2539-D], and Wayne King [Victor 22817]; and in 1946: the Andrews Sisters [Decca 18899], Tommy Dorsey [Victor 20-1901], and Frank Sinatra [Columbia 36918].
I’ll Be There - Damita Jo [Mercury 71840] (King, Glick, Jones) is an answer song to Ben E. King’s ‘Stand By Me’ [Atco 6194].
I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door - Eddie Hodges [Cadence 1397] was first done by the Isley Brothers [‘59, RCA 47-7537]
Never on Sunday - Chordettes [Cadence 1402] (Hadjidakis, Towne) is a vocal version of the movie theme that charted the previous year for Don Costa.
The Way You Look Tonight - Lettermen [Capitol 4586] (Kern, Fields) is a Fred Astaire song from the 1936 film Swing Time [Brunswick 7717]. Other versions include Guy Lombardo [Victor 25372], Teddy Wilson, feat. Billie Holiday [Brunswick 7762], Bing & Dixie Lee Crosby [Decca 907], Benny Goodman feat. Peggy Lee [Columbia 36954], and the doo-wop group the Jaguars, the blueprint for the Lettermen’s version [‘56, R-Dell 11].
Flaming Star - Elvis Presley [RCA 128 EP] (Wayne, Edwards) is a movie title song.
Lazy River - Bobby Darin [Atco 6188] (Arodin, Carmichael) was recorded by Hoagy Carmichael in 1930, with the Dorsey Brothers, Joe Venuti and Eddie Lang [Victor 23034]; this version became popular in 1932. Other recordings include Louis Armstrong [’31, Okeh 41541], Louis Prima [’36, Brunswick 7666], Casa Loma Orchestra [’39, Decca 2396], Sidney Bechet with the Bechet/Spanier Big Four [’40, HRS 2000], Benny Goodman, feat. Helen Forrest [’41, Columbia 36012], Mills Brothers [’41, Decca 4187 and ‘52, Decca 28458], Art Mooney [’52, MGM 11347], and Si Zentner [‘61, ‘Up a Lazy River’ Liberty 55374].
Let the Four Winds Blow - Fats Domino [Imperial 5764] (Domino, Bartholomew) was originally an R&B hit by Roy Brown [‘57, Imperial 5439], and recorded before that as ‘Four Winds’ by Dave Bartholomew [‘55, Imperial 5350].
Everlovin’ - Rick Nelson [Imperial 5770] (Burgess) was originally by Dave Burgess & the Champs [‘59, Challenge 59045].
More Money for Me and You - Four Preps [Capitol 4599] (Belland, Larson) is a novelty based on a medley of these songs: Mr. Blue, Alley-Oop, Smoke Gets In Your Eyes, In This Whole Wide World [Four Freshmen], A Worried Man, Tom Dooley, Teenager in Love.
Heart and Soul - Cleftones [Gee 1064] (Carmichael, Loesser) was a hit in 1938: Larry Clinton with Bea Wain [Victor 26046], Al Donahue with Paula Kelly [Vocalion 4398] and Eddy Duchin [Brunswick 8238]. It charted for the Four Aces in 1952 [Decca 28390]. Jan and Dean also had a charting version in 1961 [Challenge 9111].
Tell Me Why - Belmonts [Sabrina 500] (Helfand, Carter) was originally by Norman Fox & the Rob Roys [‘57, Back Beat 501].
‘Pepe’ - Duane Eddy [Jamie 1175] (Langdon, Wittstatt) is a movie title song, sung by Shirley Jones in the film. It was also recorded by Caterina Valente, Dalida and Russ Conway.
Amor - Ben E. King [Atco 6203] (Skylar, Ruiz, Mendez) is a Mexican song recorded by Chela Campos, with Paco Treviño’s Orchestra, in 1941 [Victor]. It was featured in the 1944 film Broadway Rhythm, and was recorded by Bing Crosby [Decca 18608], Andy Russell [Capitol 156], Xavier Cugat, with Carmen Castillo [Columbia 36718], and Enric Madriguera. It was recorded in 1954 by the Four Aces [Decca 29036].
God, Country and My Baby - Johnny Burnette [Liberty 55379] (Dolan, Holiday) was originally a single for Chico Holiday [‘61, New Phoenix 6190/Coral 62291].
The Girl of My Best Friend - Ral Donner [Gone 5102] (Ross, Bobrick) was on the LP Elvis Is Back! [‘60, RCA LSP 2231].
Bonanza - Al Caiola [United Artists 302] (Livingston, Evans) is the title tune to the TV show.
Peanut Butter - Marathons [Arvee 5027] (Barnum, Cooper, Goldsmith, Smith) is a reworking of the Olympics’ ‘(Baby) Hully Gully’ [‘60, Arvee 562]. The Marathons were actually the Vibrations, formerly the Jayhawks, and re-recorded this song in 1961 on Argo 5389, as the Vibrations.
Don’t Blame Me - Everly Brothers [Warner 5501 EP] (McHugh, Fields) was a hit in 1933, introduced by Jeanette Loff in the revue Clowns in Clover. It was recorded by Ethel Waters [Brunswick 6617], Guy Lombardo [Brunswick 6608], Rudy Vallee [Bluebird 5115], Leo Reisman [Victor 24359], Charles Agnew [Columbia 2793], Coleman Hawkins [‘44, Keynote K1320] Charlie Parker [‘47, Dial 1021], Sarah Vaughan [‘47, Musicraft 504], and Nat King Cole [‘48, Capitol 15110].
Hearts of Stone - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2028] (Jackson, Ray) is an instrumental remake of the 1955 hit.
Frankie and Johnny - Brook Benton [Mercury 71859] (adapted by Brook Benton). ‘Frankie and Johnny’ has a long history. It is supposedly based on an incident from about 1850, and the song dates from around 1870 [these dates are fuzzy], but wasn’t fully published until 1912. There was a Jan’ 25 recording by Harry Frankel on the Harmony label. There were popular versions in 1927 (Frank Crumit [Victor 20715] and Ted Lewis [Columbia 1017] and in 1942 (Guy Lombardo [Decca 4177]). Meade, Spottswood and Meade list 22 country versions between 1924 and 1937, under various titles (‘Frankie and Johnny’, ‘Frankie Baker’, ‘Little Frankie’, ‘Frankie’s Gamblin’ Man’, ‘Frankie Was a Good Woman’, ‘Frankie Dean’, ‘Frankie and Albert’). The earliest of these was by Ernest Thompson in 1924. Other country artists include Welby Toomey [‘25], Gid Tanner [‘26], Frank Crumit [‘27], Emry Arthur [‘29], Jimmie Rodgers [‘29], Gene Autry [‘29], Carson Robison [‘29], Darby & Tarlton [‘30], and Leo Soileau [‘35]. There have been several blues versions, notably by Mississippi John Hurt [‘28], Coley Jones [‘27-unissued], Charley Patton [‘29] , Leadbelly [‘34], Josh White [’44] and Champion Jack Dupree [’58]. Jazz artists who have recorded it include Fate Marable [3/16/24], King Oliver [’29-’30], Bunny Berigan [’37], Duke Ellington [’45], Sidney Bechet [’52], Wilbur De Paris [’53], George Wallington [’54] and Louis Armstrong [’59]. Pop vocal versions include those by Ethel Waters [’38], Lena Horne [’46] and Pearl Bailey [’49]. There have been popular version in the rock era by Johnny Cash [4/59, Columbia 31371], Sam Cooke [7/63, RCA 8215], and Elvis Presley [‘66, RCA Victor 47-8780] as well as an unreleased ‘56 Sun recording by Charlie Feathers, a ‘58 version by Gene Vincent, and a ‘56 version by British skiffle singer Lonnie Donegan. Doc Watson recorded it in 1973 for the Poppy label.
I Dreamed of a Hill-Billy Heaven - Tex Ritter [Capitol 4567] (Dean, Sothern) was originally by Eddie Dean & the Frontiersmen [‘54, Sage & Sand 180].
Top Thirties :
Baby Oh Baby - Shells [Johnson 104] (Johnson, Bouknight, Coleman) is a reissue of their 1957 record.
Rama Lama Ding Dong - Edsels [Twin 700] (Jones) was originally issued in 1958 as ‘Lama Rama Ding Dong’, then with the current name [Dub 2843].
Bumble Boogie - B. Bumble & the Stingers [Rendezvous 140] (Fina) was a hit for Freddy Martin, featuring Jack Fina on piano [‘46, RCA Victor 1829], adapted from Rimsky-Korsakov’s ‘Flight of the Bumblebee’ from his 1900 opera The Tale of Tsar Saltan.
That Old Black Magic - Bobby Rydell [Cameo 190] (Batchelor, Roberts) is a new version of the 1943 standard (see 1955).
C’est Si Bon - Conway Twitty [MGM 12969] (Seelen, Betti) is a French song from 1947, introduced by the actress Suzy Delair [Decca] (according to Rypens), or the Jacques Hélian Orchestre with Jean Marco [2/48, Columbia DF 3232] (according to Rosemont) and a hit for Yves Montand and les Soeurs Etienne. It was done in English by Danny Kaye [’50, Decca 24932], Johnny Desmond [’50, MGM 10613], Louis Armstrong [’50, Decca 27113], Eartha Kitt [’53, RCA Victor 5358], with a parody by Stan Freberg [‘54, Capitol 2677].
One Summer Night - Diamonds [Mercury 71831] (Webb) is a remake of the Danleers’ hit [‘58, Mercury 71322].
September In the Rain - Dinah Washington [Mercury 71876] (Dubin, Warren) had been used instrumentally in the 1935 film Stars Over Broadway, but in this form it was used in the 1937 film Melody For Two, sung by James Melton [Decca 1247]; other versions were by Guy Lombardo [Victor 25526], Jan Garber [Brunswick 7850], and the Rhythm Wreckers [Vocalion 3608].
I’m a Fool To Care - Joe Barry [Smash 1702] (Daffan) was originally by country singer Ted Daffan [‘47, Columbia 37648], covered R&B by Gatemouth Moore [King 4178]. It became a pop hit for Les Paul & Mary Ford [‘54, Capitol 2839], and was a 1965 single for Ray Charles [ABC-Paramount 10700].
Just Out of Reach (of My Two Empty Arms) - Solomon Burke [Atlantic 2114] (Stewart) was originally recorded by the Stewart Family [‘51, Gilt Edge 5053], then by country singer Bonnie Lou [‘53, 4 Star 1192] and Faron Young [‘53, Capitol 2299].
Dance the Mess Around - Chubby Checker [Parkway 822] (Mann, Appell) It has been claimed that this is a remake of Richard Berry’s ‘The Mess Around’ [‘58, Flip 336], but I don’t hear much similarity.
The Fish - Bobby Rydell [Cameo 192] (Mann, Lowe, Appell) is based on the Shirelles’ ‘Mama Said’ [‘61, Scepter 1217].
Candy Man - Roy Orbison [Monument 447] (Neil, Ross) appeared on co-author Fred Neil’s 1965 LP Bleecker & MacDougal [Elektra 7293]. It was also recorded by Dion on Lovers Who Wander [‘62, Laurie LLP 2009].
I’ll Never Smile Again - Platters [Mercury 71847] (Lowe) was a 1940 hit for Tommy Dorsey, featuring Frank Sinatra [Victor 26628], the Ink Spots [Decca 3346] and Glenn Miller, featuring Ray Eberle [Bluebird 10673]. It was revived by the Four Aces [‘53, Decca 28391].
Ole Buttermilk Sky - Bill Black’s Combo [Hi 2036] (Carmichael, Brooks) was a 1946 hit for its writer, Hoagy Carmichael [ARA 155], who introduced it in the film Canyon Passage; and for several others: Kay Kyser [Columbia 37073], Paul Weston [Capitol 285], Helen Carroll [RCA Victor 20-1982], Connee Boswell [Decca 18913] and Danny O’Neil [Majestic 7199].
Lovey Dovey - Buddy Knox [Liberty 55290] (Ertegun, Curtis) was an R&B hit for the Clovers [‘54, Atlantic 1022] and then for Clyde McPhatter [‘59, Atlantic 2018].
The Watusi - Vibrations [Checker 969] (Johnson, Hall, Temple) has a tune similar to Hank Ballard & the Midnighters’ ‘Let’s Go, Let’s Go, Let’s Go’ [‘60, King 5400].
There She Goes - Jerry Wallace [Challenge 59098] (Miller, Haddock, Stevenson) was a country hit for Carl Smith [‘55, Columbia 12382].
Wild in the Country - Elvis Presley [RCA Victor 47-7880] (Peretti, Creatore, Weiss) is a movie title song.
Temptation - Every Brothers [Warner 5220] (Freed, Brown) was sung by Bong Crosby in the 1933 film Going Hollywood [Brunswick 6695], also popular in 1933-34 for Ted FioRito [Brunswick 6705], Jan Garber [Victor 24498], and Ferde Grofe [Columbia 2851]. Later versions were by Artie Shaw [rec. ‘40, rel. ‘44, Victor 27230], Perry Como [’45, Victor 1658], Earl Bostic [‘48, Gotham 160], Billy Eckstine [‘49, MGM 10458] and a comic version ‘Tim-Tay-Shun’ by Red Ingle & his Natural Seven feat. Cinderella G. Stump (Jo Stafford) [Capitol 412].
Ruby - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10164] (Parish, Roemheld) is from the 1952 movie Ruby Gentry. There were several popular versions in 1953: Richard Hayman Orchestra [Mercury 70115], Les Baxter [Capitol 2467], Harry James [Columbia 39994], Victor Young [Decca 28675], Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 5286], Les Brown [Coral 60959].
Gee Whiz - Innocents [Indigo 111] (Thomas, Vikki) was first released by Bob & Earl [‘58, Class 231].
Ram-Bunk-Shus - Ventures [Dolton 32] (Milliner, Glover, Mundy) was an R&B hit for Bill Doggett [‘57, King 5020]. It was originally recorded by Lucky Millinder [‘52, King 4534].
Missing You - Ray Peterson [Dunes 2006] (Sovine, Noe) was first recorded by Red Sovine [‘55, Decca 29755] and became a country hit for Webb Pierce [‘57, Decca 30321].
What’d I Say - Jerry Lee Lewis [Sun 356] (Charles) is a remake of Ray Charles’ hit [‘59, Atlantic 2031]. It would also chart for Bobby Darin [‘62, Atco 6221] and Elvis Presley [‘64, RCA Victor 47-8360].
Trust In Me - Etta James [Argo 5385] (Weger, Ager, Schwartz) is a 1937 song: Mildred Bailey [Vocalion 3449], Wayne King [Victor 25495], and Connee Boswell [Decca 1161]. It was revived by Eddie Fisher in 1952 [RCA Victor 4444], Chris Connor [‘57, Atlantic 1138] and Patti Page [‘59, Mercury 71400].
If I Didn’t Care - Platters [Mercury 71749] (Lawrence) is a ‘39 Ink Spots hit (see 1959).
(Ghost) Riders in the Sky - Ramrods [Amy 813] (Stan Jones) was sung by Gene Autry in the 1949 film Riders in the Sky, and charted for Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 20-3411], Peggy Lee [Capitol 608], Bing Crosby [Decca 24618] and Burl Ives [Columbia 38445]. It also charted for the Baja Marimba Band [‘66, A&M 824] and the Outlaws [‘81, Arista 0582] and was a country hit for Johnny Cash [‘79, 10961].