1963

Number Ones:
Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton [Epic 9614] (Wayne, Morris) was recorded in 1951 by Tony Bennett [Columbia 39362] and in 1955 by the Clovers [Atlantic 1052].
I Will Follow Him - Little Peggy March [RCA 8139] (Altman, Gimbel, Del Roma, Stole). Del Roma and J.W. Stole are Paul Mauriat and Franck Pourcel. Mauriat led the instrumental group the Satellites, who recorded ‘Chariot’ in 1962. Jacques Plante added lyrics, (and may have recorded the song,) and it became a French hit for Petula Clark
Go Away Little Girl - Steve Lawrence [Columbia 42601] (Goffin, King) was originally recorded by Bobby Vee in early 1962, but it was not released until Lawrence’s hit; it appears on the LP The Night Has a Thousand Eyes [Liberty 7285]. It was later a hit for the Happenings [‘66, B.T. Puppy 522] and for Donny Osmond [’71, MGM 14285].
It’s My Party - Lesley Gore [Mercury 72119] (Wiener, Gold, Gluck) was originally on Helen Shapiro’s U.K. LP Helen in Nashville [Columbia 1561].
Walk Right In - Rooftop Singers [Vanguard 35017] (Cannon, Woods) is a jug band song from 1929 by Gus Cannon’s Jug Stompers [Victor 38611].
I’m Leaving It Up To You - Dale & Grace [Montel 921] (Harris, Terry) was recorded in 1957 by its writers, Don & Dewey [‘Leavin’ It All Up To You’ Specialty 610].
If You Wanna Be Happy - Jimmy Soul [S.P.Q.R. 3305] (Guida, Guida, Royster) is the calypso song ‘Ugly Woman’. It was recorded in New York in 1934 by the Roaring Lion (Rafael de Leon) for ARC. It was recorded by Sir Lancelot & Gerald Clark’s Caribbean Serenaders, who performed it in the film Happy Go Lucky [‘43, Mercury 1086], and by the Duke of Iron [‘46]. A non-calypso version was recorded by De Paur’s Infantry Chorus [‘51, Columbia 39413].
Deep Purple - Nino Tempo & April Stevens [Atco 6273] (DeRose-Parish) had several popular versions in 1939: Larry Clinton featuring Bea Wain [Victor 26141], Jimmy Dorsey featuring Bob Eberly [Decca 2295], Guy Lombardo [Decca 2215], Bing Crosby [Decca 2374], and Artie Shaw featuring Helen Forrest [Bluebird 10178]. It was recorded by Paul Weston [’49, Capitol 15294], the Ravens [‘49, National 9065], Sarah Vaughan [‘51, Columbia 39446], Billy Ward & the Dominoes [‘57, Liberty 55099]. The Tempo-Stevens version was revived by Donny & Marie Osmond in 1976 [MGM/Kolob 14840].
Number Twos:
Ruby Baby - Dion [Columbia 42662] (Leiber, Stoller) was originally an R&B song for the Drifters, with Johnny Moore on lead vocal [‘56, Atlantic 1089].
Puff the Magic Dragon - Peter, Paul & Mary [Warner 5348] (Lipton, Yarrow) was subject to a lawsuit by writer Vinnie Catalano, claiming the melody was copied by his ‘Pretty Little Joanie’ by Marty Filler; the judge ruled that the melody was ‘traditional’.
Hello Mudduh, Hello Fadduh! - Allan Sherman [Warner 5378] (Busch, Sherman) is a comic song set to the tune of Amilcare Ponchielli’s ‘Dance of the Hours’ from the 1876 opera La Gioconda.
Wipe Out - Surfaris [Dot 16479] (Berryhill, Connolly, Fuller, Wilson) was influenced by the song ‘Wipe Out’ by the Impacts [‘62, Del-Fi LP 8701] but is substantially different. The Surfaris charted again with it in 1966.
Blowin’ in the Wind - Peter, Paul & Mary [Warner 5368] (Dylan) was on The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [‘63, Columbia 1986] - the first big commercial success for a Dylan song. It was later a hit for Stevie Wonder [‘66, Tamla 54136].
Top Fives:
If I Had a Hammer - Trini Lopez [Reprise 20198] (Hays, Seeger) is 1962 Peter, Paul & Mary hit.
Surfin’ U.S.A. - Beach Boys [Capitol 4932] (Berry, Wilson) is based on Chuck Berry’s 1958 it ‘Sweet Little Sixteen’ [Chess 1683].
I Love You Because - Al Martino [Capitol 4930] (Payne) was a country hit recorded by Leon Payne in 1949 [Capitol 40238], also charting for Ernest Tubb [‘50, 46213] and Clyde Moody [‘50, King 837].
South Street - Orlons [Cameo 243] (Mann, Appell) is very similar to ‘De Camptown Races’ by Stephen Foster [1850].
You Can’t Sit Down - Dovells [Parkway 867] (Clark, Muldrow, Mann) charted as an instrumental for the Philip Upchurch Combo [‘61, Boyd 3398]. Upchurch played guitar on the original ‘Can’t Sit Down’ by the Bim Bam Boos [‘59, Dasher 500].
You Don’t Have to Be a Baby to Cry - Caravelles [Smash 1852] was first recorded by Moon Mullican [‘50, King 868], and a country hit for Ernest Tubb [Decca 46257].
Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport - Rolf Harris [Epic 9596] (Harris) was written in 1957, inspired by Belafonte’s calypsos, and became a large hit in Australia in 1960. It was recorded again in England in 1962 for the current hit.
Busted - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10481] (Howard), originally from the Burl Ives LP Burl [‘62, Decca DL 4361], and charted country by Johnny Cash with the Carter Family [‘63, Columbia 42665] earlier in the year.
Since I Fell For You - Lenny Welch [Cadence 1439] (Johnson) was originally recorded by its writer, Buddy Johnson, with Ella Johnson on vocal [‘45, Decca 48016]. It was an R&B hit for Annie Laurie with Paul Gayten & his Trio [‘47, DeLuxe 1082], and has also been recorded by Louis Armstrong, with Velma Middleton on vocal [at Boston‘s Symphony Hall, ‘47, Decca 9-28098], Dinah Washington [’47, Mercury 8057], the Harptones [‘54, Bruce 113] and Roy Hamilton (probably the version that influenced Welch) [’56, Epic 9160].
Tell Him - Exciters [United Artists 544] (Russell) was originally recorded as ‘Tell Her’ [‘62, Capitol 4766] by Gil Hamilton (aka Johnny Thunder).
Mean Woman Blues - Roy Orbison [Monument 824] (DeMetrius) was written for Elvis for the film Loving You [‘57, RCA LPM 1515] . A version was recorded by Jerry Lee Lewis [9/10/57, Sun EPA 107], which became the basis for the 1963 Roy Orbison hit.
Memphis - Lonnie Mack [Fraternity 906] (Berry) was originally by Chuck Berry [6/7/58, Chess 1729] and became an instrumental hit for this Indiana guitarist. Elvis recorded it in 1964 [‘65, RCA LSP 3450 Elvis For Everyone], but it was not released as a single due to the rising popularity of Johnny Rivers’ version live at the Whiskey a Go Go [5/64, Imperial 66032].[according to Guralnick]
Top Tens:
Those Lazy-Hazy-Crazy Days of Summer - Nat King Cole [Capitol 4965] (Carste, Tobias). Hans Carste was a German conductor of classical music and a prolific writer of film music, operettas, etc., but I have been unable to find the source for this song.
Losing You - Brenda Lee [Decca 31478] (Renard, Sigman, Havet) is a French song written by Jean Renard in 1961 - sung in 1962 as ‘Un ange est venu’ by Maria Candido. It is said that this is also the song ‘Connais-tu’, by Renard [‘61, Polydor] with a hit cover by Tino Rossi, but I have heard the Rossi version and it is not the same song. According to Rypens, the Canadian Michel Louvain recorded it as ‘Je te perds’ in ‘61; Dalida also recorded it under that name some time in the ‘60s.
Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaros [RCA 8216] (Barcelata) is a Mexican song first recorded in 1934 by the Hermanos Castilla [Victor]. Other Spanish-language versions include Orquesta Pajara Azul [‘34], Felix Tamez [‘34], Cuarteto Carrey, vocal by Panchito Riset [‘36], and the song’s writer Lorenzo Barcelata [‘40]. When English lyrics were added (by Russell in 1940) the song became a hit in several versions: first by Lawrence Welk [rec. 9/40, Okeh 9939], then by Jimmy Dorsey [Decca 3698], Wayne King [Victor 26767] and Tony Pastor [Bluebird 11127]; and other versions were recorded by Adolph Hofner & his Texans [2/40, Bluebird B-8416] and Gene Autry [‘41, Okeh 06435].
Drip Drop - Dion Di Mucci [Columbia 42917] (Leiber, Stoller) was originally by the Drifters, with Bobby Hendricks on lead vocal [’58, Atlantic 1187].
Mockingbird - Inez Foxx [Symbol 919] (I. & C. Foxx) has lyrics based on the American lullaby ‘Hush Little Baby’, which was also used for ‘Bo Diddley’ [‘55, Checker 814]. It was covered by Carly Simon & James Taylor for a 1974 hit [Elektra 45880].
Wonderful! Wonderful! - Tymes [Parkway 884] (Raleigh, Edwards) was, according to Rypens, first recorded by Ray Burns [‘57, Columbia]. It was a hit that year for Johnny Mathis [Columbia 40784].
Wild Weekend - Rebels [Swan 4125] (Shannon, Todaro) was the theme of Buffalo DJ Tom Shannon on WKBW, originally released in 1960 on Mar-Lee 0094.
More - Kai Winding [Verve 10295] (Ortolani, Oliviero) is the theme for the Italian documentary film Mondo Cane. A vocal version charted for Vic Dana [Dolton 81].
Bossa Nova Baby - Elvis Presley [RCA 8243] (Leiber, Stoller), from the film Fun in Acapulco, was originally by Tippie & the Clovers [11/62, Tiger 201].
Zip-A-Dee Doo-Dah - Bob B. Soxx & the Blue Jeans [Philles 107] (Gilbert, Wrubel) was sung by James Basket in the 1947 Disney film Song of the South. There were charting versions by Johnny Mercer, with the Pied Pipers [Capitol 323], Sammy Kaye [RCA Victor 20-1976] and the Modernaires with Paula Kelly [Columbia 37147].
Reverend Mr. Black - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4951] (Wheeler, Peters) includes a section of the song ‘Lonesome Valley’; recordings include the following: Jenkins Family [‘25, ‘That Lonesome Valley’, Okeh 40377], Vernon Dalhart [‘26, ‘John the Baptist’ Columbia 15086-D, as Al Craver], David Miller [‘27, Gennett 6175], the Carter Family [‘30, Victor 23541 and ‘35, ARC 7-07-62, released in ‘37], Carolina Ramblers String Band [‘32, Banner 32476], J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers [‘36, ‘Walk That Lonesome Valley’ Bluebird B6596], the Monroe Brothers [‘36, ‘You’ve Got to Walk That Lonesome Valley’ Bluebird B6477], and Roy Acuff [‘39, Vocalion 04730].
Take These Chains From My Heart - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10435] (Rose, Heath) was a posthumous #1 country hit for Hank Williams [‘53, MGM 11479].
What Will Mary Say - Johnny Mathis [Columbia 42666] (Paul Vance, E. Snyder) was first a single for Mark Dinning as ‘What Will My Mary Say’ [‘61, MGM 13048].
On Broadway - Drifter [Atlantic 2182] {Leiber, Stoller, Mann, Weil) appeared at the same time on the Crystals’ LP He’s a Rebel [Philles 4001].
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right - Peter, Paul & Mary [Warner 5385] (Dylan) was the group’s second hit drawn from The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan [Columbia 1986]. Its first issue as a single was by the New World Singers [6/63, Atlantic 2190]. It was also covered by Joan Baez [63, Joan Baez in Concert, Part 2 Vanguard 2123], and was a novelty hit for the Four Seasons as the Wonder Who? [‘65, Philips 40324]. It was close enough to folk singer Paul Clayton’s ‘Who’s Gonna Buy You Ribbons (When I’m Gone)’ [‘60, Monument 45-416] to prompt a lawsuit. Johnny Cash’s 1964 ‘Understand Your Man’ [Columbia 42964] sounds heavily influenced by it.
Watermelon Man - Mongo Santamaria [Battle 45909] (Hancock) was released as a single by its writer, jazz pianist Herbie Hancock, in 1962 [Blue Note 1862, from the LP Takin’ Off BLT-84109]. Vocalist Oscar Brown, Jr., put words to it [‘60, Sin & Soul Columbia 1577], and Gloria Lynne had an R&B hit with a vocal version [‘65, Fontana 1511]. Hancock remade it in much different form on his Head Hunters album [‘73, Columbia 32371, and as a single, 40673].
500 Miles Away From Home - Bobby Bare [RCA 8238] (Bare, Williams, West) was adapted from Hedy West’s folk song ‘500 Miles’. This was first recorded and released as a single by the Journeymen [‘61, Capitol 4625], also covered by the Kingston Trio [‘62, College Concert, live at UCLA, Capitol 1658] and Peter, Paul & Mary [‘62, Warner 1449, their debut] before being recorded by its writer [‘63, Hedy West Vanguard 9124]. Wests’s song in turn is based on ‘Train No. 45’ or ‘Train 45’ by Grayson & Whitter [‘27, Gennett 6320 and Victor 21189], also recorded as ‘Ruben’s Train’ by Steve Ledford & the Carolina Ramblers [rec. ‘32, issued ‘34 Banner 33083], ‘Riding on That Train’ by Wade Mainer, Zeke Morris & Steve Ledford [‘38, Bluebird B7298] and as ‘Train 45’ by Woody Guthrie [‘44, SF 40101]; a related source for these is ‘Nine Hundred Miles From Home’, Fiddlin’ John Carson [‘24, Okeh 40196] and Riley Puckett [‘30, Columbia 15563].
Top Twenties:
Little Red Rooster - Sam Cooke [RCA 8247] (Dixon) was originally by Howlin’ Wolf [‘61, ‘The Red Rooster’ Chess 1804]. The Rolling Stones had a #1 song in England in 1964 with a version based on Wolf’s [Decca F 12014; in U.S. on The Rolling Stones, Now! London 420].
One Broken Heart For Sale - Elvis Presley [RCA 8134] (Blackwell, Scott) is from the film It Happened at the World’s Fair.
Hot Pastrami - Dartells [Dot 16453] (Rozier) was first released in 1962 on Arlen 513. As ‘Hot Pastrami with Mashed Potatoes’ it was released as a single [Roulette 4488] in 1963, taken from their live 1961 LP Doin’ the Twist [Roulette LP-25166]. It originated with James Brown’s back-up band, as Nat Kendricks & the Swans [‘60, Dade 1804].
Talk to Me - Sunny & the Sunglows [Tear Drop 3014] (Seneca) was originally ‘Talk to Me, Talk to Me’ by Little Willie John [‘58, King 5108].
Fools Rush In - Rick Nelson [Decca 31533] (Bloom, Mercer) is a 1940 song (see 1960).
Half Heaven - Half Heartache - Gene Pitney [Musicor 1026] (Schroeder, Gold) was originally by Ral Donner, in 1961, probably on the LP Takin’ Care of Business [Gone LP 5012].
Not Me - Orlons [Cameo 257] (Anderson, Guida) was originally by Gary U.S. Bonds [‘61, Legrand 1005].
Loddy Lo - Chubby Checker [Parkway 890] (Mann, Appell) Whitburn states that this is based on a Bahamian folk song ‘Hey Li-Lee, Hey Li-Lee Lo’, but I haven’t found other evidence. It was recorded by Woody Guthrie in 1944 as ‘Hey Lolly Lolly’ for Moses Asch at Folkways, and appeared on the LP release Stinson SLP 44 Woodie Guthrie. The Weavers recorded an unreleased version of ‘Hey Lilee Lilee’ in 1957 or ‘58 for Vanguard. The Limeliters recorded ’Hey Li Lee Li Lee’ on their 1961 live LP Tonight: In Person [RCA LP 2272].
Birdland - Chubby Checker [Parkway 873] (Smith, Mann) is based on ’We Like Birdland’ by Huey ’Piano’ Smith & the Clowns [’58, Ace 548], which is in turn based on ‘We Like Mambo’ [‘55, Ace 515], by Smith but credited to Eddie Bo.
A Walkin’ Miracle - The Essex [Roulette 4515] (Adam Levy, Hugo Peretti, Luigi Creatore, George Weiss) was also recorded by Caribbean-style singer Shawn Elliott [Roulette 4669]. This is apparently a later version, as it was on the charts in Cleveland’s WIXY in 1966.
Send Me Some Lovin’ - Sam Cooke [RCA 8129] (Price, Marascalco) was recorded by Little Richard [‘57, Specialty 598, the B-side of ‘Lucille’]. The demo by Leo Price (Lloyd’s brother) [’56, Specialty] is available on the CD Creole Kings of New Orleans.
Danke Schoen - Wayne Newton [Capitol 4989] (Kaempfert, Schwabach, Gabler) is a vocal version of a ‘63 Bert Kaempfert recording [Decca 31498].
Fly Me to the Moon - Bossa Nova - Joe Harnell [Kapp 497] (Howard) was sung by Felicia Sanders in the 1954 film Once Around, but wasn’t recorded by her until 1961 [Decca 30937 and 31335]. The first recording of the song originally called ‘In Other Words’ was by Kaye Ballard in 1954 [Decca 29114]. Other recordings include Chris Connor [‘55 Bethlehem LP BCP56 Chris], Portia Nelson [‘56 LP Let Me Love You], Johnny Mathis [‘56 debut album Johnny Mathis, aka ’the jazz album’ Columbia CI-887], and Nancy Wilson [‘59, on her debut Like in Love Capitol ST 1319]. Peggy Lee sang it on 1960 on the Ed Sullivan Show [Pretty Eyes Capitol ST-1401; Harnell was her musical director.
Frankie and Johnny - Sam Cooke [RCA 8215] (traditional) See the long story in 1961.
All I Have to Do Is Dream - Richard Chamberlain [MGM 13121] (Bryant) is a remake of the Everly Brothers’ big hit from 1958 [Cadence 1348], and would chart again in 1970 for Bobbie Gentry & Glen Campbell [Capitol 2745].
On Top of Spaghetti - Tom Glazer [Kapp 526] (Glazer) This is a parody of the song ‘On Top of Old Smoky’, recorded by George Reneau [‘26, Vocalion 15366 and ‘27, with Lester McFarland,as the Collins Brothers, Paramount 3030] and Bradley Kincaid [‘30, Gennett 7053]. Featured in the film Valley of Fire, it charted for Percy Faith with Burl Ives [’51, Columbia 39328], the Weavers [’51, Decca 27515] and Vaughn Monroe [RCA Victor 4114]. The song is based on ‘Little Mohee’, recorded by Flora Noles [‘26, Okeh 45037], Buell Kazee [‘27, Brunswick 156], Riley Puckett [‘28, Columbia 15277], Bradley Kincaid [‘29, Gennett 6856], and others. Other food parodies with different lyrics are ‘The Pizza Song’ by Dick Biondi [‘61, IRC 6904] and Sharon & the Lollipops ‘On Top of Spaghetti’
Abilene - George Hamilton IV [RCA 8181] (Loudermilk, Brown, Gibson, Stanton) was introduced by folk singer Bob Gibson on his ’57 LP I Come For to Sing [Riverside RLP 12-806]. It has been recorded by Erik Darling [c ‘58, Erik Darling Elektra EKL-154]; other versions mentioned by Rypens are the Lonesome Travelers, produced by Chet Atkins, with John Loudermilk on guitar [‘59], and Barry & Barry (McGuire & Kane) as ‘Lose the Blues in Abilene [‘61].
Detroit City - Bobby Bare [RCA 8183] (Dill, Tillis) was originally called ‘I Wanna Go Home’ when it charted country earlier in the year for Billy Grammer [Decca 31449]. It was later a hit for Tom Jones [‘67, Parrot 40012].
Killer Joe - Rocky Fellers [Scepter 1246] (Russell, Elgin, Medley) seems to be based on Mickey & Sylvia’s ‘57 hit ‘Love Is Strange’ [Groove 0175].
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash [Columbia 42788] (Kilgore, Carter) was recorded by Anita Carter on Folk Songs Old and New [‘62, Mercury SR-60770; single ‘62 Mercury 72073].
Wildwood Days -Bobby Rydell [Cameo 252] (Kal Mann, Dave Appell) was the flip side of the Dovells’ ‘You Can’t Sit Down’ [Parkway 867] which charted a month before Rydell’s single.
Prisoner of Love - James Brown [King 5739] (Robin, Columbi, Gaskill) was first recorded in 1932 by Russ Columbo [Victor 22867], and was revived in 1946: Perry Como [RCA Victor 20-1814], the Ink Spots [Decca 18864], Billy Eckstine [National 9017], and Gordon MacRae [Musicraft 15065].
The Good Life - Tony Bennett [Columbia 42779] (Reardon, Distel) ‘La belle vie’ was written by French musician Sacha Distel for the 1962 film Les Sept Péchés Capitaux or The Seven Deadly Sins. It has been recorded by numerous artists, including Distel.
Have You Heard - Duprees [Coed 585] (Douglas, LaVere, Rodde) was a 1953 hit for Joni James [MGM 11390].
My Coloring Book - Kitty Kallen [RCA 8124] (Kander, Ebb) was introduced on the Perry Como show by Sandy Stewart [Colpix 669, also top 20].
Everybody Loves a Lover - Shirelles [Scepter 1243] (Allen, Adler) was a hit for Doris Day in 1958 [Columbia 41195]. The horn solo was copied from the Barbara George hit ‘I Know’ [‘62, A.F.O. 302].
Let’s Turkey Trot - Little Eva [Dimension 1006] (Goffin, King) is the same tune as the Cleftones’ ‘Little Girl of Mine’ [‘56, Gee 1011].
Till Then - Classics [Musicnote 1116] (Seiler, Marcus, Wood) was a hit in 1944 for the Mills Brothers [Decca 18599] and in 1954 for the Hilltoppers [Dot 15132].
Top Thirties :
The Love of My Man - Theola Kilgore [Serock 2004] (Townsend) is an adaptation of the gospel song ‘The Love of God’ which has been recorded by the Soul Stirrers , featuring Johnnie Taylor [‘58, Specialty 908] and James Cleveland [‘59, Hob 113]. (Presumably the same song, with different writer credits.)
Over the Mountain (Across the Sea) - Bobby Vinton [Epic 9577] (Garvin) was a hit gor Johnnie & Joe [‘57, Chess 1654].
No One - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10453] (Pomus, Shuman) was recorded by Connie Francis [‘61, MGM 12971].
Greenback Dollar - Kingston Trio [Capitol 4898] (Axton) is from Hoyt Axton’s LP The Balladeer [‘62, Horizon 1601]; a slightly altered version was released as a single [‘62, Horizon 351].
Misty - Lloyd Price [Double-L 722] (Burke, Garner) was a hit for Johnny Mathis (see 1959).
Ain’t That a Shame - Four Seasons [Vee-Jay 512] (Domino, Bartholomew) is a remake of the Fats Domino hit (see 1955).
Kansas City - Trini Lopez [Reprise 20,236] (Leiber, Stoller) is a remake of Wilbert Harrison’s hit (see 1959).
Cry To Me - Betty Harris [Jubilee 5456] (Russell) was first done by Solomon Burke [‘62, Atlantic 2131]. The Rolling Stones covered it on Out Of Our Heads [‘65, London 429].
Make the World Go Away - Timi Yuro [Liberty 55587] (Cochran) was a country hit for Ray Price [8/63, Columbia 42827] and a hit, both country and pop, for Eddy Arnold [‘65, RCA 8679].
My Whole World Is Falling Down - Brenda Lee [Decca 31510] (Crutchfield, Anderson) has a chorus based on the nursery rhyme ‘London Bridge is Falling Down.’ This song has antecedents as far back as the 13th century, is referred to in a 1659 play, and associated with children by 1720. A text is printed in Tommy Thumb’s Pretty Song Book [c. 1744]. (All this from Wikipedia).
Remember Then - The Earls [Old Town 1130] (Beverly Ross, Tony Powers, Stan Vincent) Before They Were Hits Vol. 8 has a version by the Earls called ‘Remember When’, but I can’t find any documentation.
String Along - Rick Nelson [Decca 31495] (Duncan, Doyle) originally charted for Fabian [‘60, Chancellor 1047].
I Wonder - Brenda Lee [Decca 31510] (Gant, Leveen) was a 1945 R&B hit in several versions, led by its writer, Pvt. Cecil Gant [Gilt Edge 500]: Roosevelt Sykes [Bluebird 34-0721], Louis Armstrong [Decca 18652], and Warren Evans [National 9003].
Only in America - Jay & the Americans [United Artists 626] (Leiber, Stoller, Mann, Weil) was originally recorded by the Drifters, with the same backing track, but never released.
Days of Wine and Roses - Andy Williams [Columbia 42674] (Mancini) is a movie title song, also charting for Henry Mancini [RCA Victor 8120].
Linda - Jan & Dean [Libery 55531] (Lawrence) was a 1947 hit for Ray Noble, featuring Buddy Clark [Columbia 37215], Charlie Spivak, featuring Tommy Mercer [RCA Victor 20-2047], Paul Weston [Capitol 362] and Larry Douglas [Signature 15106].
I (Who Have Nothing) - Ben E. King [Atco 6267] (Leiber, Stoller, Rapetti, Donida) was originally the 1963 Italian song ‘Uno Dei Tanti’ by Joe Sentieri; it was a U.K. hit for Shirley Bassey [Columbia DB 7113].
Without Love (There Is Nothing) - Ray Charles [ABC Paramount 10453] (Small) charted for Clyde McPhatter [‘57, Atlantic 1117] and was later a hit for Tom Jones [‘70, Parrot 40045].
Proud - Johnny Crawford [Del Fi 4193] (Mann, Weil) was recorded by Vic Dana [‘62, Dolton 51].