121_ The biggest international hit, by a Japanese singer, of all-time was "Sukiyaki". The song has nothing to do with Sukiyaki, the word isn't contained in the song at all. The translators just gave it a name Americans could remember. The song, by Kyu Sakamoto, tells sad story about a guy who walks down the street with his head held back so the tears don't roll down his face. To get the whole story, complete with the song's literal translation go to the outstanding Web Site called "Sixties Music" at THIS LINK.
122_ "The Pied Piper" was recorded by Crispian St. Peters. He is from England and can be considered a part of "The British Invasion." A lot of people who haven't heard the man's name in a while remember him as Christian St. Peter or Christian St. Peters. If you did, that's all right. We're not very judgmental at the Oldies Quiz. There are sites on the net with more information on Crispian St. Peters but they use annoying popups, so, we don't link to any of them. This Oldies Lyrics link will take you to "Words Heard by You"for the unofficial words to "The Pied Piper." Crispian St. Peters is listed as having a hit with "You Were on My Mind." This is true, but is was not a big hit for him, at least, in the U.S. This leads us to the next question.
123_ "You Were On My Mind" was a hit in 1964 for Bobby Bare and in 1966 for Crispian St. Peters. However, in 1965 "You Were On My Mind" was the quintessential hit for an outstanding Folk group known as We Five. "You Were On My Mind" is officially listed as having been written by Sylvia Fricker. Sylvia Fricker was married Ian Tyson and is better know as Sylvia Tyson. Ian and Sylvia made several albums together under the name of Ian and Sylvia Tyson. Their most popular album was one named, oddly enough, "You were On My Mind." The members of We five were Jerry Burgan, Michael Stewart, Beverly Bivens, Peter Fullerton, and Bob Jones. A popular misconception is that Sylvia Fricker (Tyson) was a member of We Five. She was not. THIS LINK links to a page with more information about Sylvia Tyson. Oldies Lyrics links to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial words to "You Were On My Mind."
124_ The name of the last song Alan Freed played on WINS was "Shimmy Shimmy Ko Ko Bop." After this super hit, Little Anthony & The Imperials didn't have another hit until 1964 when they made a very successful come back.
125_ Little Anthony and The Imperials had their first hit in 1958. It was a million seller and it chimed in at number 34 for the year 1958. It was the beautiful do-wop ballad, "Tears On My Pillow." THIS LINK is to a great site on Little Anthony and The Imperials, but watch out for a typo that says, "In late '69 the group released.." It means "In late '59." (How time flies.) Clicking Oldies Lyrics will take you to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial lyrics to "Tears On My Pillow."
126_ Ray Hilderbrand and Jill Jackson were Paul and Paula on the Billboard's number 4 song of the year 1963, "Hey Paula." Paul and Paula really only had that one hit. They subsequently released "First Quarrel" and "Young Lovers" but niether one had anything more than mild success. THIS LINK brings you to "Classic Bands" for an interesting article about Paul and Paula. The link Oldies Lyrics links to 'Words Heard by You" for the words to "Hey Paula."
127_ Written by Ronnie Mack, a young songwriter who died way before his time, this great number 1 song is "He's So Fine." It was the number 1 song for 7 weeks on 77 WABC, New York's weekly surveys in 1963 and it was Billboard's number 2 song of the year 1963.
128_ The Chiffons sang "He's So Fine" and many other memorable songs in the 60's. THIS LINK links to an excellent Web Page which is all about The Chiffons. Clicking Oldies Lyrics, in this case, will take you to Words Heard by You for the words, though the words, to "He's So Fine."
129_ The name of the top notch oldie which followed up"'A Walkin' Miracle" was "Easier Said Than Done." "Easier Said Than Done" was written by a guy named William Linton. The way I know this is; I looked at my own 43 year old copy of the record. I can't find any information on William Linton on the Net or elsewhere. We know there are "one hit wonders" as recording artists. Perhaps William Linton was a "one hit wonder" songwriter. If this is the case, his lone songwriting effort was certainly a superlative one! "Easier Said Than Done" topped all the major pop charts and was Billboard's number 16 song of the year 1963.
"A Walkin' Miracle" peaked at number 19 on 77 WABC, New York's weekly surveys and number 12 on Billboard. This song dates back many years. It was written by Hugo Peretti, Louigi Creatore and George David Weiss back in the Tin Pan Alley days.
130_ "Easier Said Than Done" and "A Walkin' Miracle" were both hits for The Essex. All the members of The Essex were Marines during their tenure as pop stars. The lead singer of The Essex was Anita Hume. Other singles they released were "Gee Whiz," "She's Got Everything " and "We Belong Together." However, these three songs had liitle success. There is a nice little article on The Essex, about half way down the page, at THIS LINK. There is a lot of other information about girl groups there, as well. The words Oldies Lyrics, when clicked on, will bring you to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial words to "Easier Said Than Done."
131_ "It's My Party and I'll cry if I want to, cry if I want to, cry if I want to. You would cry, too, if it happened to you! Of course, I know you know the name of sequel as well: "It's Judy's Turn To Cry." Boy, that Johnny! He had the chicks draped all over him! He must have been a really boss kid!
132_ "It's My Party," "It's Judy's Turn to Cry" and many other hit big hits, were recorded by Leslie Gore. A list of all Leslie Gore's top 40 hits with their Billboard peak position and a lot more information will be found at THIS LINK. After clicking THIS LINK you will appear at a site which contains lyrics and a midi of "It's My Party." Then, visit the words and the midi at THIS LINK for "Judy's Turn To Cry" if you dare, it's pretty a violent song!
133_ The Tymes number 1 hit in 1963 was "So Much in Love." THIS LINK takes you to the Website known as "Phillysounds" for some great information on The Tymes.
134_ With a belligerent swagger, Peggy, Barbara and Jiggs, who were better known as The Angels, warned "My Boyfriend's Back." You can take a look at these Angels by going to their official Web Site. How do you get to their official web Site? By clinking THIS LINK. Also, there is a short article, and though it is rather crude, it tells the interesting story of The Angels. It is at THIS LINK.
135_ The name of the singer of a 1963 number 1 hit which could inspire thoughts of a diminutive parade walker is Little Peggy March. (I resisted the temptation to mention anything about a wooden leg, or anything like that!)
136_ The name of the number 1 song recorded by Little Peggy March in 1963 was "I Will Follow Him." While this song was number 1 for the relatively short period of 1 week on Billboard and 77 WABC, New York's weekly surveys, it spent a very long time on the nation's top 40's and is ranked as Billboard's number 8 song of 1963. THIS LINK links to Peggy March's own Website. Here she actually has her latest record for sale. While Oldies Quiz is not commissioned in any way for the sales of Ms. March's new album, I must say she sings beautifully and her album should do very well in the easy listening genre.
137_ Veronica or "Ronnie" and Estelle Bennett along with their cousin Nedra Talley formed The Ronettes. Their initial number 1 song in 1963 remains their biggest hit until this day, but they did continue to have a very successful recording career for several more years.
138_ The Ronettes 1963 number 1 hit was "Be My Baby." Here's a great Ronette story. It's at THIS LINK. At THIS LINK, you will no doubt enjoy checking out The Ronettes hair. We really had some great hair back then, didn't we? Then, give THIS LINK a click for "Be My Baby."
139_ The place that the number 1 song of the year 1963 was about was "Sugar Shack."
140_ "Sugar Shack" was recorded by Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs. It was the number 1 song for 3 weeks on 77 WABC, New York's weekly survey and was Billboard's number 1 song of 1963. It was written by a member of the group, Keith McCormack and his aunt, Faye Voss. In 1968, without Jimmy Gilmer, The Fireballs had the number 63 song of 1968 with "Bottle of Wine." If you enjoy listening to Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs' music, click THIS LINK. Here you can listen to snippets of songs from their "Sugar Shack" album.
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