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141_ The name of this French singing femalr who had a habit was The Singing Nun.  Actually, there was other nuns singing backup on the record but the label read "The Singing Nun.  
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142_ The name of her number 1 song was "Dominique."  The Singing Nun's "Dominique" was number 1 on 77 WABC, New York's weekly survey for 4 weeks and was Billboard's number 3 song of the year 1963.  Listen to the music and read the lyrics, complete with translation, at THIS LINK.   I must be getting old because the music to "Dominique sounds very catchy to me now.  Then again, it must have sounded catchy to a lot of people in 1963 or it wouldn't have sold a million records.  Go listen to it; it rocks!
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143_ The last number 1 song of 1963 was recorded by The Kingsmen and its name is "Louie Louie."  Originally from Oregon, The Kingsmen were a west coast U.S. group through and through.  However, their version of "Louie Louie" remained very popular through 1964 and 1965, when the British groups were very popular.  Add to that the English sounding name "Kingsmen" and The Kingsmen were constantly mistaken for a British band.  If they had been a British band, it would have been The Kingsmen and not The Beatles who started The British Invasion.
A fascinating fact is that" Louie Louie" had been around since 1956 and had been recorded a couple of times previously without much success.  Also, interesting is the fact that every local 4 man band had this song in their act.  Even more interesting is that Paul Revere and The Raiders, another act who would be mistaken for an English band, had cut Louie Louie days before The Kingsmen did.  Both versions of this song were on the west coast charts at the same time.  Eventually, The Kingsmen's version would wrest control of the song's popularity war and become a number 1 record. THIS LINK takes you to a site called "Richard Berry, The man who wrote 'Louie Louie.'"  Finally, after a lot of listening to different versions, we came up with the Words Heard by You for "Louie Louie." You can get there by clicking Oldies Lyrics.  Once there, you can see an attempt to reconstruct the words for The Kingsmen's version of "Louie Louie."
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