41_The complete name of the artists was Bobby 'Boris' Picket & The Crypt Kickers. "The Monster Mash" was a top 10 hit in 1962. Not being able to keep a good zombie down, the same exact record was re-released in 1973. Of course, by this time, the Mashed Potato craze had long ago passed, but, sure enough, "The Monster Mash" became "the hit of the land" once again as it burst into the top 10 of the record charts accross the country, once more! Incredibly, the song is still very popular today. In case you have any reason to doubt that it is still going strong, click THIS LINK.
42_ "When Will I Be Loved" was a top 10 hit in 1960 by "The Everly Brothers." Phil Everly wrote the song. It was also a top 10 song for Linda Ronstadt in 1975. To hear the music to this song in Everly Brothers tempo, visit THIS LINK.
43_ Paul McCartney's group, Wings was the artist of 1973's hit movie theme "Live and Let Die." There is a nice little "Wings" site at THIS LINK.
44_ The lead singer for Them was Van Morisson. There is an interesting site with the music to "Baby Please Don't Go" playing in the background at THIS LINK.
45_ "Lies" was recorded by The Knickerbockers. The Knickerbockers were one of many British style bands of the time who were not at all British. I don't think you'll find a better site on "The Knickerbockers" than the one at THIS LINK.
46_ Isaac Hayes wrote and performed the "Theme From Shaft." THIS LINK has a nice article about Isaac Hayes.
47_ The name of that 4 Season's hit is "Opus 17." The link Oldies Lyrics will take you to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial words to "Opus 17."
48_ The name of the Coke a Cola commercial song was "I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing." It was a big hit for The Hillside Singers. About a year later it was a lesser hit for The New Seekers. Ironically, it was The New Seekers' version that was used on the commercial. THIS LINK will tell you the very interesting story about the group.
49_ The Unit Four Plus Two had a top 10 hit in 1965 with "Concrete and Clay." It peaked at Number 6 on 77 WABC, New York. The Unit Four Plus Two were a British group and "Concrete and Clay" made it to the top of the charts in England. There is interesting information on the group at THIS LINK. Notice that they recorded "You Got To Be Cruel To Be Kind" in 1965, many years before Nick Lowe recorded it.
50_ The multi-talented Jerry Reed wrote and performed the very entertaining songs "Amos Moses," "She Got the Goldmine, I got the Shaft" and "When You're Hot, You're Hot, When You're Not, You're Not." He also was the singer / composer of many more hits, mostly of the country genre. His name at birth was Jerry Reed Hubbard. When you see a song written by Jerry R. Hubbard, it's the one and only, Cletus Snow, himself, Jerry Reed.
51_ A throng of starry-eyed, swooning twelve year old girls rushed to their local record stores in 1963 to buy "All I Got To Do Is Dream" by Richard Chamberlain. Mr. Chamberlain's career as a pop artist was short lived but his exceptional stage skills have made him universally recognized as one of the greatest actors of our time.
Interesting to note is that the first ever recording of the Burt Bacharach - Hal David classic "(They Long to be) Close to You" was recorded by Richard Chamberlain. This recording was the flipside to a song called "Blue Guitar." The record was made in 1963. "(They Long to be) Close to You" was a number 1 hit for 4 weeks in 1970 for The Carpenters, but Richard Chamberlain's rendition shows up on no charts, anywhere. I would have never known about this rare recording, but my wacky little (ten year old at the time) sister, bought it. She may possess the only copy of this record that was ever sold. It is now in her custody and it is in excellent condition. (And so is she. She is now 32 years old, at least, according to her!)
52_ Larry Groce had a great big smash hit record in 1976 with "Junk Food Junkie." THIS LINK has more information about Larry Groce. To read the memorable and cleverly worded lyrics to "Junkfoiod Junkie" come visit "Words Heard by You" by clicking Oldies Lyrics.
53_ Many people don't realize that "Hey Good Lookin', Whatcha Got Cookin'" is a Hank Williams original from 1951. 1951, of course, was before the Rock and Roll era had begun, but even back then, there were music charts. "Hey, Good Lookin" by Hank Williams was listed as a number 1 song. Other Hank Williams songs listed as number 1 hits are: "Lovesick Blues," "Long Gone Lonesome Blues," "Why Don't You Love Me?," "Moanin' the Blues," "Cold, Cold Heart," "Jambalaya," "I'll Never Get Out of This World Alive," "You're Cheatin' Heart," "Kaw-Liga," "Take These Chains From My Heart (and Set Me Free)" and "I'm So Lonesome I Could Cry." THIS LINK has more information on the legendary Hank Williams. Oldies Lyrics takes you to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial words to "Hey, Good Lookin'." Also, take a look at the incredible poetry in the Hank Williams number 1 hit "Take These Chains From My Heart" at "Words Heard by You" by clicking Oldies Lyrics. Finally, if you click Oldies Lyrics again you will go to "Words Heard by You", for the words, heard by you, to the ultimate, classic country number 1 hit "You're Cheatin' Heart."
54_ In 1957 "Screamin' Jay Hawkins" put a spell on us. Read more about "Screamin'" Jay at THIS LINK
55_ He also played little Enos, wrote "Evergreen" and "We've Only Just Begun" plus many, many more songs. He is the great Paul Williams. At THIS LINK you can learn more about this very talented man.
56_ Turn Out the Lights, The Party's Over" was written by Willie Nelson.
57_ The Yardbirds groomed a lot of talent. Jimmy Page, (Later of Led Zeplin) Jeff Beck (of The Jeff Beck Group) and the ubiquitous Eric Clapton all played for The Yardbirds at one time or another. You can visit The Yardbirds website is at THIS LINK.
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58_ The name of the song is "Nobody." Visit Sylvia at THIS LINK. "Words Heard by You" has the unofficial lyrics to "Nobody" you can there by clicking here: Oldies Lyrics.
59_ In 1964 The Jelly Beans wanted to love him so bad. They made it to number 9 on the 77 WABC music chart. Actually, a talented young man by the name of Charlie Thomas was a member of this group. For whatever reason, they were then and are now, known as a girl group.
60_She also wrote "Wedding Bell Blues." You know, "marry me, Bill." No, it wasn't sung by Monica Lewinski. It was recorded by The Fifth Dimension where the lead was absolutely gorgeously sung by the absolutely gorgeous Marylin McCoo. Laura Nyro was the prolific songwriter who wrote these well-known hits. THIS LINK has more information on the gone but not forgotten Laura Nyro.
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