61_ Niel Diamond wrote "I'm a Believer." I found THIS LINK to be quite interesting.
62_ "Hello Mary Lou" is the flipside of "Travelin' Man." THIS LINK lists all of Ricky's singles. It shows what's on both sides of the records.
63_ "Hello Mary Lou" was written by Gene Pitney. The man the folks of Connecticut called the "Rockville Rocket" Gene Pitney hailed from Rockville, Connecticut. Through the years, Gene Pitney had distinguished himself as a very talented singer and songwriter. Unfortunately, his passing leaves a big void in Oldieslville. Gene Pitney will certainly be missed by those of us who treasure the many great oldies he has left behind. THIS LINK tells his story. THIS LINK links to "Sixties Music" and "Hello Mary Lou."
64_ Believe it or not, Sonny Bono. THIS LINK will make you believe it. Cher actually recorded "Needles and Pins," it was the flipside to "Bang, Bang."
Sonny Bono was a more prolific songwriter than many people realize. He will be remembered for "The Beat Goes On," a top protest song of its time. "I Got You, Babe' is thought of as a songwriting masterpiece! He will also always be remembered for 'Bang Bang," a big hit for Cher and "Baby Don't Go" and "All I ever Need Is You" which were big hits for sung by Sonny and Cher together. He also wrote "She Said No" which was a hit for "The Rolling Stones." On top of that, he wrote many more songs. THIS LINK tkes you to the obituary of the late, great singer / songwriter / congressman, Sonny Bono. After his death, Sonny Bono's congressional seat had been taken by his wife, Mary Bono, via a special election. Since then she has been re-elected several times. THIS LINK takes you to Mary Bono's webpage in the house of representatives Web Site.
65_ The number 1 hit was "Fingertips Part 2." It was pretty much adlibed.
66_ Stevie Wonder, who was at the time "Little" Stevie Wonder because he was ... well, little. Even though he was little, he was a big hit and still is today. He plays several instruments though he is known especially for his great harmonica playing. He is also an accomplished singer and a renowned songwriter. One of the top performers today, Stevie Wonder had to wait until the ripe old age of 12 to have a number 1 hit! There is a lot of great information on Stevie Wonder on THIS LINK. I especially like this site because there are a lot of pictures. Viewing them took me back through the years, from today, where he is a strapping fellow, back to when he was a cute little kid.
67_ Lulu sang the number 1 hit "To Sir With Love." I found a lot of links to "To Sir With Love." After clicking on THIS LINK, you can read all about Marie McDonald McLaughlin Lawrie who is better known as Lulu. Then, THIS LINK will take you to a midi of the song "To Sir With Love."
68_ In parts of this number 2 hit, Dino sounds like he's having a night out on the town. The answer is: "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometimes." The it may be slightly off subject, I suggest you click on THIS LINK where you will be taken to a sight that will play Dean Martin singing his immortal hit that mixes food with love, "That's Amore." When I was younger this song used to get me in the mood for love, now, it just makes me hungry.
69_ "My Own True Love" is the name of the song. You've heard the tune which is also known as "Tara's Theme" if you saw the movie "Gone With the Wind" or if you ever watched the introduction to the 50's syndicated TV show "Million Dollar Movie."
70_ The name of this instrumental is actually, the same thing they named the commercial: "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In.)" The narrator in the commercial says, "No matter what size or shape your stomach's in... " The song, by The T-Bones, topped at number 3 on Billboard. Here's a really interesting fact; The T-Bones actually became Hamilton, Joe Frank and Reynolds, a very successful soft rock group. I'm sure you are familiar with their biggest hits. They are: "Don't Pull Your Love" and "Fallin' In Love." You know, "Baby, baby I'm fallin' in love, I'm fallin' in love again..." The informatiomn at THIS LINK tells you the story. Though we find the information on the link to be accurate, the year that the article states as being the year "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)" was a hit, is a typo. The article states the year as 1966. Actually, the song peaked at number 3 on Billboard and number 9 on 77 WABC New York, in 1965.
71_ Though Billboard never had Barbara Ann listed as a number 1 record, it was number 1 for 2 weeks at the end of May and beginning of June, 1961 on 77 WABC, New York. It replaced Mother-In-Law by Ernie K Doe as the number 1 song. It was knocked out of the number 1 slot by Ricky Nelson's "Travelin' Man." Oh yes, Barbara Ann was recorded by "The Regents."
72_ "The Wanderer" couldn't know where he was because he would have to be dizzy from roaming around and around and around and around and around and around and around. If he did figure out where he was he was then "goin' nowhere," anyway. "The Wanderer peaked at number 5 on 77 WABC, New York and number 2 on Billboard.
73_ "The Wanderer" was recorded, of course, by Dion. There is a great Dion and The Belmonts page at THIS LINK. Then, visit and listen to a midi of "The Wanderer" at THIS LINK.
74_ The name of the Rolf Harris record was "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport." That crazy 1963! While "Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport" was hanging on to its top 10 position, "On Top Of Spaghetti" and "Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah' were climbing their way up the top 40! There is no chance you've seen it all until you go to THIS LINK . Now, THIS LINK is right to Rolf Harris' own home page. Yes folks, here, you can buy Rolfabillia! It is this very site where I got my Rolf Harris tee shirt. Don't let an opportunity like this one pass you by! Actually, it is a very nice Web site.
75_ Rick Nelson's top 5 smash was "Garden Party." Actually, "Garden Party" peaked at number 6 on Billboard's chart but made it to number 3 on 77 WABC, New York. It was Rick's last big hit. His band was "The Stone Canyon Band." Their music was considered to be country. Rick and his band had a very faithful following. It would seem that he would not have been through making hits had his life not been cut short by his tragic, fatal plane crash. If not for that horrible event, when country music became all the rage in the early 90's, Rick and his band would have been there and may very possibly had enjoyed considerable success. We will never know for sure but the time would have been ripe for him to have had a huge resurgence in popularity. The talent was certainly in place and his "baby boomer" age group would have been perfect for this genre of music.
By all accounts, Rick was a very fine gentleman. He wasn't arrogant nor was he given to super star type temper tantrums. Perhaps he was somewhat misunderstood because of his early childhood stardom, but Rick was always known as a very nice person. He was very much loved by his family and is still greatly missed by millions of fans throughout the world. THIS LINK links to a wonderful little Rick Nelson Website. THIS LINK brings you to Bill Fergusson's memories of Rick, but before you click on it, go get some tissues.
76_ Elvis' final top 5 hit was in 1972 and was titled " Burning Love." Elvis seemed to gain even more popularity after he stopped charting singles. His live act had become the toughest ticket in the country. Elvis' new "mature" stage presence along with his loud costumes had become legend. Most people, now, even think in terms of two Elvis'; one young and thin and another, middle aged and well..., not-so-thin. "Burning Love" was a big Elvis hit from early on in his middle aged years. Elvis remained very popular throughout both eras of his life. Unfortunately, his health was slipping, probably due to reasons which were self induced. Elvis passed away at his home on August 16,1977. Most people's careers would have surely ended after an event such as this, but for Elvis it simply seemed to begin a new chapter. At this time, a third Elvis era was born; the "Elvis left the big building" era. It's almost 30 years after his death and Elvis is more popular than ever! God love Elvis, he's still the king! THIS LINK is all about the death of Elvis Presley.
77_ "She was afraid to come out of the water" because she wore an "Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny Yellow, Polkadot Bikini." Most oldies aficionados remember this song to be a big hit by Brian Hyland in 1960. Many of us forget that he was the artist who recorded "Gypsy Woman" which became a number 3 hit in 1970. There is a nice little Brian Hyland overview at THIS LINK. Then, THIS LINK will take you to "Sixties Music's" presentation of "Itsy, Bitsy, Teeny, Weeny, Yellow, Polkadot Bikini" but, I'm warning you; it's not what you're thinking!
78_ A true legend, his name is Antione Domino. Following THIS LINK will take you to a great site that will tell you all about the legendary Antoine "Fats" Domino.
79_ Quinn The Eskimo (The Mighty Quinn) was written by none other than Bob Dylan. THIS LINK links to a page that contains the incredibly long list of songs Bob Dylan wrote! The list includes Quinn The Eskimo and an unbelievable number of others, probably more than you would ever think. Take a look.
80_" Leaving on a Jet Plane" was a big hit for Peter, Paul and Mary from late 1969 to early 1970. It was the number 1 song for 4 weeks on 77 WABC, New York. It was a number 1 song on Billboard and ranked number 13 for the year of 1970. It was written by John Denver. THIS LINK brings you to a short but very good article about John Denver, and, the link, Oldies Lyrics takes you to "Words Heard by You" for the unofficial words to "Leaving on a Jet Plane."
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