Top Songs of 1964: #23

Another teenage tragedy song hit the top of the record charts in the end of 1964.  “Leader of the Pack” by The Shangri-Las was about Betty who is asked by friends to confirm that she is dating Jimmy, the leader of a motorcycle gang. She tells that she “met him at the candy store” and …

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Top Songs of 1964: #22

The Supremes are back at the top of the record charts in 1964 with “Baby Love.” It was written and produced by Motown’s main production team Holland–Dozier–Holland. This was the second number one song of the year for The Supremese. In the next few years, they would have another 10 songs on the top of …

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Top Songs of 1964: #21

“Lass Kiss” by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers was the next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964. The song was originally released in 1961 by Wayne Cochran who was one of the co-writers. “Lass Kiss” was one of several teen tragedy songs from that period. It tells the story …

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Top Songs of 1964: #20

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “We’ll Sing in the Sunshine” written and recorded by Gale Garnett. Gale was born in New Zealand and moved to Canada at about age 11. Gale recorded albums through the 1960s but none ever had the success as “We’ll Sing in …

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Top Songs of 1964; #19

In 1964 the next song  to go to the top of the record charts was “Do Wah Diddy Diddy” by Manfred Mann. The song was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy“, by the US girl group the Exciters. Their version barely made it on the record charts. …

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Top Songs of 1964; #18

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Oh, Pretty Woman” by Roy Orbison. The song was written by Orbison and Bill Dees. It would be become the largest selling song by Orbison selling over 7 million copies. Orbison was known for wearing black clothes and dark sunglasses making …

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Lecture and Songs of the War of 1812

On Tuesday, Sept. 9th,  the Greece Historical Society will present a lecture and concert by Dave Ruch. He presents a fascinating portrait of the War of 1812 through the songs and stories of the people themselves. Ruch has dug deeply into archival recordings, diaries, old newspapers and other historical manuscripts to unearth a wealth of …

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Top Songs of 1964; #16

The next song to hit the top of the record charts in 1964 was “Where Did Our Love Go” by The Supremes. The song was written and produced by the team of Lamont Dozier, Brian Holland and Eddie Holland. They wrote and produced many songs for various Motown artists in the 1960s. The Supremes were …

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