Top Song 50 Years Ago; #23

The last song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Telstar” by The Tornados. It was an instrumental written and produced by Joe Meek, and featured a clavioline, a keyboard instrument with a distinctive electronic sound. The song was named after Telstar, the first communications satellite, which was launched in July …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #22

The next song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 was “Limbo Rock” by Chubby Checker. Chubby had a string of hit songs beginning with “The Twist” in 1960. Most were songs about dance styles. This was another dance that he made popular. The song was written by Kal Mann and Billy …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #21

The next song to hit the top of the music charts in 1962 is “Return to Sender” by Elvis. The song was written by Winfield Scott and Otis Blackwell. It was also featured in the Elvis movie Girls! Girls! Girls!¬† That is the movie in which Elvis is a¬†fishing guide in Hawaii and longs to …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #19

The next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “He’s A Rebel” by The Crystals. The song was written by Gene Pitney and produced by Phil Spector. Spector learned that Vikki Carr was to record the song and decided to rush out his own version. The Crystals were touring on the …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #18

Just in time for Halloween is the next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962. Monster Mash was a song written by Bobby Pickett and fellow band member Lenny Capizzi. The song had Bobby doing an impression of Boris Karloff. The listing on the record said that it was by “Bobby (Boris) …

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New TV Shows of Fall 1962 – NBC

NBC in the fall of 1962 started with 3 new westerns.. The stand out was the Virginian because at 90 minutes long it was like a new movie each week. They also had 3 new comedies, none of which would make it to the 1963 fall season. These are new NBC series: (All times Eastern) …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #16

The next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “Sheila” by Tommy Roe. After graduating from high school, Tommy got a job soldering wires at General Electric in his native Atlanta. When “Sheila” became a hit, the record company wanted him to do a tour but he refused until they offered …

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