Top Song 50 Years Ago; Extra #2

Pat Boone was a big star in the late 50s and early 60s. He wasn’t just one of those one hit wonders. According to Billboard, he was the second biggest charting artist of the late 1950s (behind Elvis). He even had a TV show from 1957 – 1960. Many of Pat Boone’s hit songs were …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #13

The next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was a very romantic song. Roses are Red (My Love) by Bobby Vinton was originally recorded as an R&B song but he was allowed to record it again with a new arrangement including strings. It was Bobby’s first hit song. The song hit …

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Song from 50 Years Ago; extra

This is one of the songs that make me think of summer. Palisades Park by Freddy Cannon never hit the number one spot on the record charts. It only reached reached number 3 on the Billboard chart for the week of May 6-12, 1962. Then on the Cash Box chart the song also reached number …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #10

The next song to reach the top of the charts in 1962 was not a rock song. It was Stranger on the Shore by Mr Acker Bilk. Bernard Stanley Bilk got the nickname “Acker” from a slang term meaning “friend.” He wrote the song for his daughter, Jenny, and named the song for her. He …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #8

The next song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 is “Mashed Potato Time” by Dee Dee Sharp. She had already had a hit song in 1962. That was “Slow Twistin’” with Chubby Checker.  Both ’62 and ’63 were big years for Dee Dee. After that her music career mostly disappeared even though …

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