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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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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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #5

The fifth song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “Don’t Break the Heart That Loves You” by Connie Frances. This song has a two part harmony with Connie singing with herself. It is a plea from a heartbroken lover trying to understand why her lover is going out of his way …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #4

The fourth song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 was “Hey! Baby” by Bruce Channel. Bruce wrote the song with Margaret Cobb in 1959 and performed the song for two years before recording it. It ended up being the number one song for the week of March 11-17. It remained the number …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #3

The third song to hit the top of the charts in 1962 is “The Duke of Earl” by Gene Chandler. Gene had been the lead singer for the Dukays and recorded the song with them. The group’s record company preferred to release another song and said that Gene could release as a solo artist. The …

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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #2

This proves how popular the dance The Twist was fifty years ago. “Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee and the Starliters hit the top of the Billboard list for the week of Jan, 21-27, 1962 and remained at the top of that list for another two weeks. On the other national record list, Cash Box, the …

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