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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Top Song 50 Years Ago; #1

The song that was the top song on the charts in Jan. 1962 was “The Twist” by Chubby Checker. You may think that I am mistaken about the year. “The Twist” was first on the top of music charts in Sept. 1960. Then the song returned to the music charts in Jan. ’62 and became …

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National Jukebox

The Library of Congress has a project called National Jukebox to digitize 78 rpm records from before 1925. Currently they have 10,000 recordings on-line and are adding to that collection every week. The collection covers all kinds of recordings from that era including popular music, folk music, foreign language, classical and spoke word. You can …

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Ladies and Gentleman; The Beatles

The Beatles are invading again! The Beatles Rock Band game is out today; as are the Beatles digitally remastered CDs. I remember seeing the Beatles on Ed Sullivan back in 1964. I was just 14 and didn’t realize how they would end up changing music. Here is the first song from their appearance on 9 …

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