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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Talk on Popular Songs; Tomorrow (Nov. 13)

Tomorrow (Nov. 13th) there will be a talk at 7:00 p.m. at the Greece Town Hall about the history of popular songs. “Halfway to Heaven and You:” How Popular Songs Sang Us to the Suburbs will be given by Michael Lasser. Suburbs began in America long before Levittown right after World War II.  In fact …

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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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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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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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