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1960 #1 One-Hit Wonders

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Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  This week’s theme is “your choice” but being me I decided to use this slot to introduce a new series featuring ONE-HIT WONDERS begining with my birth decade…the 60s.

There are a lot of popular tunes falling in this category. I’m picking only those to reach the pinnacle at #1.  In this first part, I’m sharing four one-hit wonders from 1960.

 

 

Teen Angel“, written by Jean Dinning and her husband, Red Surrey.  Her brother, Mark Dinning  and Alex Murray performed the song late 1959.  The teenage tragedy song didn’t do well with radio stations and was even banned because it was too sad.  However, the song climbed from #100 to #50 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts the last week of the decade until it reached the top of list on February 8, 1960.

 

 

Alley Oop” inspired by V.T. Hamlin’s comics was written and composed by Dallas Frazier first in 1957 as a country song. It was The Hollywood Argyles who popularized this crazy little ditty. What’s interesting to know is that there was no The Hollywood Argyles at the begining according to Gary Paxton who produced and sang lead vocals. He stated the band name, a short-lived studio band, came from a street (Argyle) near the studio where they recorded where Paxton exclaimed, “Let’s call ourselves The Hollywood Argyles”.  The song peaked July 11, 1960.  Dante & the Evergreens also covered this song which charted the same day as T.H.A. at #15.

 

 

Mr. Custer” is a novelty song written by Al De Lory, Fred Darian, and Jospeh Van Winkle. Larry Verne, an American novelty song vocalist recorded the song which sold more than a million copies, earning a gold disc.  The funny song story tells of a soldier’s pled with Custer who did not want to fight the Sioux Indians at the Battle of the Little Bighorn.  This single topped the charts October 10, 1960.

 

 

 

Stay” written by Maurine Williams at the tender age of 15 tells how he tried to convince his date to not go home when suppposed to.  In 1960, his band made a demo. Initially, Williams and the Zodiacs didn’t draw any interests. It took a ten year’s enthusiasm for the song to impress upon the band and the producer to keep pushing the tune. Four major record producers dismissed the song in NYC before Herald Records became interested who insisted the line, “Let’s have another smoke” be removed to make it commerically acceptable.  The song entered at the bottom of the US Billboard Hot 100 charts aearly October 1960 and taking the number one spot November 21, 1960. Other versions include, the Hollies in 1963 took it to #8 in the UK, the Four Season in 1964 peaked #16 in the US, and Jackson Browne in 1977 reached #20 in the US, as well as #12 in the UK.

 

 

I thought it was interesting that two other songs with different artists made the Top 40 list the same year. They didn’t top the chart but I thought it would be fun to share these with you. The first song, “Look For A Star” by Gary Mills hit #26 and again with Deane Hawley at #34 on the same day, July 25th. Bonus: The second song title “Hot Rod Lincoln” hit #26 with recording artist Johnny Bond on August 8th and then about a month later with Charlie Ryan and the Timberlane Riders reached #33.

Which of these One-Hit Wonders is your favorite?

I invite you to hit the dance floor with the 4M gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette, and little ole me!



 

Things are a little wild starting today and I’m not speaking of the solar eclipse. Most if not all of Knoxville will be at the edge of the eclipse. Where DH works he’ll be in totality for 30 seconds which is cool but we’re going outside of town to be part of the epic event together!  I also have oral surgery mid-week. I might be slow to dance with ya but I will boogie with you ASAP!  I’ll close things off  with a special song dedicated to the total eclipse.

 

Have a songtastic week and I’ll see ya back on the dance floor next week with song titles and lyrics featuring “Dance Moves” on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

 

 

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Roy, Steve, Robert, and James

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Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! I invite you to hit the dance floor with the M4 (borrowed from John at The Sound of One Hand Typing) gang XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me! This week’s theme is Male Names Song Titles/Lyrics.



 

 

 

I had some obvious first song picks with this week’s theme which I wanted to use but pretty certain they’ll get a lot of play time from others, so I began thinking of a theme within the theme coming up with songs inspired by or written about male celebrities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’m wind things down in another direction with my theme within a theme by sharing a playlist of songs written about male celebrities.

 

I went with the artists’ songs I most enjoyed that I found in this article and according to the artists wrote with these entertainers in mind.

  1. No Doubt, “Don’t Speak” (Tony Kanal)
  2. Selena Gomez, “The Heart Wants What It Wants” (Justin Bieber)
  3. Taylor Swift, “Style” (Harry Styles)
  4. Sheryl Crow, “My Favorite Mistake” (Eric Clapton)
  5. Taylor Swift, “All Too Well” (Jake Gyllenhaal)
  6. Britney Spears, “Everytime” (Justin Timberlake)
  7. Taylor Swift, “Last Kiss” (Joe Jonas)
  8. Madonna, “Miles Away” (Guy Ritchie)
  9. Carly Simon, “You’re So Vain” Devid Geffen UPDATE: Per Wikipedia song is NOT about Geffen. Part of the song IS about Warren Beatty and at least two other unknown men.

 

Can you share a song(s) not already named with today’s theme? Leave your “male name song titles/lyrics picks in comments! Who knows maybe I’ll do a future post with your suggestions. 😉

 

Most of the summer…well pretty much of all of summer I’ve been unofficially off the blogging radar but it’s official now. I’m away from Blogosphere until after Labor Day but… I am hitting the dance floor each week. I can’t let my co-hosts and you down to get your week hoping now, can I? I’ll see ya next week for “your choice” song picks with Monday’s Mewsic Moves Me!

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Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids Dean Martin, Part 2

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The winners are….

1st place winner is Michelle Castagne (PRIZE SENT $25 Amazon GC & RECEIVED)

2nd place winner is Vickie Couturier! (PENDING)

3rd place winner is Cindy Barr! (PENDING)

 

 

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! It’s “your choice mewsic” week. I kicked off a special theme project, Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids and I featured the late 50s teen-idol Ricky Nelson and Sons, Part 1. This is going to be an involved series and hopefully chocked full of goodies for you to enjoy.

Born Dino Paul Crocetti, June 7, 1917 but the world knows him as Dean Martin, King of Cool. The man who delivered mewsic seemingly effortlessly to the listeners ear was equally entertaining on screen. I loved watching Martin on screen in dozens of movies and TV shows (1946-1985). My favorite being the Dean Martin Show.

 

 

  1. Powder Your Face With Sunshine (1949) first solo hit, peaked #11 after breaking up the showbiz act with Jerry Lewis
  2. I Will Always Love You (1950), peaked #11
  3. You Belong To Me (1952) #12
  4. That’s Amore (1953 from the film, The Caddy) peaked #2 for 5 weeks
  5. Memories Are Made Of This (1955) peaked #1 for 6 weeks
  6. Volare (1958), #12
  7. Return To Me (1958) peaked #4
  8. Everybody Loves Somebody (1964) peaked #1 for 1 week
  9. The Door Is Still Open To My Heart (1964) #6
  10. I Will (1965) #10

Dean and Betty

 

If being married once isn’t enough, Martin married three times. His first marriage was to Betty McDonald in 1941. They had four children: Craig, Claudia, Gail, and Deana. The two divorced in 1949 after which Dean received custody of the children.  Betty lived a quiet life in San Francisco until her death in 1987.

Dean with Craig and Claudia

There isn’t a lot of info on the two oldest children. Craig (1942) worked behind scenes producing The Dean Martin Show and Claudia (Mar. 14, 1941) followed her dad into show biz as an actress. Sadly, she passed away of breast cancer in 2001

While filtering through YouTube vids, I stumbled on this video of Dean singing a medley with his second daughter, Gail (1945).

 

 

I thought it interesting to read an article which Gail had this to say about her dad.

“Dad wasn’t a big party animal so he’d sneak upstairs at 10 o’clock, phone the local cops and say, ‘Those Martins are having another wild party. Can you come round and break it up?’ He wanted a good night’s sleep so he could get up next morning to go play golf. He didn’t like mixing in big company or crowds. He gave it all on stage so at home he didn’t want to sit and chit-chat. Dad preferred to be alone.”

Ironically after the mental birth of this mewsic post series, we were watching TV when Deana Martin (August 19, 1948) popped on the screen. No doubt, DH was channel surfing.  I had no clue Dean had children let along any that followed in his mewsical footsteps.  As it turns out, Deana the youngest from his first marriage and is a moderate successful singer who still performs. I pulled together a short playlist with her singing two of her dad’s #1 hits and a couple of retro clips singing with Dino.

 

 

Moving to the second marriage, Dean weds Orange Bowl Beauty Queen, Jeanne Biegger in 1949. Their marriage lasted 24 years and produced three kids. This is Dean’s longest running relationship, so I have to believe she had to be the love of his life but why they split, I dunno. Jeanne passed away in August 2016 from cancer.

Dean and Jeanne

First born in Dean’s second marriage was Dean “Dino” Paul, on November 17, 1951. Dino singer, actor, tennis pro, and pilot… what couldn’t this kid do? Prior to his occasional TV appearances on his dad’s TV variety show in the 70s, he and two of his closest friends Desi Arnz, Jr. and Billy Hinche formed the band, Dino, Desi & Billy in the 60s. They had one hit song, I’m a Fool.

 

 

He married twice (Olivia Hussey 1971-1979 and Dorothy Hamill 1982-1984) and tragically died at the young age of 35 on March 21, 1987 in a jet-fighter crash. He had one son, Alexander, from his first marriage.

Here’s a bit of interesting trivia, as a toddler one of Dino’s baby sitters was the blonde bombshell, Marilyn Monroe.

Dean’s 6th kiddo, Ricci (1953) formed The Pack in 1977 and with the help of Beach Boys, Carl Wilson produced BEACHED.

 

I couldn’t find a video of Ricci singing with his dad.  In August 2016 before his mother’s death, the singer and book author was found dead (cause unknown) in his Hollywood home.

Dean, Gina, and Carl Wilson

Dean’s daughter, Gina, (1956) married Carl Wilson in 1987. There’s no mention of mewsical interests but appears she’s done some acting.

 

Dean and Catherine

Dean married Catherine Hawn in 1973.  He adopted Hawn’s daughter, Sasha. They barely got out of the gate with their marriage before Martin filed for divorce three years later.

I wanted to include a photo of Sasha but I couldn’t find any of her on the net. Do you have any to share? Please share in comments or zip me an email. Anywho, Sasha did some acting. She appeared in the daytime soap, “Guiding Light” as Marina Cooper from 1996-2000 and Harold Stern’s 1997 movie, “Private Parts” in which she played his daughter.

A life time smoker, Dean Martin was diagnosed with lung cancer in 1993 but decided to not treat the disease. In the end, it was Jeanne who was at Martin’s bedside, remaining with him until he passed from this life to the next. According to an interview in People magazine, Dean told his second wife, “You’re the only girl I ever loved.” We said farewell to the King of Cool Christmas Day 1995 suffering from acute respiratory failure resulting from emphysema.

 

 

I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me! This week’s theme is your choice“.

 



 

I hope you enjoyed Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids Part 2. The series will continue in September. If you liked this edition and ya don’t want to miss the next, then consider joining my email subscription.  😉 Have a songtastic week and I’ll see ya back on the dance floor next week with “Tunes with Male Names in Them” on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

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Calling Out Your Name CATHY Can We Dance?

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This week’s mewsic theme is “Songs Starting With the 1st Letter of Your Name”. 

Calling Out Your Name (Down In A Hole album) Kiefer Sutherland.

 

Actor-turned-singer Kiefer Sutherland says this track from his début album is about a highly publicized failed romance from his youth. He tells Rolling Stone: “There’s a moment in everyone’s life when they go from a girl to a woman or a boy to a man, and that transition, at least from my experience, is illustrated through heartbreak.”

He doesn’t name the girl, but Sutherland did have a high-profile engagement to Julia Roberts after the pair met on the set of Flatliners in 1990.

 

Cathy (Down on a Deptford Broadway album) Skinny Lister

 

The second single from Down on Deptford Broadway is a slice of sing-a-long punk ‘n’ roll. Singer and guitarist Dan Heptinstall explained: “‘Cathy’ is an ode to addiction and recklessness. A declaration of desire for someone or something that you know is bad for you, and you’d be wise to steer well clear of. The classic wrestle between head and heart.”

Can We Dance (Meet the Vamps album) The Vamps

 

This pop British band debuted their song in September 2013 and the following month’s sells with 13K more than their competitor looked like The Vamps would peak number 1 on the UK Singles Chart but in the end One Republic (Counting Stars – another “C” song) nudged them out of the spot and recorded as the closest chart battle in 2013 with only 1,150 sells separating the two songs.

Quick, what “C” song titles come to mind?

I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me. 😉



 

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with more “C” Song Titles.

 

 

Stay tune for a special announcement this week of our blogiversary winners!

Have a songtastic day.

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Birthday Party for DH!

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This week’s mewsic theme is “Your Choice” and I invite you to hit the dance floor with the 4M gals – XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me. Link-up and enjoy the fun!



 

Today is DH’s birthday!

To honor the birthday boy on his special day, I created a playlist of 1959 Billboard Top Chart songs from his birth year according to Wikipedia. The top song in July was Lonely Boy by Paul Anka (#11 on playlist).

 

Now, I want to share mewsic that makes me think of him. Some of the songs have specific memories connected with them and others are important for reasons I now can’t remember.

 

This playlist is sure to grow as new tunes come to mind but I have a good start and I hope you enjoyed the mewsic. Tonight, the birthday boy is having more triple chocolate cake with vanilla bean butter cream frosting. We did early celebrating over the weekend. I made a cake like this for DD#1 last month but if you missed that post and want to check out the recipe, then you’ll find it here.  Per DH’s request, I left the chocolate chips out of his cake which we actually liked better! What a shocker!!

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with …

 

 

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