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1961-1965 #1 One-Hit Wonders

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs!  This week’s theme is “your choice“. Last month, I introduced the first part of  a new series #1 One-Hit Wonders . I started with 1960 and in today’s post I’m sharing years 1961-1965 in this second part. 

 

 

Mother in Law” recorded by Ernie K-Doe, written and produced by Allen Toussaint who also played piano solo. This song almost wasn’t after a very frustrated Toussaint crumbled the balled up and tossed it in the trash. Willie Hopper, a backup singer thought otherwise and convinced K-Doe to give it another shot. This song topped both the US Billboard Hot 100 (May 22, 1961; for one week) and R&B (May 1, 1961; stayed at the top the whole month) charts.

 

Hey Babyco-written by Margaret Cobb and Bruce Channel. Channel recorded the song in 1961. It landed stayed at number one for three weeks starting March 10, 1962. The 1987 hit movie Dirty Dancing used this song in the scene where Johnny and Baby dance on top of a tree log. Annie Murray covered “Hey Baby” in 1982; hitting the US Country Singles chart at #7 and the Adult Contemporary chart at #26. She peaked #1 on both the Canadian RPM Country and Adult Contemporary Tracks charts the same year. Eurodance artist, DJ Otzi recorded this song in 2000 for his debut album Love, Peace & Vollgas. Two years later his cover re-released when it became the unofficial theme song for the FIFA World Cup; peaking #1 in the UK, Ireland, Australia, and Japan.

 

 

“Stranger on the Shore” written as a clarinet piece by Acker Bilk under the title “Jenny” for his young daughter which became the theme mewsic for a BBC TV series for young people with the same name which first released in the UK, then the US where it reached #1 (May 26, 1962) and #2 in the UK. Gene Cernan, a member of the Apollo 10 mission took this track on cassette tape and used in the command module of the Apollo spacecraft. Many artists covered this tune but the most prominent version is a vocal arrangement by the late Andy Williams in 1962 hitting three separate charts: Adult Contemporary at number nine, UK Singles positioned #30, and ranking #38 on the US Billboard Hot 100. “Stranger on the Shore” featured in the pop culture AMC series Mad Men when Peggy gave up her son for adoption.

I was too young to remember Stranger on the Shore and it sounds more like a tune from the 40s or 50. It’s really a pretty melody.  Robert Mellin wrote lyrics to the best-selling instrumental later in 1962 and covered by Andy Williams. The instrumental arrangement is still my favorite.

 

Telstar is the second British recording to reach number one (Dec. 22, 1962) on the US Billboard Hot 100 and it hit #1 on the UK Weekly charts. Joe Meek wrote and produced this instrumental arrangement for the English band, the Tornados. The song named after the Telstar Communications satellite that launched in the summer of ’62. Tim Wheeler of Ash said, “This was one of the first sci-fi-influenced pop songs. For its time it was so futuristic and it still sounds pretty weird today.” Jean Ledrut, a French composer claims Joe Meek plagiarised “La Marche d’Austerlitz”, a piece he wrote in 1960 for the film, Austerlitz. A lawsuit filed preventing Meek from earning any royalties from the recording and the issue wasn’t resolved until after his suicide in 1967. What a tragedy!

 

Sukiyaki (Ue o Muite Arukou)” recorded by Japanese crooner Kyu Sakamoto was written by Rokusuke Ei and composed by Hachidai Nakamura. This is one of the best-selling singles of all times with more that 13 million copies sold worldwide. It released first and ranked #1 in Japan in1961 (my birth year). The original recording went to #18 on the R&B chart and spent five weeks at the top of the Middle of the Road charts. On June 15, 1963, it went to #1 on the US Billboard Hot 100 charts. R&B artists, A Taste of Honey, covered this classic hit in 1980 and reaching #3 on the US Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Billboard’s Adult Contemporary and Soul charts. Covered and re-invented over the years by many artists and no matter what, whenever I hear this song I’m reminded of the time Uncle Roger returned home (on military leave serving somewhere in Asia) with a silky gold oriental outfit that I wore as PJs. It was the prettiest thing I ever saw.

Dominque is a french language folk song written and recorded by Jeannine Decker from Belgium (better known as The Singing Nun). This little ditty is about the Spanish-born priest, Saint Dominic, founder of the Dominican Order where she was member and known as Sister Luc-Gabriella. The upbeat tune set to words that speak of Saint Dominic’s poverty and servitude to Christ through mewsic. The English translation of the refrain goes…

Domi-nique -nique -nique went about simply,
a poor singing traveller.
On every road, in every place,
he talks only of the Good Lord,
he talks only of the Good Lord.

“Dominque” peaked the chart on December 7, 1963 where it outsold Elvis during its stay and was the second to the last #1 before the British Invasion. Decker never did this well again. She led a colorful but tragic life. Due to financial and tax problems caused by her once #1 hit, Decker and her decade long partner, Sarah Pescher, killed themselves in 1985.

 

Don Robertson and Hal Blair wrote Ringo a first-person spoken account of a lawman and the notorious outlaw Johnny Ringo recorded by Canadian-born, Lorne Greene.  I never cared for spoken songs in part and this one is completely spoken except for the backup singers. According to Wikipedia the historical facts don’t match the song lyrics. Nine days before my third birthday “Ringo” hit the top of the charts on December 5, 1964.  What I found interesting more than this song is on the record’s flip side is the lyrical version of Greene’s popular TV show theme, Bonanza. I loved watching the dramas unfold on the Ponderosa with the Cartwrights always on the side of good!

 

 

“Eve of Destruction” if you didn’t know is a Vietnam war protest song written by P.F. Sloan in mid-1964 and was initially showed to The Byrds but they passed on it. The Turtles routinely recorded songs The Byrds discarded but, they rejected it, too. Instead they recorded a different version.  It was Barry McGuire  who laid down the rough vocals accompanied by a group of L.A. session players early one July morning and never intended for release which leaked and played on the radio the following morning. It became an instant hit. His song topped the charts on September 25, 1965.

This song made me sad. I was a little girl during the this war and I had three uncles fighting in it. I really hated that, too. I knew they were in harm’s way and I worried that they might not come back again. Thankfully God kept watch over them and they did return.

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

This is a weekly hop for mewsic enthusiasts regardless if you follow our weekly theme or not if you have mewsic to share then we’re ready to dance with you. Otherwise, I ask that you do not link non-mewsic posts below to boost traffic to your site. You’re welcome to leave your URL in comments with a brief description inviting me to check it out. Please kindly respect our mewsic linky party. Otherwise, your post will not be met by happy dancers. Thank you!

 



 

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with a few dance moves from the 60s.

 

Have a songtastic week and I’ll see ya back on the dance floor next week with “School related mewsic” on Monday’s Music Moves Me!

 

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1960 #1 One-Hit Wonders

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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Famous Musicians & Their Musical Kids Dean Martin, Part 2

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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