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1961-1965 #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“. 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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Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?

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Good morning, Kittens & Dawgs! I hope all of my Florida friends are doing ok in the wake of Irma coming to shore yesterday morning. The system originally was expected to cross east Tennessee but it shifted to the western part of the state about mid-week. The only threat we have to deal with today is lots of rain. I’m not complaining.  Anywho, today’s mewsic theme is “Remembering 9/11” and I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me!

 

Where Were you When the World Stopped?

 

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. Thank you!


 

The official anthem for first responders in the days after the madness was the song track, “Tuesday” from Superman 2000. To honor those who stormed head long into burning buildings without a second thought giving your life, you won’t be forgotten and for the many who worked relentlessly to find survivors in the aftermath. I may not know your names but that doesn’t change my gratitude. “Five For Fighting” is for you!

 

 

I’m gonna wind things down with a song that was written many years before 9/11 but the sentiments resonates the mood I felt that day with “the sound of silence” in the days that followed the attacks. Perhaps, you did, too.

 

 

What 9/11 mewsic stirs your heart today?

 

Reflecting on 9/11 always stirs my heart. None of we will be the same after that day 16-years ago and I don’t think we will never forget the horrors. Honestly, I hope we never do because if we do then this sort of thing will happen again.  Thankfully, we showed the wicked that we can Rise Up To Never Stay Down! Please take time to say a prayer for our nation, our world, and its people. Ask for God’s protection against further terrorist attacks here and abroad.

I’ll see you tomorrow with Cathy Chats – Take That. May God bless America!

 

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Come September

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How was your weekend? Ours went well. I got the go-ahead from my dentist to eat most things again, except I can’t have crusty hard breads and nuts. I’m still very careful with what I eat, but enjoying a normal diet again.

For some, summer isn’t always a happy time. I wouldn’t say that’s been the case with me but there were times when it wasn’t the best.  Things were off-key in our world a wee bit with DH’s eye healing and family situations I can’t talk about that needs steady prayer. Come September the days of summer unofficial end starting today. Happy Labor Day, Kittens and Dawgs!

 


These songs put me in a melancholy mood with all this “summertime has come and gone…” which brings me to Billy Joel Famous Last Words.

 

 

Today’s mewsic theme is “Labor Day or End of Summer” tunes and I invite you to hit the dance floor with XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and ME!



 

 

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off with this new-to-me American Indie rock band,  JR JR singing from their self-title album, “Gone”!

 

 

What mewsic moves you today? ?

My summer hiatus is over and it’s time to get back into the blogging groove. I won’t be easy. I’m sure to do a lot of stumbling to find my way back to a new normal again. Will I resume my usual blog post course or do I shake things up? The answer to that is yet to be seen. Sign up for the latest mews to deliver straight to your inbox so to not miss a thing! 😉

 

Got camera? Pictures to share? Join the return of my mid-week linky photo fest (not-so) Wordless Wednesday!

 

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Popular Dance Moves from the 60s-70s

Thank you for including me in your Monday, kittens & dawgs! Although, the great 2017 total solar eclipse is now history, I had to share the cool photo DD#2 took with her iPhone 7.  I think she said she used a special lens for her phone to capture it. She did an amazing job, too!  I hope y’all had a nice weekend.  Mine was good despite recovering from oral surgery and restricted to a soft diet which will last for six weeks.  Alrighty, it’s time to hit the dance floor with  XmasDolly, Stacy, Colette , and little ole me with this week’s mewsic theme featuring song titles and lyrics with “Dance Moves“.



 

I was born in 1961 so by the time I was old enough I certainly remember doing some of these dance moves shown in the above video, especially the “Twist” and “Swim” which were easy peasy for anyone to do.

I kind of forgot “The Loco-Motion” was a dance step but I always loved the song!

 

Little Eva recorded the song first but it’s Grand Funk Railroad 1974 cover I remember best.  Did you know “The Loco-Motion” topped the charts in 1962 with Little Eva and again with Grand Funk Railroad more than a decade later? Australian singer, Kylie Minogue, did well covering the classic hit in 1988 charting #3 in the US.

Flash back some memories with this list of Famous 60s Dance Moves!

The 70s ushered in the disco era. There’s a mix consensus about this type of mewsic, you either love it or hate it. I was a lover! Get to your feet to relive these iconic dance steps!

 

 

 

 

I found an excellent list of various dance moves in alphabetic order on Wikipedia to refresh your memory or to inspire you with something different!

This is Curious as a Cathy signing off these funky Soul Train cats showing us some cool 70s dance moves!

 

 

What mewsic moves you today?

This week is going to be another crazy busy one for me with two doctor appointments for me and one for DH but I’ll do my best to hop over to dance with you.  I can’t believe my summer hiatus is coming to an end with the return of my normal or somewhat normal blogging routine next month beginning next week on the dance floor with songs about “Labor Day or End of Summer” 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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