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Songs of the Week


Songs of the Week


Each week I select songs of the week from the 50s & 60s, many of these are not heard much anymore.   Some songs we play here may not have made the Top 40 but these songs were still a big part of our baby boomer era. Many of these you may be hearing for the first time but most you will recognize immediately. Enjoy this special page. 


My 1950s Pick for this week . .

is from the great year of 1958. This group's original and most famous lineup consisted of Jimmy Weston, Johnny Lee, Willie Ephraim, Nat McCune, and Roosevelt Mays. One of many streetcorner vocal groups in Brooklyn, they rose to prominence in 1958 on the strength of this single.  The group joined Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, and others on a nationally touring road show in the late 1950s. Other musical recordings were not hits and this song was a one-hit wonder. Enjoy of my favorites. The Danleers with "One Summer Night." 

My 1960s Pick for this week . . 

is from this week's top ten countdown from 1969. I am sure many of you may not have heard this song. It failed to reach the top 40 but did peak at #50. This singer was a major figure in the development of American soul music, he recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, many of which crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100.  He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 in recognition of his impact on songwriting and recording. Enjoy a seldom hear song by Wilson Pickett, "Mini Skirt Minnie."

  Goofy Pick of the Week . . .

song is one of my favorites as well. It appeared on the charts 1n 1959 reaching #1 on the R&B charts and #7 on Billboard pop charts. This was their third top-ten hit of that year.   According to lyricist Jerry Leiber, "Pure and simple, "the title of the song" is a metaphor for a sexually transmitted disease." I tagged the song as a goofy pick  only because of the subject of the song. Enjoy "Poison Ivy" The Coasters.







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