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.
1950s Pick for this week . .
is a great ballad that has been covered by many
artists including Herman's Hermits. In May 1957, songwriter Bob Crewe saw a couple embracing through
a windowshade as he passed on a train. He quickly set about turning the image into a song. Frank Slay,
who owned the small Philadelphia record label XYZ with Crewe, added lyrics, and they soon had a complete
song ready to record. The
song received a break when popular local disc jockey Hy Lit fell asleep with a stack of newly released
records on his record player. the record happened to be the last to play, and so it repeated
until he woke up. He began to play the song on his show. It became popular enough that Cameo-Parkway
picked it up for national distribution, and it eventually reached number 3 on Billboard Top 100, while
also hitting the top five on both the sales and airplay charts. It was the group's only top 40 hit. Enjoy
the Rays' hit "Silhouettes."
My 1960s Pick for this week .
was sitting at #69 on
Billboard this week in 1964. A beautiful ballad by a group from Louisville, KY. The song was originally a hit
for Johnny Ray in 1956. Others have sang this song but in my opinion
nobody does it better than The Monarchs. Enjoy "Look Homeward Angel."
Goofy Pick of the Week . .
is one of the most goofy songs of all time. This novelty hit from 1966
actually reached #3 on Billboard charts. The singer of the monstrasity of a song was a recording
engineer at Associated Recording Studios in New York at the time when the song was
written. He was able to alter the pitch of a recording without
changing the tempo, using a device called avariable-frequency
oscillator (VFO) - for example, making voices higher or lower. From
this came the idea for a song based on the rhythm of the old Scottish tune "The Campbells Are Coming". Enjoy Jerry Samuels
alias Napoleon the XIV with "They're Coming To Take Me Away Ha Haa."