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Almost Fifty Years Ago – But These Songs Still Sound Good To This Old Man…..
TheAgedP.com ^ | 02/07/12 | The Aged P

Posted on 07/03/2012 7:56:08 AM PDT by sussex

The big hits of 1963…. Difficult to believe that all these came out almost half a century ago (when I had just started out as a teacher) but each of them still gives me a buzz today, not just as a stroll down memory lane but because they are also still damn good songs.

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1 posted on 07/03/2012 7:56:20 AM PDT by sussex
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To: sussex

Here are the links to the videos:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9zbLQADd06Y&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=7F_opWg9_qI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Xp-LLcE78U&feature=player_embedded

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=gbRKfieMsdQ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=HzhSnnjsszY

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=xu8tdXBkQhY

Now nobody will have to track all over your nice clean blog.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 8:01:47 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: sussex
I always laugh when my elderly coworker starts tapping his foot and nodding his head to old music like this.

"Thems was good songs back in the day, good music..."

3 posted on 07/03/2012 8:02:42 AM PDT by Copenhagen Smile (Ask me no questions, I"ll tell you no lies)
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To: sussex

Me too! I love this stuff. sad to see how far our culture has sunk.


4 posted on 07/03/2012 8:03:26 AM PDT by pgkdan (ANYBODY BUT OBAMA!)
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To: pgkdan

Indeed. Kids today don’t have much in the way of “music” or movies. For us, it was one hit after another, week after week. Astounding the number of great songs from those years, especially the early 60’s. The fact that rock n roll was only a few years old by then is even more impressive. The creativity that evolved did so quickly and the variety of music, be it black/white, boy/girl, groups/solo, USA/foreign, vocals/instrumentals, soundtracks/novelty songs and so forth, was just unbelivable.

Too bad that momentum didn’t continue. How great it would be to have had so many more songs to celebrate. Instead, as I occasionally glance at what’s “popular” today it’s nothing more than a list of forgettable “songs” and “artists”


5 posted on 07/03/2012 8:09:03 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: sussex

No mention of the balad “Big Bad John”?
Pretty sure that was a 1963 Top Ten.


6 posted on 07/03/2012 8:11:17 AM PDT by G Larry (I'm under no obligation to be a passive victim!)
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To: G Larry

Seems like the Exciters were running at 78 rpm...


7 posted on 07/03/2012 8:13:47 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: humblegunner
One guy who often is a link between the music of the past, music tody is Van Morrison:

Back on Top

8 posted on 07/03/2012 8:19:02 AM PDT by Michael.SF. (Bain Capital would not have bought into Solyndra)
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To: humblegunner
humblegunner: Good Pick!!!! Busted by Ray Charles could replace the National Anthem
9 posted on 07/03/2012 8:23:52 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: sussex
Those are all good songs, but here are the Billboard #1 hits for 1963:

Go Away Little Girl-Steve Lawrence
Walk Right In-Rooftop Singers
Hey Paula-Paul & Paula
Walk Like A Man-4 Seasons
Our Day Will Come-Ruby & The Romantics
He's So Fine-Chiffons
I Will Follow Him-Little Peggy March
If You Wanna Be Happy-Jimmy Soul
It's My Party-Lesley Gore
Sukiyaki-Kyu Sakamoto
Easier Said Than Done-Essex
Surf City-Jan & Dean
So Much In Love-Tymes
Fingertips-Pt. 2-Little Stevie Wonder
My Boyfriend's Back-The Angels
Blue Velvet-Bobby Vinton
Sugar Shack-Jimmy Gilmer & The Fireballs
Deep Purple-Nino Tempo & April Stevens
I'm Leaving It Up To You-Dale & Grace
Dominique-The Singing Nun


10 posted on 07/03/2012 8:24:02 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: sussex

Flame me if you must; but IMO the Beatles/Stones killed USA RnR, RnB, Doowop and most other USA music.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 8:25:20 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: duckman

1000% agree


12 posted on 07/03/2012 8:31:20 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: humblegunner
Awwww...no titles?
Now I'll have to go to each one to appease my curiosity.
13 posted on 07/03/2012 8:31:32 AM PDT by philman_36 (Pride breakfasted with plenty, dined with poverty, and supped with infamy. Benjamin Franklin)
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To: humblegunner

Your links don’t work.


14 posted on 07/03/2012 8:32:25 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: A_Former_Democrat

All “singable”, an aspect of Pop music lost long ago.


15 posted on 07/03/2012 8:34:21 AM PDT by Paisan
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To: duckman

Never did like the Beatles....Stones just were ugh. Have always loved Motown and country throw in a little western and I am a happy camper


16 posted on 07/03/2012 8:36:34 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: G Larry

1961 not 1963. JimmyDean got a grammy nod out of it


17 posted on 07/03/2012 8:37:36 AM PDT by Nifster
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To: Nifster

Motown got so scary that even Motown moved out.


18 posted on 07/03/2012 8:40:37 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: pookie18
The song I used to sing to my husband by the Shirelles: Soldier boy
19 posted on 07/03/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: pookie18

Good Lord! With the exception of ‘Sukiyaki’ I can recall the lyrics to every one of those songs.

Of course I used to still sing along with Sukiyaki, but mumble most of the time.


20 posted on 07/03/2012 8:40:51 AM PDT by 11Bush
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To: duckman

I agree. The Beatles poisoned the well. Worse, they turned an art into an industry and one based more on packaging than on talent. Everyone from Madonna to Lady Gaga to Justin Bieber is their spawn, to the detriment of music everywhere.


21 posted on 07/03/2012 8:51:53 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: afraidfortherepublic
Your links don’t work.

They do if you click on them.

22 posted on 07/03/2012 8:52:33 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: sussex

The country charts from that time had some memorable hits:

Abiline - George Hamilton IV
Act Naturally - Buck Owens
The Ballad of Jed Clampett - Flatt & Scruggs
Detroit City - Bobby Bare
End of the World - Skeeter Davis
Faded Love - Patsy Cline [one of the greatest singers ever]
From a Jack to a King - Ned Miller
I Can’t Stay Mad at You - Skeeter Davis
Leavin’ on Your Mind - Patsy Cline
Lonesome 7-7203 - Hawkshaw Hawkins
Love’s Gonna Live Here - Buck Owens
Loving Arms - Carl and Pearl Butler
Make the World Go Away - Ray Price
Ring of Fire - Johnny Cash
Second Hand Rose - Roy Drusky
Still - Bill Anderson
Sweet Dreams - Patsy Cline [one of the greatest singers, one of the most beautiful songs]
Talk Back Trembling Lips - Ernest Ashworth
The Tip of My Fingers - Roy Clark


23 posted on 07/03/2012 8:56:29 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: pookie18

Ah yes. Beautiful music before the Beatles came in and ruined it all.

I’ve fallen in love with old Sammy Kay records. I find lots of good music on vinyl at my thrift store.

Just transcribed lots of Tommy Garrett and Henry Mancini music to CDs for my sister-in-law.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 8:56:45 AM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (I LIKE ART! Click my name. See my web page.)
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To: sussex

Yes, 1963 was quite a year. That was the year that I got my first job at a commercial radio station (I was 21 years old). As I remember so well, “I Will Follow Him” by Little Peggy March was the biggest hit that summer. It really wasn’t that much of a song but the arrangement was great. Perfect bubble-gum song, too.

I was going to write down the call letters and location of the station but that would reveal my hidden identity and one is not supposed to do that on FR.


25 posted on 07/03/2012 9:11:57 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: notaliberal

Last Labor Day weekend, saw Shirley Alston Reeves (original Shirelles lead singer) in concert with “different” Shirelles; she still has it. Soldier Boy was among those that they performed.


26 posted on 07/03/2012 9:19:15 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: sussex

Saw an older man yesterday with a shirt that says “I may be old, but I saw all the good bands”.

LOL


27 posted on 07/03/2012 9:20:36 AM PDT by autumnraine (America how long will you be so deaf and dumb to the tumbril wheels carrying you to the guillotine?)
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To: A_Former_Democrat
...creativity that evolved did so quickly and the variety of music, be it black/white, boy/girl, groups/solo, USA/foreign, vocals/instrumentals, soundtracks/novelty songs and so forth, was just unbelivable.

My theory is that someone killed all the songwriters. It's the only explanation for the monotonous boring wailing that passes for popular music today.

28 posted on 07/03/2012 9:25:04 AM PDT by OldPossum ( "it's" is the contraction of either "it is" or "it has"; "its" is the possessive pronoun)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks

—Motown got so scary that even Motown moved out.—

I’m a huge fan of music documentaries. I even own “I Need That Record”, a documentary about the demise of the independent record store.

I also own Standing in the Shadows of Motown”. Although it has good production values, I consider it the worst of them all, content-wise. There really is not a lot there.


29 posted on 07/03/2012 9:28:18 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: Eric in the Ozarks
Here are 2 more by The Exciters (the latter was covered by & became a bigger hit for Manfred Mann):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lzYhWxz3iUI

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b3ep-JvUqyU

30 posted on 07/03/2012 9:31:05 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: humblegunner

I did click on them. They do not open. That is, the songs do not play. However, the original link works just fine.


31 posted on 07/03/2012 9:45:55 AM PDT by afraidfortherepublic
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To: cuban leaf

“I even own “I Need That Record”, a documentary about the demise of the independent record store.”

Two of my fav indies in NJ were Relic Rack and Clifton Music. Both great places to ask ‘I need that record’. Both gone but never forgotten.


32 posted on 07/03/2012 10:14:23 AM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: afraidfortherepublic

They work fine for me.

You must have picked up a virus or something on some filthy blog.


33 posted on 07/03/2012 10:16:17 AM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: autumnraine

lol - bttt


34 posted on 07/03/2012 10:21:22 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: humblegunner
The Trashmen: Surfin' Bird ( 1963 )

WITCH DOCTOR (David Seville) 1958 original version

Dodie Stevens - Tan Shoes and Pink Shoelaces (Live) Recorded in 1959 (age 13)

35 posted on 07/03/2012 10:29:02 AM PDT by BerryDingle (I know how to deal with communists, I still wear their scars on my back from Hollywood-Ronald Reagan)
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To: sussex

Roy Orbison: the best.


36 posted on 07/03/2012 10:36:24 AM PDT by beaversmom
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To: duckman

When I left Seattle for rural KY I thought I was done collecting vinyl. Then I discovered the Highlands area (baxter and Bardstown streets). It’s like all the “weird” neighborhoods in Seattle rolled into one. And yeah, they have several record stores, though the biggest, Ear Xtacy went under last November.


37 posted on 07/03/2012 10:40:10 AM PDT by cuban leaf (Were doomed! Details at eleven.)
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To: OldPossum

Either that or they’ve reached the end of the line for notes, chords, lyrics etc Today’s stuff all sounds alike, even the “slow” songs.


38 posted on 07/03/2012 11:04:48 AM PDT by A_Former_Democrat
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To: pookie18
About this one: You're a Thousand Miles Away by the Heartbeats!

My sister who was a teenager (an AF dependent) met her husband on Misawa AFB mid 50's. He got transferred back to the states and she played this record over and over and over and over!

39 posted on 07/03/2012 11:15:21 AM PDT by notaliberal
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To: notaliberal
Great song. I have the followup to that one on an LP...

500 Miles To Go

A few years later, lead singer James "Shep" Sheppard left & formed a new group, Shep & The Limelites, who finished the journey with their...

Daddy's Home


40 posted on 07/03/2012 11:43:26 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: duckman

If Clifton Music was the store run by Ronnie I, I believe they closed relatively recently...


41 posted on 07/03/2012 11:45:51 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: BerryDingle
Surfin' Bird is actually a combination of these two songs by The Rivingtons:

The Bird's The Word

Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow


42 posted on 07/03/2012 11:52:13 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: pookie18

Yes it was Ronnie I’s store. I think his daughter tried running it after his recent passing; but it didn’t work out for her. Back in the 70’s when I was collecting Doo-Wops, I would go to his store with several hundred dollars and spend a good portion of my Saturday buying records off his collector wall. I once met Noland Strong of the Diablos at Ronnie I’s, he was recording some sounds for one of the NJ record labels. I think the label was based in Jersey City, not sure.


43 posted on 07/03/2012 12:33:53 PM PDT by duckman (Go Newt...)
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To: duckman

Nice memories! Ronnie I hosted a show I attended at Lead East (Labor Day weekend a few years ago at the Parsippany Hilton). Like The Jesters version of The Wind a bit more than The Diablos version. Good show Fridays 7-10 PM on 1250 WMTR-AM called Doo-Wop Drive (http://www.wmtram.com/)


44 posted on 07/03/2012 2:04:47 PM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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To: humblegunner
Great songs, but how could you leave this 1963 hit off the list
45 posted on 07/03/2012 2:16:05 PM PDT by Krankor
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To: Krankor

Ain’t my list. I was just hoping to deny a blogpimp a few hits.


46 posted on 07/03/2012 2:18:07 PM PDT by humblegunner (Pablo, being wily, pities the fool.)
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To: pookie18

Oh boy! I remember both so well!!


47 posted on 07/03/2012 5:15:45 PM PDT by notaliberal
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To: sussex

Pick your year....http://www.tropicalglen.com/Jukebox/1963Top/Channel1963.html


48 posted on 07/03/2012 5:26:33 PM PDT by csmusaret (I will give Obama credit for one thing- he is living proof that familiarity breeds contempt.)
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To: pookie18

Thanx for he link Pookie. I prefer the Jesters version as well. The Diabolos version was a bit spooky for a pre-teen, (myself), growing up in the mid 50’s. BTW ‘The Paragons meet the Jesters’ was a right-of-passage album into Doo-Wop-dom in the Bronx NY where I grew up. All the kids that ‘knew’ had to have one.


49 posted on 07/04/2012 5:23:39 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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To: duckman
My pleasure, Duckman. I have that LP & had it when I grew up in Brooklyn.


50 posted on 07/04/2012 5:30:21 AM PDT by pookie18 (...OK, plan C: Newt or Rick...I guess it's plan D now)
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