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Number one song 50 years ago this week ! ( Vanity )
Youtube ^ | 7/6/13

Posted on 07/06/2013 7:12:51 PM PDT by sushiman

Remember it well ...I was 11 ...Summer at my Grandparents' house on Long Island listening to the big radio console when not at the beach or outside playing ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 1953; 1963; essex; music; songs
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1 posted on 07/06/2013 7:12:51 PM PDT by sushiman
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To: sushiman

One of those “ goosebump “ songs for me .


2 posted on 07/06/2013 7:14:06 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman

That is one of my all time favorites tho it didn’t last long.

I had a real crush on a girl named Anita then discovered the lead singer was also an Anita tho she was Black. The funny thing is she didn’t sound Black.


3 posted on 07/06/2013 7:18:13 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: sushiman

The week I was born, the #1 song was Good Night Irene.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jj3s8qq3kU4


4 posted on 07/06/2013 7:18:47 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: yarddog

Anita Humes, the lead singer, passed away in 2010 at the age of 69.


5 posted on 07/06/2013 7:21:37 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: sushiman

Born in 1943 and raised in a family with very traditional values, I never “got” rock and roll. My tastes were traditional country (Webb Pierce, Roy Acuff and Ernest Tubb) as well as Southern Gospel (Blackwood Brothers and the Happy Goodmans). That said, “Easier Said than Done” was one of the few songs of that genre that appealed to me. It didn’t have the lewd and subversive lyrics that were central to much R&B and rock. The Essex had a nice, happy song that’s still etched in my memory. Thanks for posting this since it recalls a much better era.


6 posted on 07/06/2013 7:21:49 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Which means you are either 1 or 2 years older than I ! BTW - I was born in nearby CT .


7 posted on 07/06/2013 7:22:08 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman
As long as I was on that page, I clicked on Wah Watusi. Talk about music with a message...!
8 posted on 07/06/2013 7:22:22 PM PDT by Standing Wolf
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To: re_nortex

” Thanks for posting this since it recalls a much better era.

Glad it brought back good memories for you . It sure did for me as well .


9 posted on 07/06/2013 7:24:12 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: Standing Wolf

Hehe...I remember the title ...Will check out the song .


10 posted on 07/06/2013 7:24:59 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman

11 posted on 07/06/2013 7:25:41 PM PDT by JoeProBono (Mille vocibus imago valet;-{)
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To: sushiman
My favorite song of the 1960's was also on the charts 50 years ago today, but it only rose to #32 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Six Days on the Road--Dave Dudley

12 posted on 07/06/2013 7:28:49 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: sushiman

I was born in 1950, on a small island off the northeast coast of the United States. It’s called Manhattan, you might have heard of it.


13 posted on 07/06/2013 7:30:13 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: JoeProBono

Coincidentally , 2 of these guys were in Okinawa in ‘62 which ain’t far fron where I live now . :-)


14 posted on 07/06/2013 7:30:13 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: Fiji Hill
Goodbye Anita Humes Chappelle from The Augusta Chronicle (June 10, 2010).
15 posted on 07/06/2013 7:31:00 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

Isn’t that the one the Indians sold for $ 24 and some trinkets LOL ?


16 posted on 07/06/2013 7:31:26 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman
Just finished my sophomore year of highschool when that came out. God I'm old.

Thanks for posting it. Found one of my favorites: "Maybe" by the Chantels (1958).

17 posted on 07/06/2013 7:32:17 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: sushiman

The $24 bucks only bought the tiny tip of the island south of Wall Street. The wall was to keep the Indians out. That little plot has appreciated some in the last 400 years.


18 posted on 07/06/2013 7:33:14 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Fiji Hill

There is a strange story about the Anita I had a crush on. We rode the same bus to school and she was really, really pretty.

She would always ride beside me in the same seat but I was afraid to ask her out. One night I had this strange dream about her. I happened to run into her in the woods about half way between our houses.

She was wearing yellow Capri pants and squatted down. I came up to her and spoke then looked into her eyes and saw that she was crying and looked extremely sad.

That is all I remember of the dream but it really stuck in my mind to the point that maybe once a year I would recall it. Well she married another guy. He was actually a really fine peron, they had 3 children.

One day when I was visiting home, I ran into one of our neighbors. He asked if I had heard about Anita. I said no. It turned out she had died of cancer at a very young age. Left her husband with those 3 children.

I honestly think that is what she was crying about. I know it sounds stupid but I really do.


19 posted on 07/06/2013 7:35:22 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
The week I was born, the #1 song was Good Night Irene.

In the Weavers' version, the chorus concludes with, "I'll see you in my dreams." In Huddie Ledbetter's original version, he sang, "I'll get you in my dreams."

20 posted on 07/06/2013 7:36:59 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: yarddog

That doesn’t sound stupid to me. In fact, it sounds like some of the strange dreams I have occasionally had.


21 posted on 07/06/2013 7:41:54 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: sushiman
On the R & B charts, the number one song the day I was born was Rocket 88 y Jackie Brenston & His Delta Cats. On the country/western charts, it was I Want to Be With You Always by Lefty Frizzell.
22 posted on 07/06/2013 7:46:36 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

I am way past my use by date. “Song of the Volga Boatmen, Glenn Miller”


23 posted on 07/06/2013 7:50:45 PM PDT by DonnerT (After all is said and done, it is God's Will that will be done.)
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To: sushiman

I remember that song.


24 posted on 07/06/2013 8:00:41 PM PDT by onyx (Please Support Free Republic - Donate Monthly! If you want on Sarah Palin's Ping List, Let Me know!)
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To: sushiman
The band was made up of active-duty Marines, including the female singer. (wikipedia)
25 posted on 07/06/2013 8:04:37 PM PDT by UnwashedPeasant
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To: Fiji Hill

Never heard it before . Thanks for the heads up from sushiman 6/9/52 ...


26 posted on 07/06/2013 8:05:47 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: sushiman

1963 was a big deal to me. In August, I gave my life to Christ just before the start of my senior year of high school.
A lot of romantic drama and sports memories for me that school year; so, of my top 5 songs of 1963, my favorites were songs to listen to while parked:
1. Deep Purple (Nino Tempo and April Stevens)
2. Surfer Girl (Beach Boys; those chords still thrill me)
3. Be My Baby (Ronettes)
4. Blue Velvet (Bobby Vinton)
5. That Sunday, That Summer (Nat King Cole; one of his last)
My next one is just a great, feel-good instrumental:
6. Pipeline
My next 3 are reminiscent of how girls can put you through the wringer as they wrap you around their little finger:
7. Mean Woman Blues (Roy Orbison)
8. Devil in Disguise (Elvis)
9. Ring of Fire (Johnny Cash)
My last one was by the man who touched everyone’s soul:
10. I’m Busted (Ray Charles; no list complete w/o him)

I wonder if anyone else has favorites from a particular year, like a senior year or such?


27 posted on 07/06/2013 8:25:26 PM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: Migraine

Although only 11 at the time , I know all of these songs . A year later the British Invasion would dominate the charts ...and I would take up the drums ...


28 posted on 07/06/2013 8:30:53 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: yarddog

That’s a haunting little story, YD. We think we know what life is, but so much is sacred mystery, as perhaps your dream indicates. “There is more to life than dreamed of in your philosophy” Hamlet says to somebody. Well, God willing, Heaven will reveal all!


29 posted on 07/06/2013 8:35:58 PM PDT by jobim (.)
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To: onyx
I remember that song.

No way dear onyx! As I figure it, you were still 15 years away from being born when that song came out, right? :-)

30 posted on 07/06/2013 8:42:34 PM PDT by re_nortex (DP - that's what I like about Texas)
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To: jobim

I will say that dream haunted me for a very long time. One thing I didn’t even think about at the time is that I usually dream in Black and White but every now and then color and that one was color.

Oddly, the colors are always pastels. Never a bright color.


31 posted on 07/06/2013 8:53:59 PM PDT by yarddog (Romans 8: verses 38 and 39. "For I am persuaded".)
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To: sushiman
Chart toppers for 6/9/52
32 posted on 07/06/2013 8:58:51 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: sushiman

Hey - Okinawa in ‘62 - I was there in ‘65-’66 so...I probably never ran into either one of them.....


33 posted on 07/06/2013 8:59:51 PM PDT by Intolerant in NJ
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To: sushiman
A number of hits from 1963 are featured in this "break-in" novelty record

Senate Hearing--Dickie Goodman (1963)

34 posted on 07/06/2013 9:02:27 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I just spent an enjoyable hour all OVER youtube


35 posted on 07/06/2013 9:14:50 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: knarf

One great song leads to another...


36 posted on 07/06/2013 9:32:16 PM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (Doing the same thing and expecting different results is called software engineering.)
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To: Migraine
My top 10 from 1963 (excluding "Six Days on the Road," which I mentioned previously)
  1. Leave Me Alone--Baby Washington

  2. Half Heaven, Half Heartache--Gene Pitney

  3. Mecca--Gene Pitney (one the jihadis won't like)

  4. The Bounce--The Olympics

  5. I Will Follow Him--Petula Clark

  6. Baja--The Astronauts

  7. Groovy Baby--Billy Abbott & the Jewels

  8. You Had Time--The Heartbreakers

  9. Sally Go Round the Roses--The Jaynetts

  10. Dominique--Soeur Sourire (Incredibly, this ballad about the medieval evangelist, diplomat and crusader Domingo de Guzmán topped the charts for four weeks)

37 posted on 07/06/2013 9:33:38 PM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

Not too shabby ! ;-)


38 posted on 07/06/2013 9:51:19 PM PDT by sushiman ( .)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
exactly

So many firsts in the 60 - 65 window.

39 posted on 07/06/2013 10:28:46 PM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof, but they're true.)
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To: Fiji Hill
The song Rocket 88 was actually written and produced by Ike Turner, who played piano on the track. It was basically his first commercial success.
40 posted on 07/06/2013 10:33:55 PM PDT by TheMole
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To: DonnerT
Hey -- that music is why we won WWII! I love Big Band and boogie woogie. Am listening to Les Brown right now, and have Benny Goodman cued up.

It was my dad's generation's music, but I liked it better than my own's.

41 posted on 07/07/2013 12:41:42 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Migraine

THAT IS A GREAT LIST!


42 posted on 07/07/2013 12:43:32 AM PDT by Finny (Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. -- Psalm 119:105)
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To: Fiji Hill

Soeur Sourire actually appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in her nun’s habit with another nun singing her hit song.


43 posted on 07/07/2013 4:03:44 AM PDT by driftless2
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To: driftless2

I remember that Ed Sullivan Show...


44 posted on 07/07/2013 4:19:42 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (NRA Life Member)
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To: Fiji Hill

Interesting list; thanks especially for the links to the songs. That Pitney song, Half Heaven...; I hadn’t heard it. Was it the flip side of a more famous record?
I liked Pitney, esp 24 hours to Tulsa and the Liberty Valance song, oh yeah, and Town w/o Pity. I often wondered, though (as I did with Sedaka and Mathis) with those girlish voices, if they were kinda gay?


45 posted on 07/07/2013 4:38:40 AM PDT by Migraine (Diversity is great -- until it happens to YOU..)
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To: sushiman

I was 14 in 1963, and I remember these well:

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/top-100-songs-of-the-year/?year=1963


46 posted on 07/07/2013 5:43:42 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: Migraine
Gene Pitney's "Half Heaven, Half Heartache" should actually be on a 1962 list, because it entered the charts in December of that year and carried over into '63, rising to #12 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Another great December tune that carried over into '63 was Dionne Warwick's first and best hit, Don't Make Me Over. This is the full-length version, not the edited version heard on most Top 40 radio stations at the time.

47 posted on 07/07/2013 6:12:29 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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Although it climbed to #15 in the summer of 1963, one song that didn't make the Top 100 chart was Abilene by George Hamilton IV. Although the singer describes Abilene--a place in Syria west of Damascus--as the "prettiest town I've ever seen," I don't share his desire to go there--or, for that matter, anywhere near there.

Danny Michaels did a parody of the tune, entitled "Chavez Ravine" (1963) which is a hymn to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

48 posted on 07/07/2013 6:31:53 AM PDT by Fiji Hill
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To: Fiji Hill

I remember that one, briefly making the airwaves.


49 posted on 07/07/2013 6:34:25 AM PDT by carriage_hill (Guns kill people, pencils misspell words, cars drive drunk & spoons make you fat.)
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To: sushiman

I was born in June , 1959. The #1 song was The Battle of New Orleans.


50 posted on 07/07/2013 6:49:27 AM PDT by csvset
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