Skip to comments.Number one song 50 years ago this week ! ( Vanity )
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 ...
One of those “ goosebump “ songs for me .
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.
The week I was born, the #1 song was Good Night Irene.
Anita Humes, the lead singer, passed away in 2010 at the age of 69.
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.
Which means you are either 1 or 2 years older than I ! BTW - I was born in nearby CT .
” 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 .
Hehe...I remember the title ...Will check out the song .
Six Days on the Road--Dave Dudley
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.
Coincidentally , 2 of these guys were in Okinawa in ‘62 which ain’t far fron where I live now . :-)
Isn’t that the one the Indians sold for $ 24 and some trinkets LOL ?
Thanks for posting it. Found one of my favorites: "Maybe" by the Chantels (1958).
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.
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.
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."
That doesn’t sound stupid to me. In fact, it sounds like some of the strange dreams I have occasionally had.
I am way past my use by date. “Song of the Volga Boatmen, Glenn Miller”
I remember that song.
Never heard it before . Thanks for the heads up from sushiman 6/9/52 ...
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:
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?
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 ...
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!
No way dear onyx! As I figure it, you were still 15 years away from being born when that song came out, right? :-)
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.
Hey - Okinawa in ‘62 - I was there in ‘65-’66 so...I probably never ran into either one of them.....
Senate Hearing--Dickie Goodman (1963)
I just spent an enjoyable hour all OVER youtube
One great song leads to another...
Not too shabby ! ;-)
So many firsts in the 60 - 65 window.
It was my dad's generation's music, but I liked it better than my own's.
THAT IS A GREAT LIST!
Soeur Sourire actually appeared on the Ed Sullivan show in her nun’s habit with another nun singing her hit song.
I remember that Ed Sullivan Show...
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?
I was 14 in 1963, and I remember these well:
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.
Danny Michaels did a parody of the tune, entitled "Chavez Ravine" (1963) which is a hymn to the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I remember that one, briefly making the airwaves.
I was born in June , 1959. The #1 song was The Battle of New Orleans.