Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Number Tens

And are the records that just about scraped into my personal top ten, reaching the giddy heights of number ten. Again, some good ones here - and some rather poor ones.
1960: Cradle Of Love - Johnny Preston; Cathy's Clown - Everly Brothers; You're Singing Our Love Love Song - Jerry Wallace; Kookie, Kookie - Ed Byrnes & Connie Stevens (pictured right); The Urge - Freddie Cannon; River Stay Away From My Door - Frank Sinatra; Top Teen Baby - Garry Mills; Alone At Last - Jackie Wilson; Doll House - Donnie Brooks.
1961: North To Alaska - Johnny Horton; Push Push - Billy Fury; Leave My Kitten Alone - Johnny Preston; I Count The Tears - Drifters; What Am I Gonna Do - Emile Ford; You Can Depend On Me - Brenda Lee; Five Pennies Saints - Danny Kaye & Louis Armstrong; She She Little Sheila - Gene Vincent; Breaking In A Brand New Broken Heart - Connie Francis; Michael Row The Boat - Lonnie Donegan; Drivin' Home - Duane Eddy; Together - Connie Francis; Don't Blame Me - Everly Brothers; A Sweet Love - Crickets; Fool No 1 - Brenda Lee.
1962: Town Without Pity - Gene Pitney; If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody - James Ray; Hit Record - Brook Benton; Oh You Beautiful Doll - Donnie Brooks; King Of Fools - Gene Vincent; Rinky Dink - Dave (Baby) Cortez; Minnesota Fats - Johnny & The Hurricanes; Love Me Do  -Beatles (whatever happened to them?); Do You Love Me - Contours (pictured above); Let's Go - Routers; A Bird Flies Out Of Sight - Tokens; I'm Gonna Be Warm This Winter - Connie Francis.
1963: 2000lb Bee - Ventures; Java - Floyd Cramer; Every Day I Have To Cry - Steve Alaimo; South Street - Orlons; Forget Him - Bobby Rydell; Ain't That A Shame - 4 Seasons; String Along - Rick Nelson; This Empty Place - Dionne Warwick; Memphis - Lonnie Mack; True Love Never Runs Smooth - Gene Pitney; Detroit City - Bobby Bare; When I'm Walkin' - Fats Domino; Blue Velvet - Bobby Vinton; Red Sails In The Sunset - Fats Domino; Sue's Gonna Be Mine - Del Shannon; It's All Right - Impressions.
1964: Do The Dog - Georgie Fame; Can You Do It - Contours; Tennessee Waltz - Sam Cooke; Ain't Love Good, Ain't Love Proud - Tony Clarke; Mama Keep Your Big Mouth Shut - Bo Diddley; Just Be True - Gene Chandler; Let It Be Me - Betty Everett & Jerry Butler; Blue Christmas - Elvis Presley.
1965: Too Many Fish In The Sea - Marvelettes; Jolly Green Giant - Kingsmen; Wild One - Martha & The Vandellas; Blind Man - Little Milton; Maggie's Farm - Solomon Burke; One Step At A Time - Maxine Brown; Concrete Jungle - Tams; My Girl Has Gone - Miracles.

When I wrote down my top ten I would always choose a 'Pick Of The Week'. Occasionally these would fail to make it into my top ten proper. So here, for completeness, are the 'picks' that didn't make it:
1960: Cindy - Teddy Vann; Made You - Adam Faith; Think - James Brown; Lucille - Everly Brothers.
1961: Where The Boys Are - Connie Francis; Easy Going Me - Adam Faith; Summertime - Marcels; Standing In The Need Of Love - Clarence Frogman Henry.
1962: Duke Of Earl - Gene Chandler (pictured right); Don't Break The Heart That Loves You - Connie Francis; I've Been Twisting - Jerry Lee Lewis; I Don't Know Why - Eden Kane; This Here - Cannonball Adderley; Hey Baby I'm Dancing - Barry Mann.
1963: Boss Guitar - Duane Eddy; Shake Sherry - Contours; Losing You - Brenda Lee; Hot Pastrami & Mashed Potatoes - Joey Dee; You Always Hurt The One You Love - Fats Domino; My Baby Loves to Dance - Chris Montez.


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