Rock & Roll Classics–Carl Perkins–“Blue Suede Shoes”

Hello, thanks for stopping by today.  Carl Perkins was born on April 9, 1932 in Ridgely, Tennessee.  He was a rockabilly singer/songwriter.  His band consisted of  Carl, his brothers Jay B. and Clayton and drummer W.B. Holland.  He was a member of Johnny Cash’s touring group from 1965-1975.

Carl’s classic recording of BLUE SUEDE SHOES made its debut on the Billboard Top 100 chart in March of 1956.  Blue Suede Shoes on the Sun Record label had a stay of 21 weeks on the chart and reached #2 in America, a spot it held for 4 weeks.  Carl crossed over to the Country chart with Blue Suede Shoes and topped the chart for 3 weeks (#1).

Carl’s songs have been covered by Elvis Presley, The Beatles and Johnny Cash to name just a few.  Carl’s Blue Suede Shoes was the first single record on the Sun Records label to sell over a million copies.  Carl “The King Of Rockabilly” was inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1987.

He would never again reach the upper chart position of Blue Suede Shoes, although he would chart other records on the Top 100.  He would continue to record from time to time throughout the years.  Carl passed away in January of 1998 at the age of 65.  He will be remembered for the many great songs he wrote, but the one he is forever remembered for is his Rock & Roll Classic, Blue Suede Shoes and as Carl would sing “It’s one for the money, two for the show, three to get ready, now go cat go.  THANKS, CARL.

Till the next time—Joe


#1 Songs–Gary Lewis And The Playboys-“This Diamond Ring”

Hello:  Gary Lewis And The Playboys struck gold with their very first Hot 100 hit.  THIS DIAMOND RING on the Liberty Records label made its chart debut on January 16, 1965. On February 20 it was the #1 record in America, a position it held for 2 weeks.  This Diamond Ring had a 12 week stay on the Hot 100 and Gary Lewis And The Playboys were awarded a Gold Record for sales of over a million copies.

The group would go on to chart 15 Hot 100 hits with their first 7 records all being Top 10 hits but they would not reach #1 again.  Gary Lewis is the son of comedian Jerry Lewis.  The Playboys included, Dave Costell, Dave Walker, John West and Allan Ramsey.  Gary was voted the “Top Male Vocalist” of 1965 by Cash Box Magazine. 

With oldies still the craze, Gary Lewis And The Playboys are touring the country singing their hits to their many fans from the 1960’s.  You can be sure that the favorite is still “This Diamond Ring”

Till the next time—Joe


Hello:  The answer to yesterday’s Trivia Teaser question is:  BURNING LOVE reached #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1972.  It was Elvis’s last Top 10 Hot 100 hit.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1982 Paul McCartney along with Stevie Wonder charted a million selling #1 hit record, can you name it?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Buddy Knox

Hello:  Buddy Wayne Knox was born on July 20, 1933 in Happy, Texas.  He was a rockabilly singer/songwriter who formed the rock and roll band The Rhythm Orchids while attending West Texas State University.  Members of The Rhythm Orchids included, Buddy, Jimmy Bowen, Donny Lanier and Dave “Dicky Doo” Alldred.

Buddy’s first hit record was originally recorded for his own Triple-D record label in 1956 but was later released on the Roulette Records label.  Donny Lanier’s sister who worked in New York  brought a copy of PARTY DOLL to Morris Levy owner of Roulette Records.  Morris liked the record and had the band come to New York .  On February 23, 1957 PARTY DOLL made its debut on the Billboard Top 100.  The record was a huge success and climbed the chart to #1 in America where it stayed for 5 weeks.  Party Doll had a 23 week run on the Top 100 and sold well over a million copies. 

In May of 1957 Buddy’s second hit record made its chart debut.  ROCK YOUR LITTLE BABY TO SLEEP was a strong follow-up to Party Doll and reached #17 on the Top 100 with a 16 week stay on the chart.  Rock Your Little Baby To Sleep became Buddy Knox’s second million seller.  To put a bow on 1957 Buddy’s next record, released in September became his second Top 10 and his third million seller in a row.  HULA LOVE made it to #9 on the Top 100 and like Party Doll had a 23 week stay on the chart.

When 1957 was over Buddy Knox had 3 million selling single records to his credit.  He would continue to chart records through 1961 though none would reach the heights of his three big 1957 hits.  Two of his records after 57′ did reach the Top 30.  In August of 1958  SOMEBODY TOUCHED ME made its chart debut.  It charted at #22 and stayed on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks.

In 1960 Buddy signed to record with Liberty Records and his first single for Liberty, LOVEY DOVEY made it to #25.  LING-TING-TONG his next single in March of 1961 only charted at #65.  That would be the last Top 100 record for Buddy but he would tour and sing his hit songs for his many fans for years to come.

Did you know that Buddy Knox was the first artist of the rock era to write and perform his own #1 hit song (Party Doll)?  To this day Party Doll is still one of the most played oldies from the 50’s.  On February14, 1999, Rock and Roll legend and Rockabilly Hall Of Fame member Buddy Knox died of cancer, he was 65.  His music lives on.

Till the next time—Joe

One-Hit Wonders–Domenico Modugno–“Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare)”

Hello:  Domenico Modugno was born on January 9, 1928 in Polignano a Mare, Italy.  He was an Italian singer, songwriter and actor.

In August of 1958 NEL BLU DIPINTO DI BLU (VOLARE) on Decca Records, made its debut on the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  Domenico’s world wide hit recording wasted little time reaching #1.  It was #1 for 5 weeks and had a 16 week stay on the American chart.  Volare became the first Grammy winner for “Record Of The Year” and “Song Of The Year”.  It is the only foreign language recording to achieve this honor.  Volare became Billboard’s number-one single for 1958.  It is reported that Volare has sold over 20 million copies world-wide.

Domenico Modugno followed Volare with PIOVE (Ciao, Ciao Bambina) in March of 1959 but had little success, only reaching #97.  That would be the last charted song on the Hot 100.  Volare has been covered through the years by artists from Dean Martin, Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, The McGuire Sisters, Bobby Rydell and on and on. 

Domenico Modugno passed away in August of 1994 at the age of 66.  He will always be remembered for his one huge super hit, “Nel Blu Dipinto Di Blu (Volare).

Till the next time—Joe


Hello and thank you for checking out Trivia Teaser today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Ronnie Spector (The Ronettes) is the girl singer on TAKE ME HOME TONIGHT by Eddie Money.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1972 Elvis Presley charted his last Hot 100, Top 10 single record.  Can you name it?  Remember this is Hot 100, not Country or Adult Contemporary.

Know the answer, leave it in the comment box or check back tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

One-Hit Wonders–Don & Juan–“What’s Your Name”

Hello:  Don & Juan recorded what many consider to be one of the signature classics of the doo-wop vocal style.  Don & Juan were an R&B vocal duo from Brooklyn, New York.  Their names were Richard “Don” Trone and Claude “Juan” Johnson.  Juan was a former member of the group The Genies (Who’s That Knockin-1959).

In February of 1962 Don & Juan on the Big Top record label released the classic hit WHAT’S YOUR NAME.  The record was a smash hit climbing the Hot 100 to #7 and remaining on the chart for 13 weeks.  What’s Your Name was a natural for AM radio and became a slow dance classic.  Through the years it has remained a popular oldie, just one of those songs that gets better with age.

Don & Juan were never able to repeat the success of What’s Your Name.  In October of 1962 they released MAGIC WAND, it just didn’t make it, only reaching #91 on the Hot 100.  That would be the last of any charted Hot 100 songs.  Don died in May of 1982 at the age of 45 and Juan died in October of 2002 at the age of 67.

I still get many requests to play” What’s Your Name” when I’m on the road spinning tunes.  Don & Juan may be a one-hit wonder but that one-hit is rock & roll royalty.

Till the next time—Joe