“SUMMERTIME CLASSIC”–JERRY KELLER–“HERE COMES SUMMER”

Hello, I’m glad you could stop by today.  Jerry Keller was born on June 20, 1937 in Fort Smith, Arkansas and was raised in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  He moved to New York in 1956 and met Pat Boone, they attended the same church.  Pat sent him to see Marty Mills who became Jerry’s manager.

On June 29, 1959 Jerry made his Billboard Hot 100 chart debut with the summer classic, the million-selling “HERE COMES SUMMER” on the Kapp Records label.  Jerry just missed the Top 10 as his hit record peaked at #14 and remained on the chart for 13 weeks.  Jerry was the writer of “Here Comes Summer”.  His hit reached #1 in the UK in the Autumn of 1959.

Jerry was never able to reach the  Hot 100 again and thus the label of “One-Hit Wonder”.  He did however continue writing and wrote songs for artists like Johnny Mathis, Matt Monro, Engelbert Humperdinck in addition to co-writing “ALMOST THERE” a hit record for Andy Williams in 1964

You will still here Jerry’s hit “Here Comes Summer” on oldies radio station across the country and especially in the Summertime, where it has become a Summertime classic.

CLICK ON THE TITLE AND HEAR JERRY KELLER SING HIS SUMMER CLASSIC…”HERE COMES SUMMER”

Here Comes Summer

Till the next time—Joe

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THE #1 HITS–AL GREEN–“LET’S STAY TOGETHER”

Hello.  Soul singer/songwriter Al Green was born on April 13, 1946 in Forrest City, Arkansas.  He was part of the gospel group the “Greene Brothers”.  He first recorded in 1960 and was with the group “The Creations from 1964-67.  In 1967-68 he sang with his brother Robert Green in the group “Soul Mates”.  In 1969 he went solo and began a career that has seen 20 of his single records hit the Billboard Hot 100 chart.  One of them reaching #1 and 6 of his singles charting at #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.

On December 4, 1971 Al entered the Hot 100 with his all-time classic “LET’S STAY TOGETHER” on the HI Records label.  The song was from his album of the same name.  It quickly ran up the charts reaching #1 on February 12, 1972.  “Let’s Stay Together” remained on the Hot 100 for 16 weeks and with sales of over a million copies, Al was awarded a “Gold-Record”, his second gold-record award, the first was for “TIRED OF BEING ALONE” in 1971 (#11).  Al also topped the R&B chart, holding the #1 spot for 9 weeks.  “Let’s Stay Together” was also a big hit in England, reaching #7 on the UK singles chart.

Rolling Stone magazine ranks it #60 on its list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.  Al also won a Hall of Fame, Grammy Award for his classic hit and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame includes “Let’s Stay Together” on its list of the 500 songs that shaped Rock and Roll.  Al was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and in 2002 won a Grammy for “Lifetime Achievement.

Al Green was the #1 Hot 100 artist of 1972.  In 1980 he returned to gospel music.  There is no doubt that he is one of the biggest artists of the 1970’s, being listed by Joel Whitburn in his “Record Research, Pop Hits” book at #28 and #167 of all-time.  His smooth vocals and his classy style make Al so easy to listen to.  He is truly timeless, his wall of “Gold Records” and his millions of fans are proof of that.

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER-78

Hello, thanks for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  LOU CHRISTIE.  His first Hot 100 hit was “THE GYPSY CRIED”, he would have 13 Billboard Hot 100 hits in his charting career beginning in 1963.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In early 1957 his recording of “AIN’T GOT NO HOME” became the first Billboard Top 100 hit of his career.  Can you name this R&B singer/songwriter?

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

Till the next time—Joe