Hushabye – 1959

Adam And Eve – 1959 Flip side of “Hushabye”

Don’t Take The Stars – 1959

All Through The Night – 1960

Over The Rainbow

White Cliffs Of Dover – 1960

The Mystic’s classic “Hushabye” is one of the most popular recordings from the doo-wop era.

Till the next time—Joe



I Only Want To Be With You – 1964

Wishin’ And Hopin’ – 1964

You Don’t Have To Say You Love Me – 1966

All I See Is You – 1966

The Look Of Love – 1967

Son Of A Preacher Man – 1968

A Brand New Me – 1969

I Just Don’t Know What To Do With Myself – 1964 #3 Hit Record in the UK

In the Middle Of Nowhere – 1965 #8 Hit Record in the UK

These are but a few of the many great recording by a wonderful talent–Dusty Springfield

Till the next time—Joe


Hello,  To just say that Dusty Springfield was a huge hit maker from the 1960s would be correct, but only part of the story.  She was born, Mary Isobel Catherine Bernadette O’Brien on April 16, 1939 in London, England.  She was known by her millions of fans as “Dusty Springfield”.  With her distinctive sound, she became one of the most successful British female performers ever.  She placed 18 singles on the Billboard Hot 100 chart between 1964 and 1970.  She became a professional singer in 1958 when she became a member of, The Lana Sisters.  Then in 1960 she formed the pop-folk vocal trio “The Springfields” with her brother Tom and Tim Field.  In 1962 they had a #20 hit record on the Billboard Hot 100 with…SILVER THREADS AND GOLDEN NEEDLES  on Phillips Records.

Her solo career began in the US with her first big hit, the upbeat…I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU, on Phillips Records.  The single would make its Billboard Hot 100 debut on January 25, 1964 and just miss the Top 10, charting at #12 in the US and climbing all the way to #4 in the UK.  Her next big hit in the US came on June 20, 1964 and also her first Top 10 single on the Hot 100.  WISHIN’ AND HOPIN’  a mid temp tune that showcased Dusty wonderful voice climbed all the way to #6.  strangely, the single did not chart on the UK Singles Chart.  Her next  was just the reverse,  I JUST DON’T KNOW WHAT TO DO WITH MYSELF  became a #3 hit in the UK, but did not chart in the US.

Dusty’s next big record in the US was her biggest hit ever.  On May 21, 1966 her record of  YOU DON’T HAVE TO SAY YOU LOVE ME  made its Hot 100 debut.  The song, is a classic recording of a plea for love and Dusty sang the song with much emotion and power in her voice, that the record became a world-wide hit.  On the Billboard Hot 100 it charted at #4, on the UK Singles Chart it was #1 and in Australia it charted at #2.  She followed with more hit records through the mid-60s, songs such as  ALL I SEE IS YOU-1966 #20 and  THE LOOK OF LOVE-1967 #22, were big chart hits for Dusty.  THE LOOK OF LOVE  won a Grammy: Hall Of Fame Award.

The changes in pop music in the mid-60s left many female pop singers behind, but not Dusty Springfield.  She went to Memphis, Tennessee and recorded an album of pop and soul music.  The album from those sessions is, “Dusty In Memphis” on Atlantic Records.  It has been ranked as one of the greatest albums of all time by Rolling Stone.  The album was also awarded a spot in the Grammy Hall Of Fame.  The single record from the album would be a huge hit for Dusty in the US and around the world.  On November 30, 1968,  SON-OF-A PREACHER MAN  made its Hot 100 debut.  The single charted at #10 on the Hot 100, becoming her last Top 10, solo single in the US.  She charted at #9 on the UK Singles Chart and #6 on the Australian Singles Chart.  She would have one more big hit in the 1960s.  In November of 1969 she charted,  BRAND NEW ME  on Atlantic Records, it would chart at #24 and be her last solo Top 40 hit in the US.

In December of 1987, The Pet Shop Boys charted the single record,  WHAT HAVE I DONE TO DESERVE THIS?  on EMI/Manhattan Records.  The song featured Dusty Springfield and went right to the top of the Billboard Hot 100, charting at #2.  The record would be the last song she would chart on the Hot 100.

Dusty Springfield was one of the best-selling British singers of the 1960s.  She was voted the Top British Female Artist by the readers of the New Musical Express in 1964-1967 and again in 1969.  She was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1999.  She is also a member of the UK Music Hall of Fame.  In March of 1999, Dusty Springfield died of cancer, she was 59 years old.  She is one of the biggest world-wide female singers of all-time.  Her music is her gift to us…she is a bright and shinning star in the “Golden Era Of Rock And Roll”.


Till the next time—Joe


Hi,  Thanks for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Elvis Presley first new record, recorded 15 days after he came home from the Army in 1960 is…STUCK ON YOU…a #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100 and…FAME AND FORTUNE…the “B” side, #17 on the Hot 100…the record was a million seller.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  Olivia Newton-John charted her first #1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1974 with a song that won her Grammy Awards for: Record Of The Year and Pop Female Vocal Of The Year.  Can you name the song? 

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

Till the next time—Joe


Hello,  The Royaltones were a rock and roll instrumental band from Dearborn, Michigan.  They were on the charts from 1958 through 1964.  Members of The Royaltones included, David Sanderson, George Katsakis, brothers, Mike and Greg Popoff and Kenny Anderson.  The group was originally formed by George Katsakis in 1957 and was first called the Paragons.  They began writing their own instrumentals, one of those was their classic recording of  POOR BOY.  Studio owner Stuart Gorelic was impressed with the group and brought them into the studio to record,  POOR BOY.  Gorelic sent the tapes to Jubilee Records, that was owned by Jerry Blaine.  He changed the group’s name to The Royaltones, there was already a recording group with the name The Paragons.

On October 20, 1958  The Royaltones made their Billboard Hot 100 chart debut with POOR BOY  on Jubilee Records.  The single began its climb up the pop chart to #17 and remained on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks.  The “B” side of the single was also popular,  WAIL  received air-play, but did not chart.  The Royaltones first hit was one of the biggest instrumental hits of 1958.  Their follow-up record was,  SEE-SAW/LITTLE BO, two good sides that failed to chart.  The Royaltones toured with the top names.  Problems with payments to the group led to The Royaltones asking to be released from their contract, which they were.

In 1960 they signed with George Goldner’s, Goldisc Label in New York.  They had many single releases for the label.  The one that charted was their second record, FLAMINGO EXPRESS.  The single climbed the Billboard Hot 100 to #82 and was the groups last Hot 100 hit record.  There were other singles, but they failed to chart.  The Royaltones backed Del Shannon on many of his hit records between 1962 and 1964,  LITTLE TOWN FLIRT,  HANDYMAN  and  KEEP SEARCHIN  are a few of them.  Towards the end of 1964 The Royaltones disbanded, but they left a legacy of wonderful instrumental music…their classic hit,  POOR BOY and their great recording of  FLAMINGO EXPRESS  are still oldies radio favorites and remain an important part of the great instrumental sounds of the 1950s and early 1960s.


The Royaltones – Poor Boy

The Royaltones – Wail

Royaltones – Flamingo Express

Till the next time—Joe


Breaking Up Is Hard To Do – 1962 #1 Hit Record

Next Door To An Angel – 1962

Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen – 1961

Little Devil – 1961

Calendar Girl – 1960

Run Samson Run – 1960

Stairway to Heaven – 1960

Oh! Carol – 1959

The Diary – 1958

Till the next time—Joe


Hi,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Rosie And The Originals charted one other Billboard Hot 100 hit record, it is  LONELY BLUE NIGHTS  charting at #66 and  listed on the record as  ROSIE  formerly with The Originals, on Brunswick Records.  There would be a different version released later on Highland Records, the label  ANGEL BABY  was on, but it did not chart.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  In 1960 Elvis Presley returned home from the Army.  He recorded his first new record 15 days after his return…can you name both sides of this million selling single record…one side was #1 and the “B” side was #17?

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

Till the next time—Joe