Archive for May, 2011


Hello,  J.J. Jackson was born on April 8, 1941 in Brooklyn, New York.  His birth name is Jerome Louis Jackson.  He is an R&B singer/songwriter.  J.J. started out as a songwriter and arranger for artists such as Brother Jack McDuff, Jimmy Witherspoon and the Shangri-Las, and others.  In 1969 he became a permanent resident of England.

J. J. is best remembered for his classic R&B recording of, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT.  The single first charted on the Billboard Hot 100 on October 1, 1966 on the Calla Records label.  J.J.’s big hit record stayed on the Hot 100 for 13 weeks and charted at #22.  BUT IT’S ALRIGHT also made its debut on the Billboard R&B chart on the same date, and climbing into the Top 10 at #4.  J.J.’s hit remained on the R&B singles chart for 15 weeks.

In December of 1967 he charted his second Hot 100 record, I DIG GIRLS.  The record charted at #83 on pop chart and did not have the same success as his first hit, but he did much better on the R&B chart as, I DIG GIRLS became a #19 hit single.  In June of 1967 his third R&B hit made its debut.  FOUR WALLS (Three Windows and Two Doors) became his final R&B hit to date.  The single charted at #17 and remained on the chart for 9 weeks.

In May of 1969 Warner Records reissued J.J.’s 1966 hit, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT.  The single made its debut on May 24, 1969 and climbed the Hot 100 to #45.  In its second go round, J.J.’s classic recording remained on the pop chart for 9 weeks.  The flip side of the single on the 1966 Calla Records issue was,  BOOGALOO BABY.  On the 1969 Warner release the flip side was  AIN’T TOO PROUD TO BEG.  Neither side charted.

J.J.’s classic was recorded in the UK with some of Britain’s top jazz musicians of the day.  They included Terry Smith, dick Morrissey and John Marshall.  They would make up his backing band on his following two LP’s.  J.J. remains active in the music business.  His hit recording of, BUT IT’S ALRIGHT  remains a favorite on oldies radio and at oldies dances across the country.  His classic hit record is pure gold, from the GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND HEAR…J.J. JACKSON…SING HIS CLASSIC RECORDING OF…”BUT IT’S ALRIGHT”

But It’s Alright – 1966 – 1969

Till the next time—Joe

The End Of The World – 1963 #2 Hot 100 Hit, #1 Adult Contemporary Hit, #2 C&W Hit, #4 R&B Hit

I Can’t Stay Mad At You – 1963

Gonna Get Along Without You Now – 1964

 (I Can’t Help You) I’m Falling Too – 1960 Answer song to Hank Locklin’s “Please Help Me I’m Falling”

My Last Date (With You) – 1960 Vocal version of Floyd Cramer’s “Last Date”

SKEETER’S RECORDING OF “THE END OF THE WORLD” IS THE MOST SUCCESSFUL “CROSSOVER HIT” ON BILLBOARD’S 4 MAJOR MUSIC CHARTS…HOT 100, R&B, C&W, ADULT CONTEMPORARY.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Los Lobos had hit records in 1987 with two songs that were hits for Ritchie Valens…they are  LA BAMBA…and…COME ON, LET’S GO.  They were both featured in the movie “La Bamba” starring Lou Diamond Phillips.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Brenda Lee charted both of her Billboard Hot 100, #1 hit records in 1960.  Can you name both of her #1 hit records?

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

Till the next time—Joe

Hello,  The Troggs are a British rock and roll band from Andover, England.  Members included, Reg Presley (who was born Reginald Ball), Chris Britton, Pete Staples and Ronnie Bullis.  The group was formed in 1964 and were signed by the manager of The Kinks, Larry Page in 1965.

The Troggs first hit in the US made it Billboard Hot 100 debut on June 25, 1966.  That record of course is their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame song,  WILD THING.  The single on Atco Records and also on Fontana Records became a huge hit as it climbed the Hot 100 to #1 and remained on the chart for 11 weeks.  WILD THING quickly became a garage rock standard and has remained popular through the years, and is still in rotation on oldies radio today.  There was a dispute over distribution rights in the US, that’s why the record was released on both Atco and Fontana Records.  WILD THING charted at #2 on the UK Singles Chart.  The “B” side of the single in the US was WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU, it charted at #29 on the Hot 100.  In the UK,  WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU became a #1 hit record in July of 1966.

In October of 1966 The Troggs next single charted on the Hot 100 and again because of distribution rights the single was on both Atco and Fontana Records.  I CAN’T CONTROL MYSELF  became a #43 hit in the US and a #2 hit record in the UK.  The Troggs final Billboard Hot 100 hit charted in February of 1968.  LOVE IS ALL AROUND  was issued on Fontana Records and stayed on the Hot 100 longer than any previous Troggs hit, at 16 weeks.  The single climbed to #7 on the Hot 100 and reached #5 in the UK.

The Troggs, failing to chart any further hit records, disbanded in 1969.  The band members released solo efforts and later in 1969 they re-formed with Tony Murray replacing Pete Staples but failed to chart any hit records.  Three of The Troggs single records sold over 1 million copies each, they are:  WILD THING…WITH A GIRL LIKE YOU…LOVE IS ALL AROUND…they were awarded “Gold Records”.  In 1994, the Scottish band, Wet Wet Wet’s version of  LOVE IS ALL AROUND  as featured in the movie “Four Weddings And A Funeral” charted at #41 on the Billboard Hot 100 and remained on the chart for 20 weeks.

Ronnie Bullis (Drums) passed away in 1992 at the age of 51 and another founding member Dave Wright (vocals and Rhythm Guitar) died in 2008 at the age of 64.  The Troggs are viewed as a highly influential band whose “garage rock” sound inspired bands like The Ramones and artists such as Iggy Pop.  WILD THING  is a rock anthem whose popularity remains as strong today as it did back in 1966…another “classic” hit from “THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”

CLICK ON A TITLE BELOW AND ENJOY…THE TROGGS…SINGING ONE OF THEIR MILLION-SELLERS.

Wild Thing – 1966

With A Girl Like You – 1966

I Can’t Control Myself – 1966

Love Is All Around – 1968

Till the next time—Joe

Come Softly To Me – 1959 #1 Hit Record (4 Weeks)

Graduation’s Here – 1959

Mr. Blue – 1959 #1 Hit Record

Outside My Window – 1960

Runaround – 1960

Tragedy – 1961 #10 Hit Record

(He’s) The Great Imposter – 1961

Lovers by Night, Strangers by Day – 1962

Goodnight My Love – 1963

The Fleetwoods…Gretchen Christopher…Barbara Ellis…Gary Troxel…were one of the most popular groups of the late 1950s through the mid 1960s.  They charted 2 #1 hit singles…COME SOFTLY TO ME…and…MR. BLUE…in 1959.  In 1961, their version of…TRAGEDY…was a #10 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Each song on the GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK & ROLL JUKEBOX…is a Top 40 hit.  Click on a title and listen as…THE FLEETWOODS…sing one of their biggest hits.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  Thanks for stopping by today.  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  The Kingsmen’s second Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit, charted in January of 1965, it is…THE JOLLY GREEN GIANT-#4 hit record.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Los Lobos had hit records in 1987 with two songs that were hits for Ritchie Valens.  Can you name the songs?

Leave your answer in the comment box or stop by tomorrow for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  May of 1961…Donnie and The Dreamers chart their first of 2 Billboard Hot 100 hit records.  COUNT EVERY STAR…begins its run on the Billboard chart, climbing to #35 during its 10 week stay on the Hot 100.  The Italian-American doo-wop group from the Bronx, New York includes members, Louis “Donnie” Burgio, Andy Catalano, Frank Furstaci and Pete Vecchirarelli.  COUNT EVERY STAR was issued on Whale Records.  The song was a hit in 1950 for the R&B group, The Ravens.  Donnie and The Dreamers updated version became a big radio hit and was in regular radio rotation…getting much air-play.

Two months later they followed-up with another past hit, this time by The Harptones and their recording of  MY MEMORIES OF YOU.  Donnie and The Dreamers version was up-tempo and was a pleasent doo-wop recording.  The single did not receive the same success as  COUNT EVERY STAR  and remained on the Hot 100 for just 3 weeks, charting at #79.  Although there were other singles, the group would not chart another Hot 100 single.

You may still hear  COUNT EVERY STAR once in a while on oldies radio, but the song has for the most part been put on the shelf.  You probably won’t hear  MY MEMORIES OF YOU unless it’s played on an internet doo-wop station….too bad, because these are both very good sides.

THE LOST GOLD JUKEBOX IS PROUD TO HAVE BOTH OF THESE WONDERFUL RECORDINGS, ALONG WITH ANOTHER GOOD RECORD THAT DID NOT CHART…CAROLE.

Count Every Star – 1961

My Memories Of You – 1961

Carole – Great side that did not chart…Decca Records

Till the next time—Joe

Lover Come Back To Me – 1962

Why Do You Do Me Like You Do – 1957

See You Next Year – 1957

Heart And Soul – 1961

Can’t We Be Sweethearts – 1956

Little Girl of Mine – 1956

(I Love You) For Sentimental Reasons – 1961

You Baby You – 1956 String Around My Heart – 1956

THE FABULOUS…CLEFTONES…FROM QUEENS, NEW YORK…WITH HERBIE COX ON LEAD VOCALS.  ONE OF THE FINEST DOO-WOP GROUPS OF ALL-TIME.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to yesterday’s question is:  Hamilton, Joe Frank & Reynolds charted a #1 hit record in 1975 with…FALLIN’ IN LOVE.  The single sold over 1 million copies.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  The Kingsmen are famous for their classic recording of…LOUIE LOUIE  in 1963, but they also charted another Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1965…Can you name the song?

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

Till the next time—Joe

Slow Twistin’ – 1962 w/ Chubby Checker

Mashed Potato Time – 1962 #2 Pop Hit – #1 R&B Hit Record

 Gravy (For My Mashed Potatoes) – 1962

Ride! – 1962

Do The Bird – 1963

Dee Dee Sharp was one of the biggest stars at Cameo/Parkway Records…She charted 10 Billboard Hot 100 hits between 1962 and 1965.  Five of those were Top 10 hits and  MASHED POTATO TIME  was a #1 Billboard R&B hit record.

Till the next time—Joe