Archive for August, 2011


Marty Robbins recorded one of his most popular hit records in 1957.  The single charted on April 13, 1957 and became a huge hit in both the US and Australia.  Marty Robbins recording of  A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation) on Columbia Records, charted at #2 on the Billboard Top 100 and #1 on the Billboard C&W chart the song remained at #1 for 5 weeks.  The single record also became a #1 hit record on the Australian music chart.  The flip side of the single is  GROWN UP TEARS,  it did not chart.

Marty wrote both the words and music to his classic hit.  His first chart hit was  SINGING THE BLUES  in November of 1956 a #17 hit on the Top 100 and a huge #1 hit on the C&W chart.  It remained at #1 for 13 weeks.  Marty followed  A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation) in November of 1957 with another big hit  THE STORY OF MY LIFE  a #15 Top 100 hit and a #1 C&W hit.

He continued through the years to record huge hit records on the Pop and C&W charts.  Songs such as  EL PASO,  BIG IRON,  DON’T WORRY  and albums such as “Gunfighter Ballads And Trail Songs”, topped the charts.  Marty Robbins passed away in December of 1982 at the age of 57.  His million-seller,  A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation) is a classic hit that remains popular on oldies radio and country radio…Marty Robbins left a legacy of wonderful music that lives in the, “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO MARTY ROBBINS SING HIS CLASSIC MILLION-SELLER…”A WHITE SPORT COAT (And A Pink Carnation)”.

A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-450 is:  Mantovani And His Orchestra charted their classic recording of  AROUND THE WORLD  in 1957.  The record charted at #12 on the Billboard Top 100 and is from the movie “Around The World In 80 Days” starring David Niven.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  The legendary blues artist, John Lee Hooker would chart his only Billboard Hot 100 hit single (Pop Chart) in 1962.  Can you name his classic blues recording  from 1962?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-452 for the correct answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Roberta Flack recorded her classic recording for her 1969 album “First Take” on Atlantic Records.  The song became popular in 1972 when it was included in the movie, “Play Misty For Me”.  On March 4, 1972  THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE  made its Billboard Hot 100 debut.  The song written by Ewan MacColl in 1957, was a folk song that was recorded by various folk singers and became a major international hit for Roberta Flack in 1972.

The single became her first #1 hit record, remaining at #1 on the Hot 100 for 6 weeks.  It also charted at #1 on the Billboard Adult Contemporary chart, for 6 weeks.  Crossing the Atlantic,  THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE  reached #14 on the UK Singles Chart.  The record would also win Grammy Awards for: “Record of the Year” and “Song of the Year”.  The single remained on the Hot 100 for 18 weeks and sold over 1 million copies, earning Roberta Flack a “Gold Record”.

The single version of the song was a radio edit at 4:15.  The original album version is 5:22.  The song was cut down to fit into radio programing and give it more exposure.

Other artists have recorded this classic song including: Peter Paul and Mary, The Brothers Four, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte, Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and many, many others.  Roberta Flack’s version of this classic love song is the one that remains the ultimate version.  Her recording can be heard on oldies radio and remains one of the greatest love songs of all-time.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO…ROBERTA FLACK…AS SHE SINGS HER CLASSIC…”THE FIRST TIME EVER I SAW YOUR FACE”.

The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face – 1972 #1 Pop, Adult Contemporary, #4 R&B Hit

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-449 is:  Paul McCartney & Wings charted their first #1 hit record in 1973 with their recording of  MY LOVE.  The record was a #1 hit in the USA for 4 weeks.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  In 1957 Mantovani And His Orchestra charted a #12 hit record on the Billboard Top 100 with a song from the movie that starred David Niven.  Can you name this classic song?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-451 for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-448 is:  The #1 hit on Billboard’s first Hot 100 chart on August 4, 1958 is  POOR LITTLE FOOL  by Ricky Nelson.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  In 1973  recording as Paul McCartney & Wings, the group charted their first Billboard Hot 100, #1 hit record.  Can you name this classic Wings recording?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-450 for the correct answer.

Till the next time—Joe

On August 24, 1959 the #1 record on the Billboard Hot 100 belonged to The Browns.  The classic recording of…THE THREE BELLS…began a 4 week stay at #1.  The single record on RCA Victor Records remained on the Hot 100 for 17 weeks and was The Browns first Hot 100 charted record.  The single climbed the C&W chart to #1 and held the top spot for 10 weeks.  The flip-side of the single is…HEAVEN FELL LAST NIGHT…it did not chart.

The Browns were a Country vocal trio from Sparkman, Arkansas, members included:  Jim Ed Brown and his sisters Maxine and Bonnie.  They charted 21 Country hits between 1954 and 1967.  Jim Ed enjoyed a successful solo career.  He charted 51 Country hits between 1965 and 1981.

They would follow-up  THE THREE BELLS  in November of 1959 with  SCARLET RIBBONS (For Her Hair)  the single would chart at #13 on the Hot 100.

The Browns would chart another Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1960 when their recording of  THE OLD LAMPLIGHTER  became a #5 hit.  The flip-side of the single…TEEN-EX…also charted on the Hot 100 at #47.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW AND LISTEN TO…THE BROWNS SING THEIR CLASSIC #1 HIT RECORD…”THE THREE BELLS”  AND THEIR #5 HIT…”THE OLD LAMPLIGHTER”.

The Three Bells

The Old Lamplighter

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-447 is:  Elvis Presley’s longest charting hit single record on the Billboard Top 100 and Hot 100 pop chart is his 1957 classic…ALL SHOOK UP.  The single was #1 for 9 weeks and remained on the Top 100 for 30 weeks.  The single was also a #1 hit on the Billboard R&B chart and the Billboard C&W chart.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  This song became the #1 hit on Billboard’s first “Hot 100” chart on August 4, 1958.  Can you name the song and the artist?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check on TRIVIA TEASER-449 for the answer.

Till the next time—Joe

Jo Stafford was one of the most popular female singers of the 1940s and 1950s.  She is ranked as the #1 female vocalist of the 1940-1954 pre-rock era.  She charted 70 hits, including 2 #1 hits,  YOU BELONG TO ME  and  MAKE LOVE TO ME  during the years of 1944-1954.

She was born on November 12, 1917 in Coalinga, California.  She was a vocalist with the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra, both as a solo artist and with The Pied Pipers.

In 1952 she recorded a song written by, Chilton Price, Redd Stewart and Pee Wee King.  The song is the classic…YOU BELONG TO ME.  The song is about separated lovers, and he/she reminds their lover that no matter where they are or what they see, remember…”You Belong To Me”.

Jo Stafford’s version is the most popular of this standard.  He single record made its debut on the US charts on August 1, 1952 on Columbia Records.  The single charted at #1 and remained on the national charts for 24 weeks.  Jo Stafford became the first female artist to top the UK Singles Chart.  She charted her huge single on the first ever UK Singles Chart on November 14, 1952.  The single became a #1 hit on the UK Singles Chart on January 16, 1953.  The record had a 19 week stay on the chart.  Sales of  YOU BELONG TO ME were over 1 million copies sold and Jo Stafford was awarded a “Gold Record”.

Other great artists over the years have recorded  YOU BELONG TO ME, including:  Patti Page, The Duprees, Patsy Cline, Dean Martin and many others.  Jo Stafford’s version remains the most popular of these.  The Duprees also had a huge Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hit in 1962 with their doo-wop version, charting at #7.

Jo would chart 9 more hits on the pop music charts from 1955 through 1959.  She died in July of 2008 at the age of 90.  Her music lives on and we remember her classic hits…in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE BELOW TO HEAR…JO STAFFORD SING HER CLASSIC…”YOU BELONG TO ME”.

You Belong To Me

Till the next time—Joe

 

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-446 is:  The Platters charted their first Billboard Top 100, Top 10 hit and first Billboard R&B #1 hit record in 1955 with their classic recording of  ONLY YOU (And You Alone) #5 Pop.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  This Elvis Presley single record became his longest charted Billboard Top 100 hit record.  This classic recording remained on the Billboard Top 100 for 30 weeks and was #1 on the Pop, R&B and Country music charts.  The single record sold over 2 million copies.  Can you name this Elvis Presley classic?

Leave your answer in the comment box or check back on TRIVIA TEASER-448 for the correct answer.

Till the next time—Joe

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Till the next time—Joe