Archive for September, 2011


Paul & Paula are Ray “Paul” Hildebrand, born on December 21, 1940 in Joshua, Texas and Jill “Paula” Jackson, born on May 20, 1942 in McCaney, Texas.  They charted 5 Billboard Hot 100 hit records between late 1962 (December) and October of 1963.

Their first two hits were Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hits…HEY PAUL  charted on December 29, 1962 on Philips Records.  The million-selling single became a #1 hit and stayed at #1 for 3 weeks.  The follow-up single…YOUNG LOVERS  charted on March 16, 1963 and became a #6 hit record.

They would have one more Top 40 hit in June of 1963…FIRST QUARREL  made its Hot 100 debut and peaked at #27.

CLICK ON THE TITLES BELOW…LISTEN TO PAUL AND PAULA…AS THEY SING…”HEY PAUL”  AND  “YOUNG LOVERS”.

Hey Paula – 1962

Young Lovers – 1963

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-466 is:  Bobby Rydell charted a double-sided hit on May 9, 1960.  The “A” side is  SWINGIN’ SCHOOL  a #5 hit and  DING-A-LING  a #18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  Bob Dylan’s classic 1963 song…BLOWIN’ IN THE WIND  did not chart on the Billboard Hot 100 for him, but did become a Top 10 hit in 1963 for this group and a 1966 Top 10 hit for another artist.  Can you name the two artists that charted Billboard Hot 100, Top 10 hits with this Dylan classic?

The answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-468 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

The Corvairs great doo-wop tune…TRUE TRUE LOVE  on Comet Records in 1962 never charted on the Billboard Hot 100, but doo-wop music lovers world-wide recognize this outstanding recording…it was arranged by Dave “Baby” Cortez and is pure doo-wop gold.

CLICK THE TITLE AND HEAR UP-TEMPO DOO-WOP AT ITS BEST.

True True Love – 1962

Till the next time—Joe

The Young Rascals, had a long and successful recording career.  They would change their name to The Rascals in 1968.  On their 1967 million-seller  GROOVIN’  they were billed as The Young Rascals.  Members included: Felix Cavaliere, Gene Cornish, Eddie Brigati and Dino Danelli.  They formed in New York and recorded together from 1965-1972.

Their biggest R&B hit charted on May 13, 1967 on Atlantic Records.  The Young Rascals classic single record charted at #3 on the Billboard R&B chart and #1 on the Billboard Hot 100, holding the #1 spot for 4 weeks.

In 1968 as The Rascals they charted two more classic hits on the R&B chart.  In May their hit record,  A BEAUTIFUL MORNING  started its run on the charts…#36 on the R&B chart and #3 on the Hot 100…another million-seller.  In August,  PEOPLE GOT TO BE FREE  climbed the Billboard R&B chart to #14 and became another #1 hit on the Billboard Hot 100…and another million-selling single record.

In 1997 The Rascals were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Their recording of  GROOVIN’  was awarded a Grammy: Hall of Fame and was selected as a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame recording.  The Young Rascals or The Rascals…were a vital part of the 1960s and their music lives on in the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE…THE YOUNG RASCALS…ARE SINGING…”GROOVIN'” THEIR 1967 MILLION-SELLER.

The Young Rascals – Groovin’

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-465 is:  The answer song to The Heartbeats 1956 classic…A THOUSAND MILES AWAY  is Shep And The Limelites 1961 Top 10 million-seller…DADDY’S HOME.  Lead vocalist James “Shep” Sheppard was formerly with The Heartbeats.

Today’s TRIVIA TEASER question is:  On May 9, 1960 Bobby Rydell charted both sides of his new single record…the “A” side became a #5 hit and the flip-side a #18 hit on the Billboard Hot 100.  Can you name these two smash hits?

The answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-467 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

THE SONG OF THE DAY IS THE 1958 MILLION-SELLER…”FOR YOUR LOVE”  BY ED TOWNSEND ON CAPITOL RECORDS.  THE SINGLE CHARTED AT #7 ON THE BILLBOARD R&B CHART AND AT #13 ON THE BILLBOARD TOP 100.

For Your Love – 1958

Till the next time—Joe

R&B vocal group from Los Angeles, California…they recorded under The Cadets on Modern Records and as The Jacks on RPM Records.  Members of the group included: Aaron Collins, Ted Taylor, William “Dub” Jones, Willie Davis and Lloyd McCraw.  Willie Davis sang lead on The Jacks recordings and Aaron Collins or William “Dub” Jones sang lead on The Cadets recordings.

The Jacks charted  WHY DON’T YOU WRITE ME? on RPM Records in 1955, a #3 Billboard R&B hit and a #82 Billboard Pop hit.  In 1956 as The Cadets on Modern Records they charted  STRANDED IN THE JUNGLE  a #4 R&B hit and a #15 Billboard Top 100 hit.

William “Dub” Jones was a bass man for The Coasters.  He passed away in January of 200 at the age of 71.  Collins and Davis joined The Flares in 1961.  They charted the hit  FOOT STOMPING PT1  on Felsted Records a #20 R&B hit and a #25 Billboard Hot 100 hit.  The Flares group included:  Collins and Davis, Tommy Miller and George Hollis.  Collins’s sisters, Betty and Rosie recorded as The Teen Queens and had a #2 Billboard R&B hit and a #14 Billboard Top 100 hit in 1956 with  EDDIE MY LOVE  on RPM Records.

Till the next time—Joe

Hi,  The answer to TRIVIA TEASER-464 is:  In 1955 Smiley Lewis charted a #2 Billboard R&B hit with a song that featured Huey (Piano) Smith on piano, the song is:  I HEAR YOU KNOCKING.

Today’s Trivia Teaser question is:  Can you name the answer song and the artists who recorded it… to The Heartbeats 1956 classic,  A THOUSAND MILES AWAY?

The answer will appear in TRIVIA TEASER-466 or you can leave your answer in the comment box.

Till the next time—Joe

Beginning today a new feature on the web-page will be  SONG OF THE DAY.  Each day a different song will be featured with chart information…just click on the title and listen to some of the greatest hits from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

Thanks to you…my web page is one of the most viewed oldies sites on the web…

Till the next time—Joe

Something new!!!!  SONG OF THE DAY….TODAY’S SONG IS LITTLE RICHARD SINGING HIS 1957 MILLION-SELLER…”LUCILLE”  A #1 BILLBOARD R&B HIT, A #21 BILLBOARD TOP 100 HIT.  THE SINGLE WON A GRAMMY: HALL OF FAME AWARD….

Lucille – 1957

Till the next time—Joe