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TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  CAN YOU NAME THE FIRST BILLBOARD HOT 100, TOP 10 HIT RECORD OF DION AND THE BELMONTS:  WAS IT…A-“I WONDER WHY”-1958…B-“NO ONE KNOWS”-1958…C-“DON’T PITY ME”-1959…OR D-“A TEENAGER IN LOVE”-1959?

THE ANSWER IS BELOW

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

 

 

ANSWER:”A TEENAGER IN LOVE”-#5 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100

The Four Aces charted their biggest hit record on August 27, 1955.  Their recording of  “LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING” on Decca Records (29625) climbed to the top of the Billboard Pop Chart…at #1 a position it held for 6 weeks.  The single record would remain on the pop chart for 21 weeks.  The “flip-side” of the single is another great Four Aces recording…”SHINE ON HARVEST MOON”.  It did not chart.

The Four Aces classic is the title song from the movie…”Love Is A Many-Splendored Thing” starring William Holden and Jennifer Jones.  The song won the Oscar for “Best Song”.

The Four Aces charted 16 hits between 1951 and 1954, including “TELL ME WHY” a #2 hit record.  They also charted a #1 hit with their classic…”THREE COINS IN A FOUNTAIN” in 1954.  The group would chart 20 Billboard Top 100 hits between 1955 and 1959.  They were the #1 Pop singles artist of 1955.

CLICK THE TITLE BELOW…THE FOUR ACES ARE WAITING TO SING THEIR CLASSIC #1 HIT FROM 1955…”LOVE IS A MANY-SPLENDORED THING”…

Four Aces – Love Is A Many-Splendered Thing

Till the next time—Joe

TRIVIA TEASER WILL TAKE ON A NEW APPEARANCE…EACH TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION WILL HAVE THE ANSWER AT THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE…TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE OF THE GREATEST MUSIC AND ARTISTS FROM THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”

THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-517 IS:  “IF I CAN DREAM”, IT WAS ELVIS PRESLEY’S BIGGEST HIT RECORD SINCE 1965’S…#3 HIT…”CRYING IN THE CHAPEL”.

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN 1958 “HER NIBS, MISS GEORGIA GIBBS” CHARTED A HIT RECORD ON THE ROULETTE RECORDS LABEL.  THE SONG WAS IN RESPONSE TO A HUGE FAD THAT WAS SWEEPING THE US.  CAN YOU NAME THE SONG?

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

ANSWER: “THE HULA HOOP SONG”—#32 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100.

Anthony & The Sophomores – Play Those Oldies Mr. Dee Jay

ANTHONY & THE SOPHOMORES RECORDED THIS DOO-WOP CLASSIC ON MERCURY RECORDS (72103) IN 1963.  THE SONG WAS A HUGE DISC JOCKEY FAVORITE IN NEW YORK…”PLAY THOSE OLDIES MR. DEE JAY IS STILL BEING PLAYED TODAY ALMOST 50 YEARS LATER.

THE SINGLE RECORD DID NOT CHART ON THE MAJOR NATIONAL MUSIC CHARTS, BUT IS CONSIDERED A DOO-WOP CLASSIC…AND IS LISTED AS ONE OF THE GREATEST DOO-WOP HITS OF ALL TIME BY WRITERS GRIBIN AND SCHIFF IN THEIR BOOK “THE COMPLETE BOOK OF DOO-WOP”.

CLICK ON THE TITLE ABOVE AND ENJOY THIS DOO-WOP CLASSIC BY ANTHONY & THE SOPHOMORES.

Till the next time—Joe

Ronnie & the Hi-Lites – I Wish That We Were Married

The Drifters – There Goes My Baby

The Fascinators – Chapel Bells

Dreamlovers – Together-1964

Royal Teens – I’ll Love You-1965

The Dimensions – Over the Rainbow

The Capris – Indian Girl

The Jive Five – These Golden Rings

Till the next time—Joe

HI,  THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-516 IS:  “PEPINO THE ITALIAN MOUSE” A #5 HIT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 IN 1962 IS THE HIGHEST CHARTING RECORD OF THE ROCK ERA FOR THE TALENTED LOU MONTE.

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN NOVEMBER OF 1968 THIS HIT RECORD BY ELVIS PRESLEY CHARTED ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100.  IT BECAME HIS BIGGEST HIT SINCE “CRYING IN THE CHAPEL” IN 1965.  THE RECORD CHARTED AT #12 ON THE HOT 100 AND SOLD OVER 1 MILLION COPIES.  CAN YOU NAME THE SONG?

THE CORRECT ANSWER WILL APPEAR IN TRIVIA TEASER-518 OR YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

Clyde McPhatter And The Drifters charted their first hit record in 1953.  That first hit became a #1 R&B classic…MONEY HONEY on Atlantic Records, The Drifters record label for many years.  With Clyde McPhatter on lead The Drifters through 1954 they charted a #2 R&B hit with…SUCH A NIGHT and another #1 hit…HONEY LOVE.  Elvis Presley would have hits with both MONEY HONEY and SUCH A NIGHT on RCA Victor Records.

The Drifters classic recording of…WHITE CHRISTMAS in 1954 featured both Clyde McPhatter and Bill Pinkney on lead vocals.  Their recording charted on the Billboard R&B chart in 1954, 1955 and 1956.  Clyde McPhatter left The Drifters for a solo career in 1954.  In early 1955 Atlantic Records released…WHAT’CHA GONNA DO.  The single became a big R&B hit, peaking at #2.

The Drifters continued with various lead singers through 1958 and charted hits such as…ADORABLE-#1 in 1955…STEAMBOAT-#5 in 1955 (flip-side of ADORABLE).  They charted…RUBY BABY-#10 in 1956, the same song that Dion would have a huge hit with in 1963 and another Top 10 R&B hit…FOOLS FALL IN LOVE-#10 in 1957.

THE GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL IS PROUD TO PRESENT THE CLASSIC EARLY HITS OF CLYDE McPHATTER AND THE DRIFTERS…THEY ARE ONE OF THE ALL-TIME GREAT VOCAL GROUPS OF ROCK AND ROLL.

Money Honey

Such A Night

Honey Love

White Christmas

What’ Cha Gonna Do

Adorable

Ruby Baby

Fools Fall in Love

Till the next time—Joe

The Fiestas are a doo-wop group from Newark, New Jersey.  Members included Tommy Bullock-lead vocals, Eddie Morris-tenor, Sam Ingalls-baritone and Preston Lane-bass.

They charted their biggest hit record in 1959 with their Doo-Wop classic…”SO FINE” on Old Town Records (1062).  The single charted on March 23, 1959 on the Billboard R&B chart.  The Fiestas hit became a #3 record on the chart, a spot it held for 5 weeks.  The single remained on the chart for 19 weeks.

On April 6, 1959…SO FINE…crossed over to the Billboard Hot 100 and climbed the pop chart to #11.  The single remained on the chart for 16 weeks.  The flip-side of the 45rpm is…LAST NIGHT I DREAMED…it did not chart.

The Fiestas would not chart another Top 40 pop hit, but would have another Top 20 R&B hit in 1962 with their recording of…BROKEN HEART…a #18 hit single record.  It would also chart at #81 on the Hot 100 and become the groups last hit record.  The Fiestas would continue recording into the mid 1970s.

Click on the title below and hear…THE FIESTAS…Singing their big hits…”SO FINE” and “BROKEN HEART”.  Solid-Gold from the “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL”.

So Fine

Broken Heart

Till the next time—Joe

THE ANSWER TO TRIVIA TEASER-515 IS:  JOHNNY PRESTON CHARTED A #7 HIT ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100 IN 1960 WITH HIS FOLLOW-UP TO “RUNNING BEAR”…THE SONG IS, “CRADLE OF LOVE”.  HIS NEXT SINGLE BECAME A #14 HIT ON THE HOT 100, “FEEL SO FINE”

TODAY’S TRIVIA TEASER QUESTION IS:  IN 1962, ITALIAN-STYLED NOVELTY SINGER, LOU MONTE CHARTED HIS BIGGEST HIT OF THE ROCK-ERA.  THE RECORD CHARTED AT #5 ON THE BILLBOARD HOT 100.  CAN YOU NAME LOU’S BIG HIT RECORD?

THE CORRECT ANSWER WILL APPEAR IN TRIVIA TEASER-517 OR YOU CAN LEAVE YOUR ANSWER IN THE COMMENT BOX.

TILL THE NEXT TIME—JOE

Laurie London was born on January 19, 1944 in London, England.  He was just 14 years old when his recording of…HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD (IN HIS HANDS)  became a world-wide hit.  The million-selling single record on Capitol Records (3891) became a huge hit on both the Billboard R&B chart and the Billboard Top 100 chart.

On April 7, 1958 the single charted on the R&B chart and reached #3, holding that spot for 2 weeks.  The single remained on the chart for 11 weeks.  On March 24, 1958…HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD (IN HIS HANDS)  made its Top 100 debut.  The single became a #1 hit record and held the #1 spot for 4 weeks.  Laurie’s hit became one of the biggest hits of 1958 and sold over 1 million copies, earning him a “Gold Record”.  HE’S GOT THE WHOLE WORLD (IN HIS HANDS)  would be Laurie London’s only hit record in the US.

The flip-side of the single…HANDED DOWN, did not chart.

THE “GOLDEN ERA OF ROCK AND ROLL” IS HAPPY TO BRING YOU…LAURIE LONDON…SINGING HIS CLASSIC 1958 #1 MILLION SELLER…”HE’S GOT THE WHOLD WORLD (IN HIS HANDS)”.

He’s Got The Whole World (In His Hands)

Till the next time—Joe