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Wayne’s Music 11/12 August 2012. 1960.
What Do You Want To make Those Eyes At me For Emile Ford was the son of a government official and an opera-singing mother. The family moved to Britain from the West Indies and young Emile started to learn to play several musical instruments, encouraged by his Mum. Soon he was doing the rounds of popular coffee bars and venues in London, he gets a recording contract and the next thing he’s voted as “The Best New Act” of 1960 on the strength of a record which went on to become the first British Million seller by a black artist.
Handy Man Jimmy Jones with his “come-a-come-a” hit in 1960.
Johnny Staccato Theme Elmer Bernstein.
That’s You Nat King Cole … The face in the moon that's you. The torch in the tomb that's you. The force in the street that's you.and that’s how they wrote them in the 60s. It was just like the style of a previous generation, Cole Porter and Irving Berlin.
Starry Eyed Michael Holiday with the first number one single in 1960 in the UK – and it stayed there for 12 weeks
That’s Love Billy Fury … The Sound Of Fury was the first album released in 1960.
Way Down Yonder In New Orleans Freddy Cannon – a reviewer of the American show bandstand said “Freddy Cannon was a true believer, a rocker to the bone. Freddy Cannon made rock & roll records; great noisy rock & roll records, and all of them were infused with a gigantic drum beat that was an automatic invitation to shake it on down anyplace there was a spot to dance."
A Voice In The Wilderness Cliff Richard - in Expresso Bongo, a 1959 West End Musical satirizing the music industry – then made into a film with Sir Cliff playing pop singer Bongo Herbert (or Bert Rudge).
Goodness Gracious Me Peter Sellers and Sophia Loren
Pretty Blue Eyes Craig Douglas, the singing milkman who was voted britians Best New Singer at the start of the 60s
Poetry In Motion Johnny Tillotson one of THE songs that brings back instant 60s.;
Little White Bull Tommy Steele – Tommy The Toreador” – funny things happen in the movies – especially when a rock and roll star starts serenading a prize Hereford.
It’s Now Or Never Elvis Presley with his #1 for 5 weeks in 1960 – adapted from the Italian standard “O Sole Mio” …
Harbour Lights The Platters with one of their great numbers, which was originally sung in Polish by Irena Santor.
Portrait Of My Love Matt Monroe was a George Martin discovery really –when the producer was looking for a not too well known singer to imitate Frank Sinatra on Peter sellers album “Songs For Swinging Sellers” … Matt Monroe became Fred Flange for the benefit of the record sleeve.
Wild One Bobby Rydell was a major player in The Philadelphia sound that hit the charts just as the sixties were beginning
Let’s Think About Living Bob Luman the rockabilly king with one of his main livin’ lovin’ sounds.
Snow Coach Russ Conway (real name Trevor Herbert Stanford) had 20 piano instrumentals in the charts over a period of six years -
Wayne’s Music Sunday 12 August 2012. 1960. PART ONE
Running Scared Roy Orbison
Fings Ain’t What They used To be Max Bygraves with yet another Lionel Bart winner.
My Love For You Johnny Mathis - or Johnny sings Mathis to keep up with the panoramic orchestral arrangement.
Delaware Perry Como
As Long As he Needs me It is easily the best known and most widely recorded song from the Lionel Bart production, “Oliver” and has been covered by all manner of artists including diva Shirley Bassey.
Clemintine Bobby Darin
Shakin All Over Johnny Kidd And The Pirates – didn’t have a B side for another song they had recorded, so they got up early one morning, ran through a song they called “any old rubbish” and recorded it that afternoon.
I’m Sorry Brenda Lee was just fifteen years old when she recorded the song!
Do You Mind Anthony Newley – the streetwise kid who started out as a teaboy at The Atalia Conte Stage School and his infectious giggle and his cheeky cockney ways soon attracted the eyes of the casting directors – and soon he was playing the artful Dodger in Oliver twist.
Look For A Star films such as Dracula, Frankenstein and The Mummy were favourites in the 60s put out by the Hammer Film Corporation - and another stomach churner in its day was “The Circus Of Horrors”and Tony hatch was asked to write a catchy song for the film – Garry Mills sang the original for the soundtrack.
My Old Man’s A Dustman Lonnie Donegan with an effervescent slice of fast-punning, lousy-joking singalong daftness.
River Stay Away From My Door Frank Sinatra with more than 30 musicians in tow re-worked this old number in 1960
Stuck On You Elvis Presley with his first hit single after his army stint, his first #1 in 1960 and his 13th overall.
Love Is Like A Violin Ken Dodd – the British singer/songwriter/comedian was more of a household name than the Beatles in the UK in the 60s …he had 20 or more hit recordings including this one in 1960.
The Blizzard Hank garland felt that this was the best song he composed … do you remember The Blizzard sung by Jim reeves?
Robot Man Connie Francis had the best of the best studio musicians on her pop hits.
That’s Old Fashioned The Everly Brothers – one of the biggest double-barrelled teams in the business (ever) … it all sounds so simple at first until someone else tries it! Yet they work it all out on the studio floor, which accounts for why they sound so lively.
Three Steps To heaven Eddie Cochran
Greenfields The Brothers Four – the most wholesome of the early folk groups –
Someone Elses’ baby Adam Faith
Mr Custer Charlie Drake built up a £5million fortune and famously owned racehorses, mansions, yachts and fast cars. But he had a weakness for casinos and horse racing and never remembered to pay the taxman.
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