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posted by: jere1911
09/26/12 12:44 pm
BEST SONGS OF '61 AND '62
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Was 1961-62 a lull in the history of rock, soul and pop? An intermission between the great late 50's and the Beatles era? Maybe so, here are some of my favorites from those years. Others?
1961

Crazy--Patsy Cline
Crying--Roy Orbison
Runaway--Del Shannon
Mama Said--Shirelles
Gypsy Woman--Impressions
Travelin Man--Rick Nelson
Blue Moon--Marcels
Cupid--Sam Cooke

1962

Locomotion--Little Eva
Big Girls Don't Cry--Four Seasons
You Beat Me to the Punch--Mary Wells
Baby It's You--Shirelles
Twist and Shout--Isley Bros.

BEST near misses at each end:

Will you Still Love Me Tomorrow (1960)
Up on the Roof (1963)


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Alley Gator says:
09/26/12 5:05 pm
Thanks for posting this, jere1911. A reminder for Cats to tickle their memories with the Alley Timeline. (This link drops you into it as the 1960-1961 school year begins.)

For purposes of 1961 & 1962 favorites there's no reason to exclude the "near misses" you mention. The Timeline identifies the time each song broke out, but hits like these were played on the radio for weeks before and after that moment.
jere1911 says:
09/26/12 7:04 pm
Alley Gator said: Thanks for posting this, jere1911. A reminder for Cats to tickle their memories with the Alley Timeline. (This link drops you into it as the 1960-1961 school year begins.) For purposes of 1961 & 1962 favorites there's no reason to exclude the "near misses" you mention. The Timeline identifies the time each song broke out, but hits like these were played on the radio for weeks before and after that moment.

Then the near misses, two iconic tracks, are definitely IN!
Murgatroyd says:
09/28/12 9:37 am
After a quick scan of the 1961 hot 100, I would hate to leave out these fantastic songs:

Ya Ya - Lee Dorsey
Little Sister - Elvis
Mother In Law - Ernie K-Doe
One Mint Julep - Ray Charles

In 62 you gotta have:

Green Onions - Booker T & The MG's
Dream Baby - Roy Orbison
Having a party - Sam Cooke

Pretty good years! And it was just about to get even better...
Alley Gator says:
10/12/12 12:36 pm
These are the songs I'm most missing from the suggestions so far:

1961

Runaround Sue - Dion
Stand By Me - Ben E. King
Please Mr. Postman - The Marvelettes
Shop Around - The Miracles

1962

Bring It On Home To Me - Sam Cooke Feat. Lou Rawls
You've Really Got A Hold On Me - The Miracles
Duke of Earl - Gene Chandler with the Dukays
Hey! Baby - Bruce Channel
Do You Love Me - The Contours

The 31 songs we've all listed so far would make a pretty wonderful playlist!
Alley Gator says:
11/09/12 11:52 am
How about Dion's other great one, "The Wanderer"? After years of hearing it only in stereo, I've just been listening to a mono version and fell in love with it again. Peaked at #2 in early 1962 when "Duke of Earl" was #1
Murgatroyd says:
11/09/12 10:12 pm
Alley Gator said: How about Dion's other great one, "The Wanderer"? After years of hearing it only in stereo, I've just been listening to a mono version and fell in love with it again. Peaked at #2 in early 1962 when "Duke of Earl" was #1
Absolutely - gotta have at least one Dion song.
Alley Gator says:
11/13/12 12:54 pm
Another listening session, two more picks from 1961: "Last Night" by the Mar-Keys and "I Know (You Don't Love Me No More" by Barbara George.

Factoid: On the R&B side, there was one stretch of four months from November 1961 through February 1962 when three (great!) songs were so dominant that they were the only #1 songs: Please Mr. Postman, I Know, and Duke of Earl.
barbara ann 1945 says:
11/27/12 12:01 am
I stand as an apologist for the songs of 1960-1963...the pre-Beatles span. Hey, these were my high school years...the happiest years of my life in some ways... and the music threaded through those years thrills and touches my soul to this day.

I know we're talking about '61 and '62 here...so let me add a short list of favorites:

There's a Moon Out Tonight
Daddy's Home
Pretty Little Angel Eyes
Duke of Earl
...and last but not least...hey, it's my song: Barbara-Ann