JUKE BOX NOVEMBER 2015
1. 1950 - MUSIC, MUSIC, MUSIC - THE SENSATIONS
The 1961 R&B hit revival of the Teresa Brewer topper by the Yvonne Mills fronted group.
2. 1951- TOO YOUNG - FRANKIE LYMON
The singer who topped charts when he was only 13 withg his 1957 version of Nat Cole's No. 1.
3. 1952 - WHEEL OF FORTUNE - LAVERN BAKER
Kay Starr had the chart topper revived here in 1960 by the R&B queen of the mid-50s.
4. 1953 - RAGS TO RICHES - THE ACCENTS
Doo Wop team recorded this 1961 revival of Tony Bennett's biggie on the Sultan label.
5. 1954 - SH-BOOM - CHORDS
The original version of the song that could be called the first "rock'n'roll" chart topper - the song that launched a thousand vocal groups.
6. 1954 - SH-BOOM - STAN FREBERG
Stan was no fan of the above Chords record as can be heard on this parody.
7. 1955 - HEARTS OF STONE - JOHNNY PRESTON
The catchy song written & first recorded by The Jewels, which was taken to the top by the Fontana Sisters, was revived in 1960 by the man best remembered for 'Running Bear'.
8. 1956 - DON'T BE CRUEL - BARBARA LYNN
The R&B song stylist gives Elvis' million seller a new slant on this 1963 cut.
9. 1957 - LOVE LETTERS IN THE SAND - JERRY LEE LEWIS
The Killer cut this in the same year as Pat.
10. 1958 - BIRD DOG - VELVETS
Nashville based R&B group (fronted by a school headmaster from Lubbock) add their own touch to the Everly Brothers winner.
11. 1959 - COME SOFTLY TO ME - PERCY SLEDGE
The late singer turned the Fleetwoods chart topper into a southern soul song in 1968
12. 1960 - RUNNING BEAR- GEORGE JONES
Thecountry legend, who had sung backing vocals on Johnny Preston's No.1 version of this song, recorded it solo in 1962.
13 & 14 TO BILLY JOE ROYAL & FRANKIE FORD
Billy Joe follows the format of this selection of songs by singing Brenda Lee's 1960 chart topper 'I'm Sorry'. As I couldn't find a chart topper performed by the 'Sea Cruise' originator, I have simply included my favourite track by him, 'Roberta' - the song that started life as 'Loberta' (the stage name of drag star-turned- great R&B vocalist Bobby Marchan).