JUKE BOX MAY 2015
1. DON'T LET THE STARS GET IN YOUR EYES - CARL MANN
The distinctive rockabilly star's 1960 remake of Perry Como's 1953 No. 1.
2. SECRET LOVE - BILLY STEWART
The unmistakable soul singer's unique take of Doris Day's 1954 smash.
3. UNCHAINED MELODY - THE FIVE DISCS
Noted doo-wop ensemble give the 1955 topper a make-over.
4. MEMORIES ARE MADE OF THIS - LITTLE RICHARD
Mr. Penniman was no stranger to rockin' up an old ballad. This song was, of course, the nation's best seller in 1956 by Dean Martin
5. SINGING THE BLUES - BILL HALEY & HIS COMETS
Both Guy Mitchell & Tommy Steele had UK No. 1s with this song in 1957. Here the first King of r'n'r makes it his own (to use that awful reality TV show expression!)
6. GREAT BALLS OF FIRE - OTIS BLACKWELL
Jerry Lee's biggest hit is performed by the R&B singer/songwriter who composed it for him.
7. WHAT DO YOU WANT - BOBBY VEE
The first of two UK penned No. 1 hits in a row. Adam Faith's original being covered in the US by newcomer Bobby Vee, who was then looking for his first hit.
8. PLEASE DON'T TEASE - RAL DONNER
Cliff's 1961 biggie was recorded in America by Elvis' best sound-alike. Interestingly, when I asked co-writer Bruce Welch about this version - he did not know that Ral (who he admired) has cut it.
9. RUNAWAY - THE SHIRELLES
Del Shannon's debut hit is handled by the act that, arguably, defined the girl group sound of the 60s.
10. CAN'T HELP FALLING IN LOVE WITH YOU - DORIS DAY
The singer who had the No. 1 with the second track on the juke box, gives her own distinctive treatment to this Elvis 1963 topper.
PERCY SLEDGE TRIBUTE
A WHITER SHADE OF PALE
I'VE GOTTA GET A MESSAGE TO YOU
These chart topping (Procol Harum & Bee Gees) late 60s songs are performed beautifully by the late soul stylist. He was without doubt one of the great voices in R&B.
BEN E. KING TRIBUTE
This classic soul song stylist adds his own touch to the UK No.1s by Bobby Darin and Danny Williams. As Ben E.’s label manager in the early 70s, I spent time with him when he toured the UK. He was a VERY nice and amiable man.