An easy to read list of the Juke Box tracks


 JUKE BOX JULY 2015  

 

 

JUKE BOX JULY 2015

 

 

1. 1953 – HOW MUCH IS THAT DOGGIE IN THE WINDOW – BABY JANE & THE ROCKABYES (10630

This unforgettable kiddy ditty is given a Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans treatment.

 

2. 1954 – OH MY PAPA – THE BOBBETTES (1960)

The Eddie Calvert/Eddie Fisher No.1 recorded by the school girls who are best remembered for their song about their teacher, Mr Lee.

 

3. 1955 -ROSE MARIE – FOUR TUNES (1957)

The song that spent 11 weeks at the top of the UK chart is given a similar treatment to the distinctive vocal group’s huge, similarly titled, 1953 US hit, ‘Marie’.

 

4. 1956 – SIXTEEN TONS – BO DIDDLEY (1960)

The story goes that Ed Sullivan asked Bo to sing this (then current US No. 1) on his TV show in 1956. Bo reportedly agreed but sung ‘Bo Diddley’ instead. However, he did get round to recording it a few years later.

 

5. 1957 – THE GARDEN OF EDEN – NARVEL FELTS

The rockabilly legend’s Navelous version of the Frankie Vaughan/Joe Valino chart topper. It comes from his later very successful country era.

 

6. 1958 – THE STORY OF MY LIFE – CONNIE FRANCIS

Connie’s little known version of the Bacharach penned chart topper.

 

7. 1959 - SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES – RICHARD BARRETT & THE CHANTELS (1958)

The man who discovered Frankie Lymon, The Chantels, The Three Degrees and ‘Some Other Guy’ had his R&B rendering out some months before The Platters.

 

8. 1960 – RUNNING BEAR – GEORGE JONES

This legendary country artist also sang (oom-pah oom-pah) backing vocals on Johnny Preston’s chart topping version.

 

9. 1961- WELL I ASK YOU – BOBBY VINTON

One of the handful of releases Vinton had before starting his amazing run of US hits was a cover of Eden Kane’s UK No.1.

 

10.            1962 – I CAN’T STOP LOVING YOU – RICKY NELSON

The Don Gibson penned Ray Charles multi-million seller is performed here by the TV star/teen idol.

 

11.            1963 – FROM ME TO YOU – DEL SHANNON

Del’s cover record was the first Lennon & McCartney penned song to chart in the US (The original version failed to hit there at the time).

 

JIM ED BROWN TRIBUTE

 

THE WAYWARD WIND & UNCHAINED MELODY –JIM ED BROWN & THE BROWNS

 

Jim Ed & his sisters had a sound all their own.These two chart topping 50s & 60s songs were among the scores of great tracks that the under-rated Jim Ed recorded in his long career. He was a true country song stylist. PS Sorry about including yet another version of the latter too often recorded song – but note how the girls manage to squeeze their ‘Three Bells’ bongs into it!

 

 

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