Music Survey Archives 1962
His name was Eugene Dixon and he came from Chicago, Illinois. He would be known to the music world as Gene Chandler and also “The Duke Of Earl”. His recording of “The Duke of Earl” would climb quickly to the top of the Bay Area charts in January of 1962
She was born Dione LaRue on September 9, 1945 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. We would know her as Dee Dee Sharp and on the week of March 10, 1962 she would have the #1 song in the Bay Area
His name was Bernard Stanley Bilk and he was born on January 28, 1929 in Pensford, Somerset, England. He played the clarinet and we would know him as Acker Bilk. On the week of April 28, 1962, he would sit atop the KEWB Top 40 with his recording of “Stranger On The Shore”.
On the week of July 21, 1962, the #1 song in the Bay Area was done by a man whose real name was Stanley Robert Vinton. He was born April 16, 1935 in Canonsburg, Pennsylvania and we would know him as Bobby Vinton.
It’s now the week of September 17, 1962 and KYA now has a Top 30 (instead of their Swingin’ 60). The #1 song in the Bay area belongs to a group that was originally called The Four Lovers(*). In 1962 they would become known to us as The Four Seasons.
On the week ending October 20, 1962, “Sherry” by the Four Seasons is still on the top of the local charts.
On the week of December 29, 1962, the top song in the Bay Area was done by a group that was formed in England. This group would consist of Alan Caddy, George Bellamy, Roger Jackson, Heinz Burt and Clem Cattini. They were an instrumental group that would be known to us as The Tornadoes.
References: (*) “Bim Bam Boom Magazine Volume 2,#3”, “The Billboard Book Of Top 40 Hits, 9th Edition” by Joel Whitburn, and the music surveys of KEWB and KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California, U.S.A. 🙂 🙂 🙂