The Music Of July-December 1961

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July 1961

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Time Was”by The Flamingos, “Let’s Twist Again” by Chubby Checker, “Together” and “Too Many Rules” by Connie Francis, “Uncle Sam’s Man” by The Elgins, “I’m Gonna Knock On Your Door” by Eddie Hodges, “What A Sweet Thing That Was” by The Shirelles, “The Mountain’s High” by Dick & Deedee, “Cupid” by Sam Cooke, “The Third House” and “The Fish” by Bobby Rydell, “That’s What Girls Are Made For” by The Spinners, “A Tear” by Gene McDaniels, “In Time” and “Clair De Lune” by Steve Lawrence, “Don’t Bet Money, Honey” and “Starlight, Starbright” by Linda Scott, “Last Night” by The Mar Keys, “Michael” by The Highwaymen, “School Is Out” by Gary ‘U.S’ Bonds, “I Like It Like That” by Chris Kenner, “You Can’t Sit Down” by The Phillip Upchurch Combo, “You Don’t Know What You’ve Got Until You Lose It” and “So Close To Heaven” by Ral Donner, “San Antonio Rose” by Floyd Cramer, “Put This Ring On My Finger” by Kathy Linden, “Girls” by Johnny Burnette, “Daydreams” by Johnny Crawford, “Let Me Belong To You” by Brian Hyland, “Hurt” by Timi Yuro, “Again” by The Dimensions, “Who Put The Bomp” by Barry Mann and “Every Breath I Take” by Gene Pitney, “Tonight” by The Velvets (KYA), “I’m Comin’ Back To You” and “Lonely Life” by Jackie Wilson (KYA), “I Wake Up Crying” by Chuck Jackson (KYA), “What You Gonna Do” by Debra Lewis (KYA), “Should I Wait” by Johnny Mathis (KYA), “Theme From Young Savages” by Hugo Montenegro (KYA), “Ready for Your Love” by Shep & The Limelites (KYA), “I’ll Never Smile Again” by The Platters (KYA), “For Sale” by The Bob Knight Four (KYA) and “Princess” by Frank Gari (KYA).

August 1961

Songs that would debut locally this month were “It’s Gonna Work Out Fine” by Ike & Tina Turner, “Let The Four Winds Blow” by Fats Domino, “Fanny” by Morris Stoloff, “Bless You” by Tony Orlando, “Lover’s Island” by The Blue Jays, “Private Eye” by Bob Luman, “Drums” by Kenny Chandler, “First Love Never Dies” by Jerry Fuller, “Take Good Care Of My Baby” by Bobby Vee, “It’s A Far Far Better Thing” by Della Reese, “I Fall To Pieces” by Patsy Cline, “Amore” by Ben E King, “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose It’s Flavor” by Lonnie Donegan, “Girls, Girls, Girls” by The Coasters, “I Love How You Love Me” by The Paris Sisters, “Take Five” by Dave Brubeck, “I’ll Never Smile Again” by The Wanderers,”Wooden Heart” by Joe Dowell, “The Astronaut” by Jose Jimenez, “Why Can’t You” and “Lonely Street” by Clarence “Frogman” Henry, “His Latest Flame” by Elvis Presley, “You Must Have Been A Beautiful Baby” by Bobby Darin, “My True Story” by The Jive Five, “When We Get Married” by The Dreamlovers, “Sweet Little You” by Neil Sedaka, “It’s Your World” by Marty Robbins, “Mexico” by Bob Moore, “Cinderella” and “Kissin’ On The Phone” by Paul Anka, “Take My Love” by Little Willie John (KYA), “Nag” by The Halos (KYA), “Mr. DJ” by Van McCoy (KYA), “Black Land Farmer” by Wink Martindale (KYA), “Don’t Cry Baby” and “Sunday Kind Of Love” by Etta James (KYA), “Theme From The Devil’s Hand” by Baker Knight (KYA), “Without You” by Johnny Tillotson (KYA), “Shout” by The Isley Brothers (KYA), “What Fools We Mortals Be” by Bobby Day (KYA), “I Don’t Like It Like That” by the Bobbettes (KYA), “Jukebox Saturday Night” by Nino & The Ebb Tides (KYA), “A Little Dog Cried” by Jimmie Rodgers (KYA), “A Moment Ago” by The Angels (KYA), “Jeremiah Peabody’s Pills” by Ray Stevens (KYA), “You Don’t Know What It Means” by Jackie Wilson (KYA), “Magic Moon” by The Rays (KYA) and “Have You Been There” by Jimmy Flint & The Stones (KYA).

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September 1961

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Why Don’t You Do Right” by Herbie Mann, “Big Cold Wind” by Pat Boone, “If You Don’t, Somebody Else Will” by Connie Stevens, “Cryin’ ” by Roy Orbison, “Let’s Get Together”by Hayley Mills, “Peanuts” by Rick & The Keens, “Sweets For My Sweet” by The Drifters, “I Talk To The Trees” by Bud Dashiell & The Kinsmen, “The Way You Look Tonight” by The Lettermen, “Lovers Never Say Goodbye” by The Flamingos, “Baby You’re So Fine” by Mickey & Sylvia, “Hit The Road Jack” by Ray Charles, “Memories Of Those Oldies But Goodies” by Little Caesar & The Romans, “Stop Giving Your Man Away” by Joyce Davis, “One Track Mind” by Bobby Lewis, “Guess Who” by Gladys Knight & The Pips, “Frankie And Johnny” by Brook Benton, “The Bristol Stomp” by The Dovells, “Don’t Blame Me” and “Muskrat” by The Everly Brothers, “Image, Parts 1 & 2” by Hank Levine, “Please Mr.Postman” by The Marvelettes, “So Long Baby” by Del Shannon, “Look In My Eyes” by The Chantels, “Dream Boat” by Connie Francis, “Ya Ya” by Lee Dorsey, “Rock A Bye Your Baby With A Dixie Melody” by Aretha Franklin, “Runaround Sue” by Dion (this song would debut at #2 on the week of September 23) “Mashi” by The Wailers, “The In Between Years” by James MacArthur, “Sad Movies” by Sue Thompson, “I Understand” by Rickie Page, “Wanted One Girl” by Jan & Dean, “A Wonder Like You” by Ricky Nelson,”Tower Of Strength” by Gene McDaniels, “Don’t Cry No More” by Bobby “Blue” Bland (KYA), “San Ho Zay” by Freddy King (KYA), “Sad Movies” by the Lennon Sisters (KYA), “Pig Eyes Part 2” by Nat Kendrick (KYA), “Bright Lights, Big City” by Jimmy Reed (KYA), “This Is Our Night” by The Toledos (KYA), “Stop Your Crying” by Jerry Naylor (KYA), “The Beginning Of Love” by Dal LaRoc (KYA), “Magic Is The Night” by Kathy Young & The Innocents (KYA), “Please Don’t Go” and “I Didn’t Figure On Him To Come Back” by Ral Donner (KYA), “Fandango” by Bob Bain (KYA), “Three Steps From The Altar” by Shep & The Limelites (KYA) and “Up To My Ears In Tears” by Donnie Brooks (KYA).

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October 1961

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Big Bad John” by Jimmy Dean, “Big John” by The Shirelles, “A Broken Heart And A Pillow Filled With Tears” by Patti Page, “The Fly” by Chubby Checker, “Anybody But Me” and “Fool #1” by Brenda Lee, “Feel It” by Sam Cooke, “Don’t Knock It” by Johnny Walsh, “God, Country And My Baby” by Johnny Burnette, “Moon River” by Jerry Butler and also Henry Mancini, “It Will Stand” by The Showmen, “Eyes” by Jerry Wallace, “The Great Imposter” by The Fleetwoods, “I Cried My Last Tears” by Ernie K Doe, “This Time” by Troy Shondell, “Tonight” by Ferrante & Teicher, “Goodbye Cruel World” by James Darren, “What A Party” by Fats Domino, “Heartaches” by The Marcels, “I Wanna Thank You” and “The Door To Paradise” by Bobby Rydell, “School Is In” by Gary ‘U.S’ Bonds, “Crazy” by Patsy Cline, “Yellow Moon” by The Viscaynes, “Brigitte Bardot” by Silvio Silvera, “Somewhere Along The Way” by Steve Lawrence, “The Way I Am?” by Jackie Wilson, “I Really Love You” by The Stereos, “Little Lonely” by Chad Allen, “Stick Shift” by The Duals (KYA), “Sha Ta” by Dick St. John (KYA, Dick was one half of the duo of Dick & Deedee), “Hurry Hurry Love” by Sandy Lynn (KYA), “Everybody’s Gotta Pay Some Dues” by The Miracles (KYA), “Let’s Pony Again” by The Vibrations (KYA), “For Me And My Gal” by Freddy Cannon (KYA), “Love Bound” by The Universals (KYA), “Motorcycle” by Tico & The Triumphs (KYA), “Sen Sa Shun” by Freddy King (KYA), “You’re The Reason” by Bobby Edwards (KYA), “It’s All Because” by Linda Scott (KYA), “Love (I’m So Gad I Found You)” by The Spinners (KYA), “Everybody’s Cryin’ ” by Jimmy Beaumont (the lead singer for the Skyliners), from the KYA surveys), “Laugh” by The Velvets (KYA), “It Do Me So Good” by Ann Margaret (KYA), “Don’t Walk Away From Me” by Dee Clark (KYA), “Trade Winds,Trade Winds” by Aki Aleong (KYA), “Wild Party” by Fabian (KYA), “God Bless The Child” by Eddie Harris (KYA) and “Seven Day Fool” and “It’s Too Soon To Know” by Etta James (KYA).

November 1961

Songs that would debut locally this month were “Gypsy Woman” by The Impressions, “Sometime” by Gene Thomas, “Up A Lazy River” by Si Zentner, “Turn Around Look At Me” by Glen Campbell, “September In The Rain” by Dinah Washington, “I’m On My Way” by Barbara Dane, “There’s No Other” by The Crystals, “Funny How Time Slips Away” by Jimmy Elledge, “Foot Stompin’ ” by The Flairs, “Run To Him” by Bobby Vee, “Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen” by Neil Sedaka, “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” by The Tokens, “Fever” by Pete Bennett & The Embers, “Till” by The Angels, “Well I Told You” by The Chantels, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, “Gypsy Rover” by The Highwaymen, “When I Fall In Love” by The Lettermen, “Valerie” by The Mark III, “Dreaming About You” by Annette, “If You Gotta Make A Fool Of Somebody” by James Ray, “Rock And Roll Machine” by Tee Tucker,”Goodbye To Love” by Dick & Deedee, “She Rally Loves You” and “Smile” by Timi Yuro (KYA), “River, She Come Down” by The Journeymen (KYA), “Am I Expecting Too Much” by Debra Lewis (KYA), “My Girl” by Charles McCullough & The Silks (KYA), “Pick Up A Coupl’a Records” by Jim Burgett (KYA), “The Place Where I Cry” by Jerry Fuller (KYA), “The Language Of Love” by John D. Loudermilk (KYA), “Johnny Will” and “Let Me Dream” by Pat Boone (KYA), “A One A Two A Cha Cha Cha” by Lawrence Welk (KYA), “Story Of The Ring” by Steve Barri (KYA), “Loveland” and “The Bells At My Wedding” by Paul Anka (KYA), “What A Walk” by Bobby Lewis (KYA), “Small Sad Sam” by Phil McLean (KYA),”And Then Came Love” by Ed Townsend (KYA) and “Never, Never” by The Jive Five (KYA).

December 1961

This was the lineup for KEWB at this time. Don Mackinnon was now the morning man and you will notice a legendary figure in radio on the lower right of this picture. His name was Casey Kasem.

As we move into Christmas time of 1961, these were the songs that would debut locally this month. New to the charts this month were “When The Boy In Your Arms” by Connie Francis, “Can’t Help Falling In Love” and “Rock A Hula” by Elvis Presley, “Bye Bye Baby” by Bob Conrad, “The Wanderer” by Dion, “Unchain My Heart” by Ray Charles, “He’s Old Enough To Know Better” by The Crickets, “The Peppermint Twist” by Joey Dee & The Starlighters, “I Know” by Barbara George, “Revenge” by Brook Benton, “Jambalaya” and “I Hear You Knocking” by Fats Domino, “Your Ma Said You Cried In Your Sleep Last Night” by Kenny Dino, “Dear Lady Twist” by Gary ‘U.S.’ Bonds, “Hey Little Girl” by Del Shannon, “I Don’t Know Why” by Linda Scott, “Norman” by Sue Thompson, “Walk On By” by Leroy Van Dyke, “Baby It’s You” by The Shirelles, “A Thousand Feet Below” by Terry Tyler, “Irresistible You” by Bobby Darin, “Jingle Bell Rock” by Chubby Checker & Bobby Rydell, “Town Without Pity” by Gene Pitney, “Love Is The Sweetest Thing” by Saverio Saridis, “Lonesome #1” by Don Gibson, “Turn On Your Lovelight” by Bobby “Blue” Bland, “Let’s Go Trippin’ ” by Dick Dale, “I’m Blue” by The Ikettes, “Pocketful Of Miracles” by Frank Sinatra, “Poor Fool” by Ike & Tina Turner, “Surfers Stomp” by The Mar-kets, “Go On Home” by Patti Page, “Bondaru” by The Untouchables (KYA), “Free Me” by Johnny Preston (KYA), “You’ve Been Telling Our Secrets” by Clairette Clementino (KYA), “Twistin’ All Night Long” by Danny & The Juniors (KYA), “Santa & The Touchables” by Dickie Goodman, “I Told The Brook” by Marty Robbins (KYA), “In The Middle Of A Heartache” by Wanda Jackson (KYA), “Greetings This Is Uncle Sam” by The Valadiers (KYA), “Love In Return” by The Dell Coeds (KYA), “Multiplication” by Bobby Darin (KYA) and “Happy Jose” by Dave Appell (KYA). 🙂 🙂 🙂

References: The music surveys of KEWB aand KYA in the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Area in California, U.S.A.

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