36 Rarely Heard Oldies

THE WONDER OF YOU BY RAY PETERSON
This song reached only number 25 in 1959 but I thought it should have been a top 10. Ray was born in Denton, Texas in 1939. He died of cancer in 2005 at age 65. He started singing in his early teens while being treated for polio at a Texas hospital. He later formed Dunes Records in 1960 and his first release on his own label was a #7 hit, Corina, Corina. You might best remember his hit, Tell Laura I Love Her from the summer of 1960.

MY WAY BY HARVEY LEVIN
This will be rarely heard since it is only available on iTunes. Harvey Levin of TMZ fame, sang a little of My Way on his TV show back in January and took great ribbing from his staff. However, Paul Anka, the composer who wrote the song for Frank Sinatra in 1968, called Harvey and told him it was not all that bad. Paul volunteered to work with Harvey and produce the song with the proceeds going to charity. He is no Frank Sinatra or Paul Anka but this is not bad for a lawyer who wanted to run for public office when he started his career. Now his TMZ franchise is a very popular TV show and his web site is on many a smart phone.

FROGG BY THE BROTHERS FOUR
I just posted Greenfields on the the blog and talked about this song being the only other one to make it to the top 40. I had never heard this song so I went right out to find it. After hearing it, I wonder how it made it to the #32 spot. The song was written in 1580 under the title “Frog Went a Coutin”. Whichever title you use, it is a clunker for me. Perhaps that is why is is RARELY HEARD…..lol.

EV’RYBODY’S CRYIN’ BY JIMMIE BEAUMONT
Here is a song that reached #100 for one week on the Hot 100. It is by Jimmie Beaumont, who happened to be the lead singer of the Skyliners. They had two classic slow dance/make out songs: This I Swear and Since I Don’t Have You. However, poor Jimmie on his own did not fare so well. This is his only charted song, which debuted on Christmas of 1961.

HE UNDERSTANDS ME BY JOHNNY TILLOTSON
Since I placed Without You on the Oldie of the Week page and mentioned this as Johnny Tillotson’s most underrated song, here it is. Read all about Tillotson at the other posting (a sneaky way to get you to see other postings….lol).

JOHNNY ANGEL BY SANDY STEWART AND GEORGIA LEE
I was writing back and forth to Johnny D today on the blog and it got me in the mood to hear Johnny B. Goode by Chuck Berry. That is the ring tone I have on my Droid for Johnny D. At the same time it made me think of the song Johnny Angel by Shelley Fabares. My thought was to post both songs here but alas, the plan got changed in mid-stream.

We all know Shelley Fabares made Johnny Angel a #1 hit after being reaching the Hot 100 on 3/3/62. Shelley played Mary Stone on the Donna Reed Show. But there were other versions, none of which charted. I stumbled across two of them, one by an unknown artist (it seems it was Sandy Stewart) and the other by Georgia Lee.

Georgia Lee was a jazz and blues singer from Cairns, Queensland, Australia. Born as Dulcie Rama Pitt, she is credited with being the first Indigenous Australian artist to record blues songs. Her album Georgia Lee Sings the Blues Down Under may have been only the second album to be released by an Australian woman and was the first Australian album recorded in stereo. She recorded this version of Johnny Angel in 1962.

Sandy Stewart hit the Hot 100 with My Coloring Book on 12/29/62. It reached #20 but was her one and only charted song. She used to appear on the Eddie Fisher and Perry Como musical variety TV shows. Interestingly, her song My Coloring Book was on the same label, Colpix as Shelley Fabares and Paul Petersen, who played Jeff Stone on the Donna Reed Show. He had 6 charted songs, the biggest of which was My Dad in 1962.

I prefer the Sandy Stewart version between these two. But Shelley’s is the best! I have added it behind the first two versions. The sound is not the best on Shelley’s but it was dubed over when they showed it on The Donna Reed Show (whoever did this did a great job of syncing up the song to the TV show) Enjoy the music….

TENNESSEE BY JAN AND DEAN
I felt bad Jan and Dean and Surf City did not make my top three in the list of the top #1 songs of this week in history. It has been beaten by Lonely Boy by Paul Anka, I’m Sorry by Brenda Lee and this week, Satisfaction by the Rolling Stones. All of those songs are better than Surf City, which was #1 this week in 1963.

Tennessee was never #1, heck it never even made the top 40 or 50 or 60. It peaked at #69 and stuck around for only 7 weeks before disappearing. It made the Hot 100 on 5/26/62. But I always liked this song. I use to love to sing along with all the ba ba’s and see if I could nail it. When the actual lyrics start, they are simple and tell a nice little story….lol. Ah, music of the 50′s and early 60′s had such simple but endearing lyrics.

Here are Jan and Dean, at there most mediocre.

WHAT’S A MATTER BABY (IS IT HURTING YOU) BY TIMI YURO
Back in the day, some DJ’s (that is what they called guys who spun records on the radio) would fall in love with a certain song and play it every hour or more often. One such song was one I loved so I would turn in to the BG program on KFXM every night to hear Timi Yoro sing “What’s A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You).”

This July, 1962 release made it to #12 but should have been a top 10. Of course, I always say that about songs I put in this section. Timi only made it to top 10 once with “Hurt.” Born Rosemarie Timotea Aurro it is no wonder she used Timi Yuro as a stage name. But she could sure sing and I never get tired of hearing “What’s A Matter Baby (Is It Hurting You). I especially like the beginning.

Do you remember this one?

DON’T WORRY BY MARTY ROBBINS
Even though this song made it to #3 on the Hot 100, I would bet many of you have not heard this in a long time. I added it here since Marty’s song, “A White Sport Coat (And A Pink Carnation)” was the Oldie of the Week. Might as well double up on Marty.

“Don’t Worry” first charted on 1/30/61 and peaked at #3 the week Elvis’ “Surrender” was #1 and “Pony Time” was #2. That different sound you hear in this song came from the “fuzztone” bass guitar solo by Grady Martin.

SOMETIME BY GENE THOMAS
Another song that didn’t chart well, only reaching #53. It made it to the Hot 100 on 10/31/61 on United Artist records. It had actually been released on the Venus label earlier in 1961 and received enough air play regionally to get picked up by United Artist. However, even that national exposure did not help it make into the top 40. As you listen to Sometime, watch the screen and you will learn more about Gene Thomas.

He followed this non-hit up with another one, two years later. The interesting thing about the follow up, Baby’s Gone, is that it was written by Roy Orbison and Bobby Goldsboro. I decided to add it below Sometime so you can hear both of Gene’s non-hits. I think Sometime should have gone higher, but it is not the first time I have liked a song that didn’t get much air play.

EVENTUALLY BY BRENDA LEE
I put a Brenda Lee song in the Oldie section and decided to add her in the rarely heard section too. When I looked for one of her songs that did not chart well but is still really good, I immediately came to this song.

“Eventually” charted on 7/3/61 and reached #56, not even a top 40 song. What a shame. It’s problem was being on the flip side of “Dum Dum,” another of my favorites by her. “Dum Dum” went to #4 which left “Eventually” playing second fiddle. By the way, this is another hint for the current quiz, #5.

THE FLYING SAUCER BY BUCHANAN AND GOODMAN
So when did you last hear this song? Maybe you never heard it? It came out in August of 1956 and reached #3 on the Hot 100.

Dickie Goodman and his partner Bill Buchanan originated the novelty “break-in” recordings featuring bits and pieces of the original versions of Top 40 songs. Goodman was also a comedy writer for Jackie Mason and head of the music department for 20th Century Fox. In addition to “The Flying Saucer,” they had such other releases as “The Creature,” “The Touchables,” and “Ben Crazy.”

Buchanan died of cancer on 8/1/96 at the age of 66. Goodman died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 11/6/89 at the age of 55.

IT’S REALLY LOVE BY PAUL ANKA
This is one I know no one will have heard before. And there is something special about this song too. I will share what is special about this underneath the YouTube box.

This song is from 1959 and was written by Paul Anka as the theme for a movie with three titles. It was a French-Italian movie. The French title is Faibles Femmes. In Italian it is Le Donne sono debole and in English it translates into Low Women. The song Anka wrote for the movie was released by Annette in 1959 but did not chart. However, this song went on to make millions of dollars for Anka. Why?

Here is the song and then look for the reason it made so much money.

The reason for the later success of this song? Paul made it into the Tonight Show Theme for Johnny Carson. He used to receive $30,000 per year just from the few seconds it was played every night as Johnny Carson came on stage.

JENNIE LEE BY JAN AND ARNIE
Ron asked a question about Jan and Arnie and Jan and Dean on another post. He mentioned this song, “Jennie Lee.” I wrote about it and the connection between Jan, Arnie and Dean at that post. But it made me want to hear “Jennie Lee” again and post it here for you to hear as well. Be sure to watch the screen while it plays to see a lot of the real Jennie Lee, who inspired this song. She was a full sized exotic dancer in Los Angeles!

“Jennie Lee” was recorded in Jan’s garage and in spite of the sound quality, still reached #8, not bad for a first release in 1958. Enjoy!

JUST TO BE WITH YOU BY THE PASSIONS
I have been working on a project in which I am updating and adding to my iTunes and iPod. Therefore, I have been away from the OETR too long. Tonight, I came across a song I already had on the iPod and just marveled, as I always do, at it not having gotten any higher than #69 on the Hot 100. Interestingly enough, the last “rarely heard” also peaked at # 69. I think “Just To Be With You” is even better than “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do.” It is/was a great song for slow dancing and making out. Since it only hit #69, maybe I am one of the few who remember this should-have-been hit.


BREAKING UP IS HARD TO DO BY JIVIN’ GENE and the JOKERS
If ever there was a song that should have been a bigger hit, I’d love to hear it. If you have never heard this, tell me, don’t you think it should have done better than 4 weeks on the charts with a peak of #69? It charted on 9/3/59 on Mercury. That was not a little label and they should have been able to promote this song.

Jivin’ Gene is really Gene Bourgeois from Port Arthur, Texas. He wrote and then recorded this song the first time in the bathroom of his manager so the “porcelain” would give it a reverb effect. The executive, to which the demo was sent, suggested they record it again under better conditions. It was recorded again and leased to Mercury.


TEDDY BY CONNIE FRANCIS
I have not picked a Connie Francis song for either Rarely Heard or Number One songs, until today. I chose “Teddy,” a song that cracked the top 20, at #17 during an eleven week stay on the Hot 100. It was released on 2/29/60 and was the flip side of a song called, “Mama,” which peaked at #8.

The very cool thing for me with this selection is who wrote it, Paul Anka. Everyone knows I am a huge Paul Anka fan. He wrote songs for Frank Sinatra, Barbra Streisand, Buddy Holly, Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show theme, the movie The Longest Day, Tom Jones, Englebert Humperdinck, Annette and many others. Connie released this at the time Paul had “Puppy Love” headed to #2. It was about the same time he and Annette were an item. In fact, Annette would release two songs written by Paul in 1960.

As you listen to “Teddy” see if you can hear the style of Paul’s music of the early 60′s.

SHY GIRL BY CASCADES
When the rain started I broke out “Rhythm of the Rain.” While talking about the Cascades I mentioned another of their songs I liked, but is Rarely Heard, if even ever heard. It is “Shy Girl.” While not a great song it is still a good one. It did not sell however. Charting on 4/27/63 it spent 4 weeks on the Hot 100 and peaked at #91. That is 4 weeks between 100 and 91. Not much progress there huh.

Give a listen and let me know your Bandstand rating. I give it an 82….a lot of that based on the voice of lead singer, John Gummoe.

BARBARA BY THE TEMPTATIONS
Reading all the YouTube postings about this song was funny. A lot of people saw Temptations and thought MoTown. As Johnny Carson would say to Ed McMahon, “not so fast minnow breath.” This favorite of mine charted 4/18/60 and reached #29 during a 10 week stay. It is from a white doo-wop group from Flushing, New York. They were one-hit wonders, if you can call #29 a hit. But I love this song, perhaps because I knew a number of very cute Barbara’s during the early 60′s.

Give a listen and let me know if you remember this song and if you like or liked it.

LONELY TEENAGER BY DION
I was on facebook today and the subject of stores near where I grew up was the topic. It made me think of this little hamburger place on Cypress Ave in Riverside. They had a juke box and I happened to notice one day their copy of “Lonely Teenager” by Dion was warped. It played well enough but I wanted that 45 and had them come out and see how the poor needle practically jumped all over the song and told them how a good needle like that would get ruined if they continued to leave that 45 rpm in their juke box. So, I bought it! Forget what I paid but I think it was 50 cents.

“Lonely Teenager” charted on 10/17/60 and peaked at #16. I always thought it was a better song than that. It was the first time Dion went solo. He hit it big by himself just short of a year later when “Runaround Sue” made it to #1. I’d take “Lonely Teenager” over “Runaround Sue.”

MEMORIES OF MARIA BY JERRY BYRD
It is time to get some new music on these pages. After a week in Yosemite, it has taken time to get back in the flow here. It is like you need a vacation from the vacation. This Rarely Heard was not checked out by my consultant, Johnny D., but it only got to #74 after 9 weeks of being on the charts. It hopped on the charts on 3/17/62, the same time its co-writer Roy Orbison was soaring to #4 with “Dream Baby.”

As you listen to this Jerry Byrd song, see if you can picture Roy singing the lyrics. Both Jerry Byrd and Roy Orbison were on the Monument label. Jerry only charted twice, once at #97 for a week (“Theme From Adventures in Paradise”) and “Memories of Maria.” However, he did hit #19 on the pop charts in 1950 with “Harbor Lights.”

BELIEVE ME BY THE ROYAL TEENS
The Rarely Heard this week is by a group that only charted three times. One was a big hit, one was a clunker and this one, which peaked at #26 and spent 15 weeks on the charts. The big hit was “Shorts Shorts” in early 1958. It peaked at #3. The clunker was “Harvey’s Got a Girl Friend,” which peaked at #78.

Then came the best (my opinion) of the three, “Believe Me,” which charted 10/26/59, the last time they would chart. Shortly after “Believe Me,” band member Bob Gaudio would leave to become a driving force with the Four Seasons. Gaudio wrote many of the Four Season’s hits with producer Bob Crewe.

On “Believe Me.” Bob Gaudio is playing piano. Listen to how he uses the piano, especially at the end, to add to the song. I love that little melody he plays as the song fades out. Or maybe it is just me…..lol. Anyone else notice it?

IT’S CHRISTMAS EVERYWHERE BY PAUL ANKA

1960 began well for Anka, as he hit #2 with “Puppy Love.” He was kept from having his third #1 (“Diana” and “Lonely Boy” had been #1’s in 1957 and 1959) by the nine weeks “A Summer Place” stayed at the top of the charts. Anka had two other top 15 hits in 1960, “My Home Town” and “Summer’s Gone,” numbers 8 and 11 respectively. He ended the year by releasing a Christmas LP, called “Merry Christmas.”

I have been listening to this Christmas song since 1960, but for most of you, this will be your first time. I hope you enjoy it, as I have all these years.

TELL ME (YOU’RE COMING BACK) BY THE ROLLING STONES

I had a dilemma picking the Rarely Heard this week. I decided on the Rolling Stones “Tell Me (You’re Coming Back)” because it was one of my favorite Stones songs. When I looked it up on the charts, right below it was another one I liked, “It’s All Over Now.” I noticed they both peaked in the mid 20′s, which was too low as far as I am concerned. Then I saw why. The record label, London, released them as two totally different songs, 3 weeks apart. So in July, 1964 you had the Stones competing with the Stones for air play and sales.

I looked at all the YouTube selections for each song and decided “Tell Me” would be the best choice. It has great sound, even though you get to watch the actual record play on the phonograph, or as we used to call them, the “record player.” Then I found a version of “It’s All Over Now” being played on a record player with a spindle like I used to have on my record player. I am fond of spindles because mine held an incredible 17 45 RPM’s and still rejected and dropped down for playing.

So which did I choose? As it says above, I choose “Tell Me” but I am sneaking in “It’s All Over Now” as a bonus for the week.

Before you listen, the details. “Tell Me” charted on 7/4/64, lasted 10 weeks and peaked at #24. “It’s All Over Now” charted on 7/21/64, lasted 10 weeks and peaked at #26.

LUCKY LADYBUG BY BILLY & LILLIE

Thank Johnny D. for this selection. If I recall correctly, this is the first 45 he ever bought. This was one of the songs his sister Jeanne used to teach Johnny how to dance. He became a very good dancer and still can shake the rug pretty well. I always loved this song because it was great for the Cha Cha, which was my favorite dance step. Johnny tells me it is rarely heard on Sirius so we are lucky to have it here.

Billy & Lillie were Billy Ford and Lillie Bryant. They charted four times beginning with their only top 10, “La Dee Dah” on 1/6/58. It went to #9 and stayed on the charts for 13 weeks. They followed that up with a flop called “Happiness” (#56) but came back on 12/22/58 to chart for the first of 13 weeks with “Lucky Ladybug,” which went to #14.

Billy credits his success to two valuable years with Cootie Williams. He then formed his own group called the Thunderbirds. The youngest member of that group, Lillie Bryant, became his singing partner when they signed with Swan Records.

APRIL LOVE BY PAT BOONE

For the Rarely Heard song this week I hired an expert to make the selection. John is an avid Sirius Radio listener and goes back and forth between channels 5 & 6, so he hears what is being played from the 50’s and 60’s. I, on the other hand, play my iPod for music and would not know what is being rarely heard.

Interestingly, John’s first selection was a huge hit, but is now rarely heard. April Love, which charted, not in April, but on 10/26/57, was #1 for six weeks and charted for 26 weeks. Heck, it could have been both the Oldie of the Week and the Rarely Heard at the same time.

TRIANGLE BY JANIE GRANT

This is another of my favorites that was not a huge hit. It actually made top 30, peaking at #29 after hitting the Hot 100 on 3/27/61.

Janie Grant, born in New York City in 1945, was discovered at a party by Sunbeam recording artist Gerry Granahan. A little about Gerry Granahan first.

Gerry recorded for Atco as Jerry Grant. He then formed Dicky Doo and the Don’ts and then the Fireflies. As Gerry Granahan he recorded “No Chemise, Please,” which charted on 6/9/58 and lasted 11 weeks and peaked at #23.

Gerry took Janie Grant to Caprice records, where she signed a contract. In April, 1961, while only 16 and a junior in high school, Janie had her first and only hit, “Triangle.”

I CAN’T SAY GOODBYE BY BOBBY VEE

This song should have been a top 10 hit! But it had the bad luck to get stuck on the b side of “Please Don’t Ask About Barbara.” I am convinced that if this song was released as a single, it would have been top 20 or better. It reminds me of “Run to Him,” which went to #2. And it is far better than the turkey, “Punish Her” that reached #20. However, being buried as a flip side, meant it had a one week stay (2/24/62) on the Hot 100 at #92.

For lots more information on Bobby Vee, see the Oldie of the Week, “Take Good Care of My Baby.”

CRY MYSELF TO SLEEP BY CHARLES WESTOVER, AKA DEL SHANNON

I love this section of the blog. Each week I get to pick a song I love to hear, have in my collection and know that others might hear it and think, ‘what was he thinking’. But there are always interesting facts that go along with the selections. So, even if you hate this song, you will learn something new about Charles Westover.

Let’s call him Del, shall we? Del entered the Army after graduation from high school in 1957. He appeared on the Get Up and Go Army radio show in Germany. After his discharge, he auditioned for Embee Records and on 3/6/61; “Runaway” hit the Hot 100 and moved all the way to #1 for 4 weeks. It was sold to Big Top records so that is the label on which it was released.

He followed up “Runaway” with “Hats Off to Larry”, which went to #5 after a 6/5/61 debut on the Hot 100. Del had one more top 10 song, “Keep Searchin’” in 1964. However, I submit “Cry Myself to Sleep” is a better song than “Keep Searchin’”. Take a listen and let me know if you agree.

A few more facts about Del. “Cry Myself to Sleep” spent one week on the Hot 100 at #99. It came out on 6/30/62. He wrote “I Go To Pieces” for Peter and Gordon (neat song) and died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound on 2/8/90 at the age of 55.

I used to produce an annual conference for a major hotel company and one year I arranged for some “Oldie” performers to play at one of our functions. Yep, Del was one of them. Before he would go on stage, he demanded more money than his contract said. We refused and he played anyway. Not long after, he shot himself. Hmmmm, I always wondered.

TOMORROW’S TEARDROPS BY JAN BARRY

In 1961, while listening to KFXM radio and the Bobby Griffin show, (he liked to say BG), I heard a song that was only played a handful of times before it found the bottom of the discard pile. I loved the song but never heard it again. When I tried to buy it, I could never find it. I tried Riverside’s top record store, Gillette’s Records. I tried Wallach’s Music City in Hollywood. No luck at either store.

The artist was a Jan Barry and the label was Ripple 6101. The flip side was My Midsummer Night’s Dream. This is the same Jan Berry (note the difference in spelling of the last name) who was half of Jan and Dean. It seems Jan recorded this on his own at the same time the duo was releasing Heart and Soul on Challenge records. In fact, the flip side of Heart and Soul is Midsummer Night’s Dream. Whoever provided the information for the Ripple label misspelled Jan’s last name.

I always had Tomorrow’s Teardrops on my mind as I would flip through hundreds of 45’s at used record stores or at swap meets. One day in Anaheim, while on business and with some time to kill, I came upon a small record store, and low and behold, in my hand was a copy of Tomorrow’s Teardrops. Unreal.

I politely asked how much it was and the nice woman behind the counter said, 25 cents. What? I would have paid $25.00. It is worth $40 in my latest collector’s book. I couldn’t believe she only wanted 25 cents. I paid her and walked out with one of my most prized 45’s.

So without further ado, here is Tomorrow’s Teardrops.

IT WAS I BY SKIP AND FLIP

This song was almost a top 10 hit in 1959. It peaked at #11 after hitting the Hot 100 on 6/22/59. But you don’t hear it much and I believe only those really in tune with 50′s/60′s music would know it is done by Skip and Flip. Among those who would know are John, Margaret and Doug. Kuodoo’s to you all.

Skip was Clyde Battin and Flip was Gary Paxton. What is written about them in my secret oldie books collection is far different than what Gary (Flip) will tell you himself before the song plays. Please note the fellow introducing Gary (Flip) wrongly identifies him as Skip. For the real trivia buffs (John, Margaret & Doug), you know Gary Paxton later formed the Hollywood Argyles and sang lead on the number one hit, Alley Opp in 1960. He also formed his own record label, Garpax records, which later had the number one hit in 1962, Monster Mash by Bobby “Boris” Pickett.

Skip and Flip followed up It Was I with a flop called Fancy Nancy (peaked at #71) but rebounded with Cherry Pie which also went to # 11 in 1960. They also released a song called Betty Jean, but it didn’t even hit the Hot 100.

So listen to this cool story from Gary Flip Paxton and then the sounds of It Was I….

SPARKLE AND SHINE BY THE FOUR COQUETTES….

Sparkle and Shine by the Four Coquettes (sometimes shown as Cal Quettes). This song came out in 1961 but never charted. I bought the 45, still have it, and now will be adding it to my iTunes.

THE DREAMER BY NEIL SEDAKA….

This week for a rarely heard but great oldie, I turned to Neil Sedaka. Neil had 3 number 1 hits, Breaking Up Is Hard To Do, Laughter in the Rain and Bad Blood with Elton John. He first charted on 12/14/58 with The Diary. He had back to back top 5 hits in 1962 but 1963 found him releasing 4 songs but none made it higher than # 17.

This selection, The Dreamer, was the worst charting of the four songs released in ’63. It made it to #47 but no further. I, however, thought it was one of his better songs. It should have been a top 10 hit, but not enough people agreed with me.

For your listening pleasure, The Dreamer by Neil Sedaka.

79 Responses to 36 Rarely Heard Oldies

  1. Margaret says:

    It took a couple times of listening to this to jog my memory. It’s not one I heard very much at the ripe old age of 12! I wonder if they were ever on American Bandstand? At the age I got alot of my music from watching it everyday. My dad wasn’t much for listening to rock and roll on the car radio! Or any radio for that matter! :-) You did a fine job of picking this one…which made it to #11…but is rarely heard. I’m going to check thru the oldies collection of CD’s and see if it’s on any of them. Also, you have me thinking about my husband’s 45 collection…now where did I pack that away?

  2. sdsu78 says:

    Find those 45′s! I still have mine and some LP’s too. A couple of my LP’s are worth $500 (Elvis and Beatles).

    Ah, you just jogged my memory for the rarely heard selection….Yeah!!!! Found it and am listening now. Believe me, very few will have EVER heard this song played, but it is awesome. I found the 45 one day in Anaheim at a small record shop and still have it. I was shocked to find it and asked how much. The answer was 25 cents. Unreal. I would have paid $25.00.

    Gotta run….

    • Ken Linville says:

      You wouldn’t have a 45 that sounds like the ‘Hilltoppers’ that starts, “Maybe you were meant for me and maybe it was meant to be and maybe you’ll come back to me someday-ay-ay-ay,” would you?

      • sdsu78 says:

        The song of which you speak is called “Maybe”. It was recorded by The Four Coins as the b side of the release called “I Love You Madly”, which was their first release to make the Billboard Hot 100. It spent only one week on the Hot 100 at #28 and then disappeared. It was released on Epic Records in January, 1955. I will try putting “Maybe” below but if it doesn’t work I will add it to the Rarely Heard Oldies.

        I do not have the actual 45 of this song.

        [youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GadOgFjpPC8&w=425&h=349%5D

  3. Margaret says:

    Now you’ve peaked my interest for the next “rarely heard selection”…no hints huh. Guess I will have to wait until I return to get a glimpse of what it is.

    I’ll get those 45′s out of storage. My husband had a record player in his car! He said you definitely didn’t go on bumpy roads when you were playing it. Or play it while racing. When we moved from So Cal to Idaho he left it there…mistake!

  4. sdsu78 says:

    Due to the wedding this Saturday, I am thinking I might hold off on the rare 45 I have in mind and change to another that, is not nearly as rarely heard, but ties into the wedding very well.

    You will see/hear next Friday.

  5. Doug says:

    SOB!!! The audio on my computer is out (and has been for some time). Oh well….. I was looking for a good excuse to get another computer anyway

    Oddly enough, I -do- remember ‘Sparkle and Shine’ (mostly because I thought that Mary Ann Lucas, the lone blond, was really hot) . So… Real quick (without looking) what is the tune on the B side?

    If you said “In This World”, then you don’t have to take a back seat to anybody in the Trivia department.

    I knew ‘Flip’ was Gary Paxton, but I don’t think I ever knew ‘Skip’ was Clyde Battin (or if I ever did, I’ve forgotten it). And that name I do know since he was (at various times) with the Byrds, the New Riders of the Purple Sage, and the Flying Burrito Brothers.

    What you didn’t mention about Paxton is that he produced ‘Cherish’ and ‘Along Comes Mary’ for the Association in the 60′s. I never actually met him, but Brian Wilson said he was “weird but real good”. Last I heard he ‘Got Religion’ in the early 70′s and was doing Country Gospel.

    Damn!! That all brought back some memories.

    OK. Time to get my beauty sleep (I certainly need all of it I can get )

    Doug

  6. sdsu78 says:

    Doug, yes it was In This World. I have it on my iTunes. Found it at the same time I found Sparkle and Shine on youtube and had them both converted to MP3 and then to iTunes and likewise, iPod. However, did not have a clue it was the flip side before finding it on youtube.

    In addition, I added, I’ll Never Come Back by The Four Coquettes. It has the same track as Come Back Silly Girl by the Letterman but is the “answer song”. Love it!

  7. Doug says:

    Had we but known what some of those old 45′s (and comic books and Barbie Dolls) would be worth 50 years later…………

    Doug

  8. Margaret says:

    I’m going to dig out the 45′s and sell them to Terry so I can retire! :-)

  9. Margaret says:

    You do have a knack for digging up some rare finds…and rarely heard songs. Loved Jan and Dean’s “surf” music (Beach Boys too), but that one by Jan had completely skipped my listening…probably due to it’s short life span.

  10. Margaret says:

    “Cry Myself To Sleep” is definitely a rarely heard. I think his voice, the beat and the background music were better in “Searchin”. My memory does not recall having ever heard “Cry Myself To Sleep” before. But after 45 years…there’s lots of things it doesn’t remember! Thanks for introducing the “find” to my brain!

  11. Margaret says:

    I was surprised I hadn’t heard this (I Can’t Say Goodbye) Bobby Vee song before. I have 26 of his songs on one CD in the car, so listen to him often. I played it for my husband and he hadn’t heard it either (and he has satellite radio). We both agreed that it probably would have charted higher had it been released as the “A” side because it’s a good song.

  12. sdsu78 says:

    Thanks for agreeing with me. Tell your husband he is a wise man. It just got lost in the shuffle. If I were the producer, I would have saved it for later. And Snuff Garrett, first name Tommy, was one of the best. He produced most of the Liberty label artist.

    Songs he produced were recorded by, among others, Cher, Bobby Vee, Gary Lewis, Vicki Lawrence, Gene McDaniels, Johnny Burnette, Walter Brennen and Brian Hyland.

    Guess who was all set to take Snuff to New York and run his soon to be production studio? Buddy Holly. The plane crashed and with it all of Snuff’s dreams. He went to work for Liberty in Hollywood and started by producing “Dreamin’ ” in July of 1960.

  13. Margaret says:

    You are a fountain of information! Do you have this in your head or has it come to you through research? Please tell me you had to research some of it…I don’t want to feel like the only one that can’t remember everything from 50 years ago! :-) Keep up with the great trivia questions and the rarely heard songs…we are enjoying this new found knowledge we are acquiring.

  14. sdsu78 says:

    Some is in my head. I always remembered Snuff Garrett because I would check out the producers and song writers. He also produced Timi Yuro.

    The really hard part I find in my numerous source books. I found some great info for quizzes and will post one now since Bing Crosby is no longer on the table….

  15. Margaret says:

    Finally a “rarely heard” that I know all the words too…the romantic “April Love”. Nice choice.

    My husband is like John…flips back and forth between 5 and 6 on Sirius. But I’m not “with it” like you…don’t have an iPod…6 disc CD player in the car is loaded with oldies…and “April Love” happens to one of them.

    • sdsu78 says:

      Thank John for that selection. He wrote a beautiful post about April you should read. This proves even a big hit can be a Rarely Heard. I will still find those rarely EVER heard songs to really test our memories.

  16. Thanks Ters. This is truly one of my favorites. As a very young person Pat Boone was one of my idols. You may not remember that he made “white buck” shoes a fashion hit back then; complete with “bunny bag” to keep them looking Kool and Sharp. You guessed it, I wore them and carried the “bunny bag” whenever I did; and proudly “powdered” my bucks whether they needed it or not. April is my favorite month of the year, my Mom was born in that month, so was I. I fell in love with my first real love (but not the final one) in that month as well. I married the real love of my life (Kathy) in that month which of course cemented the meaning of “April Love” for me. “Sometimes on and April Day” I just breakout singing this song. And I do in other months, too.

    • sdsu78 says:

      I knew all about the white bucks but didn’t know about the “bunny bag.” I had a pair of white bucks, but I think I waited until the phase ended, so I looked foolish.

      I loved all the good things that have happened for you in April. It makes me think of having a quiz about the top songs with months in the title. Maybe a month and/or season, i.e. Summertime Blues.

  17. Great Idea ! Again! How about starting with Neil Sedaka’s “Calendar Girl”. It has a month for everyone. “Summer Breeze” by Chad and Jeremy is one of my favorites. It is definitely in my Top 25 and might be my #1 if I was forcd to pick only one song. “Our Winter Love” by Bill Purcell was Our Song (Kathy and I that is) back in high school. It is also a candidate for Rarely Heard Songs. “Oh What a Night (Late December 1963)” by the Four Seasons would be good choice, too. How about “See You In September”, I think by Tempos (1959 Version). The Happening did a later version and I think it is better.

  18. sdsu78 says:

    I think you answered all the questions about months and seasons already, so the quiz is over. Good work!

  19. Johnny D says:

    Ters, I loved listening to Billie and Lillie and “Lucky Lady Bug”. Of course now that it is on my (formerly your) iPOD, I can hear it anytime I want. I really like what I call the catchy lyrics of the song and I think Billie and Lillie compliment each other will in this duet. Thanks for making it you “Rarely” of the week.

  20. Margaret says:

    Good “Rarely”…I remember it well. Even tho it was popular when I was 12! Did a lot of dancing at home along with American Bandstand on TV. That’s how my sister and I became good dancers. As Dick Clark used to say “it’s easy to dance to”…catchy tune and cute lyrics.

  21. sdsu78 says:

    And I give it an 85…..

  22. Margaret says:

    lol…oh, how many times I watched them Rate-A- Record. I think you’ve got that rated about right. :-) I liked when Bandstand was on five days a week…had to watch it when I got home from school to get my music of the day!

  23. Margaret says:

    My mother always said “if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all”. Silence.
    :-)

  24. sdsu78 says:

    Guess you are not a Stones fan huh?

  25. Margaret says:

    Silence. :-)

  26. Johnny D says:

    Sooner or later an Anka song had to hit the Oldie or Rarely column. Honesty compels me to say I have no memory of this song. I guess for me that makes it “never heard” not “rarely heard”. I’m sure you can tell us where it ranks on the Billboard Christmas songs Top 40, 100, or 1000.

    Its and pleasant an unique contribution to the collection of Christmas songs that have been made over the centuries.

  27. sdsu78 says:

    Sadly, “It’s Christmas Everywhere” did not chart. It was released as a single in December, 1960. It is one of the only 45′s of his I do not have (at least I don’t think I have it…guess I need to double check my secret Anka collection of 45′s).

  28. Margaret says:

    I would have expected that song to be in a romantic movie of the 50′s that was set in New York at Christmas time. With the violins and background singers I could picture ice skaters at Rockefeller Center , the giant Christmas tree and young love. I don’t think I’ve ever heard it before but thought it was beautiful.

  29. Margaret says:

    I liked “Believe Me”…and it is definitely a “rarely heard”…don’t remember it. I noticed the graphics were designed by Harry Alexander…any relation?

  30. Margaret says:

    I remember “Lonely Teenager” but haven’t heard it in such a LONG time. Enjoyed hearing it again.

  31. Vern Locke says:

    While I really wasn’t into the “Pop” music of the time when I was in school (Oh, there were a few that I really liked but I didn’t go gaga over each and every record that came out). I was more attuned to semi-classical, or show tunes, during that part of my life. while I still love broadway music and showtunes, I have through the years since high school gained an affinity for much of the music I passed by in those years. I don’t know what it is but maybe the simplicity of the music along with the timelessness of it. No complex harmonies or underlying melodies – just a straightforward melody line with a distinct beat. They’re great! While there is alot of good music out today, I still so much enjoy hearing the music of “our time”; and wish I had enjoyed it as much back in “our time”. Betty and I saw Neil Sedaka in Vegas about a year ago and he looked the same; sounded the same – it’s like time has stood still for him through the years, except he did have some new songs to go with the many really great songs he has done forever.

  32. Margaret says:

    When “our” music ended in the late 60′s I pretty much stopped listening to pop music…went to country. But years ago, when “our” music became “oldies” and stations began playing it again I switched to those. Unlike Terry, who has it all on his ipod. It’s nice to be able to sing along with the songs. I’d love to see the Neil Sedaka show in Las Vegas sometime…especially since you’ve given it such a good review Vern. :-)

  33. sdsu78 says:

    I was swam with Neil Sedaka at Caesars pool. Never saw his show but have seen my idol, Paul Anka, numerous times. He puts on a great show if you ever get the chance to see him. Margaret, I wish I could transfer all my music to you for your listening pleasure.

    Vern, I love show tunes and broadway tunes. I have many on my iPod. When I lived in San Diego I had a front row center seat to the Starlight Musical Theater. Got to see 4 or 5 great broadway plays every year from about 1980. I just let the seat go last year when I moved here.

    My favorite plays are Guys and Dolls, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, The Sound of Music…the list could go on and on….

  34. Margaret says:

    You have known, seen and hung out with more celebrities! And I haven’t even seen you in 45 years!! I would love to attend a Paul Anka concert. Maybe someday…wonder if there’s any chance of getting him to Idaho…not likely huh.

    Okay, I’ll go modern and get an iPod and have my youngest son load all my favorites on it. It will be great to have at the races…calm before a race!

  35. sdsu78 says:

    I will check his schedule and let you know when he gets close to you. He was just in Russia and other places near there.

  36. Margaret says:

    Yeah, Russia to Idaho…that sounds like a workable tour…but not going to happen! I appreciate your checking…would be fun to attend a concert. :-)

  37. sdsu78 says:

    Maybe you will need a road trip!

  38. Vern Locke says:

    Terry…enjoyed the Sparkle and Shine by the Four Coquettes ; as well as The Dreamer by Neil Sedaka. By the way Margaret and Terry, Neil Sedaka has performed the last several years at The Orleans ( off the Strip). Don’t know if he is somewhere else now. Margaret, I asked Terry a few days ago of you attended Norte Vista; didn’t get a reply. ???? And from above it looks like you’re in Idaho. Now to technical stuff. Over the years I think I’ve pretty much been on the forefront of the home technical revolution. Had an IBM home computer within two months of their availability. Been using computers at home and workplace for 35 plus years. Have had always the latest Walkman CD and DVD gear. I play keyboard so have a super digital studio to burn my own CD’s plus all kinds of electronic gadgets. Betty and I are photographers so obviously the latest electronic digital cameras and equipment. I must have no less than a couple hundred CD’s; various genre of music. The big question in my mind is — why do I not have an iPod? Is it because I will probably need my granddaughters to help me download music to it or that it’s just another chore of transfering files here and there. Music files from my keyboard to my digital studio; to and from my digital studio to CD’s or to my computer; Photo files from my cameras to my computer; from my computers to one or more of my three external hard drives for safe keeping and then to the printer — Wow! Transfer, Transfer, Transfer. So, to save space on my computer and hard drives I guess I’ll have to break down and get an iPod for my music; and call the granddaughters. Go ahead Margaret, bite the bullet – we’ll probably be glad we did. Terry, I like your favorites of Broadway. There are many older musicals that I really like – but I am also partial to most of Andrew Webber’s music. Although we’ve probably seen Phantom of the Opera three times, I think one of my all-time favorites is Les Miserables. A wide range of music from loud and patriotic to peaceful, loving and emotional. Then Starlight Express, Aspects of Love, Cats; on and on…. I guess I could even put Andrew’s music on an iPod!!!

  39. Margaret says:

    Terry…a road trip would be nice. Maybe if Ron and I go to the NHRA Nationals at the Strip in Las Vegas this fall we will stay an extra day if one of our “oldies” favorites has a show there at that time.

    Vern…yes, I went to Norte Vista. You and I were in the same Class of ’65. I attended La Granada elementry, then on to Arlington Jr. High (in it’s little temp buildings) and all the way through Norte Vista. I remember you! :-) I feel so much better since you, who obviously is very technical, haven’t purchased an iPod either! Got a laugh out of the granddaughters downloading the music! Terry has such a great selection of all types of music on his iPod that I’d like to have…but I don’t want to purchase every one of the cd’s to have all of them. Besides, my race car doesn’t have a cd player in it! :-) I will give a lot more thought to the purchase of one. Because I too would have to have my granddaughter or youngest son load it for me! :-)

  40. Johnny D says:

    “Shy Girl” Great little song. “Rythem of the Rain” by the Cascades is one of my favorites. I find myself singing it whenever it starts raining. I’ve been singing all week long this past week. I would say “Shy Girl’ is definitely worthy of “A Rarely Heard” ranking. Of course barely cracking the HOT 100 will do that to a song.

  41. Margaret says:

    I think I will have to put “Shy Girl” on my “neverly heard song” list…because this is the first time I’ve heard it. Not slow enough for a slow dance and not really fast enough for fast dancing.

    • sdsu78 says:

      Being a good cha cha man, that is the dance I think of when I play Shy Girl, which is fairly often.

  42. Margaret says:

    You’re correct…the cha cha would work with Shy Girl.

  43. Margaret says:

    I think that the “B” side songs usually got a raw deal…not the air time that the “A” side got. I really like “Teddy” and prefer it over it’s “A” side hit “Mama”. I’m a BIG Connie Francis and Paul Anka fan.

  44. sdsu78 says:

    You have great taste in music. Did you know Paul had written this for Connie? I agree, Teddy beats Mama.

    I see you listened to Shy Girl again. Cool. It would be a perfect cha cha selection. I could make a cha cha out of any song….lol

  45. Margaret says:

    Until you gave us the info I didn’t realize Paul had written the song for Connie. There is SO much about music that I don’t know…just know what music I like. Wish Teddy was on the CD I have.
    I’d better go get Ron’s 45′s out of where I have them packed away and see what records he has in there…he is a big Connie Francis fan too so maybe he actually bought one of her records many moons ago!

  46. Ters, “Breaking -Up is Hard to Do” is certainly a hugh under achiever. Its a great song and deserved better. What was it up against when it hit the charts? Of course, given it only made it to #69 I suppose it doesn’t matter. Was this their first charted song? I can’t think of another. I could Google them and probably find out, but then that won’t give you another chance to dazzle us all with your R ‘n R knowledge. Great “Rarely” pick.

  47. SDSU78 says:

    Jivin’ Gene was a one-hit wonder, except his hit was not a hit. One song, listed at #69, is all the space he takes up in the history of the Billboard Hot 100. Sad to say too, because that was a good song.

    As you said, many songs kept it from soaring higher….most every song issued about the same time. If you dig deeply in the history of Louisiana music, you will find Jivin’ Gene is thought of with great admiration. In some circles of Louisiana, it is a requirement that stage acts sing his song.

    I wonder how it did on KFWB or KFXM or KRLA or KMEN. I have surveys from those stations and if I get some time I will check it out.

  48. Ron says:

    Terry, oh master of blogging and endless knowledge of a lot, you certainly sparked up many memories I had forgotten. Probably the reason I remember most of these is because my older sister (who is 6 years older) listened to all of this stuff and I was there as a kid enjoying it. April Love has a good feeling memory for me. I recall hearing on the radio and seeing the movie he made that used it as a theme song. He also made Bernadine, that was a movie and song on the charts. In the song “Believe Me” other than the piano hitting out its licks, I hear a Ricky Nelson song. With “Breaking Up”, I’m sure I’ve heard Fats Domino play this one. Early Stones? Love it. Especially the ones with the Jimmy Reed influence. Keep it up oh high one. Love it! By the way Vern, the fog is lifting from my brain and I do remember you now.

  49. Margaret says:

    I was totally surprised that “Just To Be With You” only reached #69. I remember it so well…like you said Terry…good slow dancing song. I do have this on a CD so like some of the other “rarely heard” songs…I hear it often. It should have been much higher on the charts. But can’t change that now, so I’ll just enjoy it anyway! :-)

  50. sdsu78 says:

    I have a list of numerous songs that charted low but should have been at least top 10. When I get done updating my i Tunes, I will break out some of them for your listening pleasure.

  51. Margaret says:

    I will look forward to it!

  52. Ron says:

    As I was re-reading this section and enjoying the music, it occured to me that before Jan & Dean, there was Jan & Arnie. If I recall correctly, Arnie went into the Army and during this time Dean stepped in for him while he served his tour. I remember the commotion that arose in the teen news of whether or not Arnie would step back in after he was released from active duty. What do you know about this?

  53. sdsu78 says:

    Jan , Arnie and Dean met at Emerson Junior High School in West Los Angeles, where they formed a singing group known as the Barons. They recorded “Jenny Lee” in Jan’s garage on a couple of home recorders. “Jenny Lee” charted on 5/19/58 and reached #8. The label showed Jan and Arnie since Dean had left to serve six months’ active duty in the Army. Jennie Lee was inspired by a burlesque dancer in Los Angeles.

    The follow up release, “Gas Money” only lasted two weeks and reached #81. Both were on the Arwin label, which was owned by Doris Day and husband Marty Melcher. As a side note, their son later got mixed up with the Manson group.

    When Dean returned, Arnie decided to join the Navy. Jan and Dean moved to Dore records where their first release was arranged by Herb Alpert. It was called “Baby Talk” and reached #10 after an 8/3/59 debut on the Hot 100.

    Their biggest hit, “Surf City” was written by Brian Wilson of the Beach Boys. Dean sang lead on the Beach Boys hit, “Barbara Ann.” Jan was critically injured on 4/12/66 in a section of Hollywood called Dead Man’s Curve. Ironically, Jan and Dean reached #8 with a song of the same name in 1964.

  54. Ron says:

    Good stuff here, Terry. I was only 9 or 10 when all this with Jan, Arnie, and Dean was going on. A little hard to recall the details from that mind set. I do remember the Jan & Arnie song. Had no idea it was about a stripper. It was big though at that time.

  55. Margaret Smith says:

    LOL…I have a slight memory of The Flying Saucer…I think I must have heard it post 1956.

  56. Margaret Smith says:

    I like “Sometime” and “Baby’s Gone”. I can certainly hear the Roy Orbison influence in “Baby’s Gone”. Of the two…I would rank “Baby’s Gone” higher and surprised it didn’t go higher on the charts.

  57. Margaret Smith says:

    I listen to this rarely heard…often…have his CD in the car. Good choices for both “Rarely” and “Oldie of the Week”. :-)

  58. Margaret Smith says:

    Oh, and always wondered how they made that “different sound”…you do keep us informed!

  59. Margaret says:

    Jan and Dean might have had a “few” too many ba ba ba’s in the song! But, like you, I use to sing along with the ba ba ba’s and try to keep right with them…never much paid attention to the rest of the words! lol

  60. sdsu78 says:

    Jan and Dean were known for such lyrics….ie. Baby Talk and Popsicle, among others. I love to sing along with them all, out of tune of course!

  61. Margaret Smith says:

    I shouldn’t have used the past tense in my previous comment…I still sing along with their CD in the car…I’ve got the ba ba ba’s down! :-)

  62. sdsu78 says:

    iPod!!!!!!!!

    It is time Margaret…..

  63. Margaret Smith says:

    Terry, you know I’m just so not with it! I’m still happy to have a 6-cd player in the car! Besides, if I had an iPod how could I make my 17 year old granddaughter listen to my oldies songs…I know…you are going to tell me how…right! :-)

  64. sdsu78 says:

    Or course I am going to tell you….

    You plug it in to your speakers, push random (to play any tune on your iPod) and listen away. If you are in a Jan and Dean mood, for example, you would go to Jan and Dean and push play. You can pick songs by artist, year, type (you pick the types) etc.

    You can take every CD you have and put it on the iPod so you will have everything you have now in one small unit which can also be listened to while walking, hiking or just laying in the sun in the backyard.

    Best Buy is waiting for you….

  65. Margaret Smith says:

    This is sounding more and more interesting…and it actually sounds pretty simple. I will talk to one of my sons about checking it out for me…otherwise I get a lecture on how they could have gotten it for less. :-) Thank you sir for the info. :-) I will keep you posted on the “modernization of Margaret”!

  66. Margaret Smith says:

    There was just something about Shelley’s version that made it more romantic sounding…sweet, soft and the back up singers were a big part of this song…they definitely helped make it a hit. And having it featured on the “Donna Reed Show” gave it a big boost too!

  67. Johnny D says:

    Ters,
    You and Margret are having a great technology debate; but our mutual love of “The Music of Our Time” is clear.
    Now, regarding “Johnny Angel”, it is a very special song for me. It is a song that has my name but that igotistial reason is not why it is special. Long before I knew how much Kathy loved me it was the song that made her think of me. I found this out latter in our long lasting relationship;and it means so much to me. The other versions have there touch to the song, but for me Shelly’s will never be replaced. I am no angel, but I am Kathy’s “Johnny” and she is “Johnny’s Angel”.

  68. Margaret Smith says:

    Now I won’t hear the song without thinking of Johnny and Kathy!

  69. sdsu78 says:

    Aren’t Johnny D and Kathy just still so in love? What a wonderful thing it is. If only a majority of marriages were like theirs, heck, I’d still be married….lol.

  70. Margaret Smith says:

    He Understands Me by Johnny Tillotson is definitely rarely heard…at least by me. Do not recall ever hearing it! But maybe I’m just out of the loop. :-)

  71. sdsu78 says:

    She Understands Me was a medium sized hit. I think you might have been out of the loop the couple of weeks it got played….but no harm done….lol

  72. Good content, keep us updating, you are very good writer!

  73. Margaret Smith says:

    Well, it certainly is different…and a RARELY heard…like never…song. I’m with you…how did it make it to #32??? I guess it’s a “to each his own” song.

  74. Best of the lot? Timi Yuro, Whats The Matter Baby?

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