Each week I
select songs of the week from the 50s & 60s, many of these are not heard much
anymore. Some songs we play here may not have made the Top 40 but these songs were still a big part
of our baby boomer era. Many of these you may be hearing for the first time but most you will
recognize immediately. Enjoy this special page.
1950s Pick for this week . .
is from the great year of 1958. This group's
original and most famous lineup consisted of Jimmy Weston, Johnny Lee, Willie Ephraim, Nat McCune, and
Roosevelt Mays. One of many streetcorner vocal groups in Brooklyn, they rose to prominence in 1958 on the
strength of this single. The
group joined Frankie Avalon, Bobby Darin, and others on a nationally touring road show in the late 1950s.
Other musical recordings were not hits and this song was a one-hit wonder. Enjoy of my favorites.
The Danleers with "One Summer Night."
My 1960s Pick for this week .
is from this week's top ten countdown from 1969. I am sure many of you may not have heard this song. It failed
to reach the top 40 but did peak at #50. This singer was a major figure in the development of
American soul music, he recorded over 50 songs which made the US R&B charts, many of which crossed
over to the Billboard Hot 100. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1991 in recognition
of his impact on songwriting and recording. Enjoy a seldom hear song by Wilson Pickett, "Mini Skirt
Goofy Pick of the Week . .
song is one of my favorites as well. It appeared on the charts 1n 1959 reaching
#1 on the R&B charts and #7 on Billboard pop charts. This was their third top-ten hit of that year. According to lyricist Jerry Leiber, "Pure and simple, "the title of the
song" is a metaphor for a sexually transmitted disease." I tagged the song as a goofy pick only
because of the subject of the song. Enjoy "Poison Ivy" The Coasters.