Monthly Archives: August 2011

Joe Dowell – Wooden Heart (Muss I Denn)

First Hit #1: August 21, 1961 The story of this song is much more amusing than the actual song. In 1960, Elvis appeared in a film called GI Blues, which featured him singing this song, Wooden Heart, complete with some … Continue reading

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Bobby Lewis – Tossin’ and Turnin’

First Hit #1: July 10, 1961 Young love is generally a pretty typical thing for young pop artists. As you might imagine, every single aspect of the sensation has been well covered in pop music, and Tossin’ and Turnin’ takes … Continue reading

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Gary U.S. Bonds – Quarter to Three

First Hit #1: June 26, 1961 Gary U.S. Bonds has a gimmick for a name. The U.S. Bonds part was to trick DJs into thinking it was a PSA for U.S. Bonds, and as a result get more airplay. It … Continue reading

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Pat Boone – Moody River

First Hit #1: June 19, 1961 Pat Boone is aggressively uncool. It’s something that has gotten worse in recent years, from becoming a bit of a right wing politician to recording an ill conceived ironic metal album, but it’s always … Continue reading

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Roy Orbison – Running Scared

First Hit #1: June 5, 1961 Roy Orbison could be called the sad Elvis. His voice isn’t really that different, after all, which isn’t a complaint at all. He does a very similar “big sound” thing that served him well. … Continue reading

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Ricky Nelson – Travellin’ Man

First Hit #1: May 29, 1961 Ricky Nelson has apparently had sex with women on every continent. That’s the enduring message of Travellin’ Man, which is a laidback number celebrating his many conquests. It’s like a United Nations of vaginas. … Continue reading

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Ernie K-Doe – Mother-in-law

First hit #1: May 22, 1961 One could almost characterize this as a novelty song, albeit an extremely bitter one. It’s about a mother-in-law, who is characterized as being basically Satan in a dress. It manages to straddle the line … Continue reading

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