Category Archives: 1962

And we’re done…

When I started this project, I had two goals. One, I wanted to do a long-form project and see it to the end. With Happy wrapping up the chart, I have accomplished that goal. Two, I wanted to understand the … Continue reading

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The Tornados – Telstar

First Hit #1: December 22, 1962 I said the British were coming, slowly, didn’t I? Here’s the second British hit of 1962, and a warning shot about the coming invasion, which would apparently involve space. British pop musicians were nothing … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons – Big Girls Don’t Cry

First Hit #1: November 17, 1962 I hate the Four Seasons. I actually didn’t realize it until now, even though their songs have popped up repeatedly over the years in various different formats – this one was in a shampoo … Continue reading

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The Crystals (sort of) – He’s a Rebel

First Hit #1: November 2, 1962 The credit on the box says the Crystals. Yet, the Crystals didn’t sing on the track – and, from reports, didn’t know the track was being released under their name until they heard it … Continue reading

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Bobby “Boris” Pickett and the Crypt-Kickers – Monster Mash

First Hit #1: October 20, 1962 Initially, when I heard this song, I thought “Huh, this isn’t as bad as I remember”. Note, this impression lasted for all of five seconds, because then the vocal started. I get it, Mr. … Continue reading

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The Four Seasons – Sherry

First Hit #1: September 15, 1962 I hate this song. It’s the voice I think, going as high as possible and into places that normal voices dare not tread. Then someone does a deep voice like a mentally challenged muppet, … Continue reading

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Tommy Roe – Sheila

First Hit #1: September 1, 1962 Do you like Peggy Sue but are dating a woman named Sheila? Well have I got the song for you! Sheila, by Tommy Roe, is a shameless riff on Peggy Sue. It is, effectively, … Continue reading

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