Thursday, December 3, 2009
Featured Songs for Saturday 5 December 2009
The Teddy Bears
TO KNOW HIM IS TO LOVE HIM
Los Angeles trio comprising Phil Spector, Carol Connors & Marshall Leib. US#1(3) from 1 December 1958 and a MONSTER HIT in N.Z.
MOONLIGHT GAMBLER Columbia [USA]
The 9th million-seller for Frankie Laine was written in 1956 by Bob Hilliard (words) and Philip Springer (music). It was No 3 in the US Top 100 with 22 weeks in from 1 December 1956 and No. 13 with 12 weeks in the UK Top 30 from December 1956, plus NZ#1 in March 1957 and 7 weeks in the Top 20. HUGE HIT in N. Z. With Ray Conniff & Orchestra - see following song ...
BAND OF GOLD, US#4, 22 weeks in Top 100 from 3 December 1955, UK#6 from February 1956. Said to have been the first arrangement by Ray Conniff for the Columbia label. Dallas, Texas born in January 1924, Don Cherry studied voice after military service in the mid forties. Vocalist with the Jan Barber band in the late forties before becoming a professional golfer for a while before getting back into singing in the early fifties.
Big Hit in N.Z.
WHAT DO YOU WANT UK#1(3) from 4 December 1959 Blond moody Adam Faith, from BBC TV's 'Drumbeat' was born Terence Nelhams in June 1940. Taken into the Parlophone studios and (despite an uninspiring track record to date) produced one of the pop classics of the pre-Beatles era. The last line of this song also gave him the catch phrase "Wish you wanted my love, bay-bee" MONSTER HIT in N.Z.
I CRIED A TEAR Her biggest hit in N.Z., but only sold moderately. US#6 in early 1959, 21 weeks in US Top 100 from 8 December 1958.