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"Sometimes, it's not the song that makes you emotional,
it's the people and things that come to mind
when you hear it."


 

We all know the power of an old song to transport us back in time, to times and places remembered from our past.  It's known as the "reminiscence bump".  Which songs bring back memories for you?  Have you heard one on the car radio, or in a shopping mall, that caught you off guard and brought back a flood of memories?  There's always that one song you can listen to over and over - a special one that speaks to you.  There's a kid inside of all of us and it just takes that one song to bring you back to that time and place when you first heard it.   

Do you remember those call-in shows we listened to on the radio?  Well now you can get in touch through the "Contact Us" page on the menu bar.  Let us know three of your favorite songs from high school and we'll be happy to feature them on the website.  (Three songs are the maximum that can be played at one time.)

If you need a little help recalling some of the old tunes from our youth, keep reading! 

 

THE MUSIC OF OUR LIVES
1957 - 1961


 
In 1957, Elvis made his final appearance on The Ed Sullivan Show, and appeared on the big screen for the second time in Jailhouse Rock.  His hit song with the same name was at the top of the charts for seven weeks in the fall of 1957.  The Everly Brothers recorded their first hit single Bye, Bye Love, and Debbie Reynolds’ recording of Tammy was the best-selling single by a female artist that year.  Other popular tunes we danced to were Paul Anka’s Diana, You Send Me by Sam Cooke, Wake-up Little Susie and Bye Bye Love by The Everly Brothers,  Little Darlin’ by The Diamonds and Come Go With Me by The Del-Vikings. Click HERE for Billboard's list of the top 100 singles that year. 
 
In 1958, Elvis entered the U. S. Army, Ricky Nelson hit the top of the charts with Poor Little Fool,  Domenico Modungno had a major #1 hit with Volare, and The Kingston Trio came on the scene with their hit single of Tom Dooley.  That same year, the Platters gave us Smoke Gets in Your Eyes, Tommy Edwards introduced us to It’s All in the Game, and The Everly Brothers topped the charts with All I Have To Do Is Dream.  Who can forget some of the wacky songs that we listened to in 1958:  Yakety Yak by the Coasters, Shep Wooley’s Purple People Eater,  and Witch Doctor performed by David Seville. Click HERE for a list of Billboard's top 100 singles from 1958.
 
In 1959, the top #1 hit tune may be a surprise:  The Battle of New Orleans by Johnny Horton.   This was the year that was marked by “The Day the Music Died” when Buddy Holly, Richie Valens and The Big Bopper were killed in a plane crash in Iowa.  We slow-danced to The Platters’ rendition of Smoke Gets In Your Eyes,  Paul Anka’s Put Your Head on My Shoulder, and Sea of Love by Phil Phillips.  Bobby Darin had a hit record with Mack The Knife, Lloyd Price with Personality, Come Softly To Me by The Fleetwoods, Venus by Frankie Avalon, and The Coasters’ Charlie Brown wondered “why’s everybody always pickin’ on me?”.   Click  HERE for a list of the top 100 singles we played.   
 
In 1960,  Elvis Presley returned home after serving in the U. S. Army and quickly had two top rated tunes on the charts:  It’s Now or Never and Are You Lonesome Tonight.  The most popular song of 1960 was an instrumental, Theme from A Summer Place by Percy Faith,  setting an at-the-time record of nine consecutive weeks at #1.  There were two more novelty songs popular that summer, Itsy Bitsy Tennie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland, and Alley-Oop, performed by the short-lived group The Hollywood Argyles.  Chubby Checker introduced us to The Twist, The Drifters asked to Save the Last Dance For Me,  and Paul Anka sang Puppy Love, which reached #2 on the Billboard chart.  The popularity of folk music was just beginning with The Brothers Four popular Greenfields. Go HERE for the Billboard 100 list for 1960.
 
In 1961 Motown Records signed The Supremes, and Shop Around by the Miracles became the label’s first million selling single.   The Beatles performed in Liverpool for the first time.  Patsy Cline’s I Fall to Pieces  was a big crossover hit, and The Beach Boys released their first single,  Surfin’.   We listened to Ray Charles’ Hit The Road Jack, Ricky Nelson was a Travelin’ Man ,  and Where the Boys Are was a hit for Connie Francis  on the charts as well as on the movie screen.  Ben E King gave us Stand By Me, Chubby Checker had a repeat hit with Let’s Twist Again, and The Marcels soared to #1 with a doo-wop version Blue Moon, a popular tune from the 1940’s.  Carole King’s Will You Love Me Tomorrow was first made popular by The Shirelles, who had the distinction of being the first all-girl group to have a #1 hit song on the U. S. charts.   Carole King and Gerry Goffin followed up with another #1 hit Take Good Care of My Baby, made popular by Bobby Vee.  The American folk quintet the Highwaymen had a #1 hit with Michael (Row the Boat Ashore), a negro spiritual first sung by slaves during the American Civil War.   To see a list of the top 100 songs of 1961 click HERE These were the tunes we listened to as we were nearing graduation.