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    The last time I posted a link to a song it was the first chart hit for Sam Cooke. Well, how about the 1st chart hit for another of the great black vocalists from the era, Jackie Wilson.

    This song hit the charts on November 4, 1957.

    The song gets only to #62. It was the only version to chart & it was written by Tyran Carlo & Berry Gordy (YES that Berry Gordy). The song will hit #6 in the UK & #10 in Australia.

    Jackie was performing onstage at The Latin Casino in Cherry Hill New Jersey on September 29, 1975, as one of the featured acts in Dick Clark's Good Ol' Rock and Roll Revue when he suffered a major heart attack. Medical personnel worked to stabilize his vital signs, but the lack of oxygen to his brain caused him to slip into a coma. He briefly recovered in early 1976, and was even able to take a few wobbly steps but slipped back into a semi-comatose state. Jackie died on January 21, 1984, at age 49 from complications of pneumonia. He was initially buried in an unmarked grave at Westlawn Cemetery near Detroit. In 1987, a fundraiser by a Detroit radio station collected enough money to purchase a headstone.

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    Well no one seems to have liked the Jackie Wilson song I posted so how about this one.

    The song first hit the charts on November 18, 1957:

    Raunchy – Bill Justis

    Bill co – wrote this song with Sid Manker. This version will make it to #2 & it stays on the charts for 20 weeks. This song also hit #1 on the R&B Charts and #6 hit on the Country Charts. This version is also in The Grammy Hall Of Fame. This was the first hit single for Bill & his only Top 40 hit.

    Perhaps the song goes down in history as a true Rock & Roll game changer. In 1958, John Lennon was forming the Quarrymen. Paul was already in the band but they were looking for a guitar player. Paul introduced a 14 year old George Harrison to John & while riding on the top deck of a Liverpool city bus, George auditioned for a spot in the band. The song he chose to play was Raunchy. John was impressed by the note for note accuracy & invited George into the band despite his age. And the rest, as they say, is history.

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    ^ Interesting trivia, Razorbacker.

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    My interest was piqued, so I did a search on Sam Cooke. Read various sites & links. Very surprising and even somewhat shocking.
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    I have been highlighting first singles in the past, but it is time to look at an artist who's star shone bright but burned out far to quickly. How much great music did we miss out on after the day the music died.

    This song first hit the Top 100 on November 25, 1957.

    Oh Boy The Cricketts

    This was the 3rd single for the group & the 3rd top 10 hit for them as well. Unfortunately it was also their final Top 10 hit. The song was written by Norman Petty, Bill Tighman & Sunny West & it gets just to #10 & stays around for 20 weeks.

    Norman Petty owned the recording studio in Clovis New Mexico where Buddy recorded most of his stuff. He was also the producer on most of Buddy's music. Whether or not he actually had a hand in writing the song is up for debate. It was pretty common practice during that time for guys like Norman to take a writing credit & put himself in line for some of the residuals. So, who knows really, some say he did have a hand in it, others say he granted himself the nod.

    The Crickets will get as high as #13 just once more, but that will be their final single in March of 1959 & it was released after the plane crash.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j53OPR-cuYY

    By the way for anyone interested, there is a great video on youtube where Dion DiMucci, of Dion & The Belmonts, discusses the day of the plane crash. Dion was a part of that tour, & he tells us the inside scoop. The video is a bit over an hour, but certainly well worth the time.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7M0TDAWcuRo
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    So, I take it no one watched the Dion video? It is tough to get a conversation going in this thread. No one seems to like the old stuff.
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    I guess maybe I'm a die hard, but I figure eventually I'll land on something that someone else fancy's.

    This one first hit the Pop Charts on December 9, 1957.

    At The Hop – Danny & The Juniors

    This song was written by John Madara, Artie Singer & David White. It was the 1st version to chart, but there will be one more a bit later in the year. This is going all the way to #1, it will stay there for 7 weeks & it will be the biggest hit song of 1958.

    These folks were a rock group out of Philadelphia. This was their first charting hit, & their only Top 10 hit. The song was originally titled Do The Bop & released on another label earlier in the year, but that version failed to chart at all. This was also a #1 hit on the R&B Charts.

    On the 2008 nationally-televised PBS documentary Wages of Spin: Dick Clark, American Bandstand and the Payola Scandals, Artie Singer claimed that Dick Clark would not play "At the Hop" without receiving half of the publishing proceeds. Singer agreed to make the payments and called the situation "bittersweet" because although he didn't like having to give the money, he credited his success in the music industry to Clark and therefore was grateful to him. Payola was not illegal at the time and Clark sold the song prior to the 1960 payola hearings.

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    I'm disappointed to read that about Dick Clark. I always thought he was one of the good guys.

    And I'm enjoying your posts razorbacker. And the links. I just don't always have anything to say.
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    Speaking of the Bestles, Sept. 19 is the birthday of Brian Epstein. He would have been 81 today.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Debb70 View Post
    I looked at the Dick Clark situation and apparently he did have some say in making the record, so, I won't hold that against Dick. I still think he was a fine man.

    Razorbacker, I have also looked at many of your links. I think that we are more drawn to songs that we grew up with. So, my favorite, love, great memory music is from the late 60's and all of the 70's. In fact, the reason that I know and love the song, The Hop, is that....you guessed it...The Osmonds covered that song back in the 70's as part of their Tribute to the 50's. They performed this as part of a medley along with other 50's songs. I learned all the words and a lot of love for that gendre of music. I know it's difficult to understand, but growing up, they were quite popular and I liked what they liked. Here's a link of them from 1976.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWnVVycOaUo

    Anyone see the featured stories of The Beatles and Bruce Springsteen this morning on CBS Sunday Morning?!!!! OMG. Great stories. McCartney, Starr and Howard were interviewed.

    The Beatles on tour in “Eight Days a Week” - CBS News

    There is a NEW MOVIE (documentary) about the Beatles touring years coming out soon called Eight Days A Week. It was directed by Ron Howard and contains NEVER BEFORE SEEN FOOTAGE of one show. A fan had filmed it and put the film under her bed for all these years and never even had it developed! Ron Howard almost fainted. I look forward to it.
    Ron Howard Keeps It Cheerful with His New Beatles Documentary, Eight Days a Week


    Man, what can you say about Bruce? He is an icon. OMG. Love that man.

    Bruce Springsteen: “I’m still in love with playing” - CBS News
    I agree with the highlighted statement, but there would have been no 60's & 70's Rock & Roll without a beginning in the 50's. Elvis, Buddy, Fats, Little Richard, Jerry Lee, Connie Francis, Carl Perkins, Johnny Cash, Sam Cooke, & so many others. All those folks set the table for what was to come. So having said that, I just can't go with The Osmonds....sorry....LOL!

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