Welcome to The Breakfast Show and the top hits of the 1960s.
Each week William and I will select two top hits from the charts starting with 1960 for two weeks followed by 1961 etc..through to 1985. We will also include some of the notable events in those years for the up and coming stars who were centre stage at the time.
Every four weeks at the weekend there will be a spin-off show where we will feature four guests sharing their memories of the music of a particular decade we are working on. An opportunity to share your work and your can find the details: The Breakfast Show 2021
Welcome to our new show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here are the first of my top 1960 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event – July 15th Chubby Checker releases his version of “The Twist” in the US
Chubby Checker – The Twist
This 1960 hit gave birth to the ‘Twist dance craze’ and peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 in the US and #14 in the UK. ‘The Twist’ was originally recorded by Hank Ballard in 1958.
News Event – March 5th Elvis Presley ends 2-year hitch in US Army and on May 12th he debuts on a Frank Sinatra special
Ray Charles – Georgia on my Mind
Rolling Stone magazine named Ray Charles’ version of ‘Georgia on My Mind’ as the 44th greatest song of all time. This song reached #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and #24 in the UK.
News Events: March 18th and the 5th Eurovision Song Contest is won by Jacqueline Boyer for France singing “Tom Pillibi” in London
Now time for my picks from 1960 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and have stood the test of time.
News Event: Aug 1 Aretha Franklins 1st recording session
The Everly Brothers – Cathy’s Clown
“Cathy’s Clown” is a popular song, written and recorded by The Everly Brothers in 1960. The lyrics describe a man who has been wronged and publicly humiliated by his lover: “Here he comes / That’s Cathy’s clown”. The song is noted for its unorthodox structure, such as beginning on a chorus and having bridges but no verses. The song was a worldwide success and the best-selling single of the Everly Brothers career. Due to its enduring influence on popular music the song was added to the National Recording Registry of the Library of Congress in 2013.
News Event: August 18th The Beatles give their 1st public performance at the Indra Club in Hamburg
Johnny Kidd & The Pirates – Shakin’ All Over
“Shakin’ All Over” is a song originally performed by Johnny Kidd & the Pirates. The song was written by frontman Johnny Kidd, and his recording of it reached number one on the UK Singles Chart in August 1960. Kidd’s original recording was not a hit outside of Europe, and in other parts of the world “Shakin’ All Over” is much better known in versions by other artists. BurlFish79
Your Hosts for The Breakfast Show
William Price King is an American jazz singer, crooner, and composer.
His interest in music began at an early age when he studied piano and clarinet in high school. At Morehouse College in Atlanta where he grew up, he sang in the Glee Club and studied classical music. After graduation he went off to the Yale School of Music where he earned a Masters degree. From there he journeyed to New York where he created a jazz trio ‘Au Naturel’ which performed in some of the hottest venues in Manhattan including gigs on Broadway and the famous ‘Rainbow Room.’ These gigs opened doors for performances in Montreal and a European tour.
While touring Europe he met a lovely French lady, Jeanne Maïstre, who, a year later became his wife. King left the group ‘Au Naturel’ and settled in the south of France where he started a new life on the French Riviera, opening his own music school – the “Price King Ecole Internationale de Chant.” He has had the pleasure over the years of seeing many of his students excel as singers on a professional level, and some going on to become national celebrities. He continues to coach young singers today, in his spare time.
Sally Cronin is an author, blogger and broadcaster who enjoyed four years as part of the team on Onda Cero International’s English speaking morning show in Marbella and then for two years as a presenter on Expressfm the local radio station in Portsmouth. She co-presented two ‘Drive Time’ shows a week with Adrian Knight, hosted the live Thursday Afternoon Show and The Sunday Morning Show guests including musicians and authors. Following this she became Station Director for a local internet television station for two years, producing and presenting the daily news segment, outside broadcasts and co-presenting the Adrian and Sally chat show live on Friday evenings.
She and her husband David have now returned to Ireland where they live on the Wexford Coast where she blogs and continues to write books.
Thank you very much for joining us today and we would love you to join us in the spin off shows where we share your memories of the 1960s and your favourite music.. please read how you can take part: The Breakfast Show 2021
Next week 1960 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.