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 show and we are excited to share decades of music with you in 2021. Here is my first selection of top 1962 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event : January 13th Chubby Checker’s song “The Twist”, credited with starting the Twist dance craze, goes to #1 in the charts two years after first reaching number one spot
The Four Seasons – Sherry
‘Sherry’ hit #1 on Billboard’s Hot 100 and remained there for five consecutive weeks, and made it to #1 on the R&B charts for one week. It peaked at #8 in the UK. The song appears on the soundtrack album of the films ‘Stealing Home’ (1988) and ‘The Help’ (2011).
New Event: January 26th Bishop Burke of Buffalo Catholic dioceses declares Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” to be impure and bans it from all Catholic schools
Neil Sedaka – Happy birthday sweet sixteen
‘Happy birthday sweet sixteen’ written by Neil Sedaka and Howard Greenfield, reached #6 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, #9 on Cashbox and #3 on the UK Singles chart.
News Event: February 11th Beatles record “Please, Please Me”
Now time for my picks from 1962 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.
Acker Bilk – Strangers on the Shore
“Acker” Bilk MBE is an English clarinettist who was born on the 28th January in 1929. He is famous for his style which includes the trademark goatee, a bowler hat and a striped waistcoat. His clarinet style is breathy with notes on the lower-register and is vibrato-rich.
Stranger on the Shore reached No. 2 in the UK and No. 1 in the US in 1961.
It was the theme tune for the BBC TV drama also called ‘Stranger on the Shore’. onemediamusic
News Media: March 18th 7th Eurovision Song Contest: Isabelle Aubret for France wins singing “Un premier amour” in Luxembourg
Cliff Richard – The Young Ones
“The Young Ones” is a single by Cliff Richard and the Shadows. The song, written by Sid Tepper and Roy C. Bennett, is the title song to the 1961 film The Young Ones and its soundtrack album.
With advance orders of over 500,000, it was released in January 1962 on the Columbia (EMI) label and went straight to No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, the first British single to do so. It held that position for six weeks and spent 20 weeks in the chart. It has sold 1.06 million copies in the UK, and 2.6m worldwide
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 1962 Part Two.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.