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 second selection of top 1963 hits which I hope you will enjoy. William.
News Event: May 15th 5th Grammy Awards: I Left My Heart In San Francisco, Robert Goulet wins
Peter, Paul, and Mary – Blowin’ in the wind
‘Blowin’ in the wind’ was written by Bob Dylan as a protest song and was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1994. In 2004 it was ranked #14 on Rolling Stone magazine’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
News Event: June 22nd “Little” Stevie Wonder aged 13 releases his first single “Fingertips” (first live non-studio recording to go to No. 1 on Billboard)
Leslie Gore – It’s my party
‘It’s my party’ was the first hit single produced by Quincy Jones and Gore’s second biggest hit. It peaked at #1 in the US Pop and R&B charts and #9 in the UK Singles chart.
News Event: September 29th Rolling Stones 1st tour (opening act for Bo Diddley & Everly Bros)
Now time for my picks from 1963 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and reinforced my love of music.
The Searchers – Sweets for my Sweet
“Sweets for My Sweet” is a song written by the songwriting team of Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, originally recorded by The Drifters. In 1963 the song was released by Merseybeat band the Searchers as their debut single, reaching #1 on the UK Single Chart for two weeks that August The Searchers’ version was also issued in the US in the spring of 1964, but failed to chart.
News Events: November 29th “I Want to Hold Your Hand” single released by the Beatles in the United Kingdom
Brian Poole & The Tremeloes – Do You Love Me
Like many American R&B songs of the 1960s, “Do You Love Me?” was covered by a number of British groups. Three British groups who recorded their own versions of the song were Brian Poole and the Tremeloes (who hit #one with it in the UK Singles Chart after learning it from Liverpool’s Faron’s Flamingos),the Dave Clark Five, and The Hollies on their 1964 album Stay with the Hollies.
News Event: December 10th 6-year old Donny Osmond’s singing debut on Andy Williams Show
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 1964 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.