Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1966 Part Two

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 1966 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: July 25th The Supremes release “You Can’t Hurry Love”

Dusty Springfield  –  You don’t have to say you love me  

“You don’t have to say you love me” (originally “Il che non vivo – senza te”) was Dusty Springfield’s biggest hit. It reached #1 in the UK and #4 in the US and is ranked #491 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.

News Events:  September 10th Neil Diamond has his first Billboard chart success with single “Cherry Cherry”

Percy Sledge – When a man loves a woman –

“When a man loves a woman” made it to #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B singles charts in the US and #4 on the UK singles chart. Rolling Stone ranked it #53 on their 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.


 News Event:  September 21st Jimmy Hendrix changes spelling of his name to Jimi

Now time for my second top chart picks from 1966 and as a teenager I was watching Top of the Pops and listening to pirate radio to hear all the hits.

The Beach Boys – Sloop John B

“Sloop John B” (originally published as “The John B. Sails”) is a Bahamian folk song from Nassau. A transcription by Richard Le Gallienne was published in 1916, and a version was included in Carl Sandburg’s The American Songbag in 1927. The 1966 folk rock adaptation by the Beach Boys was produced and arranged by bandleader Brian Wilson and served as the lead single off their 11th studio album, Pet Sounds. The song peaked at number three in the US on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, number two in the UK, and number one in several other countries.

News EventNovember 9th John Lennon meets Yoko Ono at an avante-garde art exposition at Indica Gallery in London

Ike & Tina Turner – River Deep, Mountain High

“River Deep – Mountain High” is a single by Ike & Tina Turner released on Philles Records in 1966. It is considered by producer Phil Spector to be his best work. Rolling Stone ranked “River Deep – Mountain High” No. 33 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. NME ranked it No. 37 on their list of the 500 Greatest Songs of All Time. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame added it to the list of the 500 Songs That Shaped Rock and Roll. The song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame in 1999.

Additional sources: On This Day – Music – Hits of the 60s: Sixties City – Wikipedia

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.

Blog– IMPROVISATION William Price King on Tumblr – Buy William’s music: William Price King iTunes – FacebookWilliam Price King – Twitter@wpkofficial
Regular VenueCave Wilson

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.

Books :Amazon US – And: Amazon UK – More reviews: Goodreads – blog: Smorgasbord Blog Magazine Twitter: @sgc58 – Facebook: Sally Cronin – LinkedIn: Sally Cronin

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 1967 Part One. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.

62 thoughts on “Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1966 Part Two

  1. Believe it or not, “River Deep-Mountain High” by Ike & Tina Turner only made it to #88 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1966. It didn’t chart on the R&B chart at all. It didn’t fit the existing demographics of that time and was considered a complete flop. Now widely acknowledged as one of the greatest records of all time.

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  2. The Percy Sledge song wins the prize for me today, although I like them all. I feel like I’ve heard the intro to the Dusty Springfield song in a more modern version, but my memory is it leads into a different song. Hmm—now this is going to bug me.


  3. Wonderful selection, thank you. I’ve just had a very enjoyable sing-a-long session. 🙂
    I had guitar lessons in a small group at primary school and one of the pieces we learned was Sloop John B. Maybe not the most accomplished rendition of the song, but we had fun.

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  4. Great songs, Sally and William. The only one that I didn’t remember well was the Dusty Springfield one. But the others… all brought back memories. The John B Sails is still a favorite. What a great song. Thanks for the morning listen!

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