Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1960 – Part Two

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.

You can find previous shows: The Breakfast Show 1960 – 1985

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 the second of my top 1960 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

Shirley Bassey – As Long As He Needs Me

Shirley Bassey’s recording of this song, ‘As Long As He Needs Me’, from the musical ‘Oliver‘ was one of the biggest sellers of 1960, staying on the UK charts for 30 weeks and peaking at #2 for 5 weeks.  Shirley Bassey Music and Vids

News Event: August 1st Aretha Franklins 1st recording session

Elvis Presley – It’s Now Or Never

In 1960 ‘It’s now or never’ (based on the Italian song ‘O Sole moi’) spent 5 weeks at #1 in the U.S. and eight weeks at #8 in the UK, selling over 20 million copies.

News Event: September 19th Chubby Checker’s “The Twist” hits #1 on the Billboard Hot 100

Now time for my picks from 1960 and these are tracks that dominated my teenage years and are still on my playlists today

News Event: Sep 29 “Tell Laura I Love Her” by Ricky Valance peaks at #1 in UK

The Drifters – Save The Last Dance For Me

“Save the Last Dance for Me” is a song written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, first recorded in 1960 by the Drifters, with Ben E. King on lead vocals – The Drifters’ version of the song, released a few months after Ben E. King left the group, would go on to spend three non-consecutive weeks at No. 1 on the U.S. pop chart, in addition to logging one week atop the U.S. R&B chart. In the UK The Drifters’ recording reached No. 2 in December 1960

News Event: December 1st Paul McCartney and Pete Best arrested then deported from Hamburg, Germany for accusation of attempted arson.

Eddie Cochran – Three Steps to Heaven

“Three Steps To Heaven” was recorded in January 1960 and featured Buddy Holly’s Crickets on instruments. The song was written by Eddie Cochran and his brother Bob Cochran. The record became a posthumous UK number-one hit for Cochran following his death in a car accident in April 1960

News Event: December  21st Ornette Coleman records his influential album “Free Jazz: A Collective Improvisation”, establishes the name for the Free Jazz sound

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.

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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 1961 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.




Smorgasbord Music Column – Songs from the Movies – Jail House Rock – Elvis Presley.

Before the big rock bands had their fans gathering in their thousands to show their adoration, The King.. Elvis Presley was faced with swooning girls at every turn. I was a little young to appreciate him in the first few years, but even I got a touch of the Elvis fever when I got into my teens.

The closest that I got to being near him was via a charming French actress who was in her early 60s when I met her at one of the Anthony Robbins seminars we attended as part of his Life Mastery course in 1996. Her name was Monique and she has appeared in one of Elvis Presley’s films in the late 1960s, she said he was actually very charming and a lovely man. So sad that he died at age 42, despite the rumours to the contrary.

I still have some Elvis on my playlists and he has helped me with the ironing on numerous occasions.

Here is Jail House Rock from the film of the same name, Elvis’s debut movie.. a good excuse to get up and take a break. Uploaded by Turner Classic Movies

The film…

Vince Everett is serving a one-year jail sentence for manslaughter. While in the big house, his cellmate, a former country singer, introduces him to the record business. Everett takes to it so well that he decides to become a singer when he gets out. However, he is quickly disillusioned by the record business. But with the help of a new friend, he decides to form his own label, and soon becomes an overnight sensation. But when he becomes a superstar, will his desire for fame and money cause him to forget the people who got him there? Written by <>

Available: Amazon US  And: Amazon UK

Thanks for tuning in this week and hope you have enjoyed the music.. thanks Sally.


Smorgasbord Summer Music Festival – A little bit Country – Part Two – Willie Nelson, Patsy Cline, Glen Campbell and the King…

Last week I shared some of the country music that I loved to sing and listen to, and this week some of the greats and the tracks that are close to my heart… Part One

The first track is Always On My Mind by the fabulous Willie Nelson...uploaded by StreetSurvivors77

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Another track that I loved to listen to and sing… by Patsy Cline – Crazy….uploaded by finetunes Country

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The next track is from Glen Campbell – Gentle on my Mind…uploaded by Toni Davey

By the music of Glen Campbell: Amazon

And although there are thousands of wonderful country songs to choose from, I have left the King to last.. all though his rock ‘n’ roll was legendary, his tender ballads hit the spot. here is Elvis Presley with Love Me Tender… the King lives on…uploaded by the official Elvis Presley

Buy the music of Elvis Presley: Amazon

Thank you for tuning in today and I am sure you have your own favourites to share in the comments.. thanks Sally.

Next week get your rock ‘n’ roll boots on…..

William Price King meets some Legends – Sir Tom Jones – 1960s – Las Vegas, Elvis Presley and Delilah

Welcome to part two of the life and music of Sir Tom Jones. It is now the mid-sixties and the charismatic star has a growing legion of fans who loved his voice and dynamic performances. As the music scene began to evolve however, Tom Jones was going to have to evolve with it to maintain his popularity.  I will now hand you over to William Price King to take us through the rest of the 1960s.

After performing on the “Ed Sullivan Show” in 1965, Jones dropped by Colony Records in New York and asked if they had any works by Jerry Lee Lewis. He was given the new country album on which he discovered and recorded the song “Green, Green Grass of Home.” The song reached #1 in the UK, staying there for seven weeks. The song also reached # 1 and on Billboard’s pop chart and #12 on the easy listening chart.

It was now 1966 and the music scene was changing with groups taking center stage. Tom Jones found that his popularity was not quite as buoyant as it had been, and his manager Gordon Mills, moved his star towards a new and more mature audience as a crooner.

With the success of “Green, Green Grass of Home” behind him, his career resumed its upward momentum and Tom Jones topped the charts again in the UK, remaining there for much of the next ten years.

In 1967 Tom Jones began his first residency in Las Vegas at the world famous Flamingo. His signature dress code of tight trousers and shirts opened almost to the waist were a huge draw for his adoring female fans of all ages. He began to record less and focus on his club act, and things could get a little rowdy at the Caesar’s Palace with enthusiastic audience participation in the form of projectile female underwear and hotel door keys.

Away from the fans, Tom Jones found time to enjoy his friendship with Elvis Presley, begun in 1965 on the set of ‘Paradise, Hawaiian Style. They spent a great deal of time in each other’s company, and would duet together in Elvis Presley’s private suite, remaining firm friends until his death in 1977.

“I’ll Never Fall in Love Again,” penned by Lonnie Donegan and Jimmy Currie, was first released by Donegan as a single in 1962. Donegan asked Jones to record the song, saying that he would “sing the pants off it.” Jones accepted the offer and his cover of the song reached #2 in the UK Singles Chart in 1967. Less successful in the US, the song was reissued in the US in 1969 and peaked at #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.

The singles that Tom Jones did take time away from Las Vegas to record, all did well, and with a growing fan base unable to travel to his club performances, it was important to keep his music in the charts.

The song “Detroit City” is a working man’s complaint which describes the alienation felt by many rural southerners in the mid North. Written by Danny Dill and Mel Tillis and recorded by Bobby Bare in 1963, this song won a Grammy Award for the Best Country & Western Recording for that year. Tom Jones’ cover of this song in 1967 is very strong and plaintive and features Bare’s spoken recitation. Jones’ version of “Detroit City” earned him a place in the UK Top 10.

From 1969 to 1971, Jones starred in his own TV show, “This Is Tom Jones,” which was based in America and aired in both the U.S. and Great Britain. As a result of the show, Jones was nominated in 1969 for a Golden Globe for “best actor.” From 1980 to 1981, he had a second television variety show, “Tom Jones,”that was produced in Vancouver, Canada, and lasted for 24 episodes.

Jones appeared on 31 December 1969, on the BBC’s review of the 1960s music scene, “Pop Go The Sixties,” performing “Delilah.” In 1970, Jones teamed up with Raquel Welch and Producer/Choreographer David Winters of Winters-Rosen Productions for the television special “Raquel!” The multimillion-dollar television song and dance extravaganza was filmed around the world and included production numbers of classic songs from the era, lavish costumes, and guest performances from Jones, John Wayne, and Bob Hope.

“Delilah” had been recorded by Tom Jones in 1968 as a soulful rock-and-roll piece featuring a big-band accompaniment set to a flamenco rhythm, with music by Les Reed and lyrics by Barry and Sylvan Mason. Reed and Mason received the 1968 Ivor Novello award for “Best Song Musically and Lyrically” for this piece. “Delilah” became a #1 hit in several countries around the world, reaching #2 in the UK and was the sixth best selling single of that year.

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About William Price King

William Price King is an American jazz singer, musician and composer. Originally he studied classical music and opera but over the years his style has evolved to what many refer to as the ‘sweet point’ where music and voice come together so beautifully.

His vocal mentors are two of the greatest giants in jazz, Nat King Cole and Mel Torme. His jazz album, ‘Home,’ is a collection of contemporary songs and whilst clearly a homage to their wonderful legacy it brings a new and refreshing complexity to the vocals that is entrancing.

His latest album Eric Sempe and William Price King is now available to download. The repertory includes standards such as “Bye Bye Blackbird” (a jazz classic), Sting’s “Englishman in New York,” Queen’s “The Show Must Go On”, Led Zepplin’s “Stairway to Heaven” and other well-known jazz, pop, and rock classics.

William and Eric Sempe have also brought their own magic to the album with original tracks such as Keep on Dreaming and Red Snow with collaboration with Jeanne King
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William is currently in France where he performs in popular Jazz Venues in Nice and surrounding area.

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Next week some more great music through the 1970s. I hope you will join us again and your feedback is always gratefully received.