Smorgasbord Blog Magazine – Music Column – The Breakfast Show with William Price King and Sally Cronin – Chart Hits 1964 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 1964 hits which I hope you will enjoy.  William.

News Event: July 6th The Beatles’ film “Hard Day’s Night” premieres in London

Petula Clark  –  Downtown

‘Downtown’ was an international hit: peaking at #1 in the US, Australia, and New Zealand; #2 in the UK, Ireland, and Denmark; #3 in India, #4 in the Netherlands, and #8 in Norway. It earned a Grammy Award for Best Contemporary song and entered the Grammy Hall of Fame in 2004.

News Event: August 22nd Supreme’s “Where Did Our Love Go” reaches #1

Martha and the Vandellas  –  Dancing in the streets

‘Dancing in the streets’ reached #2 on Billboard’s Hot 100 in the US, #4 in the UK, #12 in Ireland, and #3 in Canada and has been one of 50 sound recordings preserved by the Library of Congress in the US to the National Recording Registry.

News Event: October 31st Barbra Streisand’s “People” album goes #1 for 5 weeks

Now time for my second picks from 1964 and these are tracks that were playing everywhere this year.

Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy

“Do Wah Diddy Diddy” is a song written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally recorded in 1963, as “Do-Wah-Diddy”, by the American vocal group The Exciters. It was soon covered by British R&B, beat and pop band Manfred Mann. Manfred Mann’s version was released on 10 July 1964. It spent two weeks at No. 1 of the UK Singles Chart in August[ and two weeks at No. 1 of the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 in October. (Paul Jones lead singer was born in Portsmouth, my home town and was friends with our neighbour’s son and as a teenager that was about the most exciting thing ever!)

News Event: December 9th John Coltrane’s Quartet records their greatest work “A Love Supreme” at Van Gelder Studio in Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey

Jim Reeves – I Love You Because

“I Love You Because” is a song written and recorded by country music singer and songwriter Leon Payne in 1949. In 1963, American country singer Jim Reeves recorded a version of the song for his album Gentleman Jim. Released as a single in 1964, the song peaked at number five in the UK. The song became his most successful single in Norway, topping the VG-Lista chart for 13 weeks. Jim Reeves – Topic 

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 – Facebook – William 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 – blogSmorgasbord 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 1965 Part One.. we hope you will tune in.. as always we love to hear from you.. thanks William and Sally.