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    Today during the Satellite Survey countdown for this week in 1960, the '60s Channel played You Belong To Me by Joni James & 100 Strings. The song stalled at #101 on Billboard's Bubbling Under chart. Joni's original version of You Belong To Me was a hit in 1952. Jo Stafford, Patti Page, Dean Martin and Sue Thompson also recorded the song.

    Joni did a series of concerts at the London Palladium in January 1959. (The January 18 show was televised.) While in London, she recorded several songs at EMI's Abbey Road studios. Twelve were released on the album 100 Strings & Joni. Two others, You Belong To Me and I Need You Now were released as a single.

    Three more 100 Strings & Joni albums followed: I'm In The Mood For Love: Songs By Jimmy McHugh in 1960, On Broadway in 1961 and In Hollywood in 1962. Joni, born Giovanna Carmella Babbo, is 88 now. She continued to perform until 2006. Here is her original 1952 recording of You Belong To Me:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=2j9jSafX_sc

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    If I buy tickets to one of these concerts, I wonder if they'll let me pay with a hologram of a hundred-dollar bill.

    Roy Orbison, Buddy Holly holograms paired for fall tour

    https://www.msn.com/en-us/music/news...our/ar-BBVfxU6

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    The '60s Channel just played Johnny Cymbal's Mr. Bass Man, a #16 hit from 1963. The "bass" on the song is Ronnie Bright, who was a member of the Valentines, 1954-57, and the Coasters, 1968-2009. He also sang on Jackie Wilson's Baby Workout and Barry Mann's Who Put The Bomp In The Bomp Bomp Bomp.

    Johnny Cymbal was born John Hendry Blair in Ochiltree, Ayrshire, Scotland. Using the name Derek, he had a #11 hit with Cinnamon in January 1969. Mr. Bass Man was produced by Alan Lorber, who also worked with Gene Pitney, Neil Sedaka, Jackie Wilson, Chuck Jackson, Mike Clifford, Lesley Gore, Orpheus and the Coasters. French cabaret singer Henri Salvador recorded the song as Monsieur Boum Boum. Listen at your own risk:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DDoo56-i1c8

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    The '60s channel just played one of the rarest recordings in music history. The Andantes, who sang background on hundreds of Motown hits, recorded Like A Nightmare in early 1964. Very few copies were pressed and the single was never released to radio or retail. This article explains the reason:

    https://classic.motown.com/story/and...ike-nightmare/

    Here is the song. I think it sounds like Martha & The Vandellas' Quicksand.

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=N84Xcytgl_Y

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    The '60s channel just played Baby Help Me by Percy Sledge. It got to only #44 on the R&B chart and #87 on the Hot 100. It was written by Bobby Womack, who also co-wrote (with his sister Shirley) It's All Over Now, which he recorded in early 1964 with his four brothers. They called their group The Valentinos. The Rolling Stones also had a hit with the song. Womack had several solo hits including Daylight, Harry Hippie, Lookin' For A Love, Across 110th Street and That's The Way I Feel About'cha. Here is Baby Help Me:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vZe7LzJXmbw

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    The '60s channel played the original 1966 version of Somebody To Love by The Great Society. Originally titled Someone To Love, the song was written by guitarist Darby Slick after he discovered his girlfriend had slept with another man. Lead singer Grace Slick was married to Jerry Slick, the band's drummer.

    The Great Society broke up in October 1966 after Grace replaced Signe Anderson as lead singer of Jefferson Airplane. Jefferson Airplane's version of Somebody To Love became a #5 hit in 1967. Here is the original:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=Rw7BSVBrpTg

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    I heard an album track on the '60s channel – and, for once, it was by somebody other than the Beatles. It was the Four Tops' I Got A Feeling, from their 1966 album On Top. It was written and produced by legendary Motown songwriting team Holland-Dozier-Holland. Barbara Randolph, who had been a member of the Platters in 1964-65, recorded the song for Motown subsidiary Soul. It was released as a single in September 1967. She also recorded for RCA, Mercury, LHI and Winning but never had a chart hit. Lisa Stansfield, Eliza Spence, British dance singer O'Chi Brown and Swedish rock/doo-wop group The Boppers have also recorded I Got A Feeling. Here is Randolph's version – and it should have been a hit.....but maybe it sounded too much like the Elgins' Heaven Must Have Sent You:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=RV_cs-T2Y-Q

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    A huge surprise today on the '60s channel: He's Mine by Alice Wonder Land. (Some promo copies show her name as Alice Wonderland.) She was Alice Faye Henderson, who worked as a maid for a neighbor of Stephen Schlack. He heard her singing one day and signed her to a recording contract. Schlack and Howard Farber were songwriters, producers and co-owners of Bardell Records. In its brief existence, 1960-64, Bardell released three singles by Tommy Walters, two by the Laddins, one by the Chevells, one by the Mar-Vells and the one by Alice Wonder Land, which was the label's only chart hit.

    Schlacks and Farber wrote and produced He's Mine. After it started getting airplay, it was picked up by London Records and reached #62 on the Billboard Hot 100 in October 1963. Alice recorded a follow-up, It Was Only A Dream, for United International Records. It failed to chart and that was the end of her career. Or was it? In 1964, a "Marie Antoinette" released He's My Dream Boy on Providence Records. The song was co-written by Schlaks and produced by Schlaks and Farber – and Marie Antoinette certainly sounds like Alice Wonder Land. Hmm. Here are both songs. Judge for yourself.

    Alice: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=VnDiptGWoa0

    Marie: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=YjLYTIDD70c

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    Played today during the Satellite Survey countdown: Tell Me Mama, Christine Quaite's only US hit. It reached #85 in May 1964. Quaite was born May 11, 1948 in Leeds, England. At age eight, she began singing in talent contests and amateur shows. After placing second in a talent show in Manchester, she was offered a recording contract by Oriole Records. She recorded her first single, Oh My! at 13. Her follow-up was a remake of Johnny Crawford's Your Nose Is Gonna Grow:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wmqPKBaNlHY

    Quaite recorded six singles for Oriole, 1962-64, including Tell Me Mama (November 1963), which was released by World Artists in the United States (and misspelled as Tell Me Mamma). World Artists also released Quaite's Mr. Stuck-Up in the US. She then signed with Laurie Records and recorded Bobby Goldsboro's If You've Got A Heart but the single was never released in the US.

    Oriole went bankrupt in 1965 and Stateside, another British label, released If You've Got A Heart in July 1965 and a follow-up single, Long After Tonight Is Over (written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David), in January 1966. Later in 1966, Laurie released Quaite's Huggin' My Pillow, a previously unreleased song she had recorded for Oriole. By age 18, she was out of the music business. Here is Tell Me Mama, which was written by Charles Gambel, Ellen May and Gerry Granahan (lead singer of Dicky Doo & The Dont's):

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OyNItvUL1ZM

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    Today on the Satellite Survey countdown for this week in 1960, the Echoes' Born To Be With You was played. The song was written by Don Robertson and became a #5 hit for the Chordettes in 1956. Robertson does some whistling on the recording. He had a top-ten hit of his own in 1956 with The Happy Whistler. The Echoes, not to be confused with the same-named group who had the 1961 hit Baby Blue, were Bonnie Guitar and Don Robertson. They recorded Born To Be With You in 1960 – and Robertson whistles on that recording, too. Their version of the song never made the Hot 100. It stalled at #101.

    Born To Be With You has also been recorded by Bing Crosby, Sandy Posey, Jack Greene, Kitty Wells, Silkie, Dion, Frankie Laine, Anne Murray, Leo Kottke, Dave Edmunds, Jimmy Gilmer, Sonny James, J.D. Crowe, Jean Shepard, the Browns, the Living Strings, the Paris Sisters and the Wilburn Brothers. Don Robertson also recorded a solo version in 1965. Here is the Echoes' version, which is dramatically different from all the other versions and has way too much percussion – and maybe that's why it wasn't a hit:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GvIxs59xX8E

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