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    Now that Ken "Top-20-hits-only" Merson is gone, the '60s channel has been playing quite a few low-charting songs. Ric Cartey and Carole Joyner wrote Young Love in 1956. Ric recorded the song with his band The Jiva-Tones. His version never charted but Tab Hunter had a number-one hit with the song and a version by Sonny James went to number one on the country chart and #2 on the pop chart. The '60s channel just played Lesley Gore's version, which reached #50 in 1966. Here 'tis:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ygbBDk2VFTM

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    Today the '60s channel played My Little Red Book by Love. The group, led by Arthur Lee, was from Los Angeles and the song was a big hit here, reaching #6 on the KRLA Tune-dex, #7 on the KHJ Boss 30 and #9 on the KFWB Fabulous Forty. Nationally, it stalled at #52 in June 1966. Written by Burt Bacharach and Hal David, My Little Red Book was first recorded in 1965 by Manfred Mann. It reached #26 in Australia and #124 in the US but failed to chart in the UK. Bacharach did not appreciate Love's version of the song. They had made a few chord changes. Horrors! Here it is:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=f-SuGfLhqo4

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    On his Something Good program on the '60s On 6 channel, Peter Noone just played Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas' version of the Beatles' Do You Want To Know A Secret, produced by George Martin. It reached #2 in the UK in June 1963 and was also released in the US (Liberty 55586) but failed to chart here. Kramer's next single, Bad To Me, went to number one in the UK in August 1963 but likewise failed to chart in the US (Liberty 55626). In January 1964, the two songs were re-released on a 45 in the US (Liberty 55667) and again neither song charted. In April 1964, Bad To Me was released a third time (with Little Children as the B-side, Liberty 66027) and finally charted, reaching #9. Is everyone clear on all that? Good. Here is Billy J. Kramer's Do You Want To Know A Secret:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDCkdaSs_vg

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    Today I was surprised to hear the '60s channel play Hot Sand. (I was smart enough to not walk barefoot on it, however.) Shocking Blue, a quartet from the Netherlands, charted in December 1969 with Venus. The song was written by Robbie van Leeuwen, the band's guitarist, and went to number one in ten countries including the US, France, Canada, Italy and Australia. Hot Sand, another van Leeuwen composition, was the B-side -- and if you missed it on the '60s channel, you can hear it on good ol' YouTube:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=y3lMi6AQkac

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    The '60s channel just played I'm Gonna Love You Too, a #56 hit from 1964 by a British quartet called the Hullaballoos. The pop music series Hullabaloo aired on NBC from January 1965 to August 1966. George Hamilton hosted the third episode. He sang Paul McCartney's And I Love Her and was offered a full-time hosting job but he turned it down. He wanted to focus on movies, not television or singing. The Hullaballoos appeared on that episode -- with that name, you just knew they would -- and lip-synched I'm Gonna Love You Too. Here they are, doing their very best impression of Buddy Holly & The Crickets:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=GIt6T-kz2-w

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    I was really surprised today to hear Donny Osmond's When I Fall In Love on the '70s channel. It stalled at #55 on Billboard's Hot 100 in January 1974. The song was written by Victor Young and Edward Heyman and had earlier been a hit for Doris Day, Nat "King" Cole, Etta Jones and the Lettermen. Here is Donny's version, recorded when he was 15 years old:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=bOuqb0uI-WU

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    The Sonics, a garage-rock quintet, formed in 1960 in Tacoma. In November 1964, they released their first single on Etiquette Records, The Witch, with the peculiarly-spelled Keep A' Knock'in on the B-side. In January 1965, The Witch started getting lots of airplay in the Pacific Northwest (except on Seattle's KJR, which listed the song on their Top 50 survey for several weeks but refused to play it). Etiquette then re-released the song, this time with Psycho as the B-side. Gerry Roslie is the vocalist. (He and guitarist Larry Parypa are now the only original members in the Sonics. They record with the group but no longer tour with them.) The '60s channel just played Psycho. Golly gee! Here is the song:

    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=vFED-5tZtC8

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    I was surprised to hear Davy Jones' version of Bob Dylan's It Ain't Me Babe on the '60s channel. (Thank you, Pat St. John!). It was released as a single in 1967 by Pye Records (#17302) in Japan, Scandinavia and the UK. The B-side, Baby It's Me, was a remake of a 1963 Petula Clark song written by "Mark Anthony," which was a pseudonym of pianist/composer/producer/arranger Tony Hatch. Both songs originally appeared on Davy's 1965 album David Jones and, considering the success of the Monkees' tv show in 1966-67, should have been big hits but were not. However, It Ain't Me Babe got enough airplay to reach #56 in Australia. Here are both songs on good ol' YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7CR47wcTb8

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MELDkdsK87k

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    Today I was very surprised to hear The Fredric's non-charting Five O'Clock Traffic on the '60s Channel. The song was written by Steve Thrall, The Fredric's sitarist. Bob Geis played guitar, David Idema played drums, Ron Bera played organ and piano and Joe McCargar was lead singer. The song, backed with Red Pier, was their only single. The single was released in mono in December 1968 by Forté, a small Michigan label which also released a few singles by Ed Bowers, the Iguanas, the Aardvarks and Pinkerton Colours. In January 1969, the Evolution label released the single in stereo. The Fredric also released a 12-track album, Phases & Faces. It does not include Five O'Clock Traffic. But looky here -- the song is on good ol' YouTube:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VWWSlGk1Rqc

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    A huge surprise today on the '60s channel: Harlem Shuffle, a 1966 single by the Fabulous Flippers. The band formed in 1964 in Lawrence, Kansas and was originally known as Terry & The Flippers, after guitarist Terry Wiermann. For several years, they performed throughout the midwest on weekends. They knew if they quit school to go on a national tour, they would have lost their 2-S deferments and might have wound up fighting in Việt Nam.

    The Fabulous Flippers performed a lot of frenetic choreography à la the James Brown Revue and the Ike & Tina Turner Revue. The Flippers released eight singles, one EP and one album. They specialized in remakes of pop hits such as Shout, Summertime, Green Onions, I Don't Want To Cry, Since I Fell For You, More Today Than Yesterday -- and Harlem Shuffle, originally a minor hit for Bob & Earl in early 1964. The Flippers' version got a lot of airplay in the midwest but never charted nationally. Here it is:

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

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