Song 125 – Lazy River

SONG: Lazy River ARTIST: Bobby Darin YEAR: 1961 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: (Up a) Lazy River was written by Hoagy Carmichael and Sidney Arodin in 1930. It has been recorded hundreds of times and is now considered a jazz and pop standard.  THE ARTIST: For more information on Bobby Darin, check out ourContinue reading “Song 125 – Lazy River”

Song 124 – Mad About the Boy

SONG: Mad About the Boy  ARTIST: Dinah Washington YEAR: 1961 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Mad About the Boy” was written by Noel Coward for the revue “Words and Music” in 1932.  It’s sung from the vantage point of a bunch of girls lined up outside a movie theatre, fawning over the newest matineeContinue reading “Song 124 – Mad About the Boy”

Song 123 – Spanish Harlem

SONG: Spanish Harlem ARTIST: Ben E. King YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Spanish Harlem was written by Jerry Leiber and Phil Spector and was first recorded by Ben E. King in 1960. The famous riff to the song was originally conceived by Spector and his then-girlfriend Beverly Ross. She was shocked toContinue reading “Song 123 – Spanish Harlem”

Song 122 – Non, Je ne regrette rien

SONG: Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien ARTIST: Édith Piaf YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here: THE SONG: “Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien” was written in 1956 by French songwriters Charles Dumont and Michel Vaucaire.  Originally the title was going to be “Non, Je Ne Trouverai Rien” (No, I Will Not Find Anything) but thinkingContinue reading “Song 122 – Non, Je ne regrette rien”

Song 121 – Shakin’ All Over

SONG: Shakin’ All Over ARTIST: Johnny Kidd & The Pirates YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Shakin’ All Over” was written by the leader of Johnny Kidd & the Pirates, Johnny Kidd himself. It reached number 1 in the UK, but was not a hit outside Europe, and is much better known byContinue reading “Song 121 – Shakin’ All Over”

Song 120 – September Song

SONG: September Song ARTIST: Ella Fitzgerald YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: September Song is an American standard composed by Kurt Weill and lyrics by Maxwell Anderson.  It was written in 1938 for the Broadway musical Knickerbocker Holiday and sings of feeling that youth was a waste of time, and in the stretchContinue reading “Song 120 – September Song”

Song 119 – Love Hurts

SONG: Love Hurts ARTIST: The Everly Brothers YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Love Hurts” was written and composed by the American songwriter Boudleaux Bryant. The recording we’re listening to today is the first ever recording of this song, by the Everly Brothers in July 1960, but the song is much better knownContinue reading “Song 119 – Love Hurts”

Song Review 118 – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow

SONG: Will You Love Me Tomorrow ARTIST: The Shirelles YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: Will You Love Me Tomorrow was written by powerhouse songwriting duo Carole King and Gerry Goffin and recorded by the Shirelles in 1960.  The lead singer of the Shirelles Shirley Owens originally balked at the song, saying itContinue reading “Song Review 118 – Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow”

Song Review 117 – The Click Song

SONG: The Click Song (Qongqothwane) ARTIST: Miriam Makeba YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: This song is called Qongqothwane, and is a traditional song of the Xhosa people of South Africa. Traditionally, it’s sung at weddings to bring good fortune to the couple. The Xhosa title literally translates to “knock-knock beetle” which isContinue reading “Song Review 117 – The Click Song”

Song Review 116 – Oh Carolina

SONG: Oh Carolina ARTIST: Folkes Brothers YEAR: 1960 Listen to it here:  THE SONG: “Oh Carolina” was recorded and released by the Folkes Brothers (John, Mico and Junior) in 1960.  It was produced by Prince Buster, who had a formidable reggae and ska career in the 1960s.  Prince Buster paid the Brothers $60 for theContinue reading “Song Review 116 – Oh Carolina”