2HULLY GULLY The Olympics (1959) Example of how one of the staples of pop music has always been the song tailored to, or creating, a dance.R&B group from Los Angelesmodeled after another successful California group –The Coasters
3SIXTEEN CANDLES The Crests (1958) #2 hit and million sellerDoo-wop group from Manhattan included Luther Vandross’s sister PatriciaRecord came under attack during the Payola scandal – it was charged that Dick Clark played it only 10 times in 4 weeks and it went nowhere – but once he owned it he played it 27 times in less than 3 months and it took off like a rocket.
4PERSONALITY Lloyd Price (1959) #2 US hit#1 R&B hitPrice’s 4th million selling singleCo-writer of song-Singer/song writer/pianistInducted into Rock &Roll Hall of Fame 1998
5MISTY Johnny Mathis(1959) #12 Hit Legendary smooth ballad singer The first “album artist” in the pop/rock field; has remained at the topOvercame an addiction to amphetamines which he started taking to overcome stage fright.People bought his albums not for specific songs, but for his mood his sound created.Gave up a spot on the US Melbourne Olympics high jump team to accept a New York recording contract.MISTY Johnny Mathis(1959)
6DREAMIN’*** Johnny Burnette(1960) #11 hitStarted playing guitar at 5.Was Golden Gloves Champ of MemphisWrote some songs for Ricky NelsonDied in a boating accident 1964 age 30
7YOU’RE SIXTEEN Johnny Burnett(1960) #8 Hit and million sellerSinger, song writer, guitarist from Memphis, TennesseeIn a business where many performers started in their teens, Burnette didn’t start his music career till his 20s.
8COME A LITTLE BIT CLOSER Jay & The Americans(1964) Their best song - hit #3 US Chartsvocal group from New York CityStarted out as a hot new group on the Beatles’ first American tour along with The Chiffons and The Righteous Brothers
9THE TWIST Chubby Checker(1960,1962) #1 Hit for 2 weeks,cover version of Hank Ballard’s songstarted a world-wide dance crazeReal name - Ernest EvansDid impersonations of famous singersDick Clarke’s wife suggested he change his name to Chubby Checker because he resembled a teenage Fats Domino.
10THE TWIST(Yo Twist!) Fat Boys, with Chubby Checker(1988) #16 US, #12 Sales, #17 AirplayRap trio from Brooklyn, NY:Mark “Prince Markie Dee” MoralesDarren “The Human Beat Box” RobinsonDamon “Kool Rock” WimbleyGroup starred in the 1987 movie DisorderliesAlso did remake(remix) of Wipeout w/ the Beach Boys
11YOU TALK TOO MUCH Joe Jones(1960) #3 one hit wonderNew Orleans R&B singer/songwrier/ pianist
12SEE YOU IN SEPTEMBER The Tempos(1959) #23 hitPop vocal group from Pittsburgh,PAThis was their only hit
13ALLEY OOP The Hollywood Argyles(1960) Gary Paxton recorded this #1 hit as a solo artistSince he was still under contract to Brent Records where he recorded as Flip of “Skip & Flip”, he made up the name , Hollywood Argyles.After the song was a hit Paxton assembled a Hollywood Argyles group.
20WALK LIKE A MAN The 4 Seasons(1963) #1 hitTop hits Sherry and Big Girls Don’t CryFrankie Valli later did the song Grease from the movie starring John TravoltaAlso did ’94 hit December 63(Oh What A Night)
21MARIANNE*** The Hilltoppers(1957) #3 Jukebox hit#6 Jockey hit#8 Top 100#12 Best SellerVocal group featuring Jimmy Sacca from Bowling Green, KY