Throwback Thursday

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From a picture of the sleeve, I presume, of the only record to reach the Number One position on the Billboard charts, fall off and then return later and reach Number One again, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, real name Ernest Evans. The song was actually written and originally released by Hank Ballard and the Midnighters as the B-Side to “Teardrops on Your Letter” in 1959.

Checker’s version first reached Number One in September, 1960 and then again in January, 1962. When both chart runs are added together the song was on the Hot 100 for 39 weeks.

If it seems as though I am obsessed with chart performance of 45s that is just an extension of my personality and my intense interest in such things when I was 12-13 years old. My best friend, Dr. Zal, began creating his own Top 40 way before I started although, at first, he simply rearranged the existing Billboard Top 40 to suit his preferences. I began creating my own Top 40s from scratch and he soon followed that practice.

Many of the songs to which I listened were not “Pop” but “Soul Music” and would never appear on the Billboard Hot 100 or Top 40. At the end of the first calendar year in which I compiled my Top 40 charts I used a point system to create a Top 40 for the year. My Number One song for that year was a very obscure piece called “Sweet Sweet Tootie” by Lonnie Youngblood. “Outa Space” by Billy Preston was #2, presaging, no doubt, my eventual interest in jazz and instrumental music.

Although as I age I grow more impatient and, therefore, don’t listen to music as much as I used to, music has always been a very important part of my life. Remember this photo?



I would very much like to read what type of music you like(d) and how important music is to you.






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9 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday

  1. As a kid in the 60’s I heard a lot of country. By the 70’s it was rock and roll ( Aerosmith, older Rolling stones, etc). By the 80’s it was southern/country rock ( Hank Jr, Outlaws, Marshal Tucker, etc) and some metal. By the 90’s I wasn’t finding any new music I liked on the radio and stuck to my older favorites. By the 2000’s I started to go back in time and started leaning towards bluegrass. These days I like older rock or metal songs done bluegrass style, and a genre known as dark country plus non traditional bluegrass, and some Irish style music ( Floggin Molly, Dropkick Murphys, Rumjacks). I’ll include a couple examples below if you care to publish them.

    metal song done bluegrass, original artist Metallica

    dark country with punk influence

    non traditional bluegrass

    Ironically, the band that got me started on bluegrass covers was called Run C and W. The did 2 albums of mostly covers of old Motown songs. It was put together by Bernie Leadon and others in the early 90’s

    As for pop and pop country. Thanks but no thanks. Nothing there for me.


      1. I realize my musical tastes are far from the norm these days. There are many other bands of the same genres I posted, that are even further from the mainstream.

        YouTube can be a strange and dangerous place to chase links.


  2. I heard a few weeks ago Mariah Carey’s All I want for Christmas returned to the Billboard number one spot years after it held that position. For me it is 60s 70s and 80s.


  3. Love this post. As you know, I am a Top 40 junky. Of course, we had many of the same musical interests (mine were a bit more mainstream, but I still love a lot of that soul music from the late ’60s and early ’70s). My #1 song in 1972 was “Theme from the Men,” by Isaac Hayes. Not as obscure as “Sweet Sweet Tootie,” but not a huge hit (It peaked at #38 in December 1972).

    Here’s the link for the top 40 archive site:

    Dr. Zal


  4. I grew up in the 60’s and 70’s so I like the old rock and roll from that time. Aerosmith, Jon Bon Jovi, John Mellencamp, and Journey. I didn’t like country until I moved to AZ. So that was in the 80’s, I liked Garth Brooks, Tim McGraw, and Kenny Chesney. Enjoy your music, it is a good outlet.


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