Throwback Thursday 44

On this day 60 years ago, this was the Number One song on the Billboard chart:


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The Shirelles were the first all-female group to have the top song on the Billboard chart. The song was written by the husband and wife duo of Gerry Goffin and Carole King. The two were married from 1959 to 1969 and were a prolific song-writing pair.

King, born Carol Joan Klein, later made 25 solo albums including the hugely successful Tapestry which topped the U.S. album chart for 15 weeks in 1971 and remained on the charts for more than six years. As I have written here before, Dr. Zal and I were obsessed with the Billboard Top 40 charts in the early 1970s. Being of that era, and not being wealthy, we focused on 45s and not albums as the former were less expensive. We never would have, or could have, made our own Top 40 album charts as we did for 45s.

After much success on the Scepter label from 1960 to 1963, with songs like “Will You Love Me Tomorrow,” “Mama Said,” “Baby It’s You” (one of my favorites from that era) and “Soldier Boy,” the Shirelles never had another Top 40 single. The “British invasion” as well as “competition” from other all-female groups like the Supremes are often cited as reasons why their popularity declined.


I have been “playing hurt” for a few days. In all honesty, my well of ideas has also run dry at the moment. My posting may be more sporadic than usual for some time. Once again, if anyone has a particular topic about which they would like me to write, please feel free to let me know. Thanks.





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6 thoughts on “Throwback Thursday 44

  1. First, I find it interesting that the song title is “Will You Love Me Tomorrow?”, while the tag line in the song is “Will you STILL love me tomorrow?” Did the addition of “still” screw up the label?

    Second, would love to see your take on the electric car world after the last few weeks of trends: GM going the full Monty on electric, ExxonMobile losing as much as the GNP of Namibia in selling gasoline, and the inevitability of the “ICar” and the threat to Tesla, GM, and FiatChrysler. That’s three days worth of posts right there.

    Consider taking the weekends off, or just writing something quick, even something off topic. Even Ted Williams only hit .400.


    1. Yes, it seems as though the title should be “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?”

      My take on electric cars is that it’s inevitable they will become the dominant paradigm in personal transportation, but that Internal Combustion Engine powered cars will be with us for decades to come. Remember that more than one BILLION ICE vehicles are owned by people all over the world and millions more are manufactured every year. They are not just going to disappear in the next 10-20 years unless governments confiscate them, which, in my opinion, is wildly inappropriate.


  2. I was a big fan of Carole King. During the 70s, I made a transition from popular music to country for some 20 years. Now my favorite stations on Sirius are 70s on 7 and Yacht Rock Radio. They are my background music much of every day. Thanks for the reminder of one of my favorite song writing duos.

    I could see us purchasing an electric vehicle for my wife’s car. She has a Honda Civic that seldom goes on road trips. It truly is a “grocery car.” Our biggest problem would be to get our condo association to approve the installation (at our considerable expense,) of electric wiring in our community garage stall that is tied to our meter to charge the vehicle nightly.


    1. Thanks for sharing part of your musical journey, JS.

      Of course, infrastructure is really the biggest impediment to EV adoption. “Range anxiety” is not an issue if people know they can charge almost anywhere.

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      1. It’s rather disgusting that the preening, self-righteous SJWs rail against corporate greed, but swoon over Elon Musk and Tesla. Personally, I believe in free enterprise over government control over the economy, so if Tesla can get away with proprietary charging stations, more power to them. Yes, pun intended.

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