From: Regina Litman <>
Subject: RESULTS and ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz 365 (GOLQ365)
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Date: Sun, 16 Jul 2017 03:16:00 -0400 (EDT)

RESULTS & ANSWER KEY for Golden Oldies Lyrics Quiz #365 (GOLQ365)

Congratulations to the the EJ'S & Co. and the Village Idiots, who, with scores
of 500++, took first place in this quiz.

This turned out to be a harder quiz than I should have anticipated because of
one particular mini-theme.  A few months ago, one of the many oldies-music-
oriented YouTube channels to which I subscribe posted some segments from the
1950s TV show, YOUR HIT PARADE.  This brought back memories from my pre-school
childhood of watching this show with my parents on our living room RCA black-
and-white TV.  I did some research on this show and learned that it had
originated on radio in the 1930s and transferred to TV around 1950.  During the
prime TV years of this show, the four main singers were, in reverse alphabetical
order, Gisele MacKenzie, Snooky Lanson, Dorothy Collins, and Russell Arms.  This
particular sequence was how I remembered these singers as my memories came back
to me.  To be honest, I didn't remember Russell Arms at all.  I remembered
Gisele and Snooky because of their fairly unusual names (Lanson's real first
name was Roy) and Dorothy because she was a beautiful blonde with a lovely
voice.  When I learned that all four of them had a charting song in the GOLQ
era, I decided to use them in this GOLQ.  However, the Lanson and MacKenzie
songs were among three songs tied for last place in the identification category,
and the Arms and Collins songs were not far ahead of them.  DEC & Friends and
Mike Weaver identified this mini-theme.

Another mini-theme was a tribute to Ilene Berns Biscoe, who died in February
2017.  Her husband, Bert Berns, was a founder of Bang Records and ran this label
in its first few years of existence.  After his sudden death in late 1967, she
took over the label, becoming one of the first female record company executives.
The label started in New York, but after she took it over, she moved it first to
Atlanta and then to Nashville.  Eventually, it was sold to Columbia Records.
Bang is notable for launching the careers of Neil Diamond, Van Morrison (as a
solo artist), and post-GOLQ-era hitmaker Paul Davis.  You could probably add
McCoys member Rick Derringer, who had some success as a solo artist in the
1970s, to this list, too.  This GOLQ includes four songs that were hits on the
Bang label, three of which, coincidentally, appear in succession.  Team
Teitelbaum identified the Bang mini-theme but only noted the three songs in
succession.  The fourth song was the one that was tied with the Snooky Lanson
and Gisele MacKenzie songs for last place.

Another mini-theme was song titles or lyrics snippets that mention the time of
day.  In retrospect, I should not have used "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The
Clock" in this GOLQ.  With two of the YOUR HIT PARADE songs also peaking in 1955
and a third one entering the chart that year, some participants may have decided
that the inclusion of 1955 in the years range was satisfied by this song and
didn't look further once they got this very easy one.  Two years in this GOLQ
were overrepresented, in my opinion:  1955 and 1967.  The latter was intentional
because I thought it was a very important year in music, and this is its 50th
anniversary year.  Ironically, 1969 only had one song in this GOLQ.  That one
does not fit any of the mini-themes.  I chose it because I had originally hoped
to use a different song by this artist, from another year, whose title mentions
a time of day, but it turned out that that one had been used too recently in a
GOLQ.  Team Teitelbaum and Vito and the Salutations mentioned this
"clocks/clock" mini-theme.

By coincidence, my turn came up for GOLQ365 in the month in which I turned 65.
65 x 365 days, plus several more to account for leap years.  Am I really that
old?  I guess I am if I can remember watching YOUR HIT PARADE.  I chose this
opportunity to retire from my day job.  Therefore, one of the mini-themes is
songs about the work life grind.  Team Teitelbaum, Vito and the Salutations, and
Will McCorry mentioned this mini-theme.

Finally, in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the landmark Beatles album
SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND, there are two songs that are on this
album.  This album did not produce any singles by the Beatles that charted in
the GOLQ era, so I used one as a tie-breaker.  I also used a charting remake of
one of the songs by another artist in the regular portion of this GOLQ.  I guess
I really am 65 because I got this album as a present for my 15th birthday.  Team
Teitelbaum, Vito and the Salutations, and Will McCorry identified this mini-

GOLQ365's mean score was 421.33, and the median was 430.

My thanks to everyone who participated.

Tom Pillion has posted GOLQ366.

-- Regina Litman <>

Replace all occurrences of "&" in all e-mail addresses with "@".
Tie Breaker Scoring Key
    +  after numeric score below indicates a tie-breaker answered correctly.
    -  indicates partial credit..  
    x  indicates a totally incorrect guess.
    .  indicates no guess.

                                                                   # on
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               Team Age(s)
T01 500++ EJ The EJ'S & Co.: Ellis, Kevin, Mitch, Kyra, Vinnie        5   30+
T01 500++ VI The Village Idiots                   <MrJaded&>   4
                              (Doug, Michael, Andrew, Andy)
 03 490+- DT Delphi Trivia Club         <rcwkid99&>   6   grey
 04 488++ EM DEC & Friends                    <cochran57&>   2 Various
 05 478+. RR Really Rockin' In Boston             <rardini&>   7 60s,70s
 06 440++ MW Mike Weaver                   <oldtunes&>   1
 07 420+. WM Will McCorry                   <wmccorry&>   1   59
 08 418++ NA NAVAIRHEADS                   <tompillion&>   1   70
 09 396++ LB Vito & the Salutations          <baileyl&>  4-5 boomers
T10 360+. TT Team Teitelbaum      (Howard, Bonnie, Patty)             3  55-67 
T10 360+. CO The Coasters (Rick & Kathy Schubert, Magic Marc,         4  64-68
                                      Bigfoot Mae) <rns&>
 12 206.. JR Jessica Raine          <jraine&>   1   43
Pos Score ID Name and E-mail address                               # on Age(s)


I have one correction from GOLQ361.  The entry was ranked in the proper
position, and the individual scoring breakdown was correct.  However, the score
shown was incorrect. Here is what it should have been:

 05 490.+ TT Team Teitelbaum      (Howard, Bonnie, Patty)             3  54-67 

The following table gives the individual scoring breakdown.  A '-' is used to
indicate that no guess was made for a question, whereas a zero indicates that
a completely incorrect response was submitted.

   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25
EJ 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
VI 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
DT 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 10 20 20 20 20 20
EM 20 20 20 18 20 20 18 20 10 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20
RR 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20
MW 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20 20 20 20 20  - 20
WM  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20  - 20 20 20 20  - 20
NA 18 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20  -  - 20 20 20  - 20
LB  - 20 20  - 18  - 20 20 20 20 20 18 20 20 20 20  - 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20
TT 20 20  -  - 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  - 20  -  - 20 20 20  - 20
CO  - 20 20  - 20  - 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20 20  -  -  - 20  - 20 20 20 20
JR  - 20  -  - 20  -  - 20 10 20 20  - 18 18 10  -  -  -  -  -  - 20 10  - 20
   01 02 03 04 05 06 07 08 09 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25


Answers are in the form:
#number) Artist: Title (year[s]) [peak position on Pop chart] {peak R&B}

[-]   = did not make pop chart
{-}   = did not make R&B chart
{F}   = made R&B chart as a flip side
{n/c} = no Billboard R&B chart published during this recording's period
        of peak popularity

One for your beauty
And one for your smile
And the last hill to hold you again
#01) Arms, Russell: "Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)" (1957) [22] {-}

This was one of the singers from the peak TV years of YOUR HIT PARADE.  YOUR HIT
PARADE debuted on TV in 1949 or 1950 (I've seen both years given) and lasted
through 1959.  The core of Arms, Collins, Lanson, and MacKenzie were the
regulars from 1953-1957.  Russell Arms joined in 1952.  After the show was
revamped in 1957, a new group of singers took over to give it a younger sound.
Among these later singers, Virginia Gibson, Jill Corey, Johnny Desmond, and
Tommy Leonetti all had charting songs in the GOLQ era.  June Valli, who was on
the TV show before 1953, also had GOLQ-era charting songs.  At least one of the
radio era stars, Frank Sinatra, had a lot of GOLQ-era charting songs.  I did not
consider using any songs by these artists because I felt that we had enough
songs from the category I call "Your Mother (and Father) Should Know."  I have
used songs by Gibson and Desmond in past GOLQs, and I remember another
quizmaster using a song by Corey not too long ago.

The EJ'S & Co. and The Village Idiots mentioned that this was with Pete King and

There's one more thing I got the pink slip, Daddy
#02) Beach Boys, The: "Little Deuce Coupe" (1963) [15] {28}

In addition to YOUR HIT PARADE, another research project I undertook recently
was to listen to all of the Beach Boys albums, including solo ones by the five
"core" members (Brian, Carl, and Dennis Wilson; Al Jardine; and Mike Love), that
I could find on Google Play and YouTube.  I had been under the mistaken
impression that the group pretty much stopped putting out albums after Brian
Wilson agonized over the SMILE album in the late 1960s.  Occasionally, a hit
single such as "I Can Hear Music," "Sail On Sailor," "It's O.K." (which I
thought for many years, until my recent research, was called "Fun Is"), or
"Kokomo" would slip out.  And they were always touring and doing special
performances such as July 4 at the Washington Monument.  But they really had
some top notch new albums well into the new millennium.  (The most recent studio
album of new material put out under the group's name was THAT'S WHY GOD MADE THE
RADIO, in 2012.)

I chose this song because of the existence of two different colloquial meanings
of the phrase "pink slip."  One is well-known throughout the U.S. and possibly
elsewhere--a "pink slip" is the notice of someone being terminated from a job.
Until 1988, I thought the guy in the song got his little deuce coupe, but, oh by
the way, he's lost his job, and now, how is he going to afford it without
Daddy's help?  In 1988, I heard on a short-lived oldies show hosted by Harvey
Holiday in Philadelphia the other meaning of "pink slip" as used in this song.
It was a slip of paper in California that denotes that the car is now
registered.  I asked a friend who recently moved from Philadelphia to California
if these are still being issued, but she said there was nothing pink in the
registration process.

Really Rockin' In Boston--"Trivia: Name 5 Beach Boy hits that start with the
word 'well.'"  I should do really "well" on this since I listed to so much of
their music recently.  Right now, I can think of three:  this one, "Fun, Fun,
Fun" and "Help Me, Rhonda."

Up in the mornin'
Out on the job
I work like the devil for my pay
#03) Charles, Ray: "That Lucky Old Sun" (1963/64) [20] {n/c}

Originally, this spot in this GOLQ was going to be for a tribute to Chuck Berry,
who died earlier this year.  I chose "Roll Over Beethoven" because it was his
only charting hit in 1956, an unrepresented year (until I learned that Snooky
Lanson's song actually peaked in that year).  In addition, it was the first
Chuck Berry song I ever heard of, although it was through the Beatles' remake on
BEATLES SECOND ALBUM (beating Johnny Rivers' remake of "Memphis" by several
weeks).  I only reluctantly chose this, though, because the Beatles did chart
with their remake and also fit alphabetically.  However, I figured that the tie-
breaker by the Beatles would be so easily identifiable that the artist for this
song would undoubtably be chosen as Chuck Berry by everyone who recognized the
lyrics.  Then I saw a very preliminary attempt at this quiz by one member of a
team that had gotten a "beta" copy of this quiz and saw that this person did not
identify that tie-breaker and was left up in the air as to which artist to use
for "Roll Over Beethoven."  That's when I knew I had to change this song.  One
other Chuck Berry song I considered as a replacement was "Brown Eyed Handsome
Man," which I thought would have gone well with "Brown Eyed Woman" on this GOLQ
and "Brown Eyed Girl" by Van Morrison from the last GOLQ I did, but it did not
chart for him.

I discovered a really good version of "That Lucky Old Sun" on a Brian Wilson
album during my recent Beach Boys research.  These lyrics struck me as being
appropriate for this quiz.  I knew of a version by Cash McCall that was played
briefly on WEAM in the DC area in the late 1960s and wondered if it had charted.
It hadn't, but I found that one by Ray Charles did chart, and it would fit here
alphabetically.  Thus, I inserted it here.  I thought I might get one or more
entries with Solomon Burke as the artist, because he recorded it, too.  His
version only bubbled under at #129 in 1969.  Another alphabetically-fitting
artist who recorded this song but didn't chart with it is Johnny Cash.  In 1949,
versions by Herb Lance (#6) and Louis Armstrong (#14) made the r&b chart.

The "other" Ray Charles, of the Ray Charles Singers fame, was the music director

Got to get up in the mornin'
About a quarter to eight
(Don't you know I'm bound)
I'm bound to my job
#04) Coasters, The: "Wake Me, Shake Me" (1960) [51] {14}

This is the second song in this GOLQ about which I gained some knowledge from
that short-lived Harvey Holiday show.  I had never heard it before Harvey began
playing it at 7:45 every morning.  He didn't usually give the title and artist,
but eventually I learned them.  This is not to be confused with two songs later
recorded by the Four Tops:  "Shake Me, Wake Me (When It's Over)" and "I Got A
Feeling," with its lines "You shake me up, break me up" (also recorded by
Barbara Randolph).

I never did figure out the end of the first line.  It doesn't really sound like
"in the mornin'," but it fits the context, and most lyrics sites show this.  The
other lyrics sites leave it blank.  I now think it may be something like "to the
Muni," meaning municipal depot, from where the garbage trucks begin their run.
Other lyrics refer to working on these trucks.

This is a two-fer, since it fits both the work life grind and time of day

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
No no
How do I feel at the end of the day?
(Are you sad 'cause you're on your own?)
#05) Cocker, Joe: "With A Little Help From My Friends" (1968) [68] {-}

Remake of a song from SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS CLUB BAND.  I believe this may
have been the only GOLQ-era charting song from this album.  Cocker also charted
with another Beatles remake, "She Came In Through The Bathroom Window," #30 in

Got no dough but just a nod
Will get the girls though it may seem odd
A real cool lover in his old hot rod
#06) Dorothy Collins: "My Boy - Flat Top" (1955) [16] {-}

Dorothy Collins was the only one of the four YOUR HIT PARADE artists featured
here who had multiple charting songs in the GOLQ era.  In 1959, Dorothy Collins
was brought back for one last season of YOUR HIT PARADE, co-starring with Johnny
Desmond.  The format of YOUR HIT PARADE involved artists covering the hit songs
of other performers.  When rock and roll came along, the performers became as
important as the song.  People wanted to see and hear Elvis Presley singing
"Heartbreak Hotel," not fellow Memphis boy Snooky Lanson, for instance.  Also,
the rocking and rolling of many of the hits of the late 1950s weren't really cut
out for the regulars on YOUR HIT PARADE.  This particular Dorothy Collins song
was a rock and roll number, however.  I don't know if it was a big enough hit
that she got to sing it on the show.

Sneakin' down your alleyway
And knockin' on your door
Thought I had enough
But I'm back for more
#07) Derek: "Cinnamon" (1968/69) [11] {-}

Derek was actually Johnny Cymbal, best remembered for "Mr. Bass Man," which
reached #16 in 1963, as mentioned by Mike Weaver.  When this record was
released, Neil Diamond and Van Morrison had both recently left Bang Records.  I
wasn't surprised to see that this record was released on Bang since it reminded
me of some of Neil's songs, including "Cherry, Cherry" and the one immediately
below it in this GOLQ.  In recent years, I have also detected a strong
resemblance to Morrison's only charting hit on Bang, "Brown Eyed Girl," which I
recently used in GOLQ361.

Johnny Cymbal's original name was John Hendry Blair.  To quote from Wikipedia:
"People often thought Johnny Cymbal was a stage name, but that was not the case.
At a young age, he was adopted by his mother's second husband, Nick (possibly
Nikolas) Cymbal."  He died of a heart attack in 1993.  YouTube contains some
videos of him performing in front of a small group of people less than a week
before his death.  These videos include "Cinnamon," "Mr. Bass Man," and a few
other songs.

Another artist I used in GOLQ361 was Eric Clapton, as a member of the group
Cream.  Eric Clapton also used the name Derek at one stage in his career, as the
leader of Derek and the Dominoes.  They are best known for "Layla," a song I
first heard on the radio on April 12, 1971, the first day of my first job
(working with Mrs. Frisby and the rats at NIMH).  (Okay, I made up the Mrs.
Frisby and the rats part, but that job was as a temporary keypunch operator at

Nine to five ain't a-takin' me where I'm bound
When it's done I run out and see my baby
#08) Diamond, Neil: "I Thank The Lord For The Night Time" (1967) [13] {-}

I know, I know, this is the third straight GOLQ I've done in which Neil Diamond
appears.  But I just couldn't help including this three-fer song (Bang Records,
work life grind, and time of day).  In addition, I knew that I was going to be
seeing him in concert on June 20 in Philadelphia as part of his 50th anniversary
tour.  (He's actually marking his 51st anniversary as a hitmaker this year, but
he didn't tour last year.)  At the age of 76, he is still going strong,
performing most of his hits for about 2 1/2 hours.  He didn't do this song, but
he did a lot of other memorble songs, leading off with "Cherry, Cherry" and
finishing with his 1981 hit from THE JAZZ SINGER, "America."  (But conspicuous
by its absence was his long time closing number, "Brother Love's Traveling
Salvation Show.")

Neil Diamond left Bang Records after Bert Berns' death and signed with another
up-and-coming small label, UNI (later MCA), based in Los Angeles.  UNI also
launched the careers of a couple of post-GOLQ-era superstars, Elton John and
Olivia Newton-John.  Later, he moved to Columia Records (for which he had also
done some recording, with no success, in the early 1960s).  He stayed with
Columbia until the early 2010s, although the soundtrack album for THE JAZZ
SINGER and the singles taken from it were on Capitol.  He became affiliated
again with Capitol after leaving Columbia, and many of his earlier albums have
been reissued by that label.  (Neil had the rights to his Columbia albums, and
Capitol had acquired the rights to the UNI/MCA albums.  The Bang albums have
never been re-released on CD, but to coincide with his Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
induction in 2011, Columbia released the album THE BANG YEARS: 1966-1968.  It
contains all but two of the released songs that Neil did for Bang.)

Some pressings of this single use the title "Thank The Lord For The Night Time,"
plus this is how the song is listed on the various Neil Diamond albums that
contain it (originally JUST FOR YOU on Bang in 1967, later several live and
compilation albums), so I accepted either form of the title.

I'll never lose the memory of your name
In the night
That I call through the lonely years
#09) Exciters, The: "A Little Bit Of Soap" (1966) [58] {-}

In this GOLQ, I used lesser-known versions of three songs that charted multiple
times.  In two cases, it was because the lesser-known version fit one of the
mini-themes.  This is one of them.  The Exciters' better-known hits, such as
"Tell Him" and "Do-Wah-Diddy," were released on United Artists.  By 1966, they
were recording for Bang.  At least three versions of this song were released on
Bang Records between 1966 and 1979, probably because the song was written by
Bert Berns, under the name of Bert Russell.  I have heard that he even had a
yacht called A LITTLE BIT OF SOAP.

Other notable versions of this song: The Jarmels in 1961 - #12/#7 r&b (best-
known version) (mentioned by Team Teitelbaum and Mike Weaver) The Fabulous
Echoes in 1963 - did not chart in the U.S. but reached #1 in parts of Southeast
Asia (mentioned by DEC & Friends) Garnet Mimms in 1965 - #95 (mentioned by Mike
Weaver) Paul Davis in 1970 - #52 Nigel Olsson in 1979 - #34 (like Neil Diamond,
he also recorded for UNI/MCA, perhaps getting his entree there as a member of
Elton John's band)

Take care, TCB
(Sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me, sock it to me)
#10) Franklin, Aretha: "Respect" (1967) [1] {1}

There were four Saturdays and thus four Billboard Hot 100 charts in June 1967,
50 years ago from the month of this GOLQ.  Aretha's breakout hit "Respect" was
#1 all four of these weeks (but only for these four weeks), which is why I chose
it for this GOLQ.  The Saturdays in June 1967 even had the same dates as the
ones in June 2017:  the 3rd, 10th, 17th, and 24th.  I chose these lines because
they refer to expressions that emerged into popular use right around that time.
"Sock it to me" was first made popular by the earlier 1967 hit, "Sock It To Me-
Baby!" by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels but really became famous later in
the 1960s as a common line on the TV show ROWAN AND MARTIN'S LAUGH-IN.

Team Teitelbaum--"Superb backing vocals by Aretha's sisters, Erma & Carolyn."

Other notable versions: Otis Redding (who wrote the song) in 1965 - #35/#4 r&b
The Rationals in 1966 - #92 The Vagrants in 1967 - did not chart

The versions by the Rationals and the Vagrants may be considered to be garage
band classics in some circles.

It was the third of June
Another sleepy, dusty Delta day
#11) Gentry, Bobbie: "Ode to Billie Joe" (1967,1976) [1,54] {8,-}

I chose this because it contains a reference to the month of June and was also a
number one song in 1967.  I actually had been wanting to use this song in a GOLQ
for a long time and had decided that it would be in one of my 2017 ones to mark
its 50th anniversary (unless another quizmaster got to it first).  It is one of
the few singles to reach the Hot 100 plus the r&b, country (#17), and easy
listening (#7) charts.

Other notable versions: Kingpins (instrumental) in 1967 - #28/#6 r&b Ray Bryant
in 1967 - #89 Margie Singleton (also in this GOLQ) in 1967 - #39 country (did
not chart in Hot 100) Mighty Flea (instrumental) in 1968 - #46 r&b (did not
chart in Hot 100) Bobbie Gentry in 1976 - #65 (different version used in movie
based on the song)

The Ventures included both "Respect" and "Ode To Billie Joe" on their 1967 album
$1,000,000 WEEKEND.

All of the lonely nights
Waiting for you to come
Longing to hold you tight
#12) Grass Roots, The: "I'd Wait A Million Years" (1969) [15] {-}

I originally wanted to use the Grass Roots' 1968 hit "Midnight Confessions" for
my time-of-day theme, but it had been used too recently on another GOLQ.  I then
chose this one because it has a similar sound.

When the chimes ring five, six, and seven
We'll be right in seventh heaven
#13) Haley, Bill, and His Comets: "(We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock" (1955)
       [1] {3}

Delphi Trivia Club--"The original full title of the song was 'We're Gonna Rock
Around the Clock Tonight!' This was later shortened to '(We're Gonna) Rock
Around the Clock,' though this form is generally only used on releases of the
1954 Bill Haley Decca Records recording."

I gave full credit for various well-known representations of this song's title.

Said to my shock
You're on the wrong block
#14) Herman's Hermits: "Silhouettes" (1965) [5] {-}

This is one of the cases in which I used a lesser-known version of a song that
charted multiple times in the GOLQ era.  I had always wanted to use "Get A Job"
by the Silhouettes and "Silhouettes" by the Rays in the same GOLQ.  I was about
to do it this time, but I decided to use the Herman's Hermits' version of
"Silhouettes" because, before Neil Diamond entered my life, lead singer Peter
Noone (a time of day, even though the spelling is different!) was my #1 music
man.  Their version had never been used in a GOLQ before even though it was also
a Top 5 hit.

Other charting versions:
The Rays (best-known version) in 1957 - #3/#3 r&b
The Diamonds in 1957 - #10/#6 r&b
Steve Gibson in 1957 - #63
The Futures in 1981 - #79 r&b (did not chart in the Hot 100)

I didn't mean to make you cry
Let's make amends
#15) Impalas, The: "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)" (1959) [2] {14}

This is a song I like a lot but haven't heard much over the years.  If I had
been a contestant rather than the quizmaster and seen these lyrics, I don't
think I would have identified it.  But every entry got at least the title
correct (and every entry got the parentheses placement correct).

The EJ'S & Co. mentioned Orchestra Under The Direction of LeRoy Holmes.

I could make him happy
(Oh yeah)
If he'd only let me
(Oh yeah)
#16) Jelly Beans, The: "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" (1964} [9] {n/c}

I didn't like this song at all when it came out during that Beatlemania summer
of 1964.  I like it a little bit more these days as I have gained a greater
appreciation of the "girl group" sound.  Actually, both the Exciters and the
Jelly Beans had one male member, but they had what is considered to be the girl
group sound (as did some solo singers such as Lesley Gore).  This song was
written by the duo who became Neil Diamond's record producers during his time
with Bang, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, and was produced by Barry and Steve
Venet and arranged by Greenwich.  The record was released on the Red Bird label,
which had two other girl groups releasing hits at the time, the Dixie Cups and
the Shangri-Las.  Both of those groups also had hits with at least one Barry-
Greenwich composition.

I'll love you forever
Till stars cease to shine
And hope someday darling that
You'll always be mine
#17) Lanson, Snooky: "It's Almost Tomorrow" (1955/56) [20] {-}

This is the other of the two songs for which I used a lesser-known version of a
song that charted multiple times because it fit one of the mini-themes.  With
four top 20 versions charting in the 1955 and 1956 time frame (plus a bottome 10
one in the 1960s), I was surprised to discover that this song had never been
used in a GOLQ before.

Other charting versions:
David Carroll in 1955 - #20
Dream Weavers (probably the best-known version) in 1955 - #7
Jo Stafford in 1955 - #14
Jimmy Velvet in 1965 - #93

In the morning when it's still too early to knock 
And the dusty light shines down on the block 
And reflects up and down on the hands of the clock
#18) Lovin' Spoonful, The: "Six O'Clock" (1967) [18] {-}

Time-of-day theme.  Another song I had hoped to use was "Twelve Thirty" with a
parenthetical portion about young girls coming to the canyon by the Mamas and
Papas, but since it had been used too recently in a GOLQ, I didn't have to worry
about deduction points from entries leaving out that parenthetical portion.

I wish that I'd been smart
And never adored you
You broke my heart
Easy kisses just bored you
#19) MacKenzie, Gisele: "Hard To Get" (1955) [4] {-}

YOUR HIT PARADE used a tally of "the top tunes all over America as determined by
YOUR HIT PARADE's survey, which checks the best sellers in sheet music, and
phonograph records; the songs most heard on the air, and the songs most played
on the automatic coin machines [more popularly known as jukeboxes]."  Each show
in the 1953-1957 time period featured nine performances--the top seven songs
plus two "extras."  The four regulars all got songs to sing, plus one or two
numbers were performed by the Hit Parade singers and dancers (who also appeared
in some performances of the four regulars).  The #1 song was done last, but
songs 7 through 2 were not performed in sequence.  My guess is this was done to
allow for situations in which the same singer was to do two consecutively-
numbered songs and needed a costume change or even just a break between numbers.
The show was done live!  There are some YOUR HIT PARADE tribute and reunion
videos on YouTube featuring some of the performers reminiscing about the show,
and the challenges of performing live is a common topic.  Another challenge for
the show was coming up with a different way to perform songs that stayed in the
top seven for many weeks differently each week.  But Dorothy Collins said in one
reunion that she never got tired of doing the same song many times.

Earlier, I wondered if Dorothy Collins had ever sung "My Boy Flat - Top" on YOUR
HIT PARADE.  What I do know is that Gisele MacKenzie did sing "Hard To Get."  It
was #1 on YOUR HIT PARADE's own tally, and she says on at least one
reunion/tribute show that she was the only performer in the history of YOUR HIT
PARADE to sing her/his own hit as the #1 song.

After the major revamping in 1957, the show changed its chart source to the
Billboard chart.  Also, the number of charting songs was cut back to five.
After her stint on YOUR HIT PARADE ended, Gisele MacKenzie got her own variety
show on NBC, the same network that aired YOUR HIT PARADE.

The EJ'S & Co. and The Village Idiots mentioned that this was with Orchestra
directed by Richard Maltby.

(Stay away, baby)
I could love you so
(No no)
I could love you so
(No no)
#20) Medley, Bill: "Brown Eyed Woman" (1968) [43] {37}

Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil.  Mann released his own version in 1980,
but it didn't chart.  Bill Medley, as you probably know, was one of the
Righteous Brothers.  He tried a solo career in the late 1960s.  I am pretty sure
that this song is about a white man wanting to make love with a black woman.  I
also once read a description of "Cinnamon" by Derek as being about a white man
wanting to make love to a black woman (but in more cruder fashion).  As a result
of these references, I now wonder if two songs I used in GOLQ361, "Brown Eyed
Girl" by Van Morrison and "Cinnamon Girl" by Neil Young, are also about a white
man wanting to be with a black woman.  "Cinnamon Girl" was supposedly written
about Jean Ray Glover of Jim and Jean.  I have seen pictures of her and noticed
that she had a dark complexion, regardless of her race (past tense because she
died in 2007).  The "Cinnamon Girl" name may have just been due to a dark
complexion rather than a particular race.

So I'm pickin' 'em up
And I'm a-layin' 'em down
I believe he's gonna work me into the ground
#21) Orbison, Roy: "Workin' for the Man" (1962) [33] {-}

Another work life grind song.

The Village Idiots mentioned that this was with Bob Moore's Orch. & Chorus.
This was the Nashville-based Bob Moore, not to be confused with one who was
based in New Jersey.  I mistakenly credited Bob Moore of Nashville in GOLQ336 as
a member of the Temptations who did the song "Trophy Run" when it was really Bob
Moore of New Jersey (who died in the past year or two).

When we kiss my heart's on fire
Burning with a strange desire
#22) Presley, Elvis, with The Jordanaires: "Surrender" (1961) [1] {-}

This song was written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, the third song in this GOLQ
written by one of the songwriting teams I featured in GOLQ285.  While the other
two were coincidental, I wanted to use a Doc Pomus song in his birthday month of
June.  Doc Pomus and my father were both born in Brooklyn in the summer of 1925,
but I doubt that they knew each other.  In trying to come up with a Pomus-Shuman
song for this quiz, I turned to Elvis, who is often an artist I can count on to
fill various unused years or other desires in my GOLQs.  He had hits with
several Pomus-Shuman songs.  According to Wikipedia, "Surrender" "is an
adaptation ... of the music of a 1902 Neapolitan ballad by Giambattista and
Ernesto de Curtis entitled 'Torna a Surriento' ('Come Back to Sorrento')."

Delphi Trivia Club--"The Jordanaires are credited with backing vocals, but are
not mentioned on the cover label."

Because of the different ways the credits are shown, I gave full credit with or
with The Jordanaires.

I go back to the house
Hear the woman's mouth
Preachin' and a-cryin'
Tell me that I'm lyin'
#23) Silhouettes, The: "Get A Job" (1958) [1] {1}

Another work life grind song.  The oldies tribute band Sha Na Na took its name
from the chorus of this song, but to me, it has always sounded like "Sha da da."
DEC & Friends also mentioned a version by the Mills Brothers that reached #21,
also in 1958.  Jessica Raine mentioned that Sha Na Na also did their own version
of this song.

C'mere baby
Just a little bit closer
Turn your radio up so you can hear what I'm sayin'
Awww, now you got me turned on, baby
#24) Strangeloves, The: "Night Time" (1966) [30] {-}

This is the fourth song on Bang Records that I used in this quiz.  At the time
this song and its predecessor "I Want Candy" were hits, the group was marketed
as being three brothers from Australia:  Miles, Niles, and Giles Strange.
Eventually it came out that the Strangeloves were actually New York record
producers and songwriters named Feldman, Goldstein, and Gottehrer.  Among the
artists for which they wrote and/or produced were the Angels and fellow Bang
artists the McCoys.

Up every morning just to keep a job
I gotta find my way through the hustlin' mob
Sounds of the city poundin' in my brain
While another day goes down the drain
#25) Vogues, The: "Five O'Clock World" (1965) [4] {-}

Yet another work life grind song.  I received comments that the third word in
the second line may be "fight," although I think it is "find."  Whatever it is,
it didn't prevent this song from being correctly identified by every entry.


Nothing can come between us
When it gets dark I tow your heart away
#T1) Beatles, The: "Lovely Rita" (1967) [-] {-} (Mentioned in 9 entries)


#T1) Domino, Fats: "Lovely Rita" (1968) [-] {-} (Mentioned in 2 entries)

Of course, I had to use a song by the Beatles from SGT. PEPPER'S LONELY HEARTS
CLUB BAND in its 50th anniversary month.  Since they never had a charting single
from this album in the GOLQ era, I had to use it as one of the tie-breakers.  I
chose this song because it is about a working woman, although not a work life
grind song.  A single of "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"/"With A Little
Help From My Friends" reached #71 in 1978.  The B side of that single was "A Day
In The Life."  Radio station WPGC in the DC area, disappointed that there were
no singles released from this album, played "A Day In The Life" like it was a
single in regular rotation and charted in on their weekly Top 40 (counted down
by Cousin Duffy every Saturday).  They had done the same thing with "She" and
"Mary, Mary" from MORE OF THE MONKEES earlier in 1967.

I didn't know about Fats Domino's recording of "Lovely Rita" until three entries
named it.  (One of them also gave the Beatles as its official answer.)  It was
on his 1968 album FATS IS BACK.  Another Beatles cover on this album, "Lady
Madonna," charted for two weeks at #100.  I found "Lovely Rita" by Fats Domino
on YouTube.  I usually love Fats Domino (going back to hearing "I'm Gonna Be a
Wheel Some Day" when I was seven years old and "Blueberry Hill" even earlier),
but I don't care for this one.  I also found on YouTube a cover of "Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" by someone who was in the news a lot in June
2017 and whose 5-letter last name starts with "Co" and ends with "y".  No, not
James Comey but Bill Cosby.  I didn't care for this one much, either.

Send a message to my love
Tell him that I'll wait patiently
Sad and so lonely
Dreamin' of him only
#T2) Singleton, Margie: "Magic Star (Tel-Star)" (1963) [124] {-}

As can be seen in the subtitle, this is a vocal version of the instrumental hit
"Telstar" by the Tornadoes.  I originally had it slated for GOLQ352, along with
other vocal versions of well-known instrumentals, but I pulled it in favor of an
answer song to one of the regular songs in that quiz.  Margie Singleton, who was
once married to Nashville record company executive Shelby Singleton, had many
country hits, but this Bubbling Under entry was her only song on the pop chart.
Vito and the Salutations, The EJ'S & Co., and The Village Idiots mentioned that
she was backed up by The Merry Melody Singers.

Mike Weaver--"One of those 'I didn't know there were words to that' songs.  Also
there is a Bobby Rydell version with appropriate gender pronoun changes."

One final word about GOLQ365 in general:

All of the recordings used in this GOLQ are available on YouTube as of now, with
the likely exception of "Lovely Rita" and "With A Little Help From My Friends"
by the Beatles in their released form.  (Most Beatles songs in their released
form are not available in the U.S. on YouTube.  They are generally available in
another service I use, Google Play.)  Most of the other versions of them and
other songs mentioned here are also available there.  YouTube also contains lots
of performances from YOUR HIT PARADE, including full shows, and videos of
various reunion and tribute shows.  I have not included links to them because
such links sometimes tend to disappear, plus I now mainly access YouTube on
devices other than the desktop computer I use for my GOLQ work.  Therefore, I
can't easily transfer the direct links to this document.  I found all of the
songs I checked by using the YouTube search feature.


This chart ranks the songs/artists from most to least recognized.  The second
number on the line denotes the average number of points scored on that song
(total points divided by number of entrants, to 2 decimal places).  For
comparison purposes, tie-breakers are scored here on the usual 20-point scale.

In this GOLQ, I expected "Lovely Rita" to score high, even though it was a tie-
breaker.  The surprise was that the other tie-breaker, "Magic Star (Tel-Star)"
also scored higher than three of the regular songs.  However, two of these were
by the YOUR HIT PARADE artists, which I didn't expect to do well anyway.  So
"Night Time" was the only one of the three songs tied for last that scored far
worse than I expected it to score.  "Six O'Clock" also scored worse than I
expected.  "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)" scored better than I expected it to
score, especially since it was at least partially identified by every entry.
The first twelve songs listed below were at least partially identified by every
entry.  (Due to the different points distributions among entries of the three
songs tied for 12th place with 18.33 points each, only "A Little Bit Of Soap"
was at least partially identified by each entry.)

Rank Avg. Song
T01 20.00 #02) Beach Boys, The: "Little Deuce Coupe" (1963) [15] {28}
T01 20.00 #08) Diamond, Neil: "I Thank The Lord For The Night Time" (1967) [13]
T01 20.00 #10) Franklin, Aretha: "Respect" (1967) [1] {1}
T01 20.00 #11) Gentry, Bobbie: "Ode to Billie Joe" (1967,1976) [1,54] {8,-}
T01 20.00 #22) Presley, Elvis, with The Jordanaires: "Surrender" (1961) [1] {-}
T01 20.00 #25) Vogues, The: "Five O'Clock World" (1965) [4] {-}
T07 19.83 #13) Haley, Bill, and His Comets: (We're Gonna) Rock Around The Clock
T07 19.83 #14) Herman's Hermits: "Silhouettes" (1965) [5] {-}
 09 19.67 #05) Cocker, Joe: "With A Little Help From My Friends" (1968) [68] {-}
T10 19.17 #15) Impalas, The: "Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)" (1959) [2] {14}
T10 19.17 #23) Silhouettes, The: "Get A Job" (1958) [1] {1}
T12 18.33 #09) Exciters, The: "A Little Bit Of Soap" (1966) [58] {-}
T12 18.33 #16) Jelly Beans, The: "I Wanna Love Him So Bad" (1964} [9] {n/c}
T12 18.33 #T1) Beatles, The: "Lovely Rita" (1967) [-] {-}
T15 18.17 #07) Derek: "Cinnamon" (1968/69) [11] {-}
T15 18.17 #12) Grass Roots, The: "I'd Wait A Million Years" (1969) [15] {-}
T17 16.67 #03) Charles, Ray: "That Lucky Old Sun" (1963/64) [20] {n/c}
T17 16.67 #21) Orbison, Roy: "Workin' for the Man" (1962) [33] {-}
 19 15.00 #18) Lovin' Spoonful, The: "Six O'Clock" (1967) [18] {-}
 20 14.17 #20) Medley, Bill: "Brown Eyed Woman" (1968) [43] {37}
 21 13.33 #06) Dorothy Collins: "My Boy - Flat Top" (1955) [16] {-}
 22 13.17 #01) Arms, Russell: "Cinco Robles (Five Oaks)" (1957) [22] {-}
 23 11.67 #04) Coasters, The: "Wake Me, Shake Me" (1960) [51] {14}
 24 10.83 #T2) Singleton, Margie: "Magic Star (Tel-Star)" (1963) [124] {-}
T25 10.00 #17) Lanson, Snooky: "It's Almost Tomorrow" (1955/56) [20] {-}
T25 10.00 #19) MacKenzie, Gisele: "Hard To Get" (1955) [4] {-}
T25 10.00 #24) Strangeloves, The: "Night Time" (1966) [30] {-}

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