Play List Additions – August 15, 2011

19 Aug
Sent: 08/15/2011
Subject: ADDS TO PLAYLIST 8/15/2011


NickyDeMatteoBlogNicky DeMatteo – Suddenly
This one-hit wonder artist hailed from South Philly and this charted hit peaked at #90 in 1960 with strong support from WIBG in Philadelphia.




Beatles – You Like Me Too Much
A cut from the Parlophone “Help” album released in the UK in 1965.  Written by George Harrison, George also provides the double-tracked lead vocal.

Vikki Carr – With Pen In Hand
This song was written by Bobby Goldsboro and hit #35 back in 1969.  Born Florencia Cardona, this El Paso native was a staple on the Pop charts in the 60’s and early 70’s with songs released in both English and Spanish.

 Del Reeves – Girl On The Billboard
This song barely made the Hot 100-peaking at #96 in 1965.  This song got a lot of airplay in my home town of Cleveland, Ohio and I remember it well.  This was the only crossover hit for Del, but he hit the Country Hot 100 an amazing 55 times from 1961 to 1986.

Karen Lake – Airmail Special Delivery
This 1961 Big Top label release did NOT chart and was the last of Karen’s 3 releases.  The first two were on ABC-Paramount.  For those of you familiar with Gene Pitney’s work, this is NOT the song he wrote and sung.

Paramounts – Where’s Carolyn Tonight
This 1963 Centaur release has a great doo wop sound.  There were multiple groups by this name including one in the UK, so I can’t be sure of bio information, but trust me, you’ll love this song!

Horst Jankowski – A Walk In The Black Forest
We heard a LOT of instrumentals in the 50’s and 60’s.  This one hit #12 in 1965 on the Mercury label.

 Johnny Fortune – Come On And Love Me
This 1964 single on the Current label is the THIRD song for Johnny on our play list.  This Warren, Ohio native recorded his first instrumental at the tender age of sixteen entitled Soul Surfer.  Despite his age, Johnny was in demand, playing guitar on Sam Cooke’s smash “Chain Gang” and Barbara George’s “I Know”.  As good a guitar player as he is, I like his voice also and a LOT of his solo efforts.

Major Lance – Um Um Um Um Um Um
Yes this was a top 5 song, but it’s hard to NOT sing along.  I add songs like this because they are simply fun to listen to.

Peter & Gordon – I Don’t Care What They Say
This is from the “I Go To Pieces” album on Capitol.  It’s a song that has their “signature” sound and I can’t believe it wasn’t released as a single.  I hope you enjoy it.

 Susan Lynne – Don’t Drag No More
A great car song with a girl group sound.  I might wind up playing this back to back after “Dead Man’s Curve” by Jan & Dean.  A young girl pleading with her egocentric boyfriend not to be so reckless.

JImmy Isle – Blue Wedding Bells
Frank Kramer and I have done HUNDREDS of specialty shows over the years.  This was a teener that Frank played that I’ve always liked.  It was on the Diamond label in 1964.

 Cher – Where Do You Go
Written by Sonny Bono, this song hit #25 back in 1965.  It was the second single release from the album “The Sonny side of Cher”

Rusty Lane – Karen
This New Jersey native recorded two singles on Laurie and I like this one because the Mystics provide the wonderful backing vocals.  Rusty and the Mystics performed this on American Bandstand.

Lewis & Clark Expedition – I Feel Good, I Feel Bad
This Colgems single hit #64 in 1967.  The “group” was really Michael Martin Murphey and Boomer Castleman.  Boomer would hit the charts with one solo effort and went on to invent the palm pedal, a device that allow guitar players to execute pedal steel-style string bends.  Michael wrote “What Am I Doin’ Hangin’ Round” for the Monkees and went on to have a very successful career singing Country and Cowboy songs, hitting the Hot 100 with the #3 hit, “Wildfire” and hitting the Hot Country charts 29 times.

 Journeymen – I Never Will Marry
This folk classic was recorded in 1963 on Capitol.  We never heard much from Dick Weissman, but the other members of this trio were John Phillips, who would go on to form The Mamas & the Papas and Scott McKenzie who climbed to #4 with San Francisco (Wear Some Flowers In Your Hair).

Willie Wilson & the Tunemasters – I’ve Lied
A nice doo wop from 1958 on the End label, with backing vocals from Arlene Smith of the Chantels

B.J. Thomas – Plain Jane
One of those tunes that “Bubbled Under’ the Hot 100 at position 129.  I remember hearing this on the radio when I was completing my training for the Air Force, stationed at Goodfellow AFB in San Angelo, Texas.

 Martha & the Vandellas – In My Lonely Room
This hit #44 back in 1964.  It had that “classic” Motown sound.

Marty Robbins – She Was Only Seventeen (And He Was One Year More)
This 1958 song on the Columbia label hit #27.  Marty was a great musical storyteller and this song is a perfect example.

 Moody & the Deltas – Everybody Come Clap Your Hands
You may have never heard this group, but this 1964 release on Daisy should have been a hit.  I love the infectuous sound, which was written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and produced by the legendary Lieber & Stoller.

Beverly Sisters – Always and Forever
This group is from England, the girls names were Joy, Teddie and Babs.  They recorded on the Decca UK label and this song was released in 1958.

 Spinners – Truly Yours
Another great song that “Bubbled Under’ the Hot 100 at position #111 in 1966.  Here’s a song with a great Motown sound that should be heard MORE!  We are happy to oblige.

Ron Murphy – This Year 
A great teener from 1962 on the Suite 16 label, from New York.  Ron recorded at least 6 other singles on other labels, and we already play “Three Unspoken Words” on the play list, but I can’t find any further information.

 Bob Dylan – I Want You
This song hit #20 in 1966 and was a single off the double album “Blonde on Blonde”.  I saw Dylan in 1965 in downtown Cleveland.  He came out with his guitar and harmonica and after the intermission was accompanied by a full band.  He was booed mightily for “selling out”.  I bought this double album while stationed in San Angelo.

I hope you enjoy these latest tunes added to TUNEDEX MEMORIES…

Chuck Benjamin


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3 responses to “Play List Additions – August 15, 2011

  1. Julie DeMatteo

    June 17, 2013 at 10:18 pm

    The picture you have of Nicky DeMatteo with the record “Suddenly” is not Nicky DeMatteo. He is my husband & I assure you that is not his picture. Julie DeMatteo

    • Chuck Benjamin

      June 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

      Julie – thanks so much for the picture of Nicky you sent. I have updated my blog entry. Be sure to let him know his songs live on and are being heard world-wide!


        June 19, 2013 at 10:17 am

        I’ve already showed him your site & he’s grateful that people are still listening to his songs. Thanks for posting the picture.


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