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A review of some of the songs we play every day on TUNEDEX MEMORIES at songsyoushouldhaveheard.com

What you’re missing….by not listening….

If you weren’t listening today…. you missed hearing “May I Have This Dance” by the Four Graduates from 1964.  Bob Miranda sang lead vocals with this group, which would evolve into “The Happenings” and go on to hit the Hot 100 nine times.  Stay tuned to TUNEDEX MEMORIES and listen for another Four Graduates cut, “Candy Queen”.

Frankie Sardo – She Taught Me How To Cry

New Seekers – The Greatest Song I Ever Heard

Poppy Family – I Was Wondering

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Posted by on August 25, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Jill Corey – Love Me To Pieces

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Norma Jean Speranza lost her mother when she was only four years old. She grew up in Avonmore, Pennsylvania where her father worked in the coal mines. She entered a local Lion’s club talent contest which resulted in her own radio show. By the age of 14, she was appearing nightly, seven nights a week, earning $5.00 a night.

Jill Corey

Jill Corey

By the time she hit 17, Norma Jean was a local celebrity. She made a demo tape (no accompaniment other than passing trains) and somehow it reached Mitch Miller of Columbia records. He listened and was so impressed he invited her to New York.

How’s this for a “good day”? She arrived at Columbia Records, and auditioned for Mitch Miller and was signed on the spot. Miller then contacted LIFE magazine, and set up auditions for Dave Garroway and Arthur Godfrey who met with her immediately. Before she left to return home, the signing of the contracts were re-enacted for LIFE photographers. Norma Jean then flew home that night.

The next day brought calls from both Garroway and Godfrey. Norma Jean chose Garroway and appeared on his TV show for nine months.

It was Garroway who picked the name Jill Corey out of a telephone book to be Norma Jean’s “professional” name. Within six weeks of her signing, the LIFE cover came out and suddenly Jill Corey appeared to be everywhere.

After Garroway, there was the Robert Q. Lewis show, Ed Sullivan appearances and nine months as the lead singer for a little known California based show hosted by an unknown by the name of Johnny Carson. She headlined a show at the Copacabana, Las Vegas and even had her own syndicated radio and television shows. She was the lead singer for the last year of “Your Hit Parade” and even starred in a movie, called “Senior Prom”.

In 1961, she fell in love and married all-star third baseman Don Hoak, of the World Champion 1960 Pittsburgh Pirates.  When they married, Jill gave up her career to be a full time wife.

“Love Me To Pieces” was the highest charting (#11) song of the five tunes that Jill placed on the Hot 100. This has always been my favorite song by Jill and you’ll hear it on TUNEDEX MEMORIES.

LOVE ME TO PIECES by Marvin Endsley

Why don’t you love me to pieces, baby
Squeeze me ’til I’m crazy
Hold me the way you used to do
You know that my love is growin’ stronger
And I can’t wait no longer
Been saving my love just for you

Hold me, thrill me, squeeze me so tight
Miss me, kiss me, all day and night

Why don’t you love me to pieces, darlin’
No use in us quarreling
I only need your loving arms
You know that I’m plumb mad about you
I couldn’t live without you
I’m just wild about your charms

(Repeat first two verses)

Why don’t you love me to pieces, honey
Squeeze me ’til it ain’t funny
Give me the kisses that I crave
You know that I’ll never ever leave you
And I’ll never ever grieve you
You know that I want to be your slave

 
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Posted by on July 18, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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The Tymes – So Much In Love

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Norm Burnett (Baritone) and George Hilliard (2nd Tenor) met at summer camp and decided to form a singing group. In 1960 they hooked up with Al Berry (1st Tenor), Donald Banks (Bass) and George Williams Jr. (lead) to form the Latineers. Philadelphia station WDAS held a talent contest in 1963 and the group was urged to audition for local label Cameo/Parkway. They were signed to Parkway records, and were renamed the Tymes. The first release was a song written by George Williams, “As We Stroll Along” which was renamed “So Much In Love” which went to number ONE in August of 1963. They hit the charts five more times for Parkway and in 1965 started their own label. Winchester. Then moved to Columbia records and had a minor hit with a cover of “People” in 1966. They stayed under the chart radar for another 8 years, but hit #12 with “You Little Trustmaker” for RCA in 1974. We lost lead singer George Williams to cancer in 2004. Listen for The Tymes on TUNEDEX MEMORIES!

As we stroll along together
Holding hands, walking all alone
So in love are we two
That we don’t know what to do
So in love (doo, so in love)
In a world of our own (doo, so in love)

As we stroll by the sea together
Under stars twinkling high above
So in love are we two
No one else but me and you
So in love (doo, so in love)
So much in love (doo, so in love)
So in love (doo, so in love)
So much in love (doo, so in love)

We stroll along together
I tell you I need you oh so much
I love, love you my darling
Can you tell it in my touch?

When we walk down the aisle together
We will vow to be together till we die
So much love have we two
Just can’t wait to say “I do”
So in love (doo, so in love)
Are you and I (doo, you and I)
So in love (doo, so in love)
Are you and I (doo, you and I)
So in love (doo, so in love)
Are you and I (doo, you and I)

 
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Posted by on July 2, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Teresa Brewer & Mickey Mantle – I Love Mickey

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

As far back as I can remember, I’ve loved baseball and as a lifelong Indians fan, I’ve always hated the Yankees.  My favorite player will always be Rocky Colavito, but the most popular player of that time period had to be Mickey Mantle.  My grandparents had a “crank” victrola, and several of the 78’s they played were by Teresa Brewer.  Mickey Mantle was so beloved, this song was written about him.  As you read the lyrics, this was NOT poetry, and Mickey was a horrible singer…. But the innocence of the love affair with baseball was captured very well in this charming ditty.  Listen for this and other Teresa Brewer songs on TUNEDEX MEMORIES

I love Mickey (Mickey who)
You know who, the fella
With the celebrated swing

Oh, I love Mickey (Mickey who)
You know who, the one who
Drives me batty every spring

If I don’t make a hit with him
My heart will break in two
I wish that I could catch him
And pitch a lttle woo

I love Mickey (Mickey who)
Mickey you (Mickey me)
That’s who

I love Mickey (Mickey who)
You know who, his muscles
Are a mighty sight to see

Oh, I love Mickey (Mickey who)
You know who, the one I want
To steal right home with me

Oh, I’d sacrifice most anything
To win his many charms
I’d like to be a fly ball
And pop right in his arms

I love Mickey (Mickey who)
Mickey Mantle, ooh, I love you
(Who, me) ooh, I love you
(Not Yogi Berra)

Ooh, I love you
Mickey

 
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Posted by on June 25, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Johnny Rivers – Tunesmith

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

With all the 45’s at my disposal to share with you, I try not to play that many lp cuts. This song comesJohnny Rivers - Rewind from my 4 year tour in the U.S. Air Force. When I went overseas, I went to Clark AFB in the Philippines. With the low cost of (Japanese) stereo systems, almost every cubicle had at least one blaring ALL the time. This cut comes from the “Rewind” album by Johnny Rivers. I never did buy that album, partially because I had heard it so many times, I really didn’t want it. “Tunesmith” however, stuck with me and remains my all-time favorite Johnny Rivers cut. Johnny grew up in New Orleans, formed his first band in 1956, cut his first record in 1958 with the help of Alan Freed, and then “exploded” onto the rock and roll scene almost SIX years later – right in the middle of the British Invasion. Listen for Johnny on TUNEDEX MEMORIES

“TUNESMITH” performer:  Johnny River • writer:  Jimmy Webb

Married to the road
There’s no other way to say it.
Baby found out
Quite early in the game.

If I belong to my songs
She chose not to play it.
Now I walk down the street
And I hear them call my name.

Chorus:Johnny Rivers
Tunesmith, tunesmith
Sing me a song.
Give me your laughter
Give me your tears.
Tunesmith, tunesmith
Sing me a song.
But who sings a song for the tunesmith?
Who sings a song for the tunesmith?

She could have changed my mind
If anyone could do it
That’s why I know
I’ll always be this way.

And now I’ve got fame
I find there’s nothing to it.
I remember how I loved her
When I hear the people say.

Repeat chorus

This hotel room is all I own
Now that all my friends are gone.
All alone at the break of day
I can still hear them say.

Repeat chorus

 
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Posted by on June 20, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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David Box – Little Lonely Summer Girl

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

David Box grew up in Lubbock Texas, home of legendary rocker Buddy Holly.   David got to see Buddy HollyDavid Box perform locally before he hit the National scene and was fascinated by his sound.  Encouraged to sing as young as when he was only three years old, David formed a band called the Ravens which emulated the sound of Buddy Holly.  I added “Little Lonely Summer Girl” to the play list because I remember hearing it on WHK.  I’m also fond of David’s first release on Joed Records, “If You Can’t Say Something Nice” which was co-written by Roy Orbison.  But there’s another song to listen for David’s vocals.  The next time you hear “Peggy Sue Got Married” listen for the lead vocals of David Box.  David was just one of many lead vocalists used by the Crickets who had a sound similar enough to Buddy Holly to make a record.  “Little Lonely Summer Girl” was played and popular in pockets of the country.  In addition to our area, the song was very popular in the Houston area.  He was working with a local band, Buddy & the Kings promoting the record.  On October 23, 1964 on the way to another promotional stop, the plane rented by David and the band went down nose first.  There were no survivors.  David Box was only 21.  Like his hero Buddy Holly, David was taken from us way too soon.  Listen for David Box on Tunedex Memories.

 
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Posted by on June 18, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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Jane Morgan – With Open Arms

Here’s ONE of the songs on our play list – The Honor Roll of Hits

Jane Currier was born on Christmas day, 1920 in Boston Massachusetts, although she was raised in Florida. She later trained as a lyric soprano at the Julliard School of Music in New York City. Jane not only had a clear, strong voice, but also could sing in many languages. Jane was spotted in a night club and was whisked to France, where she became very successful. When she returned home, she was in demand on television and the night club circuit as “The American Girl From Paris”. She hit the Hot 100 five times. “With Open Arms” peaked at number 39 in 1959. I remember hearing it quite a lot on Cleveland radio when I was growing up, and always liked the song. That’s why I decided to share it with you. Listen for Jane on TUNEDEX MEMORIES

With Open Arms – written by Burt Bacharach & Hal David

(Ah-blinka-chunk) Jane Morgan - With Open Arms

I wait with open arms
Down by the river where the boats come in
And when the boats come in
I run to him with open arms

Although he’s on the shore
His heart is still a hundred miles at sea
But then he kisses me
And I can tell he’s mine once more

All night I hold him tight
He’s mine until the dawn
Then when the fishing boats go out again, he’s gone
Gone away and…

I pray all through the day
That he’ll return and make my life begin
And when his boat comes in
I run to him with open arms

All night I hold him tight
He’s mine until the dawn
Then when the fishing boats go out again, he ‘s gone
Gone away and…

I pray all through the day
That he’ll return and make my life begin
And when his boat comes in
I run to him with o-pen arms

(Down by the river where the boats come in
A blinka-chunk!)

 
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Posted by on May 20, 2008 in Honor Roll of Hits

 

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