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Golden Oldies Top 40 #41

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Hello again and welcome to another edition of Golden Oldies top 40. I’m DJ Ceejay and I’ll be your host for this week’s countdown. Last week, the top 3 songs were:

#3 Poor Little Fool by Ricky Nelson

#2 The Wanderer by Dion

#1 Blue on Blue by Bobby Vinton

Before we get started with this week’s countdown, let’s look at the 3 songs that drop out this week:

Green Onions, by Booker T & the MG’s, the only instrumental thus far to hit #1.

Come Softly to Me by the Fleetwoods, which landed softly at #35.

Twist and Shout by the Isley Brothers, which twisted its way to #18.

Now for the new entries:

For only the second time since the first week of the countdown, one artist debuts with more than one song in the same week. 8 weeks ago, Peter Paul & Mary had 3 new entries in the GO-40 in the same week: If I Had a Hammer, Blowin’ in the Wind and Puff the Magic Dragon (the last 2 of those are still in our top 10 this week). This week, the Everly Brothers put 2 new songs into the countdown; Ebony Eyes at #39 and When Will I Be Loved at #32.

The other debut this week is by country music superstar Conway Twitty, at #34, It’s Only Make Believe. Here are the songs from #31-40:

TW31 LW30 RAMBLIN' ROSE NAT 'KING' COLE

TW32 NEW WHEN WILL I BE LOVED EVERLY BROS

TW33 LW33 HAPPY, HAPPY BIRTHDAY BABY TUNE WEAVERS

TW34 NEW IT’S ONLY MAKE BELIEVE CONWAY TWITTY

TW35 LW31 TOO YOUNG NAT 'KING' COLE

TW36 LW36 I’M SORRY BRENDA LEE

TW37 LW40 HE’S SO FINE CHIFFONS

TW38 LW37 ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART DIONNE WARWICK

TW39 NEW EBONY EYES EVERLY BROTHERS

TW40 LW39 MONSTER MASH BOBBY PICKETT & CRYPT-KICKERS

The Dave Brubeck Quartet has our only double-digit point-gainer this week, as Take Five instead takes 11, as it moves from #32 to #21. These are the songs from #21-30:

TW21 LW32 TAKE FIVE DAVE BRUBECK QUARTET

TW22 LW25TAKE GOOD CARE OF MY BABY BOBBY VEE

TW23 LW28YOU CAN’T CATCH ME CHUCK BERRY

TW24 LW18 SPANISH HARLEM BEN E.KING

TW25 LW24 GREENFIELDS BROTHERS FOUR

TW26 LW22 HITCH HIKE MARVIN GAYE

TW27 LW27 WHERE THE BOYS ARE CONNIE FRANCIS

TW28 LW21 CHAIN GANG SAM COOKE

TW29 LW26 BONY MORONIE LARRY WILLIAMS

TW30 LW29 DUKE OF EARL GENE CHANDLER

Knocking on the door of the top 10 are Keep Searchin’ by Del Shannon at #14, Fingertips (Part II) by Stevie Wonder at #13, and Two Faces Have I by Lou Christie at #12. These are the songs from #11-20:

TW11 LW9 DEEP PURPLE NINO TEMPO & APRIL STEVENS

TW12 LW14 TWO FACES HAVE I LOU CHRISTIE

TW13 LW17 FINGERTIPS (PART II) STEVIE WONDER

TW14 LW20 KEEP SEARCHIN' DEL SHANNON

TW 15 LW10 CRY BABY GARNET MIMMS & ENCHANTERS

TW16 LW12 WITCH DOCTOR DAVID SEVILLE

TW17 LW15 BO DIDDLEY BO DIDDLEY

TW18 LW19 ONE FINE DAY CHIFFONS

TW19 LW16 STAGGER LEE LLOYD PRICE

TW20 LW23 WALK LIKE A MAN 4 SEASONS

That brings us to the top 10:

There are 2 new songs in the top 10, 1 by a first-timer, the other by someone who is no stranger to the top 10.

Bobby Helms reaches top 10 heaven for the 1st time, moving up from #13 to #10 with my Special Angel.

And Lesley Gore, who hit #2 with It’s My Party and #1 with You Don’t Own Me, takes yet another turn in the top 10 with Judy’s Turn to Cry. The rest of the songs from #6-#10 look like this:

TW 6 LW 5 SILHOUETTES RAYS

TW 7 LW 6 PUFF THE MAGIC DRAGON PETER, PAUL&MARY

TW 8 LW 7 ALL THE WAY FRANK SINATRA

TW9 LW11 JUDY'S TURN TO CRY LESLEY GORE

TW10 LW13 MY SPECIAL ANGEL BOBBY HELMS

And now for the top 5:

Blowing down 1 spot this week from #4 to #5 is:

TW 5 LW 4 BLOWIN' IN THE WIND PETER, PAUL & MARY

Wandering down 2 positions from #2 to #4 is:

TW 4 LW 2 THE WANDERER DION

Moving up 5 big notches from #8 to #3 is:

TW 3 LW8 TOWN WITHOUT PITY GENE PITNEY

Inching just a little closer to his 2nd #1 is Ricky Nelson with:

TW 2 LW 3 POOR LITTLE FOOL RICKY NELSON

And holding again at #1 for the 3rd straight week is:

:drummer:

TW 1 LW 1 BLUE ON BLUE BOBBY VINTON

That “raps†up another Golden Oldies Top 40. This week is a bittersweet one as Darryl aka OLD 55, who created the Golden Oldies Top 40 thread, has announced that this will be his last week participating in this thread. D, we will all miss your contributions and humorous posts, but we are all very grateful to you for starting up this thread and for exposing your fellow Songfactors to the wealth of great music of the pre-Brit invasion era. In honor of your native Australia, instead of my ususal sign off, I’ll end this week with a musical tribute with a

golden oldie from Down Under.

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