Patty Page's brother is among those achieving the feat
Here are five of the early No. 1 one-hit wonders whose careers were for the birds.
OLD ROCKER: Most favor inclusion of pop stars
Earlier this month, I wrote a column about my disgust with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s 2016 nominations. Of the 94 who posted comments on the column, an overwhelming majority voiced their displeasure with the exclusion of Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Johnny Maestro, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell and Neil Sedaka who we wrote deserve Hall of Fame recognition.
THE OLD ROCKER: Group topped the country in hits and sales from 1969 to 1974
Cory Wells, co-founder of the immensely popular 1970s rock band Three Dog Night died on Oct. 21 in his hometown of Buffalo, N.Y. Wells had been fighting cancer.
THE OLD ROCKER: Many pre-Beatles performers ignored by Hall
Do you think rock ‘n’ roll would be the same without the contributions of Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Chubby Checker, Connie Francis, Johnny Maestro, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell and Neil Sedaka?
THE OLD ROCKER: New Orleans also popular with songwriters
Ray Charles’ “Georgia on My Mind,” the official state song, was No. 1 for two weeks in November1960 and was his first chart topper. The Albany native had 33 other Top 40 hits including two that reached the top – “Hit the Road Jack” in 1961 and “I Can’t Stop Loving You” in 1962.
OLD ROCKER: Dawson gets poor marks for neveral honoring native son Otis Redding
Thumbs Up to the early stars of rock ‘n’ roll such as Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Fats Domino, Frankie Avalon, Bobby Rydell, Fabian, Charlie Gracie Johnny Mathis and Chubby Checker, among others, who keep performing, not so much for the almighty dollar, but to give their fans of all ages the opportunity to see them perform just one more time.
OLD ROCKER: Miller passed on Elvis, Buddy Holly, Beatles
In 1956 Mitch Miller hosted a panel discussion show on CBS-TV on which he had two psychiatrists who warned parents about the “negative effects” rock music had on teenagers and gave a list of “signs” to watch out for.
Ricky Nelson first to promote his records on the shows
The trend started in 1957 when Ricky Nelson became the first teen idol to utilize television shows to promote hit records when he sang “I’m Walkin’ ” on “The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet.”
OLD ROCKER: Send in questions for future columns
If you have a favorite Doo-Wop trivia question, please email it to me along with your name and telephone number so that I can use in a future column.
THE OLD ROCKER: For wild band names, few outdo The Trashmen
A rock-garage band, The Trashmen had one major hit “Surfin’ Bird” which reached No. 4 in 1964. The song was a combination of two 1962 songs by the Doo-Wop group The Rivingtons – “Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow” and “The Bird’s the Word.”
THE OLD ROCKER: Singer was weary of time on the road
Jim Croce joined a list of singers killed in aircraft accidents, including Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and The Big Bopper in 1959; Patsy Cline in 1963; Jim Reeves in 1964, and Dawson’s Otis Redding in 1967.
THE OLD ROCKER: Gracie says financial dispute led to his being blackballed
During his more than six-decade career as a rock ‘n’ roll performer, the guitar-strumming Charlie Gracie probably has done everything in the industry but drive the tour bus.
THE OLD ROCKER: Williams ranked No. 1 among piano recording artists
Renowned pianist Roger Williams earned that honor. He recorded an instrumental version of “Autumn Leaves” in 1955. The song climbed to No. 1 in October of that year to become the first instrumental in the rock era to top the Billboard magazine charts.
OLD ROCKERS: Elvis and the Fab Four are getting some company
The current records are inundated with female superstars during the past 25 years, including Mariah Carey, Madonna, Rihanna, Whitney Houston and Katy Perry.
OLD ROCKER: Where were you when Elvis died 38 years ago?
Elvis Presley recorded approximately 700 songs on 45s and albums and had a then-record 18 No. 1 hits. He also appeared in 33 movies. The Beatles hold the record with 20 No. 1 hits, two more than Presley and Mariah Carey.
THE OLD ROCKER: Diamonds' version of 'The Stroll' a No. 1 hit
Nicknamed Diamond Dave, Dave Somerville performed with a variety of acts and had a full schedule until his death.
OLD ROCKER: Mammals, bird, reptiles, insects have their day on charts
Of all the words in the titles of rock ‘n’ roll songs during the modern era’s first decade, most were focused on love and relationships and good times. On the opposite end, few titles referred to mammals, birds, reptiles and insects.
OLD ROCKER: Check your knowledge of No. hits in the 1050s
The Isley Brothers recorded their second single, “Shout,” on July 29, 1959. The song did not achieve great chart success, but would sell more than 1 million copies and became a rock classic.
THE OLD ROCKER: Tunes in films make them more memorable
From “West Side Story”and “My Fair Lady” to “Grease” and “Ghost,” big screen entertainment wouldn’t be the same without a memorable soundtrack.
OLD ROCKER: Broadway shows, movies fertile ground for great songs
Day sang “Que Sera Sera” near the end of the film as she and her husband tried to find her son who had been kidnapped. The song climbed to No. 2 in the summer of 1956 and won an Oscar.
OLD ROCKER: Bill Haley’s hit song credits as the first rock n roll song
During the 1970s, Bill Haley fell victim to alcoholism and died on Feb. 9, 1981, at his home in Harlingen, Texas.
THE OLD ROCKER: With passing of Ronnie Gilbert, only one member of The Weavers is still alive
Even after splitting up during the 1950s Red Scare, The Weavers got back together in the mid-’50s and found they still had an audience, influing later folk singers.
THE OLD ROCKER: A Bobby Rydell story strange even by Hollywood standards
Bobby Rydell, a teen idol, actor, author and stage performer, got married on Jan. 17, 2009, to Linda Hoffman. It was the second marriage for both.
OLD ROCKER: Rydell's been a teen idol, actor, author and stage performer
In July 2012, Bobby Rydell underwent a 20-hour double-transplant procedure to replace his liver and a kidney? Incredibly, he was released from a Philadelphia hospital 10 days following the surgery and six months later was performing in Las Vegas.
OLD ROCKER: Frank Sinatra's 1966 hits tops the list
No list would be complete without one song by a British act and Chad & Jeremy’s “A Summer Song” qualifies. The song was written by Chad Stewart of Chad and Jeremy. “A Summer Song” is a reminiscence of a summer romance and was a Top 10 hit for the duo in 1964.
OLD ROCKER: Teen musicians from Philadelphia came to the rescue
Philadelphia developed into a mecca for rock and roll as more than 80 performers from the city have had at least one Top 40 hit.
OLD ROCKER: Groups inducted into Doo-Wop Hall of Fame
Under the direction of hard-working Charlie DiComo, the Doo-Wop Music Hall of Fame, a non-profit organization, is dedicated to promoting, preserving, perpetuating and developing Doo-Wop music.
OLD ROCKER: Alter songs to make lyrics suitable to older generation
Now that I have had a birthday cake with 70 candles — that’s right, 70 — on it, the time has come to rename some of my favorite rock songs to make them more suitable to somebody in my age bracket.
OLD ROCKER: Songs that honor mother in the title
Unquestionably known more for his acting ability than his singing skill, Walter Brennan had his third and last Top 40 tune when “Mama Sang a Song” reached No. 38.
BARRY LEVINE: Ely bounced from Kingsmen shortly after the hit
Because some considered the lyrics to Louie, Louie obscene, an Indiana parent sent a letter to Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy in 1964 asking that the FBI investigate the lyrics. After two years, the FBI issued a 455-page report stating it could not discern any obscene lyrics in the song.
BARRY LEVINE: Leaving Motown signaled the end of her hit records
Mary Wells, who joined the fledgling Motown group as a 17-year-old in 1960, registered many firsts for the label.
THE OLD ROCKER: 'Stand By Me' reached Top 10 twice, 25 years apart
Ben E. King’s hit “Stand By Me” was reissued in 1986 followed the song’s use as the theme song from the movie “Stand By Me,” a coming-of-age drama directed by Rob Reiner.
THE OLD ROCKER: Eleven gross oversights should be remedied
Compare the careers of Withers, Jett and the “5” Royales with artists still waiting for the Hall to call including Paul Anka, Frankie Avalon, Bon Jovi, Chubby Checker, Chicago, Connie Francis, Whitney Houston, Johnny Maestro, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Rydell and Neil Sedaka. Frankly, there is no comparison.
THE OLD ROCKER: Four artists had Top 10 hits with same song
Bill Hayes’ Davy Crockett song was the biggest hit of 1955.
THE OLD ROCKER: Bob Gaudio's time with Royal Teens included just two Top 40 hits
The Royal Teens were a New Jersey rock and roll band that formed in 1956, consisting of Bob Gaudio on piano, Tom Austin on drums, Billy Dalton on guitar, and Billy Crandall on sax.
THE OLD ROCKER: History of April Fools Day cloudy
To honor this unique celebration, here are some of my favorite songs with the word “fool” or a derivative of the word in the song’s title.
THE OLD ROCKER: Leesburg, Dawson natives connected by special date
March 16 had a major impact on the careers of two major local rock ‘n’ roll stars.
OLD ROCKER: Many of the top sister groups were one-hit wonders
The Ronettes had one of the more successful runs of a sister group during the 1960s. Headed by lead singer Ronnie Bennett, the trio also consisted of Bennett’s sister, Estelle Bennett, and their cousin, Nedra Talley.
THE OLD ROCKER: Boswell, Andrews, Fontane sisters featured
The Andrews Sisters charted an incredible 113 songs, 46 of which reached the Top 10. That’s more than Elvis Presley or The Beatles. Five of their songs reached the top of the charts.
OLD ROCKER: Sedaka credited with writing more than 500 songs
Barry Manilow, one of the premier entertainers of the past 40 years, has announced that this is the last year that he will be touring.
THE OLD ROCKER: Great artists of the 1950s and 1960s dying
When her singing career waned, Gore turned to writing music.
THE OLD ROCKER: The Orioles were first Doo-Wop group to gain national attention
When Bill Haley & The Comets ushered in the Modern Rock ‘n’ Roll Era in the summer of 1955, there were basically four different types of music in the new genre – rock, pop, Rhythm & Blues and Doo-Wop.
THE OLD ROCKER: Check out the romantic gifts from musicians
In 1962, Neil Sedaka recorded “Breaking Up Is Hard To Do,” which became his fifth Top 10 hit and first No. 1.
THE OLD ROCKER: Tuesday marks the 56th anniversary of crash that killed three stars
Feb. 3, 1959, is, arguably, the most-tragic day in rock ‘n’ roll history as three stars were killed in an airplane crash that also claimed the life of Roger Peterson, the pilot.
OLD ROCKER: Rydell, Francis, Mathis and Houston overlooked by Hall of Fame
This column explains why Connie Francis, Whitney Houston, Johnny Mathis and Bobby Rydell deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.
OLD ROCKER: Nine performers bypassed unfairly
I guess Bon Jovi has not experienced enough success in more than 30 years to be enshrined.. Good enough for the Brits Hall, but not the U.S. Hall.
THE OLD ROCKER: Haley had 11 Top 40 hits
What Bill Haley did accomplish was to bring rock n roll to the consciousness of the American public. While he never garnered the fame or popularity of Elvis Presley, he always will be known as The Father of Rock ‘n’ Roll.
OLD ROCKER: The Greatest was born 80 years ago
Elvis has had 150 different albums and singles that have been certified gold, platinum or multi-platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), with more certifications expected as research into his past record sales continues and as current sales continue.
OLD ROCKER: New year marks 60th anniversary of modern rock 'n' roll
The year 2015 will mark the 60th anniversary of the beginning of the modern rock ‘n’ roll era. You know, the time when your parents were totally convinced that this new music was going to drive you insane or send you off the deep end.
THE OLD ROCKER: Learn the story behind some of the youletide classic sounds
“Do You Hear What I Hear” by Ed Ames, formerly of the Ames Brothers, was written in October 1962, with lyrics by Noël Regney and music by Gloria Shayne Baker. They wrote it as a plea for peace during the Cuban Missile Crisis. It has sold tens of millions of copies and has been covered by hundreds of artists.