1960 was challenging!

For all the popular songs in the UK in 1960, there was not one that made a huge impact on me at 14! This is not intended to take anything away from The Everly Brothers, The Shadows, Roy Orbison, Elvis Presley, Lonnie Donegan … and so the list goes on with artists releasing some really nice sounds. So what will I link to for this 1960 Post?

This was different and catchy to me back then!

So to 1957

Young Colin (11 years old) really liked the skiffle rhythms after hearing “Cumberland Gap”.  With reference to the thought provoking (not!) lyrics, I am assuming that Lonnie Donegan was used to a cabaret style of entertaining hence the insertion of a few “funny lines” which had nothing to do with the song. I listen to it now and, while the words are meaningless, I still like the skiffle sound and rhythm!

“To Know Him is to Love Him”

If you can remember hearing this song, then you are not young anymore! I believe it was released in 1958 and reached “No.1” in the US, and “No.2” in the UK. According to Wikipedia, it had an interesting life after The Teddy Bears had recorded it, in that it was recorded (albeit with a few word changes) by:

Dodie Stevens in 1961; Nancy Sinatra in 1962; The Shirelles in 1964; Peter & Gordon in 1965; Bobby Vinton in 1969; Jody Miller in 1972; Gary Glitter in 1973; Steeleye Span in 1974; David Bromberg in 1978; Dolly Parton/Linda Ronstadt/Emmylou Harris in 1987 (as a trio); The Beatles recorded it a number times from 1962, until eventually released in 1994 and (believe it or not), quite a few others!

I think we can conclude that it was a very successful song!