Saturday, March 20, 2010

Golden Anniversary Song of the Week: "Ruby" by Adam Wade

Not a whole lot to write home about this week.

A beautiful song that didn't make much of an impression on radio audiences, "Ruby" entered the Hot 100 at #97 for the week ending March 20, 1960.  It spent 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #58.  1961 proved to be a much better year for Adam Wade; three of his songs reached the top 10.

"Don't Throw Away All Those Teardrops" by Frankie Avalon.  (65, 22, 10)
Frankie's best days are behind him:  6 top ten hits in 1958 and 1959.  Next up:  beach party movies with Annette Funicello.

"At My Front Door" by Dee Clark.  (76, 56, 7)
His biggest (and only) hit, "Raindrops", was yet to come.  It was all over the airwaves in 1961.

"Straight 'A's' in Love" by Johnny Cash.  (84, 84, 2)
Of Cash's 48 singles that reached the Hot 100, only one made it to the top 10:   "A Boy Named Sue".

"Big Iron" by Marty Robbins.  (88, 26, 10)
His follow-up to "El Paso".

"Caravan:" by Santo and Johnny.  (89, 48, 8)
The 3rd of 5 unsuccessful singles after "Sleep Walk", which spent two weeks at #1 in 1959.

"The Old Lamplighter" by the Browns.  (96, 5, 15)
The second of two big hits -- the first being "The Three Bells", #1 for 4 weeks in the late summer/early fall of 1959 -- for this smooth-singing trio of one brother and two sisters from Sparkman, Arkansas.

"Don't Deceive Me" by Ruth Brown.  (98, 62, 8)
Reached #10 on the Billboard R&B chart.

"Lonely Weekends" by Charlie Rich.  (99, 22, 21)
"Charlie was a good-looking boy, and on promotional trips people often mistook him for Elvis Presley. He had that look ... but he was so shy." -- Cecil Scaife Sun Records Promotion Manager

"Teenage Sonata" by Sam Cooke.  (100, 57, 7)
Hard to believe that only 5 of Cooke's 43 Hot 100 singles reached the top 10.   This ballad certainly deserved  better than #57.  His vocal styling here makes it abundantly clear that Rod Stewart was a huge fan.

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