Saturday, March 27, 2010

Golden Anniversary Song of the Week: "Night" by Jackie Wilson

Wilson shows off an incredible set of pipes.

For fans of Jackie Wilson who were expecting a variation of "Lonely Teardrop" (#7 in early 1959) or "That's Why I Love You So" (#13 later the same year), "Night" must have come as a complete surprise.  The song is based on Saint-Saens Samson & Delilah aria "My Heart at Thy Sweet Voice".

"Night" debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 at #90 for the week ending March 27, 1960.  It spent 7 weeks in the top 10, peaking at #4, during an impressive 17-week run.

Other songs making their first appearance on the Hot 100.

"Shazam" by Duane Eddy.  (82, 45, 7)
Not too much magic for "The Guitar Man" this time around.  Eddy is a 1994 inductee into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, a 2004 winner of the Guitar Player Magazine Legend Award, and a 2008 inductee into the Musicians Hall of Fame.

"Clementine" by Bobby Darin.  (86, 21, 9)
Once again, Darin mines America songbook, this time extracting the 1884 western folk ballad, "Oh My Darling Clementine".  It's the deepest excavation of his musical career.

"Wake Me When It's Over" by Andy Williams.  (92, 50, 8)
A song that I've never heard from the movie of the same title that had escaped Retiring Guy's attention until today.  Andy introduced us to the Osmond Brothers.  'Nuff said for now.

"Words" by Pat Boone.  (94, 94, 1)
The "B" side of "(Welcome) New Lovers", which debuted on February 22.

"Someday" by Della Reese.  (100, 56, 7)
Della gives this song an amazing workout in a live performance from CBC Canada.

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