Oldies that we rarely hear

I watched Queen’s Gambit recently, which takes place in the 1960s & featured a lot of iconic music from that era. I heard several songs that I had forgotten about.

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Another, one of my favorites.

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That Troy Shondell song hits a sweet spot for me, what passed for rock and roll in the pre-Beatles era. During the 1957-1963 period, you had doo wop, rockabilly, hard drivers like Chuck Berry, Little Richard and Jerry Lee Lewis, early soul and R&B, novelty records, etc. The teens of the era were trying to break away from Perry Como, Dinah Shore, etc. Yes, even, Peggy Lee.

Peggy Lee had a hit in 1958 covering this 1956 song:

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That was one my favorites when I was dating a girl named Mary. Alas…it was not to be. We broke up and the song “Minimum Love” by Mac Macanally reminds me of her now

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It may not be what you’re looking for, but I got into old timey music for a while. This is one of the older ones and it’s funny. I think this guy only recorded a handful of songs.

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This song was actually number 1 on the Billboard top 100 in 1968. And it got a LOT of AM radio play back then.

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This was actually written by Carole King

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From 1957 and one of the very rare integrated pop groups of the 50s.

From 1959, a thinly veiled song about Elvis. It was attributed to Bill Parsons, but was really recorded by Bobby Bare (who later had a hit with ‘Detroit City’).

Speaking of whom, Carole King ought to be rich from James Taylor’s career alone.

So many of her songs covered by others.

I remember seeing this episode of “The Donna Reed Show” when Paul Peterson introduced his hit song “My Dad”

When I first heard this song I thought it was by the Beatles

From 1966. Terry Knight was a former DJ on Detroit radio. When the Pack disbanded in 1968-69, two of them went on to form Grand Funk Railroad.