This section is intended for your memories of the music we enjoyed during our high school years. If you have something you'd like to share about some song, or songs, send it to me and I'll add it to this page.

     Our generation saw the birth of "Rock and Roll" music, with all its subtle shadings and nuances. From Doo Wop, to Rock-a-billy, to just 'darn good tunes'.

     It's amazing that after 40 years, I can hear a snippet of a song on the radio, and be instantly transported back to a year, a place, or even to an exact moment, far in the past.

     Of the hundreds of great songs each year, I have listed 30 tunes from each year we were in high school. Every one guaranteed to bring back a memory, or at least, a smile.

1959/1960:

        1.  Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow        The Shirelles

        2.  The Twist                                             Chubby Checker               

        3.  It's Now or Never                                  Elvis Presley

        4.  I'm Sorry                                               Brenda Lee

        5.  Walk, Don't Run                                  The Ventures

        6.  Only The Lonely                                   Roy Orbison                               

        7.  Donna                                                  Ritchie Valens                

        8.  Sea of Love                                           Phil Phillips                                            

        9.  Dreamin'                                               Johnny Burnette

       10.  A Thousand Stars                                Kathy Young

       11.  Devil or Angel                                     Bobby Vee

       12.  Sea Cruise                                            Frankie Ford

       13.  Poison Ivy                                            The Coasters

       14.  Alley-Oop                                         Dante & the Evergreens

       15.  Mule Skinner Blues                             The Fendermen

       16.  Feel So Fine                                         Johnny Preston

       17.  Walking to New Orleans                     Fats Domino

       18.  Lonely Teenager                                  Dion

       19.  Love Potion No. 9                              The Clovers

       20.  When Will I Be Loved                        The Everly Brothers

       21.  Angel Baby                                         Rosie & the Originals

       22.  You're Sixteen                                     Johnny Burnette

       23.  To Each His Own                               The Platters

       24.  Last Date                                            Floyd Cramer

       25.  Runaround                                        The Fleetwoods

       26.  Dream Lover                                      Bobby Darin

       27.  Tonight's The Night                          The Shirelles

       28.  Little Bitty Pretty One                       Frankie Lymon

       29.  Perfidia                                             The Ventures

       30.  There Goes My Baby                         The Drifters

 

1961:                                     

        1.  Runaround Sue                                 Dion

        2.  Bristol Stomp                                    The Dovells

        3.  Blue Moon                                        The Marcels

        4.  There's a Moon Out Tonight             The Capris

        5.  Runaway                                           Del Shannon

        6.  A Hundred Pounds of Clay               Gene McDaniels

        7.  Barbara Ann                                     The Regents

        8.  Pretty Little Angel Eyes                     Curtis Lee & the Halos

        9.  Stand By Me                                     Ben E King

       10.  Gee Whiz                                         Carla Thomas

       11.  Let's Twist Again                             Chubby Checker

       12.  I've Told Every Little Star                 Linda Scott

       13.  Crying                                              Roy Orbison

       14.  Baby Blue                                        The Echoes                      

       15.  The Lion Sleeps Tonight                  The Tokens

       16.  Peppermint Twist                             Joey Dee                          

       17.  Running Scared                                Roy Orbison

       18.  Are You Lonely Tonight                  The Lettermen

       19.  The Way You Look Tonight            The Lettermen

       20.  A Little Bit of Soap                         The Jarmels

       21.  Rama Lama Ding Dong                   The Edsels

       22.  Who Put The Bomp                        Barry Mann

       23.  The Mountain's High                       Dick and Deedee

       24.  Sad Movies                                      Sue Thompson

       25.  Let There Be Drums                        Sandy Nelson

       26.  Little Sister                                     Elvis Presley

       27.  The Wanderer                                 Dion

       28.  Poetry In Motion                             Johnny Tillotson

       29.  Unchain My Heart                          Ray Charles

       30.  Gypsy Woman                                The Impressions

 

1962:

        1.  Mashed Potato Time                      Dee Dee Sharp

        2.  Twist and Shout                             The Isley Brothers

        3.  Duke of Earl                                  Gene Chandler

        4.  Sherry                                            The Four Seasons

        5.  Roses Are Red                                Bobby Vinton

        6.  The Loco Motion                            Little Eva

        7.  The Wah Watusi                           The Orlons

        8.  Green Onions                                 Booker T & the MG's

        9.  All Alone Am I                              Brenda Lee

       10.  She Cried                                      Jay & The Americans

       11.  Sheila                                            Tommy Roe

       12.  Breaking Up Is Hard To Do          Neil Sedaka

       13.  Baby It's You                                The Shirelles

       14.  Smoky Places                               The Corsairs

       15.  Surfin' Safari                                The Beach Boys

       16.  Party Lights                                 Claudine Clark

       17.  Lover Please                                Clyde McPhatter

       18.  Tell Him                                     The Exciters

       19.  Happy Birthday, Sweet Sixteen    Neil Sedaka

       20.  Please Mr. Postman                    The Marvelettes

       21.  Snap Your Fingers                      Joe Henderson

       22.  My Own True Love                    The Duprees

       23.  Only Love Can Break A Heart   Gene Pitney

       24.  Ahab, The Arab                         Ray Stevens

       25.  Dream Baby                              Roy Orbison

       26.  Moon River                               Jerry Butler

       27.  I Remember You                       Frank Ifield

       28.  Venus In Blue Jeans                  Jimmy Clanton

       29.  Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow              The Rivingtons

       30.  Limbo Rock                             The Champs

 

1963:

        1.  Da Doo Ron Ron                    The Crystals

        2.  Sugar Shack                            Jimmy Gilmer

        3.  Louie Louie                            The Kingsmen

        4.  Blue on Blue                           Bobby Vinton

        5.  Pipeline                                  The Chantay's

        6.  Popsicles and Icicles               The Mermaids

        7.  Mr. Bassman                          Johnny Cymbal

        8.  The Lonely Bull                     Herb Albert

        9.  He's So Fine                           The Chiffons

       10.  Telstar                                  The Tornadoes

       11.  Walking The Dog                  Rufus Thomas

       12.  Be My Baby                           The Ronettes

       13.  Deep Purple                           Nino Tempo & April Stevens

       14.  Wipe Out                               The Surfaris

       15.  Can I Get A Witness              Marvin Gaye

       16.  Since I fell For You                Lenny Welch

       17.  Blue Velvet                            Bobby Vinton

       18.  The Bird's The Word             The Rivingtons

       19.  Our Day Will Come               Ruby & The Romantics

       20.  Hello Stranger                       Barbara Lewis

       21.  Surfin' U.S.A.                        The Beach Boys

       22.  Needles And Pins                   Jackie DelShannon

       23.  I'm Leaving It Up To You      Dale and Grace

       24.  One Fine Day                        The Chiffons

       25.  Easier Said Than Done          Essex

       26.  The He Kissed Me                 The Crystals

       27.  If You Wanna Be Happy        Jimmy Soul

       28.  Devil In Disguise                   Elvis Presley

       29.  You Can't Sit Down               The Dovells

       30.  Little Deuce Coupe                The Beach Boys

 

     If you have any memories about  these songs, or any of the thousands I didn't list, send them along and I'll post them here.

                          Bill           

 

 

 

 

 

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