Joanna, my good
friend and loyal
blog follower in
the UK, responded
to the lists sent in
Jerre, Belle and
song list of
"The songs are from
what used to be my
tape," wrote Joanna,
"and bring back a lot of
memories from when
my brother and I were
little. We'd play these
tunes and dance around
the table in our dining
room! And right now
they fit in nicely with
my love for retro stuff."
an Oxford-based fashion photography blog with a retro twist. Joanna, a native of Poland who has been been living and studying in the UK for the past four years, is an up and coming model. Retro-Story features a growing collection of Joanna's modeling images captured exclusively by her talented partner Adrian Krajewski.
More of Joanna's modeling and Adrian's expert photography
in a bit, but right now, without further ado, let's find out which of her parents' oldies filled Joanna with all of that girlhood glee!
"These might not be my favourite songs of
all time," Joanna explained, "but they are
very special to me nonetheless. Here goes
(in no particular order)."
1. "At the Hop" - Danny and the Juniors
2. "Breaking Up is Hard to Do"
- Neil Sedaka (August 1962)
3. "Oh! Carol" - Neil Sedaka
4. "Lollipop" - Chordettes (April 1958)
5. "Diana" - Paul Anka (October 1957)
6. "Adam and Eve" - Paul Anka
7. "Mr. Lonely" - Bobby Vinton
8. "Rock Around the Clock" - Bill Haley
9. "Hello Mary Lou" - Ricky Nelson
10. "The Great Pretender" - Platters
Joanna, this list is all killer - no filler! These songs bring back fond memories of my childhood in the 1950's and 60's and it's so cool knowing that they were also a part of your youth decades later. I uncovered some related trivia for you.
"Diana," one of singer/songwriter Paul Anka's biggest and best known hits remained on the Billboard chart for an astounding 29 weeks (more than half a year) and yet it never managed to reach #1. "Diana" had momentum when
it got to the #2 position in September of 1957, but it was blocked from the top spot four weeks in a row by "Tammy," the Debbie Reynolds love ballad taken from her hit movie Tammy and the Bachelor.
While we're on the subject, Joanna, did anyone ever
tell you that you look very much like pert and petite
Debbie Reynolds did in the early and mid 50's?
"Rock Around the Clock" was the granddaddy of all rock 'n roll songs. The jumpin' jitterbug classic by Bill Haley and his Comets was a #1 best seller and represented a cultural shift. Until then the type of song that had been rewarded with radio play and record sales was a smooth, civilized ballad
like "The Great Pretender." Placid and polite, the Platters' "Pretender" followed the example set by Bill Haley's tune, climbing to #1 and remaining on the chart for nearly half a year! My parents owned copies of "Rock Around the Clock" and "The Great Pretender" and as a young boy I played them to death on my tiny tinny record player.
Ricky Nelson's hit "Hello Mary Lou" is noteworthy because it was actually the B side of an even bigger hit "Travelin' Man." Seems to me that the decision makers at Imperial Records could have reaped two chart toppers instead of one if the songs had been released as the A sides of two separate 45's. As it was, "Travelin' Man" went to #1 and "Mary Lou" barely broke into the top 10, stopping at #9. I still remember waking up on New Year's Day 1986 to the news that Rick had died in a plane crash, one of the greatest tragedies in rock history.
Thank you for a wonderful set of songs, Joanna.
You struck old gold!
"I've only started
past year so
I'm still learning
a lot and all the
is really fantastic."
Joanna, I am very surprised by what you wrote. When I look at the world class images
in your blog portfolio it is hard to believe that you are so new to modeling!
Maybe I shouldn't
be surprised at all.
Your love of all things
retro reveals you to be
precocious - an old soul -
wise far beyond your years.
Thank you, dear friend Joanna, for sharing with us your parents' songs and your avocation!
If you have a Top Tunes list I'd love to see it. It would be fascinating to discover which songs meant the most to you in your youth or which ones resonate now in the present. Why not do what Wanilianna, Jerre, Belle, Thisisme and Joanna did? Make a list, submit it in the form of a comment and I'll get it posted. It can be a list of your favorite songs, the most exciting songs, best songs from a particular time period similar to my mid 60's Dell survey...anything you like!
Have a Shady day!