It's time for sunnin' and funnin'...
dancin' and romancin'... and I've got
just the right songs for the occasion!
Connie Francis was one
of the most successful international pop icons
of the late 50s and early 60s. In recent years I have grown increasingly fond of this talented and versatile songbird. Connie had hit records all year 'round but her summer songs are particularly memorable.
In the late summer of 1958 Connie scored a top 20 national hit with "Stupid Cupid," an infectious piece of ear candy penned by Neil Sedaka.
"Stupid Cupid" - Connie Francis
(August/September 1958, highest
chart position #17)
Connie was back in the summer of 1959 with another high energy rock 'n roll record, "Lipstick on Your Collar" which went to #5 in the land.
"Lipstick on Your Collar" - Connie Francis
(July 1959, highest chart position #5)
In July of 1960 Connie reached the coveted #1 chart position with the monster smash "Everybody's Somebody's Fool."
"Everybody's Somebody's Fool"
- Connie Francis (July/August 1960,
highest chart position #1)
In the summer of 1961 Connie was once again riding high, this time with "Together" an oft recorded show tune that shattered the top 10.
"Together" - Connie Francis (August 1961,
highest chart position #6)
In 1962, Connie urged the kids of America to put away their books and have a ball in the summer sun.
She didn't have to ask me twice. Here's another top 10 hit by Connie and Shady Del's Pick to Click: "Vacation."
"Vacation" - Connie Francis (August 1962,
highest chart position #9)
In Part 1 you heard him sing his springtime hit "Green Grass." Now, the underrated Gary Lewis is back with more great warm weather memories.
In the late spring of 1965 Gary logged his second top 5 hit in a row with "Count Me In."
"Count Me In" - Gary Lewis & the Playboys
(May/June 1965, highest chart position #2)
Capitalizing on Gary's popularity, Kellogg's Corn Flakes put together a promotional offer.
"Little Miss Go-Go," - Gary Lewis
& the Playboys (May/June 1965
uncharted B side of "Count Me In")
Now them's what I call
Stay right where you are!
There's more summer fun on the way in my next post!
Have a Shady day!