Dell Rat Ron is back with
more music and memories!
Just in time for
Ron and I put
together a two
part series that
to creep you
out or double
in this series
encounters with monsters and aliens.
Other songs lay bare the groan pains
of teenage romance turned tragic!
Science fiction and horror movies flourished
in the 50s and similarly themed novelty ditties along with them. Records in the so-called death rock category were equally popular!
I'll step aside
and say Ron,
Shady, remember how
popular the tear-jerkers
about tragic lost loves
were when we were
young? I believe this
first song of mine was
the most popular of them
all. "Teen Angel," a sad
and sappy single by Mark
Dinning, spent the first
18 weeks of 1960 on the
record chart and wound
up at #1.
"Teen Angel" - Mark Dinning (March 1960, highest chart
Earlier this year you mentioned "Tell Laura I Love Her,"
the tragic tale of a stock car race gone horribly wrong.
In the USA, the version recorded by Ray Peterson
became a top 10 hit.
"Tell Laura I Love Her" - Ray Peterson (August 1960, highest
chart position #7)
Your follower Thisisme in England reminded us that
Welshman Ricky Valance drove his cover of the
sorrowful saga to the top of the pops in the UK.
"Tell Laura I Love Her" - Ricky Valance (August 1960,
uncharted in USA, #1 in UK)
Ron, let me cut in and play a few death rock ditties from my youth beginning with a record that my older brother brought home. I played this one a gazillion times on my tiny tinny turntable. It's Jody Reynolds shedding rock-a-billy tears because his gal made a deadly date with the deep blue sea.
"Endless Sleep" - Jody Reynolds
(July 1958, highest chart position #5)
Soon after the deaths of Buddy Holly, Ritchie Valens and
The Big Bopper in a tragic plane crash (the day the music died) Tommy Dee was on the charts with a tearful tribute.
"Three Stars" - Tommy Dee (May 1959, highest chart
THE EVERLY BROTHERS
In 1961 Phil and Don gave us the tale of a girl who also died in a plane crash.
"Ebony Eyes" - The Everly Brothers (March 1961, highest
chart position #8)
We could have died laughing while listening to some of the wacky novelty records released in the 50s that reflected America's obsession with flying saucers and creatures from outer space. Mild mannered Betty Johnson, for example, was stalked relentlessly by a little blue man.
"The Little Blue Man" - Betty Johnson (April 1958, highest
chart position #19)
Sheb Wooley was an actor and singer who used a number of stage names. As Ben Colder he recorded country songs and had a hit with "Don't Go Near the Eskimos," an answer song to Rex Allen's "Don't Go Near the Indians." As Sheb Wooley the performer attained the number one song in the land with a novelty record about an encounter with a one-eyed, one-horned, flying purple people eater!
"The Purple People Eater" - Sheb Wooley (June 1958,
highest chart position #1)
JESSE LEE TURNER
Meanwhile, Texan Jesse Lee Turner discovered that space girls are easy and they also have funny little voices. The question remains, are they the marrying kind?
"The Little Space Girl" - Jesse Lee Turner (March 1959,
highest chart position #20)
THE FIVE BLOBS
Was The Blob Steve McQueen's best movie? Perhaps not.
Nor would most people argue that the theme song "The Blob" represented Burt Bacharach's best work. That's right! Burt Bacharach co-wrote "The Blob" with Mack David, Hal David's brother, and it was recorded by Bernie Nee and a group of studio musicians using the name The Five Blobs. The record helped promote the 1958 sci-fi horror flick about a jellylike alien life form that terrorizes the town of Phoenixville, Pennsylvania. (Just don't swallow up the Dell, okay?)
"The Blob" - The Five Blobs (Halloween 1958, highest
chart position #33)
Keep it right here on SDMM!
More deadly ditties from Dell Rat Ron and
yours truly are coming up next time!
Have a Shady day!