This week as the channel develops we have eight songs that are “Featured”. These songs will be rotated two or three or maybe even all of them every week. But here is the quick list:
“The Witch Doctor” from 1958 by David Seville and the Chipmunks. This may have been your first exposure to the Chipmunks or to demented music, but it’s a peppy tune about a love potion.
“Please Mr Custer” from 1960 by Larry Verne. Poor guy is a soldier in Colonel George Custer’s 7th Cavalry. He really did try to call in sick that day, but since there were no phones, he had to go to work anyway. “Please Mr. Custer I don’t want to go”.
“Hello Muddah, Hello Faddah” is a song from Allan Sherman in 1963. For his full time job Mr. Sherman was the producer of the popular TV show called “I’ve Got a Secret” from 1952 until 1958. He had actually created the show, but Goodson/Todman took the idea and then hired him as the producer to compensate him.
Of the featured songs “Boom Ooo Yata-tata” is one of my favorites and it’s one that I just discovered as I was looking for music for the channel. Morecambe and Wise are just hilarious, and I am looking for more videos from them. A friend of mine recommended “The Two Ronnies” and I will get some of their stuff too.
“Hole in the Ground” is a clever little ditty about a micro-managing fella in a derby who didn’t like where a hole was being dug. Bernard Cribbins performs this song from 1960. It’s a fun listen.
“The Little Nash Rambler” & “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” were top 40 hits. “The Little Nash Rambler” by the Playmates was in the top 40 for twelve weeks and it peaked at number four. Not a bad run for a little car that isn’t being made any more. “Yellow Polka Dot Bikini” by Brian Hyland hit number one on the charts on August 8, 1960.
“Me Boomerang Won’t Come Back” by Charlie Drake in 1961. This is a song about a boy who can’t seem to get his boomerang to return. Well there was a secret that he got from a medicine man. The price of this counciling was pretty high, it cost him 14 chickens. But other than the patient, who gives a cluck?