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1. Written by Mack Discant and Max Steiner, this was technically a song from 1959. But technically, a tomato is a fruit. Or as Dan would say, "Technically a tomatoe is a fruit". The Percy Faith recording hit the charts with it in January 1960 and it rose to number one in February and a rose by any other name would smell as sweet. There are no lyrics for this version but I will hum the first line for you. Do you know it?
Hmm Hmm Hmm Hmmmm"
2. This song was written by Joe Allison and Audrey Allison
Jim Reeves recorded it in late 1959 but it took until February 1960 to make the charts in a big way. Hint: It was country and that should get you half the way there. Which one is it?
"Put your sweet lips a little closer to the phone
Let's pretend that we're together, all alone
I'll tell the man to turn the jukebox way down low"
3. This song was written by Dallas Frazier and recorded by The Hollywood Argyles. It topped out at number one on the Hot 100. It socked it to the other songs. It also spawned a neanderthal diet fad. So that would make it?
"He's the toughest man there is alive"
"Wearin' clothes from a wildcat's hide"
"He's the king of the jungle jive"
4. This song was written by Roy Orbison and Joe Melson. It was recorded by the former in 1960. It peaked at number two on the Hot 100 thus not reaching the heights of "Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polka-Dot Bikini". Oh, I wonder, wonder,... what the song in question is? Perhaps a type of teardrop?
5. Written by Doc Pomus and Mort Shuman, this song, recorded by The Drifters, made it to the top of the Hot 100 in 1960. It might have been Mariano Rivera's favorite song. Can you get it?
"You can smile
Every smile for the man
Who held your hand
'Neath the pale moonlight"
6. Written by Charles Trenet and Albert Lasry, this French song was Americanized (Jack Lawrence did the new lyric) and recorded by Bobby Darin in 1959 and it reached number six on the Hot 100 in January of 1960. Picard, If you cannot get this one then your old gray mare ain't what it used to be, so?
"It's far beyond the stars
It's near beyond the moon
I know beyond a doubt
My heart will lead me there soon"
7. The song, "You've Got What It Takes", was written by the quartet of Tyran Carlo, Gwen Fuqua, Berry Gordy, Jr. and, Marv Johnson. It was recorded by this artist and it went to number ten on the Hot 100. It was Magic. Can you name him?
"Now, you don't live in a beautiful place
And you don't dress in the best of taste
And nature didn't give you such a beautiful face"
8. Written by Carl Glover and Carl Spencer this song was recorded by Ernest Tubb and Billy Bland. Bland's version went to number seven on the Hot 100. Tubb's version did not crack the country charts. Bowie could reduce it to two words. It is?
"(Little wallflower on the shelf)
(Standing by herself)"
9. Written by Bobby Charles this song was one of many hit songs for Fats Domino. It reached number six on the Hot 100 and number two on the R&B chart. To the best of my knowledge it was not recorded by Katrina Valente though it would have been a powerful cover. 'Tis?
"Ya used to be my honey
'Till you spent all my money
No use for you to cry
I'll see you by and by"
10. Okay technically this song was recorded in 1959 and reached number seven in 1959. I would have put the quiz in the "Late 50s and 60s Music" category but I couldn't find it. And I forgot to mention in my opening remarks, there is a +/- 1 year tolerance on my facts in quizzes, even the alternative ones. This was written in 1928 by Edgar Leslie or Edgar Rice Burroughs and Horatio Nicholls or Lawrence Wright. It's a Connie Francis song called?
"And, though they do their best
To give me consolation,
I count them all apart
And, as the teardrops start"
Source: Author gfitz47
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