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Title:The White Rabbit
Artist:Peter Posa
Writer:Bill Ivory,Graham Rosling
Label:W & G
Release:14 Nov 1963
This instrumental hit from Viking Records in New Zealand made No.15 (for 3 weeks) on the 2UE Top40 chart and appeared for a total of 10 weeks.
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Title:Pathway to Paradise
Artist:Johnny Rebb and his Rebels
Release:June 1959
This hit from a Sydney-based group made No.6 (for 2 weeks) on the 2UE Top40 chart and appeared for a total of 18 weeks. Syd McDonagh and Johnny Rebb co-wrote the song and bandmember John Charter arranged the music.

--See-- Think Me a Kiss.
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Title:Black is Black
Artist:Los Bravos
Release:5 Aug 1966
This recording by a Spanish group made #6 (for 3 weeks) on the 2UE Top40 chart and appeared for a total of 11 weeks. Michelle Grainger, Tony Hayes and Steve Wadey co-wrote the song and it was recorded in their studio in Kent, England.
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Title:Saturday Night at the Movies
Artist:The Drifters
Release:10 Dec 1964
This hit record from a New York based group made #14 (for 1 week) on the 2UE Top40 chart and appeared for a total of 12 weeks. Husband and wife song-writing team Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil co-wrote the song and Johnny Moore was the lead singer. For more 'Drifters' see:
I'll Take You Where the Music's Playing and Kissin' in the Back Row of the Movies.
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Title:Right Said Fred
Artist:Bernard Cribbins
Release:2 August 1962
English actor and comedian, Bernard Cribbins took this hit record to No.30 (for 1 week) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and it appeared for a total of 6 weeks. Myles Rudge wrote the lyrics of the song, Ted Dicks composed the music and George Martin was the producer.
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Title:Santa Claus is Coming to Town
Artist:The 4 Seasons
Release:4 Dec 1962
One of many versions of the 1934 Christmas song. Fred Coots composed the music, Haven Gillespie wrote the lyrics and Eddie Cantor introduced it on radio.
For more '4 Seasons' see:
Big Man in Town.
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Title:Sixteen Reasons
Artist:Connie Stevens
Writer:Bill & Doree Post
Label:Warner Bros.
Release:May 1960
This recording by a popular female television star made No.20 (for 1 week) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for 11 weeks. Bill Post wrote the lyrics, his wife Doree wrote the music and an orchestra led by Don Ralke provided the accompaniment.
--See--Mr. Songwriter.
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Title:Joey's Song
Artist:Bill Haley and his Comets
Writer:Sammy Gallop,Joe Reisman
Release:October 1959
This "instrumental fox trot" made No.1 (for 4 weeks) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for 20 weeks. Joe Reisman wrote the music and it has been the theme for Mark Gould's radio show since the premier on 31st December 1983.
This recording ceased to be Mark's theme after 1 July 2017 but was re-instated by popular demand on 29th August 2017.
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Artist:Craig Douglas
Writer:Buddy Kaye, Philip Springer
Label:Top Rank
Release:7 Sep 1961
This hit by an English vocalist made No.8 (for 1 week) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for 12 weeks.Phil Springer wrote the music to Buddy Kaye's lyrics and Harry Robinson and orchestra provided the backing.
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Title:Oliver Cool
Artist:Oliver Cool
Writer:Paul Vance, Lee Pockriss
Release:November 1960
This novelty hit made No.15 (for 3 weeks) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for 13 weeks. The mystery singer was actor and choreographer Tony Mordente who also recorded as Larry Ellis. He toured Australia as part of Lee Gordon's "All American Rock Spectacular" in January 1961.
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Title:Rockin' Robin
Artist:The Henchmen
Writer:Jimmie Thomas
Release:April 1965
This revival by a Melbourne group of Bobby Day's 1958 hit made No.22 (for 2 weeks) on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for 10 weeks. The Henchmen won a recording contract with the independent record label Go!! after winning a radio talent quest.
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Title:The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance
Artist:Gene Pitney
Writer:David, Bacharach
Label:United Artists
Release:May 1962
Written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach for the film of the same name but not used, this was Gene Pitney's first No.1 hit on the 2UE Top 40 chart remaining in the chart for 12 weeks. Chuck Sagle arranged and Aaron Schroeder produced the recording.
--See also--
If I Didn't Have a Dime
--and--Blue Angel.
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Title:One Last Kiss
Artist:Crash Craddock
Label:CBS Coronet
Release:2 Feb 1961
With lyrics by Lee Adams and music by Charles Strouse for the musical "Bye Bye Birdie", this recording was Crash Craddock's second No.1 hit on the 2UE Top 40 chart remaining for 15 weeks including 6 weeks in the Top 10.
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Title:Tall Paul
Artist:Annette and the Afterbeats
Release:March 1959
This recording by (Mickey Mouse Club's) Mouseketeer Annette Funicello, made No.16 on the 2UE Top 40 chart remaining for 14 weeks. The song, timed at 1m 34s and one of the shortest, was written by Bob Roberts and the Sherman Brothers, Richard and Bob.
See Pineapple Princess.
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Title:Hit Record
Artist:Brook Benton
Writer:Sibelius Williams
Release:May 1962
This novelty song described how to make a hit record but only made the 80 predictions list for the 2UE Top 40 chart. The song was written by Sibelius Williams, arranged and conducted by Malcolm Dodds and produced by Shelby Singleton.
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Title:A Young Man's Fancy
Artist:Tommy Sands
Release:1 August 1963
Written by Bob Brass, Irwin Levine and Alan Kooper, this song was inspired by Tennyson's poem about love in the springtime. It stayed only 3 weeks on the 2UE Top 40 chart, #36 was its highest position. Don Costa's orchestra provided the accompaniment.
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Title:The Little Space Girl
Artist:Jesse Lee Turner
Release:March 1959
Inspired by previous hits about aliens, Jesse Lee Turner's cousin Floyd Robinson wrote this song and it was recorded by Turner for Carlton Records. It made the prediction list for the 2UE Top 40 chart in 1959.
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Title:The Ballad of Lover's Hill
Artist:Teresa Brewer and
The Milestone Singers
Release:10 January 1963
Brewer's first Philips release, this civil war song written by Dick Manning and Kay Twomey in 1962, was arranged by Bill Justis. Highest position on the 2UE Top 40 was #4 for one week (23rd Feb 1963) and appeared for 16 weeks, including 6 weeks in the Top 10.
See The Hula Hoop Song.
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Title:Wings of a Dove
Artist:Ferlin Husky
Release:27 January 1961
A country gospel song written by Bob Ferguson and recorded by Ferlin Husky in 1960. Highest position on the 2UE Top 40 was No.2 for one week (4th March 1961) and it appeared for 14 weeks, including 9 weeks in the Top 10.
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Title:No Particular Place to Go
Artist:Chuck Berry
Release:4 June 1964
A return to the 2UE Top 40 chart by Chuck Berry after an absence of almost 6 years, with a rock song about a car seat belt that wouldn't release. Highest position No.33 for the first four weeks of its six weeks' run.
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Title:Surf City
Artist:Jan & Dean
Release:27 June 1963
A 2UE Top 40 chart debut for Jan & Dean, this surf song written by Jan Berry and Brian Wilson, topped the chart for two weeks and was in the Top 10 for ten of its seventeen weeks' run.

--see also-- Sidewalk Surfin'.
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Title:Down by the Station
Artist:The Four Preps
Release:February 1960
With orchestra directed by Lincoln Mayorga, this recording made No.35 and appeared for 6 weeks on the local 2UE Top 40 chart. The song was written by two of the Four Preps, lead tenor Bruce Belland and baritone Glen Larson.

--see also-- Girl Without a Top
--and-- Calcutta.
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Title:Limbo Rock
Artist:Chubby Checker
Release:July 1962
This song written by Billy Strange and Jon Sheldon, made No.4 for one week on Sydney's Top 40 and was in the Top 10 for three of its total eleven weeks. Chubby Checker's version shared chart honours with two instrumental versions.
--See also--
Hey, Bobba Needle;
Black Cloud;
Reggae My Way;
The Hucklebuck.
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Title:All Alone Am I
Artist:Brenda Lee
Release:October 1962
The music was written for the 1960 film "Never On Sunday" by Manos Hadjidakis. Arthur Altman later set English words and Brenda Lee's version of the song made No.8 on the local Top 40 and remained on the chart for thirteen weeks.
I'm Gonna Lasso Santa Claus;
Rockin' Around the Christmas Tree
My Whole World Is Falling Down.
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Title:Little Red Rented Rowboat
Artist:Joe Dowell
Writer:Moore, Wayne
Release:July 1962
A novelty hit from Bernie Wayne and Marvin Moore arranged by Bill Justis, appeared for 9 weeks on the 2UE Top 40 and reached No.16. The vocalist was Joe Dowell accompanied by the Stephen Scott Singers and Jerry Kennedy's Orchestra.
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Title:My Voice is Changing
Artist:Jack Clement
Release:22 Feb 1963
A novelty hit from Writer and vocalist, Jack Clement dealing with every adolescent boy's nightmare, appeared for 5 weeks on the 2UE Top 40 and reached No.33 (two weeks). The vocalist performed the different voices.
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Title:The Ice Cream Man
Artist:Kai Winding
Release:12 Sep 1963
Written by Joe Meek of the British instrumental group The Tornados, this American cover version just made the predictions list for the local Top 40. Danish born Kai Winding played the trombone and Garry Sherman played the organ on the recording.
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Title:Johnny Gunslinger
Artist:The Sapphires
Label:His Master's Voice
Release:6 July 1961
The Sapphires formed in 1957, primarily as a vocal backing trio. They recorded this hit in Sydney in 1961. It appeared 11 times on the weekly 2UE Top 40 chart, the highest position being No.10 (26th August).
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Artist:Toni Arden
Release:26 June 1958
Originally a French song with music by Alain Romans, Paul Francis Webster wrote English words in 1957. Toni Arden's successful version, with chorus and orchestra conducted by Jack Pleis appeared 11 times on the weekly 2UE Top 40 chart and made No.5 for 3 weeks in August 1958.
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Title:A Star Fell From Heaven
Artist:Warren Williams
Release:September 1961
The 1934 Austrian composition by Hans May, Ernst Neubach and Ruth Feiner was a local best seller for Romanian tenor Joseph Schmidt in 1937. This revival by Sydney pop singer Warren Williams made No.26 on the 2UE Top 40 chart and remained for seven weeks.
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Title:The Last Blast of the Blasted Bugler
Artist:Sonny Gianotta & Tommy Cardinale
Writer:Phil Cammarata
Release:7 Apr 1962
This hilarious Gunga Din parody is an uncharted, ultra-rare single which received airplay locally in 1962. It was originally released on an LP in America. The LP had the same title.

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Title:I'm Into Something Good
Writer:Goffin - King
Release:13 August 1964
Earl-Jean, an original member of the U.S. girl group, The Cookies took this song to No.27 on the local 2UE Top 40 chart; it remained for five weeks. The recording was arranged and produced by the writers Carole King and Gerry Goffin.

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Title:I Wish This Night Would Never End
Artist:Ral Donner
One of two singles recorded by the late Ral Donner on Frank Sinatra's Reprise label. It was written by Dan Welch, produced by Jimmy Bowen and the backing was arranged by Jack Nitzsche. Although it had airplay, the record failed to chart locally.
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Title:The Wreck of the John B.
Artist:Jimmie Rodgers
Writer:Trad. adpt. Hays
Release:18 August 1960
A popular American version of a West Indies folk song adapted by Lee Hays of the Weavers, made No.11 on the local 2UE Top 40 and remained for 11 weeks. Joe Reisman conducted the orchestra.
Oh-Oh, I'm Falling in Love;

Just a Closer Walk With Thee;
Child of Clay.
English Country Garden.
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Title:Little Lonely One
Artist:The Jarmels
Label:Top Rank
Release:April 1961
This vocal group from Virginia USA named themselves after a street in Harlem. Had a big hit the same year in America with "A Little Bit Of Soap" but this follow-up did not chart here despite good airplay.
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Title:I'm Just a Country Boy
Artist:George McCurn
Release:7 March 1963
Chicago born George McCurn revived this song for Herb Alpert's A&M label. It became an instant hit locally, reaching No.22 and remaining 8 weeks in the 2UE Top 40 chart.
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Title:It's Only a Paper Moon
Artist:Big Dee Irwin
This former member of the Pastels had a low-key solo career, with one major hit "Swinging On A Star", which also featured the voice of Little Eva. Big Dee Irwin died in 1995, and this record was one of two follow-ups released in Australia. It failed to chart and is extremely rare.
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Title:A Million Drums
Artist:Tony Sheveton
Label:W & G
Release:July 1964
Tony Sheveton was a one-hit wonder from the U.K. He was backed on this locally-charting hit by Johnny Keating's Orchestra. The record reached no. 9 on our local Top Forty and stayed on the charts for 11 weeks.
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Title:Skin Tight, Pin Striped, Purple Pedal Pushers
Artist:Sheb Wooley
Writer:Sheb Wooley
Sheb Wooley, famous for the 1958 hit Purple People Eater wrote and recorded this song with accompaniment by Billy Strange. It briefly made the predictions list for the local Top 40 but failed to chart.
--See--Little Bitty Bilbo....
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Title:The Cypress Tree
Artist:Nana Mouskouri
Label:Fontana (Import)
With the accompaniment of The Athenians, the English language version of Nana's 1960 hit was intended for local release on a Philips label single but was later rejected. It had airplay on Sydney radio in June and July 1963 but failed to chart.
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Title:The Boys' Night Out
Artist:Patti Page
Writer:Sammy Kahn, James Van Heusen
Release:2 August 1962
This song, from the movie of the same name starring Kim Novak, was sung in the film by Patti Page who played the part of Joanne McIlleny. The recording made No.20 for two weeks in October 1962 on the local Top 40 and was listed for nine weeks.
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Title:Oh! You Beautiful Doll
Artist:Donnie Brooks
Writer:A.S.Brown - N.D.Ayer
Release:September 1962
A pre World War I song, arranged by Perry Botkin Jr. for Donnie Brooks, followed three big hits, Mission Bell, Doll House and Memphis but this fourth release failed to make our local Top 40 charts.
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Title:Without a Song
Artist:The Isley Brothers
Writer:Rose - Eliscu - Youmans
Release:18 January 1960
The song written by Vincent Youmans, Billy Rose and Ed Eliscu in 1929 was given a fifties doo-wop treatment by this soul group from Cincinatti, Ohio. The recording followed local RCA single releases I'm Gonna Knock on Your Door and Shout (Parts 1 and 2), also failing to establish the Isley Brothers debut on our local charts.
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Release:17 November 1960
Austrian born Lolita (Ditta Einzinger) recorded the song in 1959 with the Werner Scharfenberger Orchestra. The release, sung in German with a spoken part in English, made No.6 for three weeks on our local Top 40 and appeared for 15 weeks.
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Title:It Doesn't Matter Anymore
Artist:Rob and Roy
Writer:P. Anka
Release:December 1960
Paul Anka's composition, originally a posthumous hit for Buddy Holly and the Crickets, was revived by two school buddies from Dallas, Texas. Robert Wimberly and Jerry (Roy) Dodson were working in a grocery store when asked to record this session with Columbia Records in 1960. The song spent five weeks on our local Top 40 chart.
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Title:Top 40, News, Weather and Sports
Artist:Mark Dinning
Release:23 March 1961
Moral: Don't do homework while listening to radio. The John D. Loudermilk composition made No.12 on our local Top 40 and appeared for 10 weeks. There are references to hit songs and current affairs, except for Lumumba who was assassinated before the local issue, EMI Australia respectfully editing the small reference to him.
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Title:Boston Rocker
Artist:Bob Luman
Writer:J. D. Loudermilk
Label:Warner Bros.
Release:18 January 1962
The John D. Loudermilk composition about a famous make of rocking chair (JFK had one in the White House) was recorded by Texan singer, Bob Luman, who scored with the hits Let's Think About Livin'; Why, Why, Bye, Bye and Private Eye, but this one failed to chart locally.
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Title:The Ding Dong Song
Artist:Tsai Chin
Writer:Yao ming - Bart
Release:August 1960
From the play The World of Suzie Wong in which Tsai Chin played the part of Suzie Wong on the London stage in 1959, comes this song written by Yao Ming with English lyrics by Lionel Bart. Tsai Chin's recording with Harry Robinson's accompaniment was on the Sydney Top 40 for 11 weeks with highest position No. 11.
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Title:The Things I Tell My Pillow
Artist:The De Castro Sisters
Release:February 1959
Also known as the Cuban Andrews Sisters, this trio had local hits Teach Me Tonight and It's Yours. The song written by Bob Schell was arranged and conducted by Don Costa and recorded for ABC Paramount in 1958 but failed to reach our local Top 40 list.
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Title:A Walkin' Miracle
Artist:The Essex
Release:19 September 1963
With words and music by George David Weiss, Adam Levy, Hugo & Luigi and production by Henry Glover, this follow-up to Easier Said Than Done was the second and last hit for U.S. pop group, The Essex. It made No. 20 on our local charts (1st November) and remained for 7 weeks.
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Title:Damn the Defiant!
Artist:Johnny Burnette
Writer:D. & J. Burnette
Release:September 1962
Inspired by the British movie H.M.S. Defiant and composed with his brother Dorsey, Johnny Burnette's ninth local single followed Top 20 hits Dreamin', You're Sixteen, Little Boy Sad, and God, Country and My Baby but failed to make our Top 40, despite the accompaniment of The Johnny Mann Singers and the production of Snuff Garrett.
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Title:Yes Tonight, Josephine
Artist:Johnnie Ray
Writer:W. Scott - D. Goodman
Label:CBS Coronet
Release:9 July 1957
Winfield Scott and Dorothy Goodman wrote this catchy hit for Johnnie Ray. With the backing of Ray Conniff and His Orchestra, it came close to the top of the local hit parades, peaking at No. 2 for five weeks and remained in the Top 8 for ten weeks.

--See--I'll Bring Along My Banjo