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"The Music From Peter Gunn" was the #1 album in April of 1959. The television series that aired on NBC for two seasons in 1959 and 1960 and one season for ABC in 1961. Henry Mancini received a Grammy award for Album of the Year. A single version by Ray Anthony reached #8 on Billboard in March of 1959 and was still in the top forty on April 13th -- #38.

Billboard Top 40 for 4/13/1959
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 2 / 6 Come Softly To Me----------------The Fleetwoods
#2 .. 1 / 10 Venus----------------Frankie Avalon
#3 .. 4 / 9 Pink Shoe Laces----------------Dodie Stevens
#4 .. 3 / 12 It's Just A Matter Of Time--------------Brook Benton
#5 .. 5 / 12 Tragedy----------------Thomas Wayne
#6 .. 6 / 8 There'll Never Be Anyone Else But You---Ricky Nelson
#7 .. 7 / 11 Charlie Brown----------------The Coasters
#8 .. 13 / 4 A Fool Such As I----------------Elvis Presley
#9 .. 10 / 6 Guitar Boogie Shuffle----------------The Virtues
#10 .. 12 / 3 I Need Your Love Tonight----------------Elvis Presley
#11 .. 9 / 7 It's Late----------------Ricky Nelson
#12 .. 15 / 9 Since I Don't Have You----------------The Skyliners
#13 .. 25 / 5 The Happy Organ----------------Dave Baby Cortez
#14 .. 20 / 4 The Tijuana Jail----------------The Kingston Trio
#15 .. 14 / 10 Sea Cruise----------------Frankie Ford
#16 .. 23 / 4 Tell Him No----------------Travis & Bob
#17 .. 39 / 3 Turn Me Loose----------------Fabian
#18 .. 8 / 9 Alvin's Harmonica----------------The Chipmunks
#19 .. 11 / 12 I've Had It----------------The Bell Notes
#20 .. 20 / 6 This Should Go On Forever---------------Rod Bernard
#21 .. 50 / 3 Three Stars----------------Tommy Dee
#22 .. 35 / 4 Enchanted----------------The Platters
#23 .. 17 / 9 Please Mr. Sun----------------Tommy Edwards
#24 .. 18 / 8 It Doesn't Matter Anymore---------------Buddy Holly
#25 .. 44 / 5 Sorry (I Ran All The Way Home)----------The Impalas
#26 .. 16 / 16 Hawaiian Wedding Song----------------Andy Williams
#27 .. 36 / 4 For A Penny----------------Pat Boone
#28 .. 24 / 7 Where Were You On Our Wedding Day-------Lloyd Price
#29 .. 22 / 7 If I Didn't Care----------------Connie Francis
#30 .. 73 / 4 That's Why (I Love You So)--------------Jackie Wilson
#31 .. 27 / 7 The Morning Side Of The Mountain--------Tommy Edwards
#32 .. 29 / 7 No Other Arms, No Other Lips------------The Chordettes
#33 .. 34 / 6 Everybody Likes to Cha-Cha-Cha----------Sam Cooke
#34 .. 31 / 21 Donna----------------Ritchie Valens
#35 .. 43 / 3 Guess Who----------------Jesse Belvin
#36 .. 19 / 19 Stagger Lee----------------Lloyd Price
#37 .. 32 / 12 She Say (Oom Dooby Doom)----------------The Diamonds
#38 .. 28 / 15 Peter Gunn----------------Ray Anthony
#39 .. 70 / 4 Six Nights A Week----------------The Crests
#40 .. 37 / 8 I'm Never Gonna Tell----------------Jimmie Rodgers

Gretchen Christopher and Barbara Ellis were singing together in high school and looking for a trumpet player to back them.  Gary Troxel could play the trumpet, but wasn’t able to play in the girls’ key.  But Gary started humming a tune and soon they discovered they sounded great as a trio.  The group performed a song Gretchen had written at their high school talent contest and the kids loved it so much they recorded a tape and took it to Bob Reisdorff in Seattle.  Reisdorff was starting his own label, Dolphin Records and decided to record the song but he made two changes.  First of all, he found the title of the song too suggestive and changed it to “Come Softly To Me” (even though those words are not included in the lyrics).  He also asked the group to change its name from Two Girls and a Guy.  All three had the same phone exchange and so they became The Fleetwoods.  Six months later, the record was released and in March of 1959 it entered the national Billboard chart.  The group was invited to appear on “The Dick Clark Saturday Night Beechwood Show” in New York.  Back stage at the theater they met Frankie Avalon who introduced himself:  “Congratulations!  ‘Come Softly To Me’ just knocked ‘Venus’ out of the number one spot.”

Besides “Venus” and “Come Softly To Me,” “The Happy Organ” was the only other number one song in the top twenty on April 13th, 1959 – currently #13, it would get there in May after “Come Softly To Me” had spent four weeks at the top.  Two runner-up records were in the top twenty:  “A Fool Such As I” which would peak at #2 on April 27th and “Charlie Brown” which had topped out in second place on March 9th.

Two artists did a top twenty double dip that April:  Elvis Presley with “A Fool Such As I” (#8) b/w “I Need Your Love Tonight” (#10) and Ricky Nelson with “There’ll Never Be Anyone Else But You” b/w “It’s Late.”  

In other news:

  • “Gigi” won the Academy Award for best picture.

  • Vivian Vance divorced Philip Ober.

  • A Gallup poll gave JFK the lead as a choice for the Democratic presidential nomination.

  • Frank Lloyd Wright died.

  • The St. Lawrence Seaway opened.

  • Admiral released the first transistorized clock radios.

  • President Eisenhower announced that the U.S. was committed to supporting South Vietnam.

  • Oklahoma repealed its ban on alcoholic beverages.

  • The first airline hijacking to Cuba took place – a Coahata Airlines flight.

  • Brian Seltzer was born.

  • Leonard Shockey was executed in Maryland – the last juvenile (17) to be put to death.

  • Secretary of State John Dulles resigned due to cancer.

  • Sheena Easton was born.


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