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Billboard Top 20, 8/25/1962
Rank..Previous .. # Weeks .. Title .. Artist

#1 .. 2 / 9 The Locomotion----------------Little Eva
#2 .. 1 / 9 Breaking Up Is Hard To Do---------------Neil Sedaka
#3 .. 6 / 8 Things----------------Bobby Darin
#4 .. 5 / 5 You Don't Know Me----------------Ray Charles
#5 .. 12 / 5 Sheila----------------Tommy Roe
#6 .. 3 / 12 Roses Are Red----------------Bobby Vinton
#7 .. 11 / 9 Party Lights----------------Claudine Clark
#8 .. 13 / 4 She's Not You----------------Elvis Presley
#9 .. 7 / 9 Ahab the Arab----------------Ray Stevens
#10 .. 8 / 8 Little Diane----------------Dion
#11 .. 4 / 12 The Wah Watusi----------------The Orlons
#12 .. 17 / 5 Vacation----------------Connie Francis
#13 .. 13 / 8 Bring It On Home To Me----------------Sam Cooke
#14 .. 14 / 11 You'll Lose a Good Thing----------------Barbara Lynn
#15 .. 18 / 8 Heart in Hand----------------Brenda Lee
#16 .. 16 / 14 Wolverton Mountain----------------Claude King
#17 .. 10 / 12 Sealed With a Kiss----------------Brian Hyland
#18 .. 23 / 7 What's A Matter Baby----------------Timi Yuro
#19 .. 19 / 6 Call Me Mr. Inbetween----------------Burl Ives
#20 .. 9 / 11 Speedy Gonzales----------------Pat Boone

 

Eva Boyd sang a demo for the song writing team of Carole King and Gerry Goffin and it was pitched to Dee Dee Sharpe who had just made a national hit with "Mashed Potato Time." Sharpe's producers turned it down, but record producer Don Kirshner decided to release Eva's demo on his Dimension label. On August 25th it claimed the top spot in Billboard. Eva had to come up with a dance to match the record.

"Locomotion" replaced "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" in the top spot and "Roses Are Red" was also a former top record. "Sheila" was on its way to the top spot.

The August 25th top twenty showed a great deal of diversity in music tastes as the country sound was well rpresented by "Things" and "Wolverton Mountain." "Party Lights" was pure rock and roll. "You'll Lose a Good Thing" and "Bring It On Home To Me" represented the growing "soul" sound. "Ahab the Arab" showed their was always room for novelty songs. "You Don't Know Me" was the second top ten song from Ray Charles' album "Modern Sounds in Country and Wester Music" which gave soulful interpretations of country songs.

Elvis Presley was still a consistent entry in the top twenty -- "She's Not You" would eventually climb to the #5 position. But Elvis's most recent movie, "Kid Galahad" was a rarity in that no singles from the soundtrack were released.

 

 

In other news:

  • Coretta King and their children visited Martin Luther King in Albany, Georgia jails cell
  • The Soviet Union exploded a 40 megaton nuclear bomb in the atmosphere
  • Riots occured in West Berlin as crowds attacked the wall.
  • Stanford University scientists transmitted signals on a beam of light (laser)
  • Part of Gene Autry's "Melody Ranch" was destroyed by a fire.
  • Patrick Ewing was born.
  • Jamaica became independent.
  • Charles DeGaulle's car was attacked in a Paris suburb.
  • Hoot Gibson died.
  • The Beatles were videotaped performing at The Cavern Club by a Granada Telvision crew -- the video was never released.
"Kid Galahad" was Elvis's 10th movie. It was #1 at the box office in August of 1962. Can you identify two of his costars pictured below?
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