Saturday, June 25, 2011

Saturday Night Genealogy Fun - Number #1 Songs

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Hey geneaphiles - it's Saturday Night, time for more Genealogy Fun!!!

Tonight, we're going to go down memory lane a bit.

1)  What was the #1 song on the day you were born?  Or on your birthday when you were 15?  Or when you married?  Or some other important date in your life.

2)  Go to http://www.thisdayinmusic.com/birthdayno1 and enter the date and select from UK, US or Australia record lists.  Note:  the first date available is 1 January 1946. 

Alternatively, go to http://www.joshhosler.biz/ and enter the month and date and see a list of songs for each year since 1940. 

3)  Tell us what your results are (If you are sensitive about your age, don't list the date or year... ) on a blog post of your own, a comment to this post, or in a Facebook status line or note. 

Here's mine:

*  Birth date 23 October 1943:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/ site, #1 on that date was "Sunday, Monday or Always" by Bing Crosby (lyrics only, couldn't find a video or recording online)

*  Age 15 on 23 October 1958:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/site, #1 was "It's All in the Game" by Tommy Edwards (YouTube video)

*  Married on 21 March 1970:

From the http://www.joshhosler.biz/ site, #1 was "Bridge Over Troubled Water" by Simon & Garfunkel (YouTube video)

*  During the time that I was really "into" popular music (1956-1970), the #1 hits on my birthday were:

**  1956. Don't Be Cruel/Hound Dog -- Elvis Presley
**  1957.  Jailhouse Rock/Treat Me Nice -- Elvis Presley
**  1958.  It's All in the Game -- Tommy Edwards
**  1959.  Mack the Knife -- Bobby Darin
**  1960.  I Want to be Wanted -- Brenda Lee

**  1961.  Runaround Sue -- Dion
**  1962.  Monster Mash -- Bobby Boris Pickett & the Crypt Kickers
**  1963.  Sugar Shack -- Jimmy Gilmer & the Fireballs
**  1964.  Do Wah Diddy -- Manfred Mann
**  1965.  Yesterday -- The Beatles

**  1966.  96 Tears -- ?? & the Mysterians
**  1967.  To Sir, with Love -- Lulu
**  1968.  Hey Jude -- The Beatles
**  1969.  I Can't Next to You -- The Temptations
**  1970.  I'll Be There -- The Jackson Five

*  I had never heard of the Bing Crosby song - here are the lyrics:

Sunday, Monday or Tuesday
Wednesday, Thursday or Friday
I want you near
Every day in the year

Oh, won't you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you're satisfied
I'll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go 'round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound and pound

And what am I to do
Can't I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always

Always and forever I must be with you
Beginning Sunday and Monday and then forever

Oh, won't you tell me when
We will meet again
Sunday, Monday or always

If you're satisfied
I'll be at your side
Sunday, Monday or always

No need to tell me now
What makes the world go 'round
When at the sight of you
My heart begins to pound, pound, pound

What am I to do
Can't I be with you
Sunday, Monday or always

I wonder if my parents sang this?

Thank you to Brenda Leyndyke for the inspiration of her Journey to the Past post today - Diana by Paul Anka - 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History.

6 comments:

Jasia said...

This was a lot of fun! I don't think I want to reveal the songs that were popular on the timeline of my life but it was really interesting to see how many songs were hits in my lifetime that I'm not familiar with and how many songs from before I was born that I know by heart. Thanks, Randy!

FrustratedSue said...

Apparently there WASN'T any popular music when I was born in 1927 (the list starts with 1946)! So I picked the date of my first marriage (June 1950): The Third Man Theme; and the birth dates of my three children (Feb. 1951): Tennessee Waltz by Patti Page; (Mar. 1952) Cry by Johnnie Ray and the 4 Lambs; and (July 1957) Love Letters in the Sand by Pat Boone.
The most popular song on the juke box at the lodge on our honeymoon, however, was "Bonapart's Retreat."

Martin said...

But how many are prophetic? #1 on the day I was born was "I Will Follow Him."

Mel said...

My songs and my Grandparents songs...
http://www.researchjournal.yourislandroutes.com/?p=2367

Denise Spurlock said...

This post was my inspiration to start my 52 Weeks of Personal Genealogy and History blog; have been meaning to do it all year!

Now I just need to get caught up.

http://52weeksofpersonalhistory.blogspot.com/2011/06/week-26-songs.html

Deb Ruth said...

Thanks for this fun walk down memory lane. Still have the tunes playing on my computer as I write this post.

Here is my contribution to the party!

http://deb-adventuresingenealogy.blogspot.com/2011/06/saturday-night-genealogy-fun-number-1.html