Monday, August 29, 2011

easy question answer not so


A simple question really.  Post a song from the year you were born.  

Of course no one remembers much of any thing from their first year and maybe that's good.  What guy would want to remember a common event like a circumcision?  But lets get back to the song challenge.

I had found (and posted about it) a web site that makes it easy to find a song for a given date.  Since I had posted about this checking a day in music history before I thought that reposting that one would be too easy.

Then I noticed something.  The top song didn't change very often back then.  I started to realize the music industry was much different then and much smaller.  Not quite as bad as the golden years of radio but music listening was not the iTunes of today either.  However, Jene is young enough that she could of done a music video from her birth year.

LP albums (33 1/3 speed) were barely around during my birth year.  Billboard didn't come out with the Top 100 chart until 1958.  The heavy metal was limited to physics labs.  Anyone going around calling themselves the "Sex Pistols" would have been arrested.

We were still a decade away from being psychedelic.



But I found an interesting hit song from 1953.

Not grunge.
Not alternative.
Not hard rock.
Not gangster rap.

How about a kid's song (what's the chance of that today?).

Number 1 on the US Billboard Magazine chart for 8 weeks -  "How Much is that Doggie in the Window" by Patti Page (who is STILL performing and has a web site).



23 comments:

pearlvz said...

Would you believe Chubby Checker's "The Twist"?

:-)

Pearl

Steve Elsaesser said...

1933 May 25 "Stormy Weather"--and WOW! More appropriate song could not have been for my date of birth...the only way to enjoy life...is to live it!

Bearmancartoons said...

Wow I thought that pic was from the 70's...then I saw the bottled water

lisleman said...

TV and radio are older than the 70's.  Closer to the 50's but it's a picture from a Disney World restaurant.

lisleman said...

OK you have me beat.  Maybe the golden age of radio was going on when you were born.

savannah said...

mule train, by frankie laine. seems appropriate for me, sugar! xoxox

Jene said...

For some reason, that was always my least favorite song to sing. It made me feel sad for the puppy in the window. I was an odd duck.

I had no idea that those songs even had original recordings. Learn something new, every day! Thanks for playing! Look for next week's topic, soon :)

lisleman said...

Well that's more of a rock song than Doggie in the Window.
thanks

lisleman said...

I need to look that one up.  Mule train was a song?  I don't care what they say, I don't think you are an ass.
thanks

lisleman said...

I can understand that especially if you start thinking it's the last doggie.  I was surprised to find it on the top of the charts.  Could you imagine Sponge Bob Square Pants or a Sesame St. character out doing Lady Gaga or Katy Perry on the music charts?

oceangirl said...

I like the song. And what an era.  I enjoy the video Lisleman.

Leenie said...

I looked at that list and I could remember all those old songs that were popular when I was a baby. I'll bet I could sing the words to most of them.  My mom must have had her radio on all the time I was crawling around under her feet. It's almost scary how deep things can be imprinted on a blank slate. 

Thisstopwilloughby said...

I was born in March of 1968.  The top song was Sittin' On The Dock Of The Bay - Otis Redding.  Still a great song, 43 years later!

savannah said...

LOL thanks for that, sugar! 12/31/49 xoxox

lisleman said...

Since this post is very United States centric I'm curious if the music industry in your part of the world followed or was very separate from the US.
thanks

lisleman said...

Your family probably was very musical.  Mine wasn't so much.  Good memory.
thanks

lisleman said...

that is a great song.  thanks for sharing

unknownmami said...

That song is still popular with the kids.

BSherman said...

I was actually just getting ready to type that. I walked past two preschoolers singing that not even two weeks ago. That's arguably more staying power than some of music's most famous names.

lisleman said...

I hope that hit song and I can grow old together.  thanks

lisleman said...

I hope kid songs don't change too much.  thanks

oceangirl said...

visiting from Saturday sampling of Mrs4444.

we followed US music almost 100%, of course when the US was invaded by the British, we were too:)

lisleman said...

odd thing about that 1960's British invasion was they were influence by our blues.  Most of us needed to be reintroduced to our own blues by the British bands.
thanks

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