We now continue with the top 10 hits of the 1960s, with artists and bands starting with the letters D and E.

Doves – Bristol Stomp, you can’t sit down: One of the many bands and artists of the famous Philadelphia-based Cameo and Parkway labels. As I’ve written elsewhere, singer Len Barry’s voice is, uh, unique, but effective nonetheless. Bristol stomp is wacky and fun, and You can’t sit down is wonderfully propulsive.

Joe Dowell-Wooden heart: version of Elvis Presley, taken from the soundtrack of the film GI Blues, is far superior.

Dream lovers- When we get married: doo-wop much above average.

The Drifters- Save the last dance for me, on the roof, on Broadway, under the promenade: There are four top 10 hits listed here, but they should have had a lot more. This group went through many phases, from the early to mid 1950s with the formidable singer Clyde McPhatter, the post-McPhatter period of the mid to late 1950s, the arrival of the formidable singer Ben E. King in 1959 and the early 1960s, several lead vocalists from 1961 to the end of their tenure on Atlantic Records, then a switch to Bell Records in the 1970s. The 1960s version of the Drifters is one of my favorite bands of the decade without. exception, who sang wonderful songs with a Latin tinge. Get a compilation from this time, you won’t regret it.

Patty Duke-Do not stay there: Nice song, but it sounds a bit too much like Lesley Gore’s You don’t belong to me.

The Dupres- You belong to Me: Very nice doo-wop.

Bob Dylan- Like A Rolling Stone, Positively 4th Street, Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35, Lay Lady Lady. Of course, Dylan is one of the most influential singers and songwriters of the last century. The first three hits here date back to Dylan’s peak period as a rock artist, when he was on one of the hottest streaks in musical history with iconic albums in 1965 and 1966, and the stand-alone single Positively 4th street, the most angry and my favorite song from Dylan. layman lady layman is pure and engaging country pop, sung by the fleeting crooner voice of Dylan.

And now to the letter E.

Duane Eddy-Because they are young: The king of the twangy guitar, and I was honored that Eddy recognized my tweet from him a year ago.

Shirley Ellis- The Nitty Gritty, The Name Game, The Clapping Song: Some of the most enjoyable and catchy songs of the decade and, according to some, the first examples of what became of rap music.

Essex- Easier said than done: Pleasant and bouncy pop.

Paul Evans- Happy-Go-Lucky-Me: Pleasant pop.

Betty Everett – The song Shoop Shoop, Let It Be Me with Jerry Butler: a great fiery soul singer with timeless hits, including You are not good, later an even greater success of Linda Ronstadt. The song Shoop Shoop is just pure fun with a very eye-catching opening.

The Everly Brothers – Whether it’s me, Cathy’s clown, when will I be loved, so sad (to watch good love go bad), ebony eyes, backtrack: These brothers sang some of the most sublime hits of the late 50’s and early 60’s, and Cathy’s clown had the distinction of saving the new and ailing Warner Brothers Records from disbandment. In fact, in the early ’60s the Everly had hits, alternately, from their’ 50s label Cadence and Warners. Unlike many other artists born in the 1950s, their sound was timeless and they should have remained popular throughout the 1960s, but they weren’t. On the other hand, one of their singles from the late 1960s, Bowling green, is my favorite Everlys song, with the sad So sad, made for Warners. Sadly, both brothers are now deceased.

Every mother’s son-Come on my boat: Edges on dorky, but it’s a fun, melodic pop.

Next time: the F list of the 10 best hits of the 1960s.



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