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Friday, June 16, 2017

Time Machine co-ordinates VIVII43461663

Today we go to June 16th, 1963- the day that Valentina Tereshkova became the first woman in space, orbiting the earth 49 times in 3 days on a trip that COULD have sent her spiralling out into space, had she herself not caught the mistake in the control program.  She would go on to be a factor in both Soviet and Russian politics (“The Soviet Union was important for more than one generation. I am not ignoring the mistakes, the highs and the lows, but as a whole … It is wrong to paint it only in dark colours. There was a lot of good as well.”), and only four years ago- when she was 76- she volunteered to lead a mission to Mars, "even if it is one-way".

Yuri Gagarin and "the female Gagarin"

Welcome to this week's Time Machine, where we have, after weeks of runaways, a run-OFF in the Panel this week; yet another 6D that becomes a "who did it" instead; and our POTM shows up- with the #101 song this week...  and a few other things to entertain and delight you!

And first up, I mentioned a few weeks back that I knew there was a vast difference between the songs on the UK best sellers of all time, and the songs that win the polls of the best UK songs of all time.  Radio X does a yearly vote of their subscribers, and the 2017 version contained only ONE of the best sellers- Bohemian Rhapsody, which was third on the best sellers but #1 on the poll.  I actually know (or have at least heard) 34 out of the top 100;  the old boys did a bit better too, as the Beatles collected six, the Stones five, and the Who 3.  But the big winner- not unexpectedly in this era- is alt-band Oasis (which never truly hooked me).  They landed 11 in the 100, and 2 (Live Forever), 3 (Wonderwall), 4 (Don't Look Back In Anger), and 6 (Champagne Supernova) in the top ten!  Aficionados of the Martin Era would recognize David Bowie's Heroes at #9, but not a lot else.


And about that wacky Panel:  We had a whopping 47 stations playing this week, and they netted us 12 candidates for next week's President of TM- and for a change, they were ALL on the week's national chart from Cashbox!  HOWever, 32 of those 47 votes went to just 2 songs- and they split them evenly!  So for a change, here are the also rans in chart order- since it was one and two that fought it out for the prize!

Bill Justus, who made his career in America, had a #1 in Australia (and thus his presence here), with the song Tamoure- which sat this week at #124.

Kirby St. Romain, whom I found little about, got a #1 with his song stuck at #97 with Summer's Comin'.

On the climb at #50, and gathering 5 votes, Jan and Dean's Surf City.

A song that my son loves, unusually, Essex with Easier Said Than Done, which was at #21 on the way down.

Little Peggy March, who will be back in a bit, with I Will Follow Him, on it's trip downward at #18.

Bobby Darin had 18 Yellow Roses at #13.

Bobby Vinton had the only other multi-vote tune with Blue On Blue, at #11.

Barbara Lewis with one of my faves no matter who sings it, Hello Stranger at #10.

Whispering Bill Anderson with Still, at #7.

The Crystals with a song famously destroyed by Sean Cassidy, Da Doo Ron Ron, at #4.

And that leaves us with the two 16-vote winners:  the national #2, Leslie Gore's It's My Party, and the #1, Kyu Sakamoto's Sukiyaki.  So, who won by getting the most SECOND place votes?  Tune in at the end- even IF the rest puts you to sleep!


Washington State's Fleet Foxes join the M10 this week, with an ethereal single from their latest lp, Crack Up.

They hop the train at #10.


So it happens that our POTM this week, Ray Charles, has his finger in a couple of features this week!  He sits at #101 with a 2-sided hit.  The first side was called No One, and it peaked at #21.  Stopping at #29 was a somewhat more famous tune, Without Love (There Is Nothing).  This tune had a few trips into the hot 100:  Clyde McPhatter in '57 (#19), of course Tom Jones in '69 (#5)- and at #90, Oscar Toney, Jr.  Who?  Well, he was a more UK based bluesman, but the interesting thing here is that during his UK tour he insisted on a backing band called Merlin Q.  And the thing about Merlin Q is that they became the core of Edison Lighthouse (Love Grows Where My Rosemary Goes)!

Now, back to Ray:  This single was a non-album disc in between his much bigger hits, Take These Chains From My Heart (#8) and Busted (#4).   And Take These Chains was the highest charting UK song on the US chart this week- with it sitting at #8 there, and #31 here.  Which prolly makes you wonder, so which Elvis Song is #1 in the UK this week?  Well, jokes on you- it was someone else mighty big over there at the top, and it wasn't Cliff Richard, either!  I'll let you in on who in a bit.


Next up, the second debut at #9.  This song almost got in two weeks ago, and again last week.  This time, Nashville's Moon Taxi finally joins the M10...


Now, out of the 31 songs on this week's chart I knew, time to focus on two of them.  First is the 6D song, which got ignored by the Panel at #3- Al Martino's I Love You Because.  This tune was written by a gent we looked into a while back- Leon Payne, who also wrote Hank Williams, Sr's Lost Highway.  Payne took it to the top of the C&W charts in 1949. Though Payne and Martino had the biggest hits with it, they were not alone.  Ernest Tubbs (#2 country) and Clyde Moody (#8 Country) hit in 1950; Johnny Cash took it to #20 country in 1960.  Jim Reeves, a former POTM, had a #5 hit in the UK with it in '64- and 12 years later, he grazed the country charts here.  Carl Smith, who was unknown to me but was a early country HOFer- 32 top tens and 5 #1s from 1951-67- had one of his last hits with it, reaching #14 on the country charts in '69.  And Roger Whitaker of The Last Farewell fame, took it to 91 country as recently as 1983.

The other song is our #63 in '63- and it is our other mention of Little Peggy March, who held the spot with I Wish I Was A Princess.  LPM didn't have a lot of luck on the US charts- this song, which peaked at #32, gave her two of her three T40s along with I Will Follow Him.  HOWever, she did tremendously well in Germany.  From 1965-80, Peggy racked up 23 top 40s there, 3 top tens, and the #1 Romeo Und Julia.

And speaking of "over there", that UK #1 was- the Beatles with From Me To You, which was just under 8 months away from its American debut.  And the highest US song on the Brit chart?  Brenda Lee's Losing You, which was #14 here and 21 there.


And that brings us to the M10:

Flogging Molly slides down to #8 with The Days We've Yet To Meet.

Wet Wet Wet moves up three to #7 with Love Is All Around.

Once again, POWERS is Closer to the top this week- Closer moves up one more notch to #6.

Springtime Carnivore moves up a quick 4 to #5 with Midnight Room.

PVRIS' two week reign at the top is over- Heaven slips to #4.

Northern Faces are up to #3 with Messin' With Me.

Beach House makes it three weeks at #2 with Chariot.

And the #1s?   M10 says...

...Kidsmoke- And Mine Alone!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

So, who was it one the titanic tie at the top?  Well, by a 13-9 margin on #2s, it goes to...

...Kyu Sakamoto with Sukiyaki!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next week, 1964!  The great Beatles' first wave is over- who is left standing?  Find out next week!


  1. First up have to say many (not me) might find it surprising that the first woman in space was Russian.

    Next up damn some good music here and some I have not heard of and some I didn't like that much so all in all a mixed bag

    1. Other than actually putting foot on the moon, the Russians were first in a lot of space things.

  2. I'm thinking Valentina has medal envy.
    That's probably sexist.

    1. She shouldn't worry. Prolonged exposure to space will make your medals shrink anyway.

  3. Chris:
    ---You bring up a very good point w/ the soviet space program.
    I think their cosmonauts were quite savvy during the space race...and kept them from having more problems than they already had.
    ---Yeah, I don't know about such polls, as they tend to lean a lot towards the younger set...and forget about we oldsters who DO remember a LOT of the GOOD music.
    ---This week's panel WAS on the wacky side (too much red Bull?)
    ---Fleet Foxes...okay, not a bad song, but WTH as the "meaning" of the video???
    Twitchy yoga?
    ---Moon Taxi - now I like THIS song much better.
    (later in the video I thought I was on an acid trip (or having a stroke)...heh.
    These groups gotta work on those. The song is better w/o the video (imho).
    ---Interesting about Peggy March. A lot of women did better in Germany (must be all our troops over there wanting to hear the
    ---Flogging Molly...aww...
    Beach House is waiting in the wings...could go #1 NEXT week? there's a song I have not heard in a very long time.
    (said Obi-Bob Kenobi)
    There's an Asian girl that does a KILLER English version. (and she ain't bad on the eyes, either).

    Very good ride this week.
    (glad the wipers and A/C works)

    Keep those hits comin' up there, brother.
    (Where were 'ya on Friday? You off observing SPLURGE DAY? HA!)

    1. Laurie and I were discussing that video in much the same vein. I was in favor of a "nutritional disease PSA" until the wolf showed up.

      Good theory on the girls in Germany. Wonder if I could find data on that...

      If you figure out who the Asian girl is, let me know!

      Next week- Lauries top M10 favorites!

    2. The Asian girl is Nishida Hikaru