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Those Unheard are Sweeter - 1963

Artist Song Buy
Little Stevie Wonder  Fingertips - Part 2  buy on itunes
The Village Stompers  Washington Square  buy on itunes
The Shirelles  Foolish Little Girl  buy on itunes
Dale & Grace  I'm Leaving it Up to You  buy on itunes
Lesley Gore  She's a Fool  buy on itunes
The Dovells  You Can't Sit Down  buy on itunes
Jackie Wilson  Baby Workout  buy on itunes
Skeeter Davis  I Can't Stay Mad at You  buy on itunes
Garnett Mimms & the Enchanters  Cry Baby  buy on itunes
Kyu Sakamoto  Sukiyaki  buy on itunes
Lou Monte  Pepino, the Italian Mouse  buy on itunes
Lou Christie  The Gypsy Cried  buy on itunes
Rocky Fellers  Killer Joe  buy on itunes
Martha & the Vandellas  Come and Get These Memories  buy on itunes
The Jaynetts  Sally, Go Round the Roses  buy on itunes
The Vince Guaraldi Trio  Cast Your Fate to the Wind  buy on itunes
The Chiffons  I Have a Boyfriend  buy on itunes
Mongo Santamaria  Watermelon Man  buy on itunes
Jan Bradley  Mama Didn't Lie  buy on itunes
Ned Miller  From a Jack to a King  buy on itunes
Rolf Harris  Tie Me Kangaroo Down, Sport  buy on itunes
The Duprees  Have You Heard?  buy on itunes
Marvin Gaye  Pride and Joy  buy on itunes
The Kai Winding Orchestra  More  buy on itunes
The Rockin' Rebels  Wild Weekend  buy on itunes
Johnny Mathis  What Will My Mary Say?  buy on itunes
Wilson Pickett  If You Need Me  buy on itunes
Ruby & the Romantics  My Summer Love  buy on itunes
The Crystals  He's Sure the Boy I Love  buy on itunes


Lenny, from The Simpsons, recently observed, "Why do the oldies stations always play the same songs over and over? We want new oldies!" I thought this a statement both fresh and profound.
Listening to Big D 103, I found that they do tend to play the same songs repeatedly and not others ever, hardly, and it wasn't clear to me why this was so. I suspected it had to do with request lines, focus groups and money - what doesn't? - but I found myself wondering about songs I've never heard.
Using entirely unscientific methods, I went down the list of the Top 100 of an arbitrary year, 1963, and pulled out the titles of songs I thought I never heard on the radio. Several of them turned out to be songs I just didn't know the names of. Others do get some airplay on the oldies stations, they're just not in high rotation. Still, most of these were new to me. Your mileage may vary.
Obligatory Content Warning: the Lou Monte number may be considered to contain unwholesome stereotypes of Italian-Americans, though it's no worse to my mind than Mambo Italiano or Tu Vuo' Fa l'Americano. The Rolf Harris song contains a term which is stone racist, although its main purpose seems to be the mocking of white Australians and Stine, in general. You have been warned.

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Lancelot Link IV1
Date: 3/5/2004
This is a great mix. Let's take back the airwaves!
Date: 3/5/2004
Some really great picks here... especially Dovells, Jackie Wilson, Rockin' Rebels, etc, etc.
joey de vivre
Date: 3/5/2004
Time-machine to an alternate-universe 1963 where the Dovells were #1 for 48 weeks in a row . . . let's go!
Date: 3/6/2004
oh, love this idea. I used to listen to the oldies stations when i was younger, but i must have gotten burnt out on the same songs.
Date: 3/31/2004
this is great... i'd like a copy, actually.

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