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It Shoulda Been a Hit: Top Pop Rarities of the 1960s

Artist Song Buy
Tim Tam and the Turn-Ons   Cheryl Ann (1966)   buy on itunes
Bleus, The   Good Morning Love (1969)   buy on itunes
Cowsills   All I Really Wanta Be Is Me (1965) [their first release]  buy on itunes
October Country   Cowboys And Indians (1968)   buy on itunes
P.F. Sloan   Halloween Mary (1965)   buy on itunes
Julie Budd   All's Quiet on West 23rd Street (1968) [crime song - chilling]  buy on itunes
Jaye Triplets, The   Nightmare, I Didn't Wanna Fight (1965) [crime song - melodramatic]   buy on itunes
Sheep, The   Hide And Seek (1966)   buy on itunes
Claire Francis   I've Got My Own Thing Going (1966)   buy on itunes
Dickey Lee   She's Walking Away (1962)   buy on itunes
Lecia & Lucienne   Wishing To Kiss You (1964)   buy on itunes
Larry's Rebels   Let's Think Of Something (1967)   buy on itunes
Kenneth Young   Ugly Daughter (1965) [parody of HH]  buy on itunes
Barbara Windsor   Don't Dig Twiggy (1967)   buy on itunes
Toni Wine   A Toy Is Only Made For Play (1964)   buy on itunes
Giant Sunflower   Mark Twain (1967)   buy on itunes
Jim & Dale   Livin' On Love (1967)   buy on itunes
Models  Bend Me, Shape Me (1967) [the original]  buy on itunes
Other Voices   May My Heart Be Cast Into Stone (1968) [cover of Toys]  buy on itunes
Last Friday's Fire   Rose Colored Corner (1968)   buy on itunes
Virginia Wolves   Rose Peddles Everywhere She Goes (1967) [triple entendre]  buy on itunes
Ronnie Dante   He's Raining In My Sunshine (1968) [triple entendre]   buy on itunes
Keith Allison   Look At Me (1966)   buy on itunes
Columbus Jones   Sharon Stay In Birmingham (1969)   buy on itunes
Patti's Groove   It Won't Last (1965)   buy on itunes


Thanks to the good folks at Spectropop and Tweedledum, I collected bunches of obscure 60s pop songs, and finally sorted thru to create a CD's worth of the best. ["Best" is solely determined by my personal judgment, which tends to favor up-tempo tracks with clever lyrics.]

According to the sites, none of these are now commercially available. Some were never released in the first place. But every single one of them could have and would have and should have been a smash hit!


Date: 12/28/2004
Great choices here - I have heard 3-4 of them - If you'd like to trade a mix disc please let me know as I could use this :)
Date: 12/28/2004
lotsa nice choices, and many songs here which deserved to be hits. Well chosen idea for a mix.
jaime b
Date: 12/28/2004
wonderful! i would add "live" by the merry go round and "let the sunshine in" by the love generation. easily top 10, with the right marketing (which is all it was really) keep up the good work! :)
Date: 12/28/2004
Excellent mix.
Date: 12/28/2004
Groovy mix!
James Jackson
Date: 12/28/2004
Ed, this mix is incredible!! Drop me a line if you want to trade.
DJ Lunch Boy
Date: 12/28/2004
Would trade for this in the blink of an eye! I'm all about up-tempo and clever (preferable too-clever-by-half).
Rob Conroy
Date: 12/28/2004
This looks really great.
Sean Lally
Date: 12/28/2004
Yep - this rules.
Date: 12/29/2004
This does look great, and like many of the others here, I'd love to trade for a copy as well. I wish I had discovered Spectropop when it first started, since their files are often a goldmine full of unreleased gems.
Date: 12/29/2004
A great list of "could-have-been & shoulda's" Mixxer. Good go. I'm only familiar with a few...
A.D. 69
Date: 12/29/2004
This is a winner.
p the swede
Date: 12/30/2004
looks amazing to me, would love to have it
joey de vivre
Date: 1/5/2005
Huh! (slack jawed stare of astonishement) - this stuff is all way off my radar -- but if you say it's better than Tommy Roe's "Dizzy" (#1 in 1969), then I have to believe you.
But the only way I'm going to know for sure is if I can trade you something for this & hear it for myself . . .
Nest of Vipers
Date: 1/8/2005
I'm with jdv on this! Slack-jawed big time... And again, like jdv, if there's anything I can trade you for this, please, let me know!
Date: 3/15/2005
Fantastic job - thanks for the trade. This is one of the best mixes on TAOTM.
lo-fi jr.
Date: 3/24/2005
Don't know a lot here, but I do know that some of the world's greatest tunes are Shoulda-been-a-hits. Lemme know if you're up for a swap once the line for this one dies down.
Date: 6/7/2005
nice to see a sixties mix that isn't the stones and the byrds and the same 15 songs we've all heard a million times before.
Date: 8/12/2005
hey there,

thanks for the comment and for the trade.

i finally got a chance to listen to this mix this week, as an acquaintance had borrowed it from me the day i opened the envelope and i just got it back.

it's huge fun !! 'ugly daughter' is just priceless. great job, oh master mixxer.
Date: 10/1/2005
let's trade something this is an awesome mix
Date: 12/23/2005
I'd like to hear this.
Date: 2/1/2006
Just boppin' around perusing some older mixes (taken a quick break at work)...happened upon this.

This is an absolute stunner. Lots of "new to me's" adding to favorites for reference.

Bravo and applause.
Date: 2/4/2006
Bravo indeed! A musical education this, and also a great deal of fun. Thanks, Ed.
Date: 5/27/2007
I thought I was the only one in the WORLD who bought and thought All's Quiet on West 23rd should have been a smash.
Ken Harris
Date: 12/28/2007
This looks beyond amazing. I would LOVE to hear these tracks! About 5 years ago, I stumbled upon the Model's "Bend Me, Shape" and have been searching for it ever since (without success)...Beyond that, I know none of this...As such, FANTASTIC work!

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