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"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

"More than a place, the Shady Dell was and will forever remain a state of mind." - Shady Del Knight

Sunday, October 18, 2009

Lloyd Thaxton's Greatest Hits, Pt. 4

Let's continue now with more great songs that I remember being played and performed on The Lloyd Thaxton Show.

(December 1964 thru February 1965)

“The Name Game” – Shirley Ellis

Shirley Ellis, the focus of a blog article last December, recorded a string of hits in the novelty vein, just the type of fodder that wacky Lloyd Thaxton liked to use in his lip-syncs and comedy bits.

Here's Shirley's biggest hit, "The Name Game," a record that entered the chart two weeks before Christmas 1964, vaulted into the top 5, and remained popular most of the winter.

(January, February 1965)

“Paper Tiger" – Sue Thompson

Along with the Newbeats, its popular male trio, Nashville-based Hickory Records was also home to the successful female soloist Sue Thompson. Sue scored several hit singles on the label beginning in 1961.

Novelty ditties like "Sad Movies (Make Me Cry)," "Norman," and "James (Hold the Ladder Steady)" were Sue Thompson's stock-in-trade and her best chart performers; but she didn't get me to sit up and take notice until I saw her on Thaxton in early 1965 performing "Paper Tiger."

"Paper Tiger" was sexier and more sophisticated than Sue Thompson's novelty numbers. A tongue-in-cheek girl power anthem, "Paper Tiger" was the type of material that sassy songstress Nancy Sinatra would take to the next level the following year.

With her little girl voice, big hair, and youthful looks, it's hard to believe that Sue Thompson was nearly 40 years of age when "Paper Tiger" was on the chart. According to Sue's bio, radio audiences and record buyers assumed that she was another teenage singing idol, and she wasn't about to burst their bubble.

"Paper Tiger" became the last significant hit of Sue Thompson's career, reaching #23 on Billboard. Sue is now 84 years of age! Yeeeeeow! We're all getting old!

(January thru March 1965)

“The Birds and the Bees” Jewel Akens

The Lloyd Thaxton Show helped sell a lot of popcorn, and “The Birds and the Bees” was a fine example. Featuring the sparkling production quality that I favor, “The Birds And The Bees,” a pop soul recording by Jewel Akens, soared up the chart at the beginning of 1965 and wound up at #3, no easy task with the Beatles and their wannabes as competition.

(February, March 1965)

“Yeh, Yeh” Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames

I became a fan of Georgie Fame & the Blue Flames by regularly watching Hullabaloo London. "The Ballad of Bonnie & Clyde" might have been Georgie's biggest money maker, but it was his lesser hit, "Yeh Yeh" that rocked my world in the early months of 1965.

March, April 1965

"Peaches 'N' Cream" - Ikettes

During the mid 60s, the Ikettes went from background vocalists for the Ike & Tina Turner Revue to recording stars in their own right. "Peaches 'N' Cream," a feel good teen pop/R&B dance tune, went top 40 nationwide and was pressed into service to boost the fun factor on Thaxton.

More great 60s songs coming up in Part 5 of my salute to Lloyd Thaxton. Stick around!

Have a Shady Day!

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