Friday, July 24, 2015

Helping Out Our Readers

It's been a LONG time since we ran a HELPING OUT OUR READERS column in Forgotten Hits!

Apologies to those of you who have been waiting MONTHS to see if our team of experts can come up with some answers for you (although some of you HAVE received personal replies in the meantime.)

In any event, let's get right to it ... and see if we can help to solve some of life's musical mysteries!

Hello Kent,
I have been scouring the web for the best sites on 50’s and 60’s music. I am a lifelong music fan with a specialized interest in the 50’s and 60’s. 
Almost exactly one year ago I launched a personal project to try to track down instrumental songs that were also released as vocals. It started on a whim, driven mostly by idle curiosity. Then, the further I got into the project, the more fascinating it became. I had already known that such songs as “Alley Cat” and “Stranger On the Shore” spawned vocal versions that were quite well done. But I was in store for quite a few surprises as I uncovered vocals of songs as varied as “Baby Elephant Walk,” “Tequila” and Bob Moore’s “Mexico.”
My pursuit to find more of these hidden gems turned into a year long odyssey that so far has yielded a list of 311 entries. I doubt if anyone else has accumulated a list of that size and scope.
The topic of instrumentals and their vocal counterparts seems to crop up regularly on music forums and blogs across the spectrum of musical genres. So, it is my hope that the list I have created will fill a void that music fans have been missing and are longing to see. I intend to send the list to a wide variety of music and nostalgia websites.
Please let me know what you think of this project and if you would like to share it with others on your blog. If so, I would only ask that you include my name as the compiler of the list. Also, please let me know of any other songs that you feel should be added. There are bound to be some that I missed.
To limit the size of the list, I only included instrumentals that were released as single 45 rpm records. There are a couple of exceptions for movie themes. But on the vocal side, I felt it was beneficial to include some album cuts, especially for songs that had no single release of a vocal counterpart, or where the vocal contained a different set of lyrics.
Please see the list below, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Instrumental Songs of the 50’s & 60’s With Vocal Versions  
Compiled by Bill Oakey, 2015

1. Stranger On The Shore - Acker Bilk. Vocal by Roger Whittaker, Andy Williams, The Drifters, Ruby & The Romantics, Bobby Rydell, Patti Page, Slim Whitman

2. Never On Sunday - Don Costa. Vocal by The Chordettes, Connie Francis, The Four Lads, and many others

3. Alley Cat - Bent Fabric. Vocal (Alley Cat Song) by Peggy Lee, Bobby Rydell, David Thorne, The Modernaires and Vocal (The Alley Cat Dance) by Bent Fabric featuring The Alley Kittens

4. Exodus - Ferrante and Teicher. Vocal (The Exodus Song) by Pat Boone, The Duprees, Andy Williams, The Four Lads

5. Song From Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart) - Mantovani. Vocal by Percy Faith with Felicia Sanders, Joni James, Connie Francis, Andy Williams and many others

6. Cherry Pink And Apple Blossom White - Perez Prado. Vocal by Jimmy Dorsey & His Orchestra, Alan Dale, Pat Boone, Georgia Gibbs and French vocal (Cerisier Rose et Pommier Blanc) by Petula Clark

7. Calcutta - Lawrence Welk. (Previously titled Take Me Dreaming by Werner Muller). Vocal by The Four Preps, Petula Clark, The Valiants

8. Theme From A Summer Place - Percy Faith. Vocal by Joanie Sommers, The Lettermen, The Fontane Sisters, Dick Roman, The Chordettes, Cliff Richard, Skeeter Davis and German vocal (Wenn Der Sommer Kommt) by Lolita

9. Love Is Blue - Paul Mauriat. Vocal by Al Martino, Andy Williams and French vocal (L’Amour Est Bleu) by Vicky Leandros, Claudine Longet

10. Wonderland By Night - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal by Anita Bryant, Engelbert Humperdinck, Joe Dowell, Louis Prima, Anita Kerr Singers

11. Somewhere My Love (Lara’s Theme) - Dr. Zhivago Soundtrack. Vocal by Connie Francis, Ray Conniff, and many others

12. A Taste Of Honey - Eddie Cano / Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Lenny Welch, Kingston Trio, Tony Bennett, The Vogues, The Beatles and many others.

13. Last Date - Floyd Cramer. Vocal (My Last Date With You) by Skeeter Davis, Ann-Margret, Joni James, Dick Lory. And Vocal - “(Lost Her Love) On Our Last Date” by Conway Twitty

14. Our Winter Love - Bill Pursell. Vocal by The Lettermen, Anita Bryant, The Hi-Lites

15. White Silver Sands - Owen Bradley Quintet / Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Don Rondo, Dave Gardner, The Lennon Sisters, Four Preps, Brenda Lee, Ernest Tubb

16. The Third Man Theme (Harry Lime Theme) - Anton Karas / Guy Lombardo. Vocal by Don Cherry, The Fontane Sisters, The Five Smith Brothers and vocal (The Zither Melody) by Donald Peers, Reggie Goff

17. The Poor People Of Paris - Les Baxter. Vocal by Dean Martin, Bing Crosby & Rosemary Clooney

18. Telstar - The Tornados. Vocal by Bobby Rydell and vocal Vocal (Magic Star) by Kenny Hollywood, Margie Singleton, The Double IV, and vocal (Red Rose) by The Gaylads, Sharon Forrester and Spanish vocal (Magica Estrella) by Alberto Cortez

19. The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio. Vocal by Dobie Gray, Jack Jones, Mamas & the Papas

20. Bonanza - Al Caiola. Vocal by Lorne Greene, Johnny Cash

21. Walk Don’t Run - The Ventures. Vocal by Tommy Leonetti and German vocal (Lass Dir Zeit) by Die Crazy Girls

22. A Walk In The Black Forest - Horst Jankowski. Vocal (with subtitle, Our Walk Of Love) by Salena Jones, and vocal (I Walk With You) by The Bitter End Singers, The Modernaires

23. Music To Watch Girls By - The Bob Crewe Generation / Al Hirt. Vocal by Andy Williams, Matt Monro

24. Midnight In Moscow - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen. Vocal (You Can’t Keep Me From Loving You) by Julius LaRosa, Petula Clark, and vocal (Moscow Nights) by Helmut Lotti

25. Washington Square - The Village Stompers. Vocal by The Ames Brothers, The Kirby Stone Four, James Last, Marilyn Maye, The Cherry Creek Singers, and vocal (Days of 49) by Bob Dylan

26. Blue Tango - Leroy Anderson / Hugo Winterhalter / Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Gisele MacKenzie, Alma Cogan

27. Soft Summer Breeze - Eddie Heywood. Vocal by The Diamonds

28. Wheels - The String-A-Longs / Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Johnny Duncan, Robb Storme

29. Skokiaan - Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band / Ralph Marterie / Bill Haley & His Comets. Vocal by The Four Lads, Alma Cogan, Paul Anka, Ivo Robic

30. Petite Fleur - Chris Barber. Vocal by Petula Clark, and Vocal (A Time To Love, A Time To Cry) by Lou Johnson, Damita Jo, Marilyn Maye

31. Apache - The Shadows / Jorgen Ingmann. Vocal by Sonny James

32. Because They’re Young - Duane Eddy. Vocal by James Darren

33. Gidget Goes Hawaiian - Duane Eddy. Vocal by James Darren

34. Patricia - Perez Prado. Vocal by Ray Peterson, Jerry Martin and The Tempos (aka The El Dorados)

35. Raunchy - Bill Justice / Ernie Freeman. Vocal by Eddie Bond and vocal (The New Raunchy) by Shady Wall, pseudonym for Webb Pierce and French vocal (Plus Jamais) by Didier Lapeyrere

36. Sleep Walk - Santo & Johnny. Vocal by Betsy Brye, The Lettermen, The Supremes

37. Asia Minor - Kokomo. Vocal (Joost Mag Het Weten) by Nederlands Artiestenkoor

38. Pipeline - The Chantays. Vocal by Johnny Legend and Vocal (Riding The Waves) by Dee Dee Sharp

39. Cast Your Fate To The Wind - Vince Guaraldi Trio / Sounds Orchestral. Vocal by We Five, Steve Alaimo, Shelby Flint, Mel Torme, Johnny Rivers

40. Theme From Come September - Bobby Darin. Vocal by The Andrews Sisters

41. Moonglow And Theme From Picnic - Morris Stoloff / George Cates. Vocal (Picnic) by The McGuire Sisters, Andy Williams, Shelley Fabares

42. Down Yonder - Del Wood / Johnny & The Hurricanes. Vocal by Champ Butler, Red Foley

43. April In Portugal - Les Baxter. Vocal by Vic Damone, Tony Martin, Jane Morgan, Louis Armstrong, and French vocal (Avril Au Portugal) by Eartha Kitt

44. Baby Elephant Walk - Henry Mancini / Lawrence Welk / The Miniature Men. Vocal by Pat Boone. French vocal (Petit Elephant Twist) by Dalida

45. Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline) - Raymond Lefevre. Vocal (If You Loved Me) by Peggy March, Four Freshmen

46. Soulful Strut - Young Holt Unlimited. Vocal (Am I The Same Girl) by Barbara Acklin, Salena Jones, Dusty Springfield

47. Grazing In The Grass - Hugh Masekela. Vocal by The Friends of Distinction

48. Wade In The Water - Johnny Griffin & The Big-Soul Band / Ramsey Lewis Trio. Vocal by The Impressions, Big Mama Thornton, Eva Cassidy and Vocal (Let’s Wade In The Water) by Marlena Shaw

49. More - Kai Winding. Vocal by Vic Dana, Bobby Darin, Frank Sinatra, Steve Lawrence, etc.

50. Canadian Sunset - Hugo Winterhalter. Vocal by Andy Williams, Sam Cooke, The Cameos, Four Freshmen, Dean Martin

51. Ebb Tide - Frank Chacksfield. Vocal by Vic Damone, Frank Sinatra, The Ink Spots, Lenny Welch, The Platters, The Righteous Brothers

52. Peter Gunn - Henry Mancini / Ray Anthony / Duane Eddy. Vocal (Bye Bye) by Sarah Vaughan, Anita Kerr Quartet, Karen Murphy, Roger Cairns

53. Route 66 Theme - Nelson Riddle. Vocal (Open Highway) by Teri Thornton

54. Watermelon Man - Herbie Hancock / Mongo Santamaria. Vocal by Gloria Lynne, Jean King, Jon Hendricks

55. Shangri-La - Robert Maxwell. Vocal by The Four Coins, Vic Dana, The Vogues, The Lettermen

56. Delicado - Percy Faith. Vocal by Dinah Shore, Guy Lombardo

57. Song For A Summer Night - Mitch Miller. Vocal by Mitch Miller

58. (Theme From) A Man And A Woman - Francis Lai / Horst Jankowski. Vocal by Engelbert Humperdinck, Johnny Mathis

59. A Swingin’ Safari - Bert Kaempfert / Billy Vaughn. Vocal by The Anita Kerr Singers

60. Hawaii Five-O - Morton Stevens / The Ventures. Vocal (You Can Count On Me) by Sammy Davis Jr., and vocal (You Can Come With Me) by Don Ho

61. The Horse - Cliff Nobles. Vocal (Love Is All Right) by Cliff Nobles, Jesse James and Vocal (The Horse) by Cliff Nobles

62. Oh Mein Papa - Eddie Calvert. Vocal (Oh My Papa) by Eddie Fisher

63. You Can’t Sit Down - Phil Upchurch Combo. Vocal by The Dovells, Len Barry

64. Lisbon, Antigua - Nelson Riddle. Vocal by Nat King Cole, Alan Dale, Eartha Kitt

65. Honky Tonk - Bill Doggett. Vocal by Bill Doggett featuring Tommy Brown, and vocal (Let’s Make It) by James Brown

66. Green Onions - Booker T. & The MG's. Vocal (Help Me) by Sonny Boy Williamson and vocal (Onions) by John Lee Hooker and Vocal (The Love I Need) by Frank Butler

67. Night Train - Jimmy Forrest / James Brown / The Viscounts. Vocal by Wynonie Harris, Kay Starr, The Four Blazes, Eddie Jefferson, The Stars featuring Russell Stevens

68. Java - Allen Toussaint / Floyd Cramer / Al Hirt. Vocal by Marilyn Maye and Vocal (Java Jones) by Donna Lynn

69. Quiet Village - Martin Denny. Vocal by The Aliis and Vocal (My Quiet Village) by Darla Hood, Mavis Rivers

70. Theme From The Apartment - Ferrante and Teicher. (Originally titled Jealous Lover by Charles Williams). Vocal (The Key To Love) by Adam Wade, Russ Conway

71. The James Bond Theme - The John Barry Seven / Billy Strange. Vocal by The Four Esquires

72. Joey’s Song - Bill Haley & His Comets. Vocal by Betty Martin and Spanish vocal (La Cancion De Joey) by Hermanas Serrano

73. On The Rebound - Floyd Cramer. Vocal by Jerry Holmes

74. Spanish Flea - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Kathy Kirby, Frankie Randall, The Modernaires, Soupy Sales

75. Tijuana Taxi - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by The Modernaires

76. Mexican Shuffle - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Vocal by The Modernaires

77. Jivin’ Around - Ernie Freeman. Vocal by Ernie Freeman Combo with Sherry Washington

78. Spooky* - Mike Sharpe. Vocal by The Classics IV

79. The Day The Rains Came - Raymond LeFevre. Vocal by Jane Morgan, Vera Lynn, Helen Shapiro, Ronnie Hilton

80. Love Theme From Romeo And Juliet - Henry Mancini. Vocal (A Time For Us) by Andy Williams, Johnny Mathis, The Lettermen

81. Harlem Nocturne - David Rose / Bobby Vinton / Ray Anthony / The Viscounts. Vocal by Mel Torme, Caterina Valente

82. Misty* - Erroll Garner. Vocal by Johnny Mathis, Lloyd Price, Ray Stevens

83. Chariot* - Franck Pourcel. French vocal by Petula Clark and Vocal (I Will Follow Him) Little Peggy March

84. Limbo Rock* - The Champs. Vocal by Chubby Checker

85. Rinky Dink - Dave Baby Cortez. Vocal (Baby, You’re Driving Me Crazy) by Joey Dee & The Starliters and Vocal (The Cha-Cha-Cha) by Bobby Rydell

86. Mr. Lucky - Henry Mancini. Vocal by Sarah Vaughan, Marilyn Maye

87. The High And The Mighty - Dimitri Tiomkin / Les Baxter / LeRoy Holmes. Vocal by Johnny Desmond, Billy Eckstine

88. Tara’s Theme (My Own True Love) - Percy Faith. Vocal by The Duprees, Jimmy Clanton, Al Martino, Connie Stevens, Margaret Whiting

89. Unchained Melody - Liberace. Vocal by Les Baxter, Al Hibbler, Roy Hamilton, Elvis Presley, The Righteous Brothers

90. Rebel Rouser - Duane Eddy. Vocal (The National Anthem Of Rock ’N’ Roll) by Jack Scott

91. Take Five - Dave Brubeck Quartet. Vocal by Carmen McRae, Marilyn Maye

92. Theme From The Man With The Golden Arm - Richard Maltby. Vocal (Delilah Jones) by The McGuire Sisters 
93. The Syncopated Clock - Leroy Anderson. Vocal By Rosemary Clooney, Eileen Barton

94. The Lonely Bull - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Jack Jones (Backed by Herb Alpert), and French vocal (Plaza De Toros) by Petula Clark

95. Terry’s Theme (From Limelight) - Frank Chacksfield. Vocal (Eternally) by Jimmy Young, Vic Damone, Petula Clark, Jerry Vale, Sarah Vaughan

96. Manhattan Spiritual - Reg Owen & His Orchestra. Vocal by The Stargazers and French vocal (Mes Freres) by Dalida

97. Swingin’ Shepherd Blues - Moe Koffman Quartette. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald, Kirk Stuart With The Honeydreamers

98. Poor Boy - The Royaltones. Vocal by The Cardigans

99. Ruby - Richard Hayman / Les Baxter. Vocal by Ray Charles

100. Ruby Duby Du - Tobin Matthews & Co. Vocal by Joanie Sommers

101. Beautiful Obsession - Sir Chauncey & His Exciting Strings. Vocal by Johnny Walsh

102. Mercy, Mercy, Mercy - Cannonball Adderley. Vocal by Larry Williams & Johnny Watson, The Buckinghams, Marlena Shaw

103. A Night With Daddy G. - The Church Street Five. Vocal (Quarter To Three) by Gary U.S. Bonds

104. Comin’ Home Baby - Kai Winding / The Dave Bailey Quintet / Herbie Mann. Vocal by Mel Torme, Frances Faye

105. Lullaby of Birdland - George Shearing Quintet. Vocal by Chris Conner, Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan

106. Summer Samba (So Nice) - Walter Wanderley. Vocal by Astrud Gilberto, Sergio Mendes & Wanda De Sah

107. The Bandit (O’Cangaceiro) - Eddie Barclay / Percy Faith. Vocal by Tex Ritter and Italian vocal by Domenico Modugno

108. Moon Over Naples* - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal (Spanish Eyes) by Al Martino

109. Danke Schoen* - Bert Kaempfert (With title, Candlelight Cafe). Vocal by Wayne Newton, Brenda Lee and French, Spanish, Japanese and Italian vocals by Connie Francis

110. Scarlet O’Hara - Jet Harris & Tony Meehan / Lawrence Welk. Vocal by Claude King

111. Melody Of Love - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by The Four Aces, Frank Sinatra & Ray Anthony, Connie Francis

112. Misirlou - Dick Dale & The Del-Tones. Vocal by Connie Francis, The Cardinals, Caterina Valente

113. Jazz Theme From Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight) - Stan Getz / Johnny Spence. Vocal by Richard Chamberlain

114. Bewitched (TV Show Theme) - Billy Costa. Vocal by Peggy Lee, Steve Lawrence, Frankie Randall

115. Bewitched (Bewitched, Bothered And Bewildered) - Bill Snyder / Betty Smith Group. Vocal by Doris Day, Frank Sinatra

116. Strangers In The Night* - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal by Frank Sinatra

117. Al Di La - Ray Anthony. Vocal by Emilio Pericoli, Connie Francis, Jerry Vale, etc.

118. Days Of Wine And Roses - Henry Mancini. Vocal by Andy Williams and many others

119. Midnight Cowboy - John Barry. Vocal by Johnny Mathis, Tony Sandler & Ralph Young

120. Morgen - Bert Kaempfert / Billy Vaughn. German vocal by Ivo Robic, and English vocal (One More Sunrise) by Leslie Uggams, Petula Clark, Bing Crosby, Rex Allen

121. Wild Weekend - The Rebels (Or Rockin’ Rebels). Vocal (It’s A Wild Weekend) by NRBQ

122. Carnavalito (Festival Of The Flowers) - Ray Martin. Vocal (Kiss Me Another) by Georgia Gibbs

123. Yellow Bird - Arthur Lyman Group/ Lawrence Welk. Vocal by The Norman Luboff Choir, The Mills Brothers, Brothers Four, Johnny Tillotson, and Vocal (Don’t Ever Love Me) by Harry Belafonte

124. Acapulco 1922 -  Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Kathy Kirby

125. Bandstand Boogie (From American Bandstand) - Les Elgart. Vocal by Barry Manilow

126. Moritat (Theme From The Threepenny Opera) - Dick Hyman Trio. Vocal (Mack The Knife) by Louis Armstrong, Bobby Darin, Ella Fitzgerald

127. So Rare - Jimmy Dorsey. Vocal by Andy Williams, Don Cherry, Ella Fitzgerald, Mavis Rivers

128. Soul Serenade - King Curtis / Willie Mitchell - Vocal by Gloria Lynne, Lou Rawls

129. I Get The Blues When It Rains - Jerry Lee Lewis (Sun Records). Vocal by Jerry Lee Lewis (Mercury Records)

130. The Seventh Dawn - The Roland Shaw Orchestra / Ferrante & Teicher. Vocal by The Lettermen, The Walker Brothers

131. Casino Royale - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Mike Redway

132. Lujon* - Henry Mancini. Vocal (Slow Hot Wind) by Johnny Hartman, Sarah Vaughan, Sergio Mendes & Brasil 66

133. Armen’s Theme - David Seville & His Orchestra. Vocal (Yesterday And You) by Bobby Vee

134. The Phoenix Love Song (From The Flight Of The Phoenix) - The Brass Ring. Vocal (Senza Fine) by Peggy Lee, Connie Francis and Italian vocal (Senza Fine) by Gino Paoli

135. Till - Roger Williams. Vocal by The Angels, Tony Bennett, The Vogues

136. Autumn Leaves - Roger Williams. Vocal by Mitch Miller, Nat King Cole, Andy Williams, etc.

137. Perfidia - The Ventures. Vocal by Nat King Cole, The Four Aces, Eydie Gorme, etc.

138. Forever - Floyd Cramer. Vocal by The Little Dippers (aka Anita Kerr Singers), Billy Walker

139. Goofus - Les Paul. Vocal by Phil Harris

140. Plantation Boogie - Lenny Dee. Vocal by Red Foley, The Gaylords, Pee Wee King

141. Ghost Riders In The Sky - The Ramrods / Baja Marimba Band. Vocal by Vaughn Monroe, Johnny Cash, Lorne Greene, etc.

142. Sail Along Silvery Moon - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by The Kalin Twins, Andy Williams

143. In The Mood - Ernie Fields / Johnny Maddox. Vocal by The Andrews Sisters, The Clark Sisters, Bette Midler

144. The Hot Canary - Florian Zabach. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald

145. Heart And Soul - Johnny Maddox. Vocal by The Four Aces, The Cleftones, Jan & Dean

146. The Happy Whistler - Don Robertson. Vocal by Glenn Yarbrough

147. Zorba The Greek - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal (Dance My Troubles Away) by Dalida and French vocal (La Danse De Zorba) by Dalida

148. Caravan - Ralph Marterie / Santo & Johnny. Vocal by Dinah Washington, Johnny Mathis, Bobby Darin

149. Zambezi - Lou Busch / Eddie Calvert. Vocal by The Stargazers

150. No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach’s In) - The T-Bones. Vocal by Don Lee Wilson

151. Maria Elena - Los Indios Tabajaras. Vocal by Ray Smith, Nat King Cole, Marty Robbins, Jerry Vale

152. Tonight - Ferrante and Teicher. Vocal by Eddie Fisher, Andy Williams, Steve Lawrence, Jay & The Americans, Johnny Mathis, etc.

153. Pearly Shells - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Burl Ives, Don Ho

154. Tiny Bubbles - Roger Williams / Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Don Ho and French Vocal (Dans Mon Lit) by Petula Clark

155. Red Roses For A Blue Lady - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal by Vic Dana, Wayne Newton

156. Charade - Henry Mancini. Vocal by Andy Williams and many others

157. Memphis - Lonnie Mack. Vocal (Memphis, Tennessee) by Chuck Berry, Johnny Rivers

158. Ballad Of Paladin - Duane Eddy. Vocal (Have Gun Will Travel) by Johnny Western, Faron Young

159. Orange Blossom Special - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Johnny Cash

160. Tea For Two Cha Cha - Tommy Dorsey. Vocal (Tea For Two) by Doris Day and many others

161. Fly Me To The Moon (In Other Words) - Joe Harnell. Vocal by Peggy Lee, Frank Sinatra and many others

162. San Antonio Rose - Floyd Cramer. Vocal by Patti Page, Patsy Cline and many others

163. Chattanooga Choo Choo - Floyd Cramer. Vocal by Bill Haley, Ray Charles and many others

164. The Longest Day - Mitch Miller. Vocal by Mitch Miller, Paul Anka and Vocal (On the Longest Day) by Sonny James

165. Sweet And Gentle - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal by Georgia Gibbs

166. Blue Star (Theme From Medic) - Les Baxter / Victor Young. Vocal by Felicia Sanders, Linda Scott

167. Mexico - Bob Moore. Vocal “(My Heart’s In) Mexico” by Norris Wilson

168. Slow Walk - Sil Austin. Vocal by Ocie Smith

169. Theme For Young Lovers - Percy Faith. Vocal (Where Is My Someone) by Jerry Vale

170. Petticoats of Portugal - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Dick Jacobs & His Orchestra, Elise Rhodes & Jimmy Carroll Orchestra

171. Ciao Ciao Bambina - Jacky Noguez. Vocal by Domenico Modugno, The Four Aces, Jerry Vale, Connie Francis, Bobby Rydell

172. Around The World - Mantovani. Vocal by Bing Crosby, The Chordettes, etc.

173. Sugarfoot Rag - Hank Garland. Vocal by Red Foley, Porter Wagoner

174. Moonlight Serenade (Summer Love) - Victor Young. Vocal (Summer Love) by Felicia Sanders

175. Hard Times - Ray Charles. Vocal by Ray Charles

176. Hava Nagila - Dick Dale & The Del-Tones. Vocal by Harry Belafonte

177. Goldfinger - John Barry / Billy Strange. Vocal by Shirley Bassey, Teresa Brewer

178. Yakety Sax - Boots Randolph. (Yakety Axe - Chet Atkins). Vocal (Hey, Mr. Sax Man) by Boots Randolph, (Yakety Axe) Mark Knopfler & Chet Atkins

179. Don’t Be Cruel - Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Elvis Presley

180. Yeh Yeh* - Mongo Santamaria. Vocal by Georgie Fame

181. Look For A Star - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Garry Mills, Garry Miles aka Buzz Cason, Deane Hawley

182. Wipe Out - The Surfaris. Vocal (Wipeout) by The Fat Boys And The Beach Boys

183. Born Free - Roger Williams. Vocal by Matt Monro, Andy Williams, The Hesitations

184. One Mint Julep - Ray Charles. Vocal by The Clovers, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Prima

185. Whispering - Les Paul. Vocal by Nino Tempo & April Stevens, The Bachelors

186. Josephine - Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Tommy Dorsey, Charlie Blackwell

187. Tequila - The Champs / Eddie Platt. Vocal (Tequila Song) by the Contenders and French vocal by Didier Lapeyrere

188. La Mer - Roger Williams. Vocal (Beyond the Sea) by Bobby Darin

189. Swinging Sweethearts - Ron Goodwin / David Carroll. Vocal by Richard Hayes

190. Only You (And You Alone) - Franck Pourcel’s French Fiddles. Vocal by The Platters

191. Pepe - Duane Eddy. Vocal by Shirley Jones

192. Flamingo - Earl Bostic. Vocal by Carmen McRae, Al Hibbler and Vocal (Flamingo L’Amour) by The Gaylords

193. Percolator (Twist) - Billy Joe & The Checkmates (aka Ernie Freeman). Italian Vocal (Caffettiera Twist) by Marino Marini

194. Lullaby Of Birdland - Charlie Parker. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald, Sarah Vaughan, Mel Torme, Chris Connor

195. What Now My Love - Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Ben E. King, Shirley Bassey, Sonny & Cher, The Modernaires, etc.

196. Hot Toddy - Ralph Flanagan. Vocal by Julie London, Red Foley

197. Desafinado - Stan Getz & Charlie Byrd. Vocal (Desafinado - Slightly Out Of Tune) by Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra & Antonio Carlos Jobim, Eydie Gorme

198. Theme From Mission Impossible - Lalo Schifrin. Vocal by The Kane Triplets, Soul Survivors

199. Hearts Of Stone - Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by The Fontane Sisters

200. Ode To Billie Joe - King Curtis. Vocal by Bobbie Gentry

201. Naked City Theme - Nelson Riddle. Vocal (Somewhere In The Night) by Teri Thornton

202. Runaway - Lawrence Welk. Vocal by Del Shannon

203. Hang On Sloopy - Ramsey Lewis Trio. Vocal by The McCoys

204. Blue Hawaii - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Elvis Presley

205. Baby The Rain Must Fall - Elmer Bernstein. Vocal by Glenn Yarbrough

206. Theme From Taras Bulba (The Wishing Star) - Ferrante and Teicher. Vocal by Jerry Butler, Maxine Starr, Danny Small

207. Meditation - Antonio Carlos Jobim / Charlie Byrd. Vocal by Claudine Longet, Doris Day, Andy Williams

208. The Bilbao Song - Gil Evans / Cal Trader. Vocal by Andy Williams, Marianne Faithfull

209. Hawaiian War Chant - Les Paul / Billy Vaughn / Perez Prado. Vocal by The Ames Brothers, Ella Fitzgerald, Jo Stafford

210. Theme From The Proud Ones - Nelson Riddle / The Three Suns. Vocal by Johnny Desmond

211. The Girlfriend Of The Whirling Dervish - Martin Denny. Vocal by Connie Stevens, Bette Midler

212. Guaglione - Perez Prado. Italian vocal by Connie Francis and Vocal (The Man Who Plays The Mandolino) by Dean Martin

213. Sixteen Candles - Jack Weigand. Vocal by The Crests

214. So What’s New - Horst Jankowski / Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Peggy Lee

215. Theme From Diamond Head - Hugo Winterhalter. Vocal by James Darren

216. Evening Rain - Earl Grant. Vocal by Earl Grant

217. The Twist - Ernie Freeman. Vocal by Chubby Checker, Hank Ballard

218. Amor - Roger Williams. Vocal by Ben E. King

219. The White Rose of Athens - David Carroll. Vocal by Nana Mouskouri

220. Smile - Ferrante & Teicher. Vocal by Nat King Cole, Tony Bennett, etc.

221. Take Me - Bert Kaempfert. Vocal by Dean Martin

222. Theme From The Unforgiven (The Need For Love) - Don Costa. Vocal by The McGuire Sisters

223. Up A Lazy River - Si Zettner. Vocal by Bobby Darin

224. Worried Mind - Ray Anthony. Vocal by Faron Young, Tommy Duncan, Ray Charles

225. Lovesick Blues - Floyd Cramer. Vocal by Hank Williams, Kay Starr, Sonny James, etc.

226. Anna - Jorgen Ingman. Vocal by Silvana Mangano

227. My Girl Josephine - Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Fats Domino

228. My Blue Heaven - Duane Eddy / The String-A-Longs. Vocal by Fats Domino, Freddy Cannon, Frank Sinatra, etc.

229. Blue Moon - The Ventures. Vocal by the Marcells, Elvis Presley, Jo Stafford, Julie London, Peggy Lee, etc.

230. Beneath The Southern Cross (From Victory At Sea) - NBC Symphony Orchestra. Vocal (No Other Love) by Perry Como, Ronnie Hilton

231. The Faithful Hussar - Ted Heath & His Music. Vocal (Don’t Cry My Love) by Vera Lynn

232. Cielito Lindo - Esquivel & His Orchestra. Spanish vocal by Trini Lopez and Vocal (You, Me And Us) by Betty Martin, Alma Cogan

233. The Portuguese Washerwoman - Joe “Fingers” Carr / Baja Marimba Band. French vocal (The Portuguese Washerwomen) by The Blue Stars Featuring Blossom Dearie and Vocal (Kiki) by Hugo Winterhalter, Betty Clooney

234. Like Young - Andre Previn & David Rose. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald

235. The Enchanted Sea - The Islanders / Martin Denny. Vocal by The Browns

236. On The Beach - Frank Chacksfield. Vocal by The Playmates

237. Temptation - Roger Williams. Vocal by Perry Como, The Everly Brothers

238. Lullaby Of The Leaves - Art Tatum / Gerry Mulligan Quartet/ The Ventures. Vocal by Ella Fitzgerald

239. Lost Love - H.B. Barnum. Vocal by Ann-Margret

240. La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life) - Ray Ellis. Vocal by Eartha Kitt

241. Water Boy - Don Shirley Trio. Vocal by Jimmy Rodgers, The Four Tunes, The Kingston Trio, Harry Belafonte

242. Walk On The Wild Side - Jimmy Smith / Elmer Bernstein. Vocal by Brook Benton

243. Midnight Special - Jimmy Smith. Vocal by Paul Evans, Johnny Rivers

244. I’ve Got A Woman - Jimmy McGriff. Vocal (I Got A Woman) by Ray Charles, Elvis Presley, Rick Nelson, etc.

245. Stranger In Paradise - Martin Denny / Eddie Calvert. Vocal by Tony Bennett, The Four Aces

246. Maria - Peter Nero. Vocal by Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams, etc.

247. The Green Leaves Of Summer Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen. Vocal by The Brothers Four

248. Theme From Dixie - Duane Eddy. Vocal (Dixie) by Red Foley

249. Detour - Duane Eddy. Vocal by Patti Page, Ferlin Husky

250. La Montana (If She Should Come To You) Roger Williams. Vocal by Anthony Newley

251. Afro Blue - Mongo Santamaria. Vocal by Oscar Brown Jr.

252. Dat Dere - Bobby Timmons. Vocal by Oscar Brown Jr., Rickie Lee Jones

253. Jive Samba - Cannonball Adderley Sextet / Quincy Jones. Vocal by Dianne Reeves

254. Serenata - Leroy Anderson. Vocal by Sarah Vaughan, Nat King Cole

255. On Green Dolphin Street - Miles Davis. Vocal by Tony Bennett, Nancy Ames

256. Red Wing - Billy Vaughn. Vocal (Rockin’ Red Wing) by Sammy Masters, Ernie Freeman

257. Chop Sticks - Billy Vaughn / Ray Anthony. Vocal (The Chop Stick Rock) by The Four Esquires

258. Simonetta - Werner Muller. Vocal by Vic Damone

259. I’ll Walk The Line - Don Costa. Vocal (I Walk The Line) by Johnny Cash

260. La Paloma - Billy Vaughn. Spanish and Italian vocals by Connie Francis. Spanish vocal by Marty Robbins,  English vocal by Dean Martin, English vocal (Your Love) by Connie Francis, English vocal (No More) by Elvis Presley and English vocal (La Paloma Twist) by Chubby Checker

261. The Andy Griffith Theme - Earle Hagen. Vocal (The Fishin’ Hole) by Andy Griffith

262. Work Song - Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass. Vocal by Oscar Brown Jr., Bobby Darin, Nina Simone

263. Charmaine - Mantovani. Vocal by Vaughn Monroe, Vic Damone, The Bachelors

264. Tarantula - Jody Reynolds. Vocal (Deep Down) by Billie & Mark

265. Little Queenie - Bill Black’s Combo. Vocal by Chuck Berry

266. The Hucklebuck (Twist) - King Curtis / Ernie Fields / Oliver Sain. Vocal by Chubby Checker

267. Mrs. Robinson - Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Vocal by Simon & Garfunkel

268. Ja-Da - Johnny & The Hurricanes. Vocal by The Fireballs

269. Taboo - Stan Kenton / Billy May / Arthur Lyman. Vocal by Caterina Valente

270. Dancing On The Ceiling - Bob Thompson. Vocal by Frank Sinatra, Jo Stafford, Dodie Stevens 

271. Hernando’s Hideaway - Billy May. Vocal by Archie Bleyer, Johnnie Ray

272. Tenderly - Bert Kaempfert / Ray Anthony. Vocal by Rosemary Clooney, Pat Boone

273. Heartaches - Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen. Vocal by The Marcells

274. That’s Life - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Frank Sinatra

275. Calypso Melody - David Rose. Vocal by The Modernaires. Italian vocal by Johnny Dorelli, Gloria Christian, Lia Origoni

276. Popcorn - Gershon Kingsley. Vocal (Pop Corn) by Anarchic System

277. My Favorite Things - John Coltrane / Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass. Vocal by The Pete King Chorale, Tony Bennett, etc.

278. Alfie - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Dionne Warwick, Cilla Black, Joanie Sommers, Jack Jones, etc.

279. Up Tight - Ramsey Lewis. Vocal (Uptight) by Stevie Wonder

280. You Only Live Twice - John Barry / Bob Crewe Generation. Vocal by Nancy Sinatra

281. Keem-O-Sabe - The Electric Indian. Vocal by Len Barry

282. Take It Easy Soul Brother - The Corner Boys & Friends. Vocal (Great Big Liar) by Bunny Sigler

283. Games People Play - King Curtis. Vocal by Joe South

284. Crystal Blue Persuasion - The Billy Mitchell Group. Vocal by Tommy James & The Shondells

285. Oh Happy Day - The Billy Mitchell Group. Vocal by The Edwin Hawkins Singers

286. Groovin’ - Booker T. & The M.G.’s. Vocal by The Young Rascals, Steve Lawrence

287. United - The Music Machine. Vocal by The Intruders

288. I Was Made To Love Her - King Curtis. Vocal by Stevie Wonder

289. Hungry For Love - The San Remo Golden Strings. Vocal (I Love The Life I Live) by Tony Michaels

290. You’ve Got To Pay The Price - Al Kent. Vocal by Gloria Taylor, The Supremes

291. I’m Gonna Make You Love Me - Brothers of Hope. Vocal by Madeline Bell, Dee Dee Warwick, Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations

292. Windy - Wes Montgomery. Vocal by The Association

293. Festival Time - The San Remo Golden Strings. Vocal (To Win Your Heart) by Laura Lee

294. Knock On Wood - The Mar-Keys. Vocal by Eddie Floyd, Georgie Fame

295. I Will Wait For You - The Washington Square Stompers. Vocal by Steve Lawrence, Louis Armstrong, Connie Francis, Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams

296. Try Me - James Brown. Vocal by James Brown

297. Every Beat Of My Heart - James Brown. Vocal by Gladys Knight & The Pips

298. Soul City - Leon “Fingers” Huff. Vocal by Pervis Herder

299. Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over) - Wayne Bennett. Vocal (Casonova) by Ruby Andrews

300. Volare - Ace Cannon. Vocal by Domenico Modugno, Bobby Rydell, etc.

301. Just Listen To My Heart - The Spotniks. Vocal (I Listen To My Heart) by Frank Ifield

302. Your Cheatin’ Heart - Billy Vaughn. Vocal by Hank Williams, Joni James, etc.

303. Lemon Tree - Arthur Lyman Group. Vocal by The Kingston Trio, Peter, Paul & Mary, Trini Lopez

304. Blowin’ In The Wind- Arthur Lyman Group. Vocal by Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary

305. Right Now. Herbie Mann. Vocal by Mel Torme, Salena Jones

306. Agent 00-Soul - John Schroeder Orchestra. Vocal by Edwin Starr, Alex Harvey

307. The Guns Of Navarone - Joe Reisman / Al Caiola. Vocal by Mitch Miller

308. Chinatown, My Chinatown - Firehouse Five Plus Two / Tom & Dan. Vocal by Bing Crosby, Frankie Ford

309. Bolero Gaucho - Mitch Miller. Vocal (Without My Lover) by Jo Stafford

310. Alabama Jubilee - Ferko String Band / The Astronauts. Vocal by Red Foley, Roy Clark

311. Hi-Lili Hi-Lo - Ray Martin / Roger Williams. Vocal by The Four Aces, Richard Chamberlain, The Everly Brothers

* Denotes a hit song known primarily as a vocal recording, where the instrumental version was recorded first.


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That's quite a list ... and I'm sure our readers can help you add to it in pretty good numbers ... but to be totally honest with you, I'm not sure I totally understand the criteria. Initially you mention that some of the better-known vocal recordings were first recorded as instrumentals ... and there are quite a few of these on the list ... but the MAJORITY of what I see here was a vocal hit first ... and, let's face it, ANYBODY can record an instrumental, easy-listening version of a hit record after the fact ... it's pretty much the very definition of Muzak and Elevator / Doctors Office Music!  For example, The Hollyridge Strings recorded a good chunk of The Beatles' early catalog as Capitol Records continued in its efforts to cash in on ANYTHING even REMOTELY Beatles related ... but I don't think ANYBODY out there is ever going to consider these instrumental knock-offs as definitive versions.  Tracks like "Windy", "Mrs. Robinson" and "Ode To Billie" were well-established, major pop vocal hits before other artists charted semi-successfully with their instrumental interpretations. 
That being said, if you're simply looking for tracks that were recorded as BOTH, your count will probably wind up well into the thousands ... Muzak versions exist for nearly everything that ever succeeded on the pop charts.  I've often thought, when hearing one of these tracks on some of those old "World's Most Beautiful Music" radio stations:  If you're going to play this song anyway, then why not play the HIT version of the song instead of some cheezy instrumental knock-off?  Then again many others transcend beautifully in instrumental form.  
Folks who want to help add to Bill's list can email him directly at  (kk)  

Here's an interesting question about "instrumental" hits ... that is if you'll accept whistling as a form of instrumental entertainment ...   

Kent --
Saw the mention of Don Robertson's "Happy Whistler" and remembered that Tennessee Ernie Ford released a vocal with the same tune called "The Sunday Barbecue" in 1958. Didn't do well; Whitburn says it peaked at #97, but it's classic Ernie and was a favorite of my father. I don't have either 45 so I have no info on who wrote the melody and which song was the original recording of the tune, or whether the melody was older than either recording. I mention it mainly because the damned thing has been echoing in my head for the last hour and a half.
But it also makes me wonder, what other charted singles featured whistling as the primary "instrument"? (As opposed to a whistled intro leading into a conventional vocal or instrumental.) The only two I can think of are "I Was the Kaiser Bill's Batman" and "Theme from The High and the Mighty," and it's been 25 years or so since I last heard that one, on KLOC radio in Santa Cruz. Roger Whittaker did a lot of whistling in his music, but I don't know if any of his whistled tunes ever made
the pop charts.
-- 73 --
-- Jeff Duntemann K7JPD
    Colorado Springs, Colorado

Hi Jeff -- 
I sent your email to Joel Whitburn to get his take on this.  It's an interesting angle ... he could only come up with one more (and totally agreed about the ear-worm factor regarding "The Sunday Barbecue", a song I wasn't at all familiar with) ... while it isn't much, it DOES prove that you ain't just whistlin' Dixie!  (kk)   

Hi Kent,  
“Sunday Barbecue” is a different tune than “The Happy Whistler”.  The melody is taken from a 1952 hit by the Sauter - Finegan band titled “Doodletown Fifers”, which will really get stuck in your head for a long time.   
One all-whistle song that quickly comes to mind is “Sweet Georgia Brown” by Brother Bones & His Shadows in 1948.  It peaked at #10.  It did have a little introductory talk, but I think it qualifies as an instrumental featuring mostly whistling.   

Hey there, 
I am looking for a tune that was recorded about Glen "Fireball" Roberts. I don't know the name or the person that recorded it but in part the lyrics were, "In the record books you'll find Fireball's name." Any elderly NASCAR fan may remember the name and hopefully someone can help me out with the name of the tune.   
If it's going to take a NASCAR fan to solve this one, it won't be me!  (lol)  But maybe SOMEBODY out there will recognize it ... and provide Bill with the answer (?)  kk

More than 50 years ago there was a dynamic, charismatic band that played for dances at the Methodist Church Hall. One of the guys may have been Ted or "Turkey Turtle". Their signature tune was California Sun and, with good promotion, it might have been a bigger hit than The Rivieras or Joe Jones versions. Anyway that's my recollection. 
Anybody know or remember who I'm talking about? 
Andrew Sordoni, retired recording company producer, Chiaroscuro Records  
Anybody able to help out here with this one?  (kk)

>>>I am trying to find the connection of Capitol with Columbia in the UK in regards to the early recordings and releases by Freddie and the Dreamers. I don't know if the two record companies had an agreement to share royalties (which I doubt) or Capitol "buying" the recording from Columbia, after the song made its European run in '63, and later appeared on Capitol, the same year.  (John LaPuzza) 

Here are a couple of explanations from readers responding to our last inquiry issue ...   

Remember that Capitol (US) and Columbia (UK) were both part of EMI at the time. Only in the last few years did Capitol part with EMI, and EMI sell the rights to the Columbia name and trademarks to Sony.

Hi Kent!  
To answer John LaPuzza’s question about Capitol Records’ relationship with EMI and its four British labels (His Master’s Voice, Columbia, Parlophone, and Regal - Zonophone), there is a simple explanation. Since 1954, Capitol was part of the worldwide EMI setup. And that came about due to EMI losing the UK rights to recordings made on two major American labels, Columbia (CBS) and RCA - Victor. 
That came about when American Columbia (CBS) terminated a licensing deal with EMI in 1952 and set up a deal UK Philips which lasted until 1963 when the CBS label was launched in the UK (although EMI did have a licensing deal with CBS subsidiaries Epic and OKeh). And to top it off, RCA decided not to renew its licensing deal with EMI and let it expire in 1957 (which led to RCA launching the RCA label in the UK with distribution via Decca). Needing an American label with extremely popular US talent for UK consumption and a possible US outlet, they found it in the Hollywood, California based Capitol label (which at the time had on its artist roster such notables as Nat “King” Cole, Frank Sinatra, Judy Garland, and Les Paul and Mary Ford among many others). So in 1954, EMI bought a controlling interest in Capitol and brought it into the worldwide EMI setup. Not only did it give Capitol a worldwide outlet, it also gave them first choice for releasing records by any artist in the EMI bullpen. 
Capitol exercised that option right away by releasing the UK hit singles of Ron Goodwin (”Elizabethan Serenade” and ‘Swinging Sweethearts (Skiffling Strings)” and Laurie London (“He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands”), both Parlophone artists, and LPs from Goodwin and Franck Pourcel (a Columbia artist). That led to Freddie and the Dreamers’ second and third Columbia singles “I’m Telling You Now” b/w “What Have I Done to You” and “You Were Made for Me” b/w “Send a Letter to Me” being released on Capitol in 1963 without fanfare. It wasn’t until after the Beatles took off that Capitol re-released those two Freddie & the Dreamers singles on their new Tower subsidiary in early 1965. By then – thanks to the Beatles’ success – EMI was able to have US releases of their top British artists placed not only on Capitol, but also on labels that they had UK licensing deals with as well. 

The labels EMI had licensing deals with – followed by the UK artists and their EMI labels in parentheses – were as follows: