Because of his “wildly gyrating hips” (Elvis was -nervous-), his 3rd appearance was from the waist up.
Same date, a rockabilly trio known as The Rock and Roll Trio including singer-songwriters Johnny and Dorsey Burnette (who grew up in the Memphis projects) appear in the finals of a Ted Mack‘s Original Amateur Hour in Madison Square Garden. It earns them a contract with Coral Records.
The Burnette brothers were to generate five top-40 singles, including Dreamin’ (1960, US#11,UK#5) and You’re Sixteen (1960, US#8,UK#3). Johnny appears on Liberty Records, Dorsey on Era and Dot. They also write songs for Ricky Nelson.
They’re seen in in Alan Freed’s Dec. 7 1956 movie Rock, Rock, Rock, as are Chuck Berry, LaVern Baker, Teddy Randazzo, the Moonglows, the Flamingos, and the Teenagers. 30 year-old Johnny is killed in a boat accident in 1964. Dorsey drifts back into writing Country music, releasing 9 more albums.
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The song pushes to the top -partly- because suggestive lyrics got tongues wagging — not to mention the long … explosive … climb of the melody. Absolutely brilliant!
In 1967 Anka hears a French song for which he acquires a license and writes the English words for My Way; in 1969 it spends 75 weeks in the UK top-40. He will write the theme music for the Johnny Carson show (Toot Sweet), Tom Jones hit She’s a Lady, sings 1975 US#7 hit Times of Your Life . In 1993 he joins the Songwriters HoF.
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Toronto, Canada prog band Klaatu releases its most famous single Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft on first album 3:47 EST. ▷Website ▹