117: Carole King, ‘It Might as Well Rain Until September’

Posted by jeff on Nov 4, 2011 in Rock and Roll, Song Of the week

Quiz: What do these three songs have in common?

It Might As Well Rain Until September’ by Carole King (1962, peaked at #22 on the charts)

‘Jamie’, by Eddie Holland (1962, peaked at #30)

Who Put the Bomp (In the Bomp, Bomp, Bomp)’ by Barry Mann (1961, peaked at #7)

The 1950s didn’t end on December 31st, 1959 (a day on which absolutely nothing of note occurred other than a few really hip swingers celebrating the decade shift by dancing the cha-cha-cha), nor did the 1960s begin the next day (although Cameroon did gain its independence and Johnny Cash played his first free concert in a prison). I know. I was there (not in the prison; just, you know, around), albeit a wee ‘un. But I can testify that in 1961 and 1962 and even 1963, there were still plenty of 1950s around.

All I had to do was turn on WSAI, Cincinnati’s leading Hit Parade station, which informed my cultural landscape even more than Dobie Gillis, Alfred E. Newman, or the NL-winning Reds.  Return with us now to those thrilling days of yesteryear as the Top 40 rides again!

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