Ask “Mr. Music”
Jerry Osborne

FOR THE WEEKS OF APRIL 27, MAY 4, & MAY 11, 2015

DEAR JERRY: As a collector of instrumental hits, one of your columns last year really hit home with me.

A California reader requested a list of hit songs of the 1950s and '60s, released as both an instrumental and a vocal.

With limited space, you managed to list dozens of examples. But what would it take for you to reveal the rest?
—Woody Truppner, Abilene, Texas

DEAR WOODY: Nothing more than a massive amount of research.

It also required a huge assist from our friend Bill Oakey, who is also fascinated by this topic. Thank you Brother Bill!

Obviously we can't include every song, but we will try to include as many of those we find where one or both versions charted.

Instrumentals are always listed first and are alphabetical by title, followed by the artist. If that year differs from the vocal, it will be before the hyphen, but when both have the same year it appears once at the end of the line.

When we have a title after the hyphen, preceding the vocal release, it means that title is not identical to that of the instrumental, however slight the variance may be. Next is the vocal credit and year, for either the vocal or both.

Other versions exist for nearly all of these songs, but we are listing only one in each category. As for which ones, it simply boils down to those that seem most appropriate.

Of course, both the instrumental and the vocal must have come out in the 1950s or '60s.

Opinions will vary as to when a commonly regarded instrumental has too much singing to qualify as an instrumental, but for this project, we will allow occasional words, grunts, shrieks, or sound effects, but not full verses. Ergo, "Topsy," "Zambezi," "Watermelon Man," "Tequila," and "Quiet Village" are all okay, but "So Rare" (Tommy Dorsey), "Unchained Melody" (Les Baxter), and "Tonight" (Ferrante & Teicher) have way too much singing. You get the idea.

Originally compiled in three sections, now that we have completed A through Z each of the previous columns will contain the entire list. This means that any additions made will appear in all three columns.

"Al Di La": Al Hirt - Emilio Pericoli (1962)
"Alabama Jubilee": Ferko String Band (1955) - Red Foley (1951)
"Alfie": Eivets Rednow (Stevie Wonder) (1968) - Cher (1966)
"All My Loving": Hollyridge Strings - Beatles (1964)
"Alley Cat": Bent Fabric (1962) - Peggy Lee (1963)
"Am I the Same Girl": see "Soulful Strut"
"Amor": Roger Williams (1962) - Ben E. King (1961)
"Andy Griffith Theme": Earle Hagen and His Orchestra - "The Fishin' Hole" Andy Griffith (1961)
"Anna": Jorgen Ingmann (1961) - "Anna (El N. Zumbon)" Silvana Mangano (1953)
"Apache": Jorgen Ingmann - Sonny James (1961)
"April in Portugal": Les Baxter - Vic Damone (1953)
"Armen's Theme": David Seville and His Orchestra (1956) - "Yesterday and You (Armen's Theme)" Bobby Vee (1963)
"Around the World": Mantovani and His Orchestra - Bing Crosby (1957)
"Autumn Leaves": Roger Williams - Mitch Miller (1955)
"Baby Elephant Walk": Lawrence Welk - Pat Boone (1962)
"Baby the Rain Must Fall": Elmer Bernstein - Glenn Yarbrough (1965)
"Ballad of Paladin": Duane Eddy (1962) - Johnny Western (1958)
"Bandit (O'Cangaceiro)": Eddie Barclay and His Orch. (1955) - "Bandit (O Cangaceiro)" Domenico Modugno (1959)
"Beautiful Obsession": Sir Chauncey [Ernie Freeman] and His Exciting Strings (1960) - Johnny Walsh with Sir Chauncey and His Orchestra (1961)
"Because They're Young": Duane Eddy and the Rebels - James Darren (1960)
"Bewitched": Bill Snyder and His Orchestra - Doris Day and the Mellomen (1950)
"Beyond the Sea (La Mer)": Roger Williams (1956) - "Beyond the Sea" Bobby Darin (1960)
"Bilbao Song": Percy Faith and His Orchestra - Andy Williams (1961)
"Blowin' in the Wind": Stan Getz (1964) - Peter, Paul & Mary (1963)
"Blue Hawaii": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1959) - Elvis Presley (1961)
"Blue Moon": Ventures - Marcels (1961)
"Blue Star": see "Medic"
"Blue Tango": Leroy Anderson "Pops" Concert Orchestra (1950) - Gisele MacKenzie (1958)
"Bonanza": Al Caiola and His Orchestra (1961) - Johnny Cash (1962)
"Born Free": Roger Williams - Matt Monro (1966)
"Calcutta": Lawrence Welk - Four Preps (1961)
"Canadian Sunset": Hugo Winterhalter with Eddy Heywood - Andy Williams (1956)
"Can't Buy Me Love": Hollyridge Strings - Beatles (1964)
"Caravan": Ralph Marterie and His "Down Beat" Orchestra (1953) - Nat King Cole and His Trio (1957)
"Casanova (Your Playing Days Are Over)" Wayne Bennett - Ruby Andrews (1967)
"Casino Royale": Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Michael Redway (1967)
"Cast Your Fate to the Wind": Vince Guaraldi Trio (1963) - Shelby Flint (1966)
"Charade (Main Title)": Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - "Charade (Vocal)" Henry Mancini with His Orchestra and Chorus (1963)
"Chariot": - Franck Pourcel (1961) - "I Will Follow Him" Little Peggy March with Sammy Lowe and Orchestra (1963)
"Charmaine": Mantovani (1951) - Vaughn Monroe (1952)
"Chattanooga Choo Choo": Ernie Fields (1960) - Harpers Bizarre (1967)
"Cherry Pink and Apple Blossom White": Perez Prado - Alan Dale (1955)
"Chinatown My Chinatown": Bobby Maxwell and His Swinging Harps (1952) - Al Jolson (1950)
"Chop Sticks": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1959) - "The Chop Stick Rock" Four Esquires (1960)
"Ciao, Ciao Bambina": Jacky Noguez and His Orchestra - "Ciao Ciao Bambina (Piove) (Chiow Chiow Bambeena)" Domenico Modugno (1959)
"Classical Gas": Mason Williams (1968) - "Classical Gas" (with "Scarborough Fair" lyrics): Alan Copeland Singers (1969)
"Comancheros": Claude King - Hollyridge Strings (1961)
"Come September": see "Theme from Come September"
"Comin' Home Baby": Herbie Mann - Mel Torme (1962)
"Crystal Blue Persuasion": Billy Mitchell Group - Tommy James and the Shondells (1969)
"Danke Schoen": Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Wayne Newton (1963)
"Day the Rains Came" - Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra - Jane Morgan (1958)
"Days of Wine and Roses" - Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Henry Mancini with His Orch. and Chorus (1962)
"Delilah Jones": see Themes from The Man with the Golden Arm
"Delicado": Percy Faith and His Orch. (with harpsichordist Stan Freeman) - Dinah Shore (1952)
"Desafinado": Stan Getz and Charlie Byrd - Pat Thomas (1962)
"Detour": Duane Eddy and the Rebels (1959) - Patti Page (1951)
"Diamond Head": see "Theme from Diamond Head"
"Dixie": see "Theme from Dixie"
"Don't Be Cruel": Bill Black's Combo (1960) - Elvis Presley (1956)
"Down Yonder": Del Wood - Champ Butler (1951)
"Ebb Tide": Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra - Vic Damone (1953)
"Enchanted Sea": Islanders (1959) - Browns (1960)
"Eternally": see "Terry's Theme from Limelight"
"Evening Rain" (Piano Solo): Earl Grant - Earl Grant (Vocal) (1959)
"Every Beat of My Heart": James Brown and the Famous Flames (1963) - Pips (Featuring Gladys Knight) (1961)
"Exodus": Ferrante and Teicher - "The Exodus Song" Pat Boone (1961)
"Faithful Hussar": Ted Heath and His Music (1956) - "The Faithful Hussar (Don't Cry My Love)" Vera Lynn (1957)
"Flamingo": Earl Bostic (1951) - "Flamingo L'Amore": Gaylords (1958)
"Fly Me to the Moon": Joe Harnell and His Orchestra (1962) - Frank Sinatra with Count Basie (1964)
"Forever": Floyd Cramer (1974) - Little Dippers (Anita Kerr Singers with Floyd Cramer) (1960)
"Games People Play": King Curtis - Joe South (1969)
"(Ghost) Riders in the Sky": Ramrods - "Ghost Riders in the Sky" Johnny Seay (1961)
"Gidget Goes Hawaiian": Duane Eddy - James Darren (1961)
"Goldfinger": Billy Strange - Shirley Bassey (1964)
"Goofus": Les Paul - Phil Harris (1950)
"Grazing in the Grass": Hugh Masekela (1968) - Friends of Distinction
"Green Leaves of Summer": Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen (1962) - Brothers Four (1960)
"Green Onions": Booker T. and the M.G.s - "Help Me" Sonny Boy Williamson (1963)
"Groovin'": Booker T. and the M.G.s - Young Rascals (1967)
"Guaglione": Perez Prado and His Orchestra (1958) - "The Man Who Plays the Mandolino (Guaglione)" Dean Martin (1957)
"Guns of Navarone": Joe Reisman Orch. & Chorus - Mitch Miller and the Gang (1961)
"Hang on Sloopy": Ramsey Lewis Trio - McCoys (1965)
"Happy Whistler": Don Robertson (1956) - Glenn Yarbrough (1965)
"Hard Day's Night": George Martin and His Orchestra - Beatles (1964)
"Harlem Nocturne": Viscounts (1960) - Mel Torme (1963)
"Harry Lime Theme": see "Third Man Theme"
"Hawaii Five-O": Ventures (1969) - "You Can Count on Me (Theme from Hawaii 5-O)" Sammy Davis Jr. (1976)
"Hawaiian War Chant": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1959) - Ames Brothers (1951)
"Heart and Soul": Johnny Maddox and the Rhythmasters (1956) - Cleftones (1961)
"Heartaches": Kenny Ball and His Jazzmen (1963) - Marcels (1961)
"Hearts of Stone": Bill Black's Combo (1961) - Fontane Sisters (1955)
"Hernando's Hideaway": Guy Lombardo and His Royal Canadians - Archie Bleyer and Maria Alba (Castanet Soloist) (1954)
"High and the Mighty": Les Baxter and His Orchestra - Johnny Desmond (1954)
"Hi-Lili Hi-Lo": Dick Hyman Trio (1956) - Richard Chamberlain (1963)
"Honky Tonk (Part 2)": Bill Doggett - Bill Doggett Featuring Tommy Brown (1956)
"Horse": Cliff Nobles & Co. - "Love Is All Right": Cliff Nobles (1968)
"Hot Canary": Florian Zabach - Ella Fitzgerald (1951)
"Hot Toddy": Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra (1952) - Julie London (1963)
"Hucklebuck (Twist)": King Curtis (1962) - Chubby Checker (1960)
"Hungry for Love": San Remo Golden Strings (1965) - "I Love the Life I Live (And Live the Life I Love)" Tony Michaels (1966)
"I Get Around": Hollyridge Strings - Beach Boys (1964)
"I Get the Blues When It Rains": The Hawk (Jerry Lee Lewis) (1960) - Jerry Lee Lewis (1969)
"I Hear You Knocking": Ernie Freeman (1962) - Fats Domino (1961)
"I Should Have Known Better": George Martin and His Orchestra - Beatles (1964)
"I Want to Hold Your Hand": Boston Pops Orchestra - Beatles (1964)
"I Was Made to Love Her": King Curtis and the Kingpins - Stevie Wonder (1967)
"I Will Follow Him": see "Chariot"
"I Will Wait for You (Theme from Umbrellas of Cherbourg)": Washington Square Stompers (1966) - "I Will Wait for You (Love Theme from Umbrellas of Cherbourg)" Steve Lawrence (1964)
"I'll Walk the Line": Don Costa with His Orch. and Chorus (1959) - "I Walk the Line" Johnny Cash and Tenessee Two (1956)
"I'm Gonna Make You Love Me": Brothers of Hope - Diana Ross and the Supremes with the Temptations (1969)
"I've Got a Woman": Jimmy McGriff (1962) - Ray Charles and His Band (1954)
"In Crowd": Ramsey Lewis Trio - Dobie Gray (1965)
"(It's No) Sin": Coleman Hawkins - Four Aces (1951)
"It's Now Or Never": Roger Williams - Elvis Presley with the Jordanaires (1960)
"Ja-Da": Johnny and the Hurricanes (1961) - Fireballs (1966)
"James Bond Theme": Billy Strange (His Guitar & Orchestra) (1964) - "James Bond Theme (Double-O-Seven)" Four Esquires (1963)
"Java": Al Hirt - "Java Jones (Java)" Donna Lynn (1964)
"Jazz Theme from Dr. Kildare": see "Theme from Dr. Kildare"
"Jivin' Around": Ernie Freeman Combo - Ernie Freeman Combo with Sheri Washington (1955)
"Joey's Song": Bill Haley and His Comets (1959) - Betty Martin (1957)
"Josephine": Les Paul (1951) - Charlie Blackwell (1959)
"Keem-O-Sabe": Electric Indian - Len Barry (1969)
"Key to Love": see "Theme from the Apartment"
"Kiss Me Quick": Hollyridge Strings - Elvis Presley (1964)
"Knock on Wood": Mar-Keys (1969) - Eddie Floyd (1966)
"La Dolce Vita (The Sweet Life)": Ray Ellis and His Orchestra - Either "Theme from La Dolce Vita" or "The Sweet Life (La Dolce Vita)" Lyn Cornell (1961)
"La Montana (If She Should Come to You)": Frank DeVol and His Rainbow Strings - "If She Should Come to You (La Montana)" Anthony Newley (1960)
"La Paloma": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1958) - Dean Martin (1961)
"La Vie En Rose": Paul Weston and His Orchestra - Edith Piaf (1950)
"Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago": Roger Williams - "Somewhere, My Love ("Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago)" Ray Conniff and the Singers (1966)
"Last Date": Floyd Cramer (1960) - "My Last Date (With You)" Skeeter Davis (1961)
"Les Bicyclettes de Belsize" Pete Fountain - Englebert Humperdinck (1969)
"Liechtensteiner Polka": Frankie Yankovic (1958) - Will Glahe and His Orchestra (1957)
"Lemon Tree": Arthur Lyman (1965) - Peter, Paul & Mary (1962)
"Like Young": The Piano Magic of Andre Previn with the Lush Strings of David Rose - Ella Fitzgerald (1959)
"Limbo Rock": Champs - Chubby Checker (1962)
"Lisbon Antigua": Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra - "Lisbon Antigua (In Old Lisbon)" Alan Dale (1955)
"Little Queenie": Bill Black's Combo (1964) - Chuck Berry (1959)
"Lonely Bull (El Solo Toro)": Tijuana Brass Featuring Herb Alpert (1962) - Jack Jones (1963)
"Long Hot Summer": Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Jimmie Rodgers (1958)
"Longest Day": (Instrumental) - Mitch Miller with His Orchestra and Chorus - (Vocal) Mitch Miller with His Orchestra and Chorus (1962)
"Look for a Star": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Garry Mills (1961)
"Lost Love": H.B. Barnum (1960) - Ann-Margret with H.B. Barnum and His Orchestra (1961)
"Louisiana Man": Mike Post (1966) - Rusty and Doug [Kershaw] (1961)
"L-O-V-E": Hollyridge Strings (1965) - Nat King Cole (1964)
"Love Is Blue (L'Amour Est Bleu)": Paul Mauriat and His Orchestra (1967) - Al Martino (1968)
"Love Me Do": Hollyridge Strings - Beatles (1964)
"Love Me Tender": Henri Rene with His Orchestra and Chorus - Elvis Presley (1956)
"Love Theme from Phaedra": Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Melina Mercouri (1962)
"Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet": Henry Mancini, His Orchestra and Chorus - "Love Theme from Romeo & Juliet" (A Time for Us)" Johnny Mathis (1969)
"Lovesick Blues": Floyd Cramer (1962) - Frank Ifield (1963)
"Lullaby of Birdland": George Shearing Quintet (1952) - Blue Stars (1956)
"Lullaby of the Leaves": Ventures (1961) - Ella Fitzgerald (1964)
"Man and a Woman": Ferrante and Teicher - Tamiko Jones with Herbie Mann (1966)
"Manhattan Spiritual": Reg Owen and His Orchestra (1958) - Stargazers (1960)
"Maria": Roger Williams (1962) - Johnny Mathis (1960)
"Maria Elena": Los Indios Tabajaras (1963) - Ray Smith (1960)
"Me and My Shadow": Dave Brubeck Quartet (1952 - Frank Sinatra & Sammy Davis Jr. (1962)
"Me Lo Dijo Adela (Sweet and Gentle)": Xavier Cugat and His Orchestra (1957) - "Sweet and Gentle" Georgia Gibbs with Hugo Peretti and His Orchestra (1955)
"Medic": Les Baxter His Chorus and Orchestra - "Blue Star (The'Medic' Theme)" Felicia Sanders with Norman Leyden and Orchestra (1955)
"Meditation": Charlie Byrd - Pat Boone (1963)
"Melody of Love": Billy Vaughn - Four Aces (1955)
"Memories Are Made of This": Roger Williams (1959) - Dean Martin (1955)
"Memphis": Lonnie Mack (1963) - Chuck Berry (1959)
"Mercy, Mercy, Mercy": Cannonball Adderley - Buckinghams (1967)
"Mexican Shuffle": Herb Alpert's Tijuana Brass (1964) - "Cinnamint Shuffle (Mexican Shuffle)" Johnny Mann Singers (1966)
"Mexico": Bob Moore (1961) - "(My Heart's In) Mexico" Norris Wilson (1962)
"Michelle": Bud Shank - Beatles (1966)
"Midnight Cowboy": Ferrante & Teicher - Johnny Mathis (1969)
"Midnight in Moscow": Kenny Ball & His Jazzmen - "(Vocal Version: Midnight in Moscow) You Can't Keep Me from Loving You" Julius La Rosa (1962)
"Midnite Special": Billy Strange (1968) - Paul Evans (1960)
"Misirlou" (a.k.a. "Miserlou"): Dick Dale and the Del-Tones (1958) - Connie Francis (1965)
"Mission: Impossible": Lalo Schifrin (1967) - Theme from'Mission: Impossible'" Kane Triplets (1968)
"Misty": Erroll Garner Trio (1954) - Johnny Mathis (1959)
"Moon Over Naples": Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - "Spanish Eyes" Al Martino (1965)
"Moonglow and Theme from Picnic": Morris Stoloff - "Picnic (Based on Theme from Picnic)" McGuire Sisters (1956)
"Moonlight Serenade": Los Indios Tabajaras (1958)- Rivieras (1959)
"More": Kai Winding & Orchestra - Vic Dana (1963)
"Morgen": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Ivo Robic and the Song Masters (1959)
"Moritat (A Theme from the Three Penny Opera)": Dick Hyman Trio - "Theme from the Threepenny Opera (Mack the Knife)" Louis Armstrong (1956)
"Moulin Rouge Theme (Where Is Your Heart)": Mantovani and His Orchestra - "Song from Moulin Rouge (Where Is Your Heart)" Percy Faith and His Orch. Featuring Felicia Sanders (1953)
"Mr. Lucky": Orchestra Conducted By Henry Mancini(1960) - Sarah Vaughan (1964)
"Mrs. Robinson": Booker T. & The M.G.'s - Simon & Garfunkel (1968)
"Music to Watch Girls By": Bob Crewe Generation - Andy Williams (1967)
"My Blue Heaven": Duane Eddy (1961) Fats Domino (1956)
"My Favorite Things": John Coltrane (1961) - Tony Bennett (1968)
"My Girl Josephine": Bill Black's Combo (1961) - Fats Domino (1960)
"My Melancholy Baby": Hollyridge Strings (1962) - Tommy Edwards (1959)
"My Own True Love": see "Tara's Theme from Gone with the Wind"
"Nadia's Theme (The Young and the Restless)": Barry DeVorzon & Perry Botkin Jr. (1976) - Sounds of Sunshine (1974)
"Naked City Theme": Nelson Riddle (1962) - "Somewhere in the Night (Naked City Theme)" Teri Thornton (1963)
"Never on Sunday" Don Costa (1960) - Chordettes (1961)
"Night Train": Jimmy Forest (1952) - James Brown (1962)
"Night with Daddy'G'": Church Street Five - "Quarter to Three" U.S. Bonds (1961)
"No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)": T-Bones (1965) - Don Lee Wilson (1966)
"Ode to Billie Joe": King Curtis and the Kingpins - Bobbie Gentry (1967)
"Oh Happy Day": Billy Mitchell Group - Edwin Hawkins Singers (1969)
"O Mein Papa": Mantovani (1959) - "Oh! My Papa(O Mein Papa)" Eddie Fisher (1953)
"O Sole Mio": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - "It's Now Or Never" Elvis Presley (1960)
"On the Beach": Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra - Playmates (1959)
"On the Rebound": Floyd Cramer - Jerry Holmes (1961)
"On the Street Where You Live": Lawrence Welk and His Champagne Music - Vic Damone (1956)
"One Mint Julep": Ray Charles (Band) (1961) - Sarah Vaughan (1962)
"Only You (Loin De Vous)": Franck Pourcel's French Fiddles (1959) - "Only You (And You Alone)" Platters (1955)
"Orange Blossom Special": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1961) - Johnny Cash (1965)
"Our Winter Love": Bill Pursell - Anita Bryant (1963)
"Paradise" Francis Bay and His Orchestra (1962) - Sammy Turner (1960)
"Patricia": Perez Prado and His Orchestra - Ray Peterson (1958)
"Peanuts (La Cacahuata)": Sunglows - "(Little) Peanuts - Rene & Rene (1965)
"Pearly Shells": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1965) - Burl Ives (1964)
"Pepe": Duane Eddy His "Twangy" Guitar and the Rebels (1960) - Shirley Jones (1961)
"Percolator (Twist)": Billy Joe & the Checkmates - "Caffettiera Twist" Marino Marini e il Suo Quartetto (1962)
"Perfidia": Ventures (1960) - Four Aces Featuring Al Alberts (1952)
"Peter Gunn": Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (1958) - "Bye-Bye (Theme from Peter Gunn)" Sarah Vaughan (1965)
"Petite Fleur": Chris Barber's Jazz Band (1959) - "A Time to Love-A Time to Cry (Petite Fleur)" Lou Johnson (1965)
"Petticoats of Portugal": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Dick Jacobs and His Chorus and Orchestra (1956)
"Phaedra": see "Love Theme from Phaedra"
"Phoenix Love Theme (Senza Fine)": Brass Ring Featuring Phil Bodner (1966) - "Senza Fine" Dean Martin (1963)
"Pipeline": Chantays - "Riding the Waves" Dee Dee Sharp (1963)
"Plantation Boogie": Lenny Dee - Red Foley (1955)
"Poor Boy": Royaltones - Cardigans (1958)
"Poor People of Paris (La Goualante du Pauvre Jean)": Les Baxter (1956) - "Poor People of Paris": Dean Martin (1962)
"Portuguese Washerwoman": Joe "Fingers" Carr - "Les Lavandieres Du Portugal (The Portuguese Washerwoman)" Les Blue Stars (1955)
"Prisoner of Love": Jack Weigand (1961) - James Brown & the Famous Flames (1963)
"P.S. I Love You": Hollyridge Strings - Beatles (1964)
"Quiet Village": Martin Denny - Darla Hood (1959)
"Raunchy": Bill Justis and His Orchestra (1957) - Eddie Bond (1965)
"Rebel 'Rouser": Duane Eddy and His "Twangy" Guitar (1958) - "The National Anthem of Rock 'N' Roll" (Rebel Rouser) Jack Scott (1961)
"Red Wing": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1961) - "Rockin' Red Wing" Sammy Masters (1959)
"Return to Me": Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (1961) - Dean Martin (1958)
"Return to Sender": Hollyridge Strings (1964) - Elvis Presley (1962)
"Right Now": Herbie Mann - Mel Torme (1962)
"Rinky Dink": Baby Cortez - "The Cha-Cha-Cha" Bobby Rydell (1962)
"Route 66 Theme": Nelson Riddle (1962) - "Open Highway (The Theme from'Route 66')" Teri Thornton (1963)
"Ruby Duby Du": Tobin Mathews Orchestra - "Ruby-Duby-Du" Joanie Sommers with the Sir Chauncey [Ernie Freeman] Combo (1960)
"Ruby": Richard Hayman (1953) - Ray Charles (1960)
"Runaway": Lawrence Welk (1962) - Del Shannon (1961)
"Sail Along Silvery Moon": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1957) - Andy Williams (1958)
"San Antonio Rose": Floyd Cramer - Patsy Cline (1961)
"Scarlet O'Hara": Lawrence Welk and His Orchestra - Claude King (1963)
"Second Time Around": Peter Duchin, His Piano and Orchestra (1963) - Frank Sinatra (1961)
"Secret Agent Man": Ventures - Johnny Rivers (1966)
"Serenata": Jazztet - Sarah Vaughan (1960)
"Seventh Dawn": Henry Jerome and His Orchestra - Lettermen (1964)
"Shangri-La": Robert Maxwell, His Harp and Orchestra (1964) - Four Coins (1957)
"Sin": see "(It's No) Sin"
"Sixteen Candles": Jack Weigand (1961) - Crests (1958)
"Skokiaan": Bulawayo Sweet Rhythms Band - Four Lads (1954)
"Sleep Walk": Santo & Johnny - Betsy Brye (1959)
"Slow Walk": Sil Austin - Ocie Smith (1956)
"Smile": Ferrante & Teicher (1962) - Timi Yuro (1961)
"So Rare": Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra (1958) - Jimmy Dorsey with Orchestra and Chorus (1957)
"So What's New": Horst Jankowski - Peggy Lee (1966)
"Soft Summer Breeze": Eddy Heywood - Diamonds (1956)
"Somewhere My Love": see "Lara's Theme from Dr. Zhivago"
"Song for a Summer Night" (Instrumental): Mitch Miller & His Orch. - "Song for a Summer Night" (Vocal) Mitch Miller & His Orch. & Chorus (1956)
"Song From Moulin Rouge": see "Moulin Rouge Theme (Where Is Your Heart)"
"Soul City (Instrumental)": Leon (Fingers) Huff - "Soul City (Vocal)" Pervis Herder (1963)
"Soul Coaxing (Ame Caline)": Raymond Lefevre and His Orchestra - "If You Loved Me (Soul Coaxing-Ame Caline)" Peggy March (1968)
"Soul Serenade": King Curtis - Gloria Lynne (1964)
"Soulful Strut": Young-Holt Unlimited (1968) - "Am I the Same Girl" Barbara Acklin (1969)
"Spanish Eyes": see "Moon Over Naples"
"Spanish Flea": Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Kathy Kirby (1966)
"Spooky": Mike Sharpe (1967) - Classics IV (1968)
"Stars Fell on Alabama": Stan Getz - Frankie Laine with Buck Clayton and His Orchestra (1956)
"Stranger in Paradise": Ralph Flanagan and His Orchestra - Tony Bennett (1953)
"Stranger on the Shore": Mr. Acker Bilk - Andy Williams (1962)
"Strangers in the Night": Bert Kaempfert and His Orchestra - Frank Sinatra (1966)
"Sugarfoot Rag": Hank Garland - Red Foley with Guitar Solo By Hank "Sugarfoot" Garland (1950)
"Summer Samba": Walter Wanderley - "So Nice (Summer Samba)" Vikki Carr (1966)
"Sweet and Gentle": see "Me Lo Dijo Adela (Sweet and Gentle)"
"Sweet Pea": Ventures - Tommy Roe (1966)
"Swingin' Safari": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1962) - Anita Kerr Singers (1967)
"Swingin' Shepherd Blues": Moe Koffman Quartette (1957) - Ella Fitzgerald and Her Shepherds (1958)
"Swinging Sweethearts": Ron Goodwin and His Orchestra - Richard Hayes (1957)
"Syncopated Clock": - Leroy Anderson and His "Pops" Concert Orchestra - Eileen Barton (1951)
"Taboo": Arthur Lyman (1959) - Sylvie Mora (1960)
"Take Five": Dave Brubeck Quartet (1961) - Carmen McRae with the Dave Brubeck Quartet (1962)
"Tara's Theme from Gone with the Wind": Percy Faith and His Orchestra - "My Own True Love" (Tara's Theme from Gone with the Wind)" Duprees
"Tarantula": Storms - "Deep Down" Billie and Mark (1959)
"Taste of Honey": Eddie Cano (1962) - Tony Bennett (1964)
"Tea for Two Cha Cha": Tommy Dorsey Orchestra Starring Warren Covington (1958) - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (1964)
"Telstar": Tornadoes - "(Help Me) Telstar" Gee Sisters (1962)
"Temptation" Korla Pandit Television Star of KTLA (1960) - Everly Brothers (1961)
"Tenderly": Ray Anthony and His Orchestra (1950) Rosemary Clooney with Percy Faith and His Orchestra (1952)
"Tequila": Champs - "Tequila Song" Contenders (1958)
"Terry's Theme from Limelight": Frank Chacksfield and His Orchestra - "Eternally (Theme from Limelight)" Vic Damone (1953)
"That's All": Acquaviva and His Orchestra (1954) - Rick Nelson (1963)
"That's Life": Billy Vaughn - Frank Sinatra (1966)
"Theme from A Summer Place": Percy Faith and His Orchestra (1960) - (Don Roman) (1962)
"Theme for Young Lovers": Percy Faith and His Orchestra (1960) - "Theme for Young Lovers (Where Is My Someone)" Jerry Vale (1963)
"Theme from 'Come September'": Bobby Darin and His Orchestra (1961) - Andrews Sisters (1967)
"Theme from 'Diamond Head'": Hugo Winterhalter and His Orchestra - "Diamond Head" James Darren (1963)
"Theme from Dixie": Duane Eddy - "Dixie" Mormon Tabernacle Choir (1961)
"Theme from Dr. Kildare": Valjean - "Theme from Dr. Kildare (Three Stars Will Shine Tonight)" Richard Chamberlain (1962)
"Theme from 'Mission: Impossible'": see "Mission: Impossible"
"Theme from 'Taras Bulba' (The Wishing Star)": Ferrante & Teicher - Jerry Butler (1962)
"Theme from The Apartment": Ferrante and Teicher with Their Orch. & Chorus - "The Key to Love" Russ Conway with Tony Osborne and His Orchestra (1960)
"Theme from 'The Proud Ones'": Nelson Riddle and His Orchestra - Johnny Desmond (1956)
"Theme from The Unforgiven (The Need For Love)": Don Costa & His Orchestra & Chorus - "The Unforgiven (The Need For Love)" McGuire Sisters (1960)
"Theme from The Wild Angels": Davie Allan and the Arrows - Visitors Featuring Barbara (1966)
"Theme Song from Westinghouse 'Studio One' Song for a Summer Night": see "Song for a Summer Night"
"Themes from 'The Man with the Golden Arm'": Richard Maltby and His Orchestra - "Delilah Jones (Based on 'Main Title' Theme from 'The Man with the Golden Arm')" McGuire Sisters (1956)
"Third Man Theme (Harry Lime Theme)": Anton Karas - "The 3rd Man Theme" Victor Young with His Orchestra & Chorus and Don Cherry (1950)
"Those Lazy, Hazy, Crazy Days of Summer": Hollyridge Strings (1965) - Nat King Cole (1963)
"Tijuana Taxi": Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Mods (Modernaires with Paula Kelly) (1966)
"Till": Roger Williams (1957) Angels (1962)
"Tiny Bubbles": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra - Don Ho and the Aliis (1966)
"Tonight": Stan Kenton and His Orchestra - Eddie Fisher (1961)
"Try Me": James Brown at the Organ (1965) - James Brown (1958)
"Trying": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1958) - Hill Toppers Featuring Jimmy Sacca (1952)
"Tuxedo Junction": Earl Bostic - Frankie Avalon (1960)
"Twist": Ernie Freeman (1961) Chubby Checker (1960)
"Unchained Melody": Liberace - Al Hibbler (1955)
"United": Music Machine (1968) - Intruders (1966)
"Up a Lazy River": Si Zentner and His Orchestra - "Lazy River" Bobby Darin (1961)
"Up Tight": Ramsey Lewis - "Uptight (Everything's Alright)" Stevie Wonder (1966)
"Volare": Ace Cannon (1962) - Dean Martin (1958)
"Wade in the Water": Ramsey Lewis Trio - "Let's Wade in the Water" Marlena Shaw (1966)
"Walk Don't Run": Ventures (1960) - Tommy Leonetti (1964)
"Walk in the Black Forest (Eine Schwarzwaldfahrt)": Horst Jankowski His Orchestra and Chorus - "I Walk with You (A Walk in the Black Forest)" Bitter End Singers (1965)
"Walk on the Wild Side": Jimmy Smith and the Big Band - Brook Benton (1962)
"Washington Square": Village Stompers - Ames Brothers (1963)
"Water Boy": Don Shirley Trio (1961) Four Tunes (1953)
"Watermelon Man": Mongo Santamaria Band (1963) - Gloria Lynne (1965)
"What a Difference a Day Made": Coleman Hawkins and Orchestra (1953) - "What a Diff'rence a Day Makes" Dinah Washington (1959)
"What Now My Love": Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - Sonny & Cher (1966)
"Wheels": String-a-Longs - Johnny Duncan (1961)
"Whispering": Les Paul (1951) - Nino Tempo & April Stevens (1964)
"White Rose of Athens": David Carroll and His Orchestra - Nana Mouskouri (1962)
"White Silver Sands": Owen Bradley Quintet - Don Rondo (1957)
"Wild Thing": Ventures - Troggs (1966)
"Windy": Wes Montgomery - Association (1967)
"Wonderland By Night": Bert Kaempfert (1960) - Anita Bryant (1961)
"Worried Mind": Ray Anthony (1962) - Faron Young (1957)
"Yeh-Yeh!": Mongo Santamaria Orch. (1963) - "Yeh, Yeh" Georgie Fame and the Blue Flames (1965)
"Yellow Bird": Arthur Lyman (1961) - Mills Brothers (1959)
"Yesterday": Henry Mancini and His Orchestra - Beatles (1965)
"You Can't Sit Down (Part 2)": Phil Upchurch Combo (1961) - "You Can't Sit Down" Dovells (1963)
"You Only Live Twice": Billy Strange - Nancy Sinatra with Billy Strange and Orchestra (1967)
"You've Got to Pay the Price": Al Kent Orchestra (uncredited) (1967) - Gloria Taylor (1969)
"Your Cheatin' Heart": Billy Vaughn and His Orchestra (1959) - Joni James (1953)
"Zambezi": Lou Busch and His Orchestra (1955) - Stargazers with Johnny Gray and His Band of the Day (1956)
"Zorba the Greek": Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass - "La Danse de Zorba" Dalida (1964)

IZ ZAT SO? The most atypical tune on this list is "I Get the Blues When It Rains," a 1960 instrumental credited to "The Hawk," who is none other than Jerry Lee Lewis. In 1969, this time as himself, Jerry Lee revived "I Get the Blues When It Rains" as a vocal.

"Summer Samba" seems to be the tune on this list with the most title variations.

Here are six that we've found:
"Summer Samba"
"Summer Samba (Samba de Verao)"
"Summer Samba (So Nice)"
"(So Nice) Summer Samba"
"Samba de Verno (So Nice) (Summer samba)"
"Ihanaa Se Ois (Summer Samba)"

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