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Your Music Questions Answered Since 1987

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DEAR JERRY: I wonder if I'm the only Long Beach California record collector who, in the early '60s, bought brand new 45s for 29-cents each at Dooley's Hardware Store on Long Beach Boulevard (they had much more than hardware). They were not the current hits, but were somewhat recent releases.

I'm writing for some info about one really great pop tune, "Wonderful One," by the Hi-Jacks, and based on the label and selection number (ABC-Paramount 9742) I estimated it was released circa October 1956.

The lead singer is a wonderful but unnamed tenor, and a smooth backup group that sound much like the Four Lads. Any chance you'd know any of the vocalists?

Just curious ... did "Wonderful One" find its way on anyone's survey?
—Ray Harrison, Santa Ana, Calif. (11/30/21)

DEAR RAY: You'll likely be surprised to know that I too bought those bargain singles at Dooley's. Around that time, 1961, I was a 15-year-old freshman at Banning High School, in Wilmington, not far from Long Beach.

I don't think I found my copy of "Wonderful One" until 1968, and as with you I also noticed the similarity to the Four Lads. However, they had one hit after another — eight Columbia records on the charts in 1956 — thus it would have been unlikely of them to perform at that time for ABC-Paramount.

"Wonderful One" did appear on some regional Top 10 radio stations, such as WBZ 1030 (Boston), WAAF 950 (Chicago), and WLYN 1360 (Lynn, Mass.).

To listen to the Hi-Jacks "Wonderful One," simply copy and paste the link directly below in your browser:

DEAR READERS: The letter directly below from Kent Kotal was first posted in July 2021, but is here again as to precede the meticulous response from Mike Wolstein.

DEAR JERRY: Hoping you made it thru the whole pandemic craziness unscathed ... slowly back to normal again now.

Got one for you that I'm SURE has come up before ... but hoping you can shed some light on this for our "Forgotten Hits" readers.

In 1967, Peter Knight released instrumental versions of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. And on the front cover of the U.S. Mercury LPs he ran a montage of photos of many well known dee-jays from across the country.

Has anyone you know ever been able to figure out who all these people are, and how this album came together? And what the heck was the thought process behind assembling such a cover? Obviously, another tribute to "Sgt. Pepper," but it almost seems like a promotional thing to try and get these jocks to play Knight's orchestral versions of Beatles tunes on their radio programs. Any light you can shed on this would be appreciated.

And if you happen to know how one would help to identify each face on the cover, I would love to run THAT in "Forgotten Hits."
—Kent Kotal,

DEAR JERRY & KENT: On July 14, 2021, Kent Kotal (Forgotten Hits) wrote to you in regard to an LP by Peter Knight and His Orchestra which consisted of instrumental versions of songs from The Beatles "Sgt. Pepper" LP. The cover of Knight's LP was a knockoff of the "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" cover, and was released on Mercury Records in September, 1967.

It appears that I may have been the first collector to notice that many of the faces on this cover are those of DJs from all over the U.S. After owning a copy for almost 15 years, it took me until about three years ago to realize who those faces belonged to. The first one I recognized was Clark Weber, of WLS-AM, Chicago, from the early '60s. I knew Mr. Weber personally, and he said that he was not contacted regarding the use of his picture on the LP cover. I heard from another DJ on that cover, from the midwest, that he too, was NOT contacted. I was told that the DJs on the left side of the cover are east coast personalities.

After closer inspection of many of the faces, I realized that there were others that I recognized, as they were Chicago area radio personalities. I spotted Dick Biondi, probably the most well-known rock and roll DJ of all time. Then I found Wally Phillips, a Chicago radio talk show legend. I then found the photos that the cover pictures were taken from, and they matched perfectly.

But here's the one that really gave me a jolt: In the lower right corner there is a girl standing next to a gentleman who is wearing a fedora. That girl (and I'd bet a hundred bucks on it) is Vicki Lawrence, at the age of 18. She had just won a contest at her high school, which helped her in being selected by Carol Burnett to become part of the cast of her TV show.

I found a couple of photos on line that match that LP cover shot almost perfectly.

I sent a letter to Ms. Lawrence's management people, in California, to ask about this, but in their reply, they didn't say a word about the picture; but they did send me a nice autographed photo of Ms. Lawrence (of whom I will always be a fan).

This is a mystery, and I'd love to solve it. Any help you can give me is greatly appreciated.
—Mike Wolstein, Chicago (9/12/21)

DEAR MIKE: Besides Kent and myself, many music lovers appreciate your research, and it wouldn't surprise us to find you will get confirmation regarding Vicki Lawrence's photo.

DEAR JERRY: Is Don McLeanís "American Pie+ the longest hit single song from the golden age of rock and roll? I believe there is at least one other 45rpm that plays longer than "American Pie," but I canít think of it.
—Robert J. Forry, Woodstock, Va. (8-28-21)

DEAR ROBERT: I must first point out that there is no source known to me that lists songs by running times. That leaves only an aging memory to scan for the answer.

I cannot think of a hit song from the period you mention that runs longer than the 8:32 promo single 45rpm version of "American Pie."

For the convenience of radio stations, some seven-inch single records came with the complete track on one side, but most have "American Pie" split into two sides.

Some other lengthy hit tunes on 45s that come immediately to mind include "Hey Jude" (Beatles), "MacArthur Park" (Richard Harris), and "Like a Rolling Stone" (Bob Dylan), but all are well under eight minutes.

In the olden days of analog and vinyl, it would have been a manufacturing challenge to squeeze more than eight and one-half minutes onto one side of a single. Of course there are a number of very long songs on albums, many of which consume all or most of one entire side of the disc, such as "In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida" (Iron Butterfly) and "The End" (Doors).

These drawn-out tracks actually got a lot of air play, especially by us late-night dee jays who appreciated as many 20 minute work breaks as they could program. Regarding this bit of radio chicanery, I had personal experience.

DEAR JERRY: For about 40 years I've heard Sam the Sham's "Wooly Bully." Yet, I still haven't a clue as to what they are saying that it is that they don't want to be: "Let's not be???

Though this tune has gained rock classic status, I still can't find anyone who understands this mysterious line. What say you Mr. Music?
—Mandy Guidry, Lowell, Mass. (8-1-21)

DEAR MANDY: I say "Let's not be L7" means "Let's not be square."

Interestingly, there was an all-female punk rock band named L7 who became popular in 1985. I once spoke with one of their founding members who indicated that they choose the name L7 for its "square" significance.

For any who fail to make the connection between L7 and square, if, using a sans-serif typeface, the leg of the "7" is joined with the "L," and a square is formed.

DEAR JERRY: With the thousands of great and not-so-great oldies resurrected for release on CD, why is it that there is nothing available by Jerry Fuller. Surely he was more popular than hundreds of folks who are now available on CDs.

The song I most want is "Betty My Angel," but I can't find it, nor any of Jerry's tunes, anywhere on CD.

If, like me, you may also not know of any Jerry Fuller CDs; however, if there is any I would be grateful for the info.
—Betty Crabtree, Portsmouth, Ohio (7-16-21)

DEAR BETTY: There are two Jerry Fuller CDs, though one is commercially available, so I'll start with that one.

This 1996 CD is titled "Teenage Love - Jerry Fuller" (Collectables COL-5729). This disc has 14 tracks, four of which appeared on all three of the Top 100 charts (Billboard, Cash Box, and Music Vendor).

Those four are: "Betty My Angel"; "Tennessee Waltz"; "Shy Away"; and "Guilty of Loving You."

Here are three more that didn't appear on any of the Top 100 charts, nor are they on the CD, but each appeared on some regional surveys: "Lipstick and Rouge"; "Hollywood Star"; and "I Only Came to Dance With You."

"Teenage Love - Jerry Fuller" seems to be available online for under $10.

The other one is a promotional CD titled "Jerry Fuller Songs - 30 Years of Hits." Although there are 20 tracks spread over 30 years — from 1959 to 1989 — the only tune Jerry sings is "Betty My Angel." All of the other songs were written by Jerry Fuller.

Here are the other artists singing Fuller's music: Ricky Nelson; Tom Jones; Al Wilson; Reba McEntire; Gary Puckett & the Union Gap; Jacky Ward; John Conlee; Dobie Gray; John Anderson; Peabo Bryson; Freddie Hart; and Kimberly Springs.

I spotted copies of this promo disc in the $15 to $25 range.

DEAR JERRY: Hoping you made it thru the whole pandemic craziness unscathed ... slowly back to normal again now.

Got one for you that I'm SURE has come up before ... but hoping you can shed some light on this for our "Forgotten Hits" readers.

In 1967, Peter Knight released instrumental versions of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper" album. And on the front cover of the U.S. Mercury LPs he ran a montage of photos of many well known dee-jays from across the country.

Has anyone you know ever been able to figure out who all these people are, and how this album came together? And what the heck was the thought process behind assembling such a cover? Obviously, another tribute to "Sgt. Pepper," but it almost seems like a promotional thing to try and get these jocks to play Knight's orchestral versions of Beatles tunes on their radio programs. Any light you can shed on this would be appreciated.

And if you happen to know how one would help to identify each face on the cover, I would love to run THAT in "Forgotten Hits."
—Kent Kotal, (7-14-21)

DEAR KENT: I thought it would be fairly easy to find the LP online, and I was right about that part. What was a disappointment is that none of the LP images I found were in decent condition (blurry). Even if there was someone I knew on the cover, they would not be clear enough to recognize.

Also, it did not seem that there were any listing among the liner notes on the back cover, identifying the images on the front cover. Hopefully, someone will have access to this unusual album: "Instrumental Beatles Themes From Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band" by Peter Knight & His Orchestra (Mercury MG-21132/SR-61132).

DEAR JERRY: Hi, Jerry! Glad you are still functioning online!

Regarding "There was a Fungus Among Us," I have a 45 of that song by Hugh Barrett and the Victors that was given to me by my Chicago cousin back in the early '70s, she said it was a big hit in Chicago in the late '50s and since I was crazy about it, she gave it to me.

I am on vacation now so I cannot recall the label, but it was not a well known one. I recall it was cream and brownish red. I never heard of the Terry Noland version you referenced.

Keep up the good vibes!
—Jim Chandler, Fraser, Mich. (7-11-21)

DEAR JIM: "There Was a Fungus Among Us" by Hugh Barrett and the Victors that came out in June 1961, about three years after Terry Noland's original 1958 release.

Reportedly, Terry Noland says that he wrote "There Was A Fungus Among Us" for Bobby Darin, hoping he would use it as his follow-up to "Splish-Splash." Instead, Darin chose "Early in the Morning," which was a Top 25 hit. Also noteworthy is that "Early in the Morning" was credited to "The Ding Dongs."

Your description of the Hugh Barrett and the Victors' "Fungus" is 100% accurate. Their record was Madison 164.

Your cousin was a bit off with the time (1961 not "late '50s), but she was right about it being a hit in Chicagoland, and elsewhere.

Barrett's "There Was A Fungus Among Us" made the Top 15 on WLS (Chicago); along with surveys by WJJD (Chicago); KYA (San Francisco); WGRD (Grand Rapids, Mich.); KSTT Davenport, Iowa); and WABB (Mobile, Ala.)

DEAR JERRY: Circa 1958, when I played high school football, our locker room rang out for a time with the singing of "There Was a Fungus Among Us." It got played regularly then on the Top 40 radio stations in central Kansas, where I was reared.
I don't believe that that song ever charted, as least I've not be able to find it. Can you help me discern correct title, artist, etc.?
—Gary L. Stucky, via the Internet (6-24-21)

DEAR GARY: Terry Noland is the singer who provided your locker room with the zany "There Was a Fungus Among Us" (Brunswick 55092). Must have been around the beginning of the '58 season when you were suiting up, since this tune came out in August/September that year.

In the summer of 1961, the exact same record was reissued, the only change being on Coral (62274) instead of Brunswick (same company).

Both Brunswick and Coral singles can still be found, but expect to part with $50 to $75 for a near-mint copy.

Neither release of "There Was a Fungus Among Us" made either of the three national top 100 charts; however, it did appear on a few regional surveys. For example, in June 1961 "There Was a Fungus Among Us" held the number 20 position on KSTT 1140 AM, Davenport, Iowa.

It had nothing to do with fungus, but Terry Noland did have one tune that appeared on Music Vendor's Top 100. In January 1958, Noland's "Patty Baby" reached No. 81.

I should point out that there is no similarity to Freddie Cannon's 1963 "Patty Baby."

DEAR JERRY: In just the months of May and June I heard a brief piece of music playing during a TV commercial for a new PlayStation Plus. I'd like to know if you can you identify the music.
What makes this so difficult is that there are female voices, but they do not sing any words, just similar to catchy, uptempo humming. I know this sounds crazy, but you just might know it from the PlayStation clue.
— Manny Cisneros, Fresno, Calif. (6-20-21)

DEAR MANNY: I would not have paid any attention to any PlayStation Plus ads, but to answer your question all I had to do was locate Sony's current PlayStation Plus spots.

From that research, I now know why most Generation Xs, or older, would be unlikely to recognize the source of this piece of music.

The original version of this tune was the Rock-A-Teen's "Woo-Hoo," a Top 20 hit in 1959 (Roulette 4192) on both national pop charts: Billboard (#16) and Cash Box (#18). This recording is a rock-and-roll instrumental, with approximately half of it being sung "woo-hoo, woo, hoo, hoo" etc.

The version heard in the PlayStation Plus, and some other products, is by's, a Tokyo female rockiní garage trio. Their "Woo-Hoo" first appeared on "Kill Bill Vol. 1 (Original Soundtrack)," first issued in 2003. "Woo- Hoo" has since appeared on other releases by the's.

For the record, there is NO CONNECTION WHATSOEVER to Christina Aguilera's "WooHoo," from 2010.

DEAR JERRY: I have been a fan for years and now I need help with two 45s I got recently.

1: The Chordettes, Cadence Advance Pressing #1402, white labels, with "Faraway Star" on both sides. Cadence #1402 was released as "Never on Sunday" in 1961. Record is in mint condition. Does the advance release of a song on a number used later enhance its value? Does a song recorded and released to radio stations but never released to the public enhance its value?

2: Johnny Desmond, Carlton red label, Disc Jockey Record #559, marked "Not for Sale." Songs are "(I'll Love You") Until Niagara Falls" backed with "So Long, Au Revoir. Arrivederci." Record is mint. In both these instances, they are records released to radio stations but not to the public.
—Linda Howard, Hernando, Miss. (6-12-21)

DEAR LINDA: The Cadence Advance Pressing with "Faraway Star" on both sides, was sent to selected radio stations in hopes that "Faraway Star" would catch on, but it didn't, at least not right away.

At the same time, they issued another Cadence Advance Pressing (#1402) with "Never on Sunday" backed with "Faraway Star."

"Never on Sunday" entered all three of the nationwide Top 100 weekly charts in June 1961 — Billboard, Cash Box, and Music Vendor — and peaked at No. 10.

"Faraway Star" didn't appear on the charts until the last few days in September, and then only peaked at No. 80.

Either of the various Cadence promo records in mint condition would likely sell in the $15 to $25.

Johnny Desmond's only Carlton single was issued in August 1961: "(I'll Love You") Until Niagara Falls" backed with "So Long, Au Revoir, Arrivederci" (Carlton 559), and Desmond was backed with Charlie Grean's Orchestra and Chorus.

This disc seems to be available for $3.00 to $5.00.

DEAR JERRY: As a specialist whose record collection is strictly limited to 45 pm singles, I have a long time mystery.

It all began when my love for the Platters, as well as others on Mercury. When the Platters' second single, "The Great Pretender," came out I was thrilled to see Mercury printed "Rel. Nov. 3, 1955" on both sides of the labels.

Since their first Mercury single, "Only You (And You Alone)" made no indication of a release date, when I saw it on "The Great Pretender" I had high hopes they would continue the trend. As far as I knew, Mercury was the only major company dating their singles in this way. Not just for the Platters, but for all of their artists, for about three years.

After 10 consecutive Platters hits, "Twilight Time" (Rel. April 4, 1958) was the last Platters single with an issue date. Their follow-ups with no dates began in June 1958 with "You're Making a Mistake."

Here then are my two questions:

Somewhere between "Only You (And You Alone)" and "The Great Pretender," what was the first Mercury single with a release date, assuming "The Great Pretender" was not the first one?

Second, let's go to the other extreme. What Mercury single was selected as their last one made with the release date?
— Eddie Hendricks, Jackson, Tenn. (5-23-21).

DEAR EDDIE: Amazingly, in my seven decades emersed in countless aspects of the record world, no one has ever brought up the subject of Mercury's labels with release dates.

Narrowing their exact genesis and exodus was a fun project, and here are the results:

The dating trend began in November 3, 1955 with "Growin' Up"/"Stars Tell My Story," by Burt Taylor (Mercury 70749).

Note that the Platters "The Great Pretender" (Mercury 70753) was only four singles after the Burt Taylor disc. Both are Nov. 3, 1955.

Following the Burt Taylor disc (Mercury 70749), the company issued 570 consecutive singles with release dates.

So we have 70749 plus 570 equals Mercury 71319, and that notable record is "Sweet Hunk of Junk"/"Wish I Could Make Some Money," by Louis Jordan. This label shows the release date as June 6, 1958

Ironically, the next Mercury issue once again involves the Platters. "You're Making a Mistake," backed with "My Old Flame," has no release date (Mercury 71320).

DEAR JERRY: I am a retired country music disc jockey, and I have a question about Johnny Western, who I have read many great things about.

I am familiar with the process of co-writing and heard that the recording singer may just add one word to a song, or make a slight change, and still get a third of the writing credit.

In the case of "The Ballad of Paladin," we've been told that Johnny wrote the song, though the Columbia single (4-41260) credits "Western-Boone-Rolfe" (Johnny Western, Richard Boone, and Sam Rolfe) listed as co-writers.

At different times either Boone or Rolfe are listed first.

According to Kix Brooks, of Brooks & Dunn, the person who brings the idea to the table likely gets the most credit.
—Rob Cosar, Kelowna, B.C. Canada (5-22-21)

DEAR ROB: Having only written one song ever, and that one, "City of Dreams" (2016), was co-written with my singing sister, Devon Dawson, and we shared the credit equally.

Therefore, I have no personal experience even similar to "The Ballad of Paladin." My hope would be that someone will share their knowledge of writing credits, etc.

Our first offer to help comes from Stephen Jaye, who suggests that lots of good info can be found at this site:

Thank you, Stephen!

DEAR JERRY: I heard a song on KAAY AM-1090 in Little Rock, Arkansas sometime in the mid-to-late '60ís that corresponded to "Graduation Day," which would put it around May.

It went as follows: "Two by two dressed in blue cap and gown." And also: "There will be tears, tears, throughout the years, as we recall our high school days.Ē

I have tried to find this song, but to no avail with my limited knowledge of how to search for obscure songs.

Your column has been an eye-opener to the many songs that were released, but this song probably didnít hang around very long.

Please help me if you can. Thank you.
—Johnny McMahan, Benton, Arkansas (5-11-21)

DEAR JOHNNY: I am familiar with many versions of "Graduation Day," including a bunch of others with similar storylines, but I can't come up with any having the other clues you provide.

I also reviewed many of the KAAY "Official Sound Surveys," especially those in the late '60s, but none seemed likely.

We welcome any possible tunes that seem to match up with the clues Johnny provided.

DEAR JERRY: I read your explanation of what constitutes a cover or a remake, and want to see if my reasoning as to why there were more in the '50's than later makes sense.

It seems to me, having been a teen in the '50's, that before Alan Freed popularized the term "rock & roll," the music of that genre was known as "race music" or rhythm and blues, and had its origins among blacks.

A lot of their tunes were covered by the popular white artists of the day and were released to a much broader audience.

It wasn't until after rock became mainstream that the black artists got the acceptance and the play on Top 40 stations making covers less viable than before.
—Myron Havis via e-mail (3-11-21)

DEAR MYRON: Independent of the history of cover records, portions of your theory are factual.

However, the stratagem of covering someone else's recording began long before anyone thought of rock and roll music.

Beginning with songs of the 1800s and early 1900s, as issued on Edison cylinders then later on 78 rpms, virtually every popular song inspired covers.

In the '30s, there were five charted recordings of "Stardust" (1931) and of "Stormy Weather" (1933), plus dozens of other versions that failed to chart.

In the late '40s and early '50s, nearly every hit written and recorded on MGM by Hank Williams got covered immediately by someone on each of the other majors. Labels covering Hank's "Your Cheatin' Heart" for example, included: Capitol (Jan Garber), Columbia (Frankie Laine), Decca (Louis Armstrong), and RCA Victor (Betty Brewer).

There were others. MGM even covered itself — not an uncommon event given radio's narrow programming philosophies — having their pop star Joni James record the song. Hank got played by the country stations, while Joni James and Frankie Laine dominated on the pop stations.

As rhythm and blues and rock and roll became prevalent formats, two more sources for fresh originals were added to the mix. And though originals by black artists being covered by white artists received the most publicity (read: criticism), covering knew no direction. Yes, white artists covered blacks but blacks also covered white. C&W covered pop. Pop covered C&W, etc., etc. Race, as in a group of persons connected by common origin, was not as much a factor as race, as in a contest of speed. In a dash for the cash, the labels raced to make their version the hit version.

DEAR JERRY: Around 1966 I picked up a copy of "Deserie," by the Charts (Wand 1112) thinking that it was the original, but just on a weird label. But much to my pleasure it was, lyrically, the same song, by a group with the same name. It is very upbeat with heavy background music and not a ballad like the original.

I have never been able to find any mention of it in record reference books. Nor have I ever met anyone in the business who recalls it.

The flip side is "Fell in Love with You Baby." What is the release date? Is it the same group? Why didn't it get any air play? Can you tell me anything?
— Bill "Stuck in the '50s and '60s" Peterson, Olympia, Wash. (3/4/21)

DEAR BILL: The Charts, who first issued "Deserie" in mid-1957 (Everlast 5001), reworked and updated their doo-wop classic in 1966. This drastically different version is the one you have. As you will see below, both the Everlast (1957) AND Wand records were played on the radio and were on regional charts.

FYI: As a follow-up single, the Wand Charts followed "Deserie" with "Livin' the Nightlife" (Wand 1124), also in 1966.

You may be surprised to know, though long-considered an R&B classic, neither the 1957 original release, nor the '66 version of "Deserie," failed to make any position on Billboard's R&B Best Sellers. However, "Deserie" fared quite well in various regional markets, and even the flip side, "Zoop," and the Charts follow-up "Dance Girl" (Everlast 5002) charted in some scattered areas.

I pulled out some of my radio station surveys that listed the Charts, and you will see that both versions of "Deserie" by the Charts did very well on some regional charts. I'll list only the peak position for each:
"Deserie" (1957 Everlast) KYA #1 (San Francisco); KOL #3 (Seattle); KWBR #3 (Oakland); KOBY #5 (San Francisco); KPHO #12 (Phoenix); KEED #17 (Eugene).
"Deserie" (1966 Wand) WJLB #7 (Detroit); WJMO #12 (Cleveland); WDAO #22 (Dayton); KYOK #25 (Houston); WMCA #46 (New York); WAMO #48 (Pittsburgh).

DEAR JERRY: While recently listening to some of my 1960s records with a friend, when "You're the One," by the Vogues played, he asked if I ever heard the original version. And that it was by a British pop singer named Kathy Kirby.

I said I never knew there was a version before the Vogues, and I'd never heard of Kathy Kirby.

I never pursued the subject, but it seemed like something you could chime in on. So, was there an earlier release of "You're the One" by Kathy Kirby?
— Roy Eversole, Middletown, Ohio (2-21-21)

DEAR ROY: Your music loving friend is partly accurate about Kathy Kirby, who did indeed record "You're the One," and even had a Top 20 hit in the UK in May-June of 1964.

However, her single (Decca F-11892) is a completely different song, written by Ramirez-Stellman.

The Vogues' hit "You're the One" credits the writers as Petula Clark & Tony Hatch, and Petula had their version in the UK Top 25 in November, 1965.

Meanwhile, the Vogues "You're the One" single first appeared on Blue Star (B-229) in July 1965, then Co and Ce (also B-229) took over in August ... eventually peaking on Billboard at No. 4.

DEAR JERRY: Surprisingly, my question is somewhat similar to the one sent by Curtis (below).

I have fallen in love with a foreign language song that plays during Allstate Insurance TV commercials. Other than that, all I can add is it is by a woman.

Can you identify this recording, and how I can obtain it?
—Sharon Holmes, Livermore, Calif. (10-01-20)

DEAR SHARON: I couldn't miss this sensational tune, since this spot runs quite frequently.

The singer is the legendary Edith Paif (1915-1963), a French superstar (nicknamed "The Little Sparrow"), and the song behind the Allstate commercial is "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien," a 1960 No. 1 hit in much of Europe.

One of Piaf's best CD collections is "Edith Paif 30th Anniversaire," a two-disc, 44-track box that includes "Non, Je Ne Regrette Rien." This set also includes a 24-page booklet, in both French and English.

DEAR JERRY: I enjoyed our time on the phone, especially learning that you cooked up a way for you to continue answering our questions.

No doubt you have noticed so many Golden Age tunes this summer, but there is one with an authentic early R&R sound, one I'd never heard until a few months ago. Best as I recall, the advertising is about finding a job, etc.

One of the lines is "open up that door." If you don't already have it, I think this is one you would like.
— Curtis Griffen, Clarksville, Miss. (8-23-20)

DEAR CURTIS: The song described is "Open Up That Door (And Walk Right In My Heart)," a spring 1956 single (Savoy 1187) by Nappy Brown. I do like it, and of course I do have it, along with at least a half-dozen more.

Here are some other top singles by Nappy Brown: 1955: "Don't Be Angry" (Savoy 1155)
1955: "Pitter Patter" (Savoy 1162)
1956: "Little By Little" (Savoy 1506)
1957: "Bye Bye Baby" (Savoy (Savoy 1514)
1958: "It Don't Hurt No More" (Savoy 1551)
1959: "I Cried Like A Baby" (Savoy 1575)
1960: "Apple of My Eye" (Savoy 1588)

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