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One Chart Dig: August 25, 1962

Wednesday, August 25th, 2010

Well, the best-laid plans and all that . . .

This week’s installment of the Ultimate Jukebox will have be delayed, as I’m waiting for the plumber to show up and fix a faucet that developed a severe leak last evening. In the meantime, we’ll take one quick dig from the Billboard Hot 100 of August 25, 1962.

First, that week’s Top Ten:

“The Loco-motion” by Little Eva
“Breaking Up Is Hard To Do” by Neil Sedaka
“Things” by Bobby Darin
“You Don’t Know Me” by Ray Charles
“Sheila” by Tommy Roe
“Roses Are Red” by Bobby Vinton
“Party Lights” by Claudine Clark
“She’s Not You” by Elvis Presley
“Ahab the Arab” by Ray Stevens
“Little Diane” by Dion

That’s pretty normal for the times, I guess. There are a couple I don’t know – the Bobby Darin and the Elvis – but of the others, there’s nothing I dislike. Well, I’m not entirely fond of the Vinton tune, but I’m glad it’s here, for reasons that will soon be apparent. Of the bunch, I’d give top honors to “Party Lights,” with the Ray Charles record finishing second. For its time, it’s a decent Top Ten.

Then, way down the list at No. 86, we find a perfect example of what’s called an answer song. In this case, it’s a tune by Florraine Darlin, who responds to Vinton’s “Roses Are Red” with “Long As The Rose Is Red.”

There doesn’t seem to be a lot of information about Darlin out on the ’Net, at least that I can find this morning. All-Music Guide classifies her as a country singer and notes that she was born January 20, 1944 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. That would make her eighteen at the time she hit the Hot 100, with “Long As The Rose Is Red” peaking at No. 62 in mid-September 1962.

Two years later, Darlin charted on several stations, mostly in the northeastern U.S. and Canada, with “Johnny Loves Me,” which spent five weeks in the “Bubbling Under” portion of the Billboard chart. That’s pretty much all there is, although AMG lists one other song – “Not Like A Sister” – in its slender entry. Still, all of that is more than I knew when I started this morning.

See you tomorrow, I hope.