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Saturday, December 6, 2014

WHAT WERE THE TOP SONGS HALF A CENTURY AGO?

Tonight is our Chaine des Rotisseurs Gala Holiday Celebration at the oldest Waikiki hotel, the Moana, which involves tuxedos, truffles and champagne, among the usual assortment of decadent treats.  Many of us stay the night, and I'll report on what I can of the festivities tomorrow.

Today, I thought I'd go back half a century and report on the music of when I was a sugar process engineer in the southernmost community of the USA:  Naalehu on the Big Island of Hawaii, where there was no radio during the daytime, and, certainly, no TV either.  There are many top 10 song lists, but here is one based on Billboard:

1.  I Want to Hold Your Hand, The Beatles
2. She Loves You, The Beatles
3. Hello, Dolly!, Louis Armstrong...died 43 years ago and would have been 113 today
4. Oh, Pretty Woman, Roy Orbison...and from the 1990 movie, Pretty Woman...Orbison passed away 26 years ago today

5. I Get Around, The Beach Boys...and here they are again in 2013
6. Everybody Loves Somebody, Dean Martin (who passed away almost 20 years ago)
7. My Guy, Mary Wells...she went more than 20 years ago
8. We'll Sing In the Sunshine, Gale Garnett, originally from New Zealand, she was in the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding in 2002

9. Last Kiss, J. Frank Wilson & The Cavaliers (Wilson passed away 23 years ago)
10. Where Did Our Love Go, The Supremes

The Beatles dominated, with three additional songs in the top 20.  Half of them are gone, with George Harrison from lung cancer in 2001 and John Lennon assassinated more than a third of a century ago.



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Typhoon Hagupit is still at 115 MPH and made a kind of turn slightly south of expected, and had an impact on Tacloban:



Over 650,000 were evacuated.  The current track is projected to be sufficiently south of Manila, then towards Vietnam as a tropical storm.


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