12/8 and 6/8 time songs: part 2, 1960-1963 – “At Last” to “Surfer Girl”

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Selected 12/8 and 6/8 time* popular songs and recordings, part 2, 1960-1963:

page 1 (this page)

page 2

  • 1962 – Bring It On Home to Me, Cry Baby Cry, Don’t Make Me Over, The End of the World, Surfer Girl (demo), You’ve Really Got a Hold on Me
  • 1963 – Anyone Who Had a Heart, Go Now, I’d Die, In My Room, Surfer Girl
  • links: selected articles, forum threads, and videos on 12/8 time (bottom of page)

For items in the list in which a specific recording of a song is indicated, in each case this marks the first recording of the song in 12/8 or 6/8 time that I’ve identified. For all other songs in the list, the original recording is in 12/8 and 6/8 time.

This is the second part of a series in which each part features a portion of the recordings listed in the page “Earth Angel” to “Good Timin’”: doc’s pick of 12/8 time songs, 1954-1978. See also part 1 of the series:

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1960

At Last (m. Harry Warren, w. Mack Gordon)

Etta James – issued in December 1960 on the single Argo 5380, b/w “I Just Want to Make Love to You” (W. Dixon)

audio file, VBR MP3 (7.0 MB), from the page Etta James – At Last! (1960 reissue 1999) at archive.org:

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Get Well Soon (Arthur Venosa) — Arthur “Artie” Venosa was a founding member of the American vocal harmony group The Elegants. Founding member and lead singer Vito Picone co-wrote, with Venosa, the group’s big hit “Little Star.”

The Elegants — issued on the 45 rpm single Hull Records 45-H-732, as the B-side of “Little Boy Blue (Is Blue No More)”; A-side written by Vito Picone

Hull 45-H-732 release date disagreement:

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P.S. I Love You (m. Gordon Jenkins, w. Johnny Mercer)

The Starlets – issued in April 1960 on Astro Records AS202-1 / AS203-2, b/w “Where is My Love Tonight?” (Barbara Allbut)

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White Christmas (Irving Berlin)

The Statues — issued in 1960 on the single Liberty Records F-55292, c/w “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair”

Liberty Records F-55292 sides disagreement:

  • Discogs.com — issued in 1960; A-side: “Jeanie with the Light Brown Hair,” B-side: “White Christmas
  • 45cat.com — issued in December 1960; A-side: “White Christmas,” B-side: “Jeannie With the Light Brown Hair”

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You Belong to Me (Chilton Price, Pee Wee King, Redd Stewart)

Santo & Johnny — originally issued on the 1960 LP Encore, Canadian American Records CALP 1002 (Mono), SCALP 1002 (Stereo)

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1961

Can’t Help Falling in Love (Luigi Creatore, George David Weiss, Hugo Peretti)

Elvis Presley with The Jordanaires — recorded on 23 March 1961; issued 22 November 1961 on the single RCA Victor 47-7968, b/w “Rock-A-Hula Baby”

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Come Home Soon — See Get Well Soon, The Elegants (c. 1960) and Come Home Soon, The Intruders (1961)

Daddy’s Home — adapted from “A Thousand Miles Away” (James Sheppard, William H. Miller)

Shep and the Limelites — issued in March 1961 on the single Hull 45-H-740; songwriting credits on the label: “Sheppard, Bassett, Baskerville.”

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I Love How You Love Me (Barry Mann, Larry Kolber)

The Paris Sisters — produced by Phil Spector; issued in August 1961 on the single Gregmark 6, b/w “All Through the Night”

audio file, VBR MP3 (2.6 MB), from the page Ron Ernie’s Oldies Jukebox at archive.org:

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audio file, VBR MP3 (2.0 MB), from the page Next Set of 1960s Rock at archive.org:

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A Moment Ago (Barbara Allbut)

The Angels — issued in August 1961 on the single Caprice C-107, as the B-side of their 1961 #14 hit “‘Til”

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My True Story

songwriting credits disagreement:

The Jive Five — issued in April 1961 on the single Beltone 45-1006, b/w “When I Was Single”

audio file, VBR MP3 (2.4 MB), from the page Next Set of 1960s Rock at archive.org:

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A Sunday Kind of Love (words and music: Barbara Belle, Anita Leonard, Stan Rhodes, and Louis Prima)

The Mystics — issued in August 1961 on Laurie label single #3014, b/w “Darling I Know Now” (Ralph Lizano)

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Till (m. Charles Danvers, w. Carl Sigman)

The Angels — issued in August 1961 on the single Caprice C-107, under the title “‘Til,” b/w “A Moment Ago” — peak chart position: #14 Billboard Hot 100 (pop); both sides were produced by Hutch Davie

From Wikipedia:

Till is a popular song with music by Charles Danvers and English lyrics by Carl Sigman,[1]…It was derived from the French song “Prière Sans Espoir”,[1] released in 1956 by Lucien Lupi on the EP L’Amour Viendra[3] with original French lyrics written by Pierre Benoit Buisson.[3][4] Italian singer Caterina Valente released a version in 1960 with lyrics by Gaiano [Carla Boni].[5]

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Tragedy (Gerald H. Nelson and Fred B. Burch)

The Fleetwoods — issued in March 1961 on the single Dolton No. 40, b/w “Little Miss Sad One”

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