Jun 162012

The #1 song the day I was born was “I Can’t Stop Loving You” by Ray Charles, which I think is pretty cool. I wonder if any other Townsman has a birthday song (ie, #1 on the charts on your birthdate) that’s any cooler. The only rule would be that it has to be the US Top 40 Chart for the US Townspeople or the UK Chart for people like Happiness Stan (no cross-referencing). (The same goes for Canadians, Australians, and so forth.)

If you don’t know the #1 hit song from the day you were born off the top of your head you can look it up here.


  38 Responses to “Happy Birthday to Me! How About You?”

  1. ladymisskirroyale

    “Hard Day’s Night!”

  2. ladymisskirroyale

    Much better than Mr. Royale’s “Breaking Up is Hard to Do.”

  3. Some stupid “Sukiyaki” song was #1 when I was born, at least I think I remember it being stupid. I can’t recall how it goes now.

  4. Happiness Stan

    “I remember you” by Frank Ifield, (which makes me a few weeks younger than DiskoJoe).

  5. BigSteve

    There was good music being made in 1953, but it wasn’t getting into the charts. #1 the week I was born was Patti Page’s How Much Is That Doggie in the Window? This, not heavy metal, is the music of the devil. After I arrived, popular music started getting much better. As someone once said, it couldn’t get much worse.

  6. hrrundivbakshi

    Right now it’s me and LMKR duking it out for the top spot, I think. Mine is “It’s All Over Now” by the Stones.

  7. hrrundivbakshi

    It’s better than you remember it. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0U2nBre-JEU

  8. Sugar Shack – Phooey

  9. Thanks, that’s not half as bad as what I thought it was going to be. I was afraid it was going to be some kind of Japanese “Tequila.”

  10. BigSteve

    Oh man I love Sugar Shack. I dig the bass sound and whatever electronic keyboard that is. The beatnik coffehouse setting is cool too, especially for 1963.

  11. WTF, CDM? I knew we were both Libras, but I assumed from my wisdom, maturity, and baldness that I’m a year or two your senior, but I’m a Sugar Shack baby, too! What year do you have circled to start your mid-life crisis? Maybe we could buy sports cars together.

  12. “Downtown” by Petula Clark. Well, I live in a downtown area so thanks, Petula.

  13. ladymisskirroyale

    Thanks for the first belly laugh of the morning, Steve.

  14. Suburban kid

    “Sherry” by the Four Seasons.

    Nothing could be cooler than hrrundivbakshi’s.

  15. cliff sovinsanity

    “Green Eyed Lady” by Sugarloaf, YES!

  16. misterioso

    Wow. Everybody has a cooler one than I do: “Honey” by Bobby Goldsboro. I hang my head in shame.

  17. “Blinded by the Light” by Manfred Mann’s Earth Band. Ugh.

  18. diskojoe

    That was actually a top 10 hit here in the States, one of the few pre-Beatles Brit hits.

    Do you remember the Doubledeckers and/or the Marty Feldman show, 2 Brit TV imports that came over in the early ’70s?

  19. Always wondered why I had an unnatural appreciation of “Judy in Disguise.” Perhaps the hospital staff were listening to Casey Kasem in the nursery? Dig that psychedelic sitar-like break baby!


  20. Big Girls Don’t Cry – The Four Seasons. I’ve always liked them, I’ll take it.

  21. “It’s My Party” by Lesley Gore. Not bad. And birthday-appropriate.

    Apparently I narrowly missed being a Sukiyaki baby.

  22. 2000 Man

    Chubby Checker – The Twist.

    That’s not awful. It could have been a lot worse. 1962 wasn’t exactly a watershed year for great tunes. Added bonus, it’s not Let’s Twist Again!

  23. I knew this wouldn’t turn out well, for much the same reason mentioned by BigSteve. Maybe if I held out for just a few more months…

    Cherry Pink & Apple Blossom White – Perez Prado

  24. I take it back. Having now listened, it’s a Mambo instrumental certainly less cheesy than the tile might have suggested.

  25. bostonhistorian

    The Association’s “Windy”

  26. Suburban kid

    lotta old dudes here

  27. Sugar Shack is definitely better that How Much Is That Doggie In the Window, that’s for sure.

  28. That’s for sure, Suburban Kid. But what’s your song?

  29. Chickenfrank, it took me so long to get my shit together, that I don’t think I can reasonably get started on a mid life crisis for another 15 to 20 years.

  30. Happiness Stan

    Sure do, the Double Deckers were fab. Met Marty Feldman in a pub when they were filming Yellowbeard, about three weeks before he died. The BBC have, inevitably, wiped all the tapes of his show, which was pretty mad as I remember.

  31. Happiness Stan

    I quite like Honey in a perverse way, especially the lines

    See the tree, how big it’s grown
    But friend it hasn’t been too long, it wasn’t big
    I laughed at her and she got mad
    The first day that she planted it, was just a twig


    She wrecked the car and she was sad
    And so afraid that I’d be mad
    But what the heck

    Who could not be moved by that?

  32. I’m with you on “Honey,” Happiness Stan.

  33. misterioso

    Obviously I am not as sensitive as the Mod, but I knew that already. I am filtering your response, Stan, through my knowledge of your fondness for Terry Jacks. And yet I still find it unfathomable.

  34. Suburban kid

    I posted it earlier, it’s the really old one amidst all the other really old ones…

  35. mockcarr

    Same for me. I was worried about it being Dean Martin or whatever.

  36. “Fingertips (Pt. II)” by Little Stevie Wonder….No complaints from me…none at all!

  37. I’ve got Marvin Gaye, “Heard It Through the Grapevine.”

    I’m cool with that.

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