1. Fats Domino, “I’m Gonna Be a Wheel Some Day.” It’s impossible to listen to Fats without smiling.
2. Dave Brubeck, “Kathy’s Waltz.” I wonder how many American households in the late 50s and early 60s counted Time Out as the only jazz LP in their collection.
3. The Fiestas, “So Fine.” Written by Johnny Otis.
4. John Coltrane, “Naima.” How many of those households that owned Time Out also had a copy of Giant Steps? Ours didn’t.
6. Miles Davis, “All Blues.” This random list makes me think of a few things. There sure are a lot of jazz tunes on here, considering I’m not a big jazz buff. 1959 must have been one king-hell year for jazz. And, oh yeah, how many suburban households in 1959 had copies of Time Out, Giant Steps, and Kind of Blue?
7. The Fleetwoods, “Mr. Blue.” These folks have to be the whitest people ever to go to #3 on the Black Singles charts.
8. Marv Johnson, “You Got What It Takes.” To set my soul on fire.
9. Hank Ballard & the Midnighters, “The Twist.” You hear a lot about white artists ripping off black music with crummy cover versions. But Chubby Checker was black, too, and his version of “The Twist” is to Hank Ballard’s as the Crew Cuts are to the Chords.
10. Dee Clark, “Hey Little Girl.” Gee, but I’d like to know you better.