Steven L. Smith, Bellingham, WA Home Inspector (King of the House)

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#1 Radio Hit Single In America: The Day The President Died

Music that is popular at a given time and place helps us form indelible memories. Much of that music, and the events that were memorable for me, came from what was popular on the radio. In the course of a lifetime, there are historic moments that will be remembered until a person's dying day. In my lifetime perhaps the oldest and most prominent event was the assassination of President John F. Kennedy on November 22, 1963.

I was in 6th grade at Parkview Elementary in Bellingham. The news reached us during our lunch break. We were stunned, many teachers and students sobbed. The public was thinking of anything but music at the time. Objectively looking back now, we can focus on the song that was #1 on the radio and the Billboard singles chart that fateful Friday. Over the years, the popular brother and sister team, both separately and together, had several hits. However, only one of their songs ever topped the charts. It was perched there the day the President died.

At the end of a recording session, 14 minutes of studio time remained -- maybe long enough to squeeze in another tune. The session players, legends Glen Campbell and Billy Strange on guitars, and Earl Palmer on drums, were given last minute instructions. At the 14 minute mark they had recorded two cover versions of an old standard that dated back to 1930. When the best version of the last minute recording was released, it soon became the #1 radio hit in America. To see and hear the original brother and sister duo perform, click on the vintage TV and you will be taken transported back in time to November 22, 1963 -- the day the President died. 

Steven L. Smith

If you enjoy nostalgia and music of yesteryear, click on Elvis' gold record to visit This Day In History. To explore The Stories Behind The Music blog posts click on the electric guitar. 

 

        

 

 

 

 

Comment balloon 7 commentsSteven L. Smith • July 22 2011 09:29AM

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Yikes!  I don't remember the couple, or the song.  I like the title.

Didn't they start a band later by the same name?  "Smoke On The Water" is one of my fave hits!  Thanks!

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

Jay, Funny you should ask, but Deep Purple, Smoke on the Water, took their name from that very song. The family liked it and one of the band members heard it over and over as a kid....hence the name. The connection is pretty incongruous comparing the music the band did to their namesake song.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I love watching Dragnet, but I changed the channel long enough to enjoy that nice video. Your history posts are wonderful Steve.

I was but a wee lad when Kennedy was shot..I remember my mother dropping to the floor in tears. It was truly a dark day in our country's history. 

Speaking of Deep Purple, do you take requests? 

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 8 years ago

Curtis,

I liked Jack Webb too. What is your request, Deep Purple? I do take them.

By the way, did you catch Jay's inside joke about not recognizing the song. I have it on high authority that unless it was by Doris Day or Mel Torme, Jay don't know it.

Posted by Steven L. Smith, Bellingham WA Home Inspector (King of the House Home Inspection, Inc.) about 8 years ago

I will admit, my grandmother loved Mel Torme and my mother Doris Day.  Qué será, será...

Posted by Jay Markanich, Home Inspector - servicing all Northern Virginia (Jay Markanich Real Estate Inspections, LLC) about 8 years ago

"Just the facts, ma'am"...that Joe Friday was such a serious guy.

With Deep purple, I'm familiar with the story about how the gambling house burned down on LK Geneva shoreline..stupid flare guns! I was thinking more along the lines of the cover tunes that they did in their earlier days, like “Hush” or that Neil Diamond song, and there's another song that they and Cream did. The story about where they got their name is interesting, the song is very different than the band indeed.

If your sources are right, maybe Jay is having a “sentimental Journey” in a “Velvet Fog? ;-)

Posted by Curtis C. Brown (CURTIS C HOME INSPECTION SERVICES, LLC (Whatcom County, WA) about 8 years ago

Howdy and evening to you Steve

Steve,
I remember them and their song. I sure did always like watching Dragnet every week. We need show like we use to have back then, now a days on TV.

Have a good one
Dale in New Hampshire

Posted by Dale Baker, New Hampshire Relocation Real Estate Information (Baker Energy Audits and Commercial Properties Inspections) about 8 years ago

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