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.