I’ve been remembering all the great slow dancing songs by the greats – Little Anthony and the Imperials, The Capris, Roy Orbison, The Righteous Brothers, etc. This genre of music was a staple of the late 50’s and early 60’s, but was nearly destroyed by the British Invasion. What great slow dancing songs have been recorded since 1966 that can compare to this?
YsabellaBrave (getting really impatient waiting for her album) just posted a cover of Oh What a Night! by The Dells. I want this kind of music again. Not just covers – but new stuff – that gets the shy guy to ask the (not so) shy girl to dance.
Oh What a Night! YsabellaBrave
So I decided to pick 2 slow dancing songs for each year of the 1960’s. I was amazed to discover that this type of music almost disappeared in the late 60’s. In the early 60’s the charts were full of slow dancing music – led by the doo wop sound – but starting in 1967, I was hard pressed to find two songs I liked and in 1969 I only found one.
So here are my top 19 for the 1960’s. I’m going to split into two posts: 1960-1964 and 1965 – 196.
The Percy Faith Orchestra – Theme From A Summer Place
Kathy Young and the Innocents – A Thousand Stars
The Capris – There’s A Moon Out Tonight
Roy Orbison – Crying
The Duprees – You Belong to Me
Gene Pitney – Town Without Pity
Dale and Grace – I’m Leaving It Up To You
Sunny and the Sunglows – Talk to Me
Gerry and the Pacemakers – Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying
Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely