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Friday, October 31, 2014

THIS MONTH in the 60s and ME! ~ Day 30

plus the Intro makes 31 Days!

Perhaps after this full month in the "Sixties" ... I should have chosen a different book to share memories like: 

... or a different theme or topic like "60 Lessons Learned" or "60 Years to Learn..." or perhaps I should have focused on a more spiritual theme such as "60 Verses with Personal Significance". Probably the "Suddenly Sixty" fits me best and I could have most certainly focused on 60 Christian Songs or Verses.
Yet still, I chose the music of the sixties, just to be a bit different here and a little more upbeat, off my norm ... not really :0)


After all this, I can't quite find a way to sum up all this year or this month or a life of 60 years, so the best I came up with is not a summation at all ... I came across many wonderful sites but one in particular as I worked through this adventure in music and the top billboard songs of the 60s ... here are the #Number One songs for my birthday from 1954-2013 ... then I went back and added the years that they had on record before my time... to compile the following list (because --- well, some of them are my favorites)

Number One Single

YearArtist  TitleWeeks at
number one
{sorry I could not keep this in line very well}

1940--            Tommy Dorsey - I'll Never Smile Again            12

1941              Freddy Martin - Piano Concerto in B Flat             8

1942              Glenn Miller - (I've Got a Gal In) Kalamazoo       7

1943              Bing Crosby - Sunday, Monday, or Always         7

1944              Dinah Shore - I'll Walk Alone                               4

1945              Perry Como - Till the End of Time                       9

1946              Eddy Howard - To Each His Own                        5

1947              Francis Craig - Near You                                   12

1948              Margaret Whiting - A Tree in the Meadow           5

1949              Frankie Laine - That Lucky Old Sun                    8

1950             Weavers with Gordon Jenkins - Goodnight Irene 13

1951             Tony Bennett - Because of You                            8

1952             Jo Stafford - You Belong to Me                             5

1953             Stan Freberg - St. George and the Dragonet       4

1954    Rosemary Clooney - Hey There                        6

1955    Mitch Miller - The Yellow Rose of Texas              6 {I use to sing this one}

1956    Elvis Presley - Don't Be Cruel / Hound Dog       11

1957   Jimmie Rodgers - Honeycomb                              2

1958   Tommy Edwards - It's All in the Game                  
1959    Bobby Darin - Mack the Knife                              9  

1960    Larry Verne - Mister Custer                                 1

1961    Ray Charles - Hit the Road Jack                          2

1962    Four Seasons - Sherry                                         5

1963    Jimmy Glimer and The Fireballs - Sugar Shack   5   (4th grade) Pres. JFK 

1964    Roy Orbison - Oh! Pretty Woman                         3

1965    Beatles - Yesterday                                              4  (6th grade) 

1966    Four Tops - Reach Out, I'll Be There                    2

1967    Box Tops - The Letter                                           4  (8th grade 1st graduation)

1968    Beatles - Hey Jude                                               9   (9th grade public Jr. Hi)

1969    Archies - Sugar, Sugar                                         4   1969-72 High School                                                                                                                 met my husband
1970    Neil Diamond - Cracklin' Rosie                             1

1971    Rod Stewart - Maggie May                                   5 {no, this isn't about me}

1972    Michael Jackson - Ben                                         1 1972-76 College

1973    Cher - Half-Breed                                                  2

1974    Olivia Newton-John - I Honestly Love You            2

1975    Neil Sedaka - Bad Blood                                       3

1976    Walter Murphy - A Fifth of Beethoven                   1 Married in August
                                                                                                  *Started Profession as teacher

1977    Debby Boone - You Light up My Life                   10

1978    Exile - Kiss You All Over                                        4

1979    Michael Jackson - Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough    1 purchased our home

1980    Queen - Another One Bites the Dust                     3

1981    Diana Ross and Lionel Richie - Endless Love       9

1982    John Cougar - Jack and Diane                               4

1983    Bonnie Tyler - Total Eclipse of the Heart                4

1984    Stevie Wonder - I Just Called to Say I Love You    3

1985    Ready For The World - Oh Sheila                           1    Adopted 5 yo siblings

1986   Janet Jackson - When I Think of You                      2

1987   Whitesnake - Here I Go Again                                 1

1988   UB40 - Red Red Wine                                             1

1989   Janet Jackson - Miss You Much                               4

1990   George Michael - Praying for Time                           1

1991   Mariah Carey - Emotions                                          3

1992   Boyz II Men - End of the Road                               13

1993   Mariah Carey - Dreamlover                                      8

1994   Boyz II Men - I'll Make Love to You                        14

1995   Mariah Carey - Fantasy                                             8

1996   Los Del Rio - Macarena (Bayside Boys Mix)           14        left for Mexico

1997  Elton John - Candle in the Wind 1997 / 
               Something About the Way You Look Tonight      14
1998  Monica - The First Night                                             5

1999  Mariah Carey - Heartbreaker                                      2

2000  Christina Aguilera - Come on Over Baby (All I Want Is You) 4

2001 Alicia Keys - Fallin'                                                       6

2002  Kelly Clarkson - A Moment Like This                           2

2003  Beyonce feat. Sean Paul - Baby Boy                           9

2004  Ciara feat. Petey Pablo - Goodies                                7

2005   Kanye West feat. Jamie Foxx - Gold Digger              10

2006   Justin Timberlake - SexyBack                                       7

2007   Soulja Boy - Crank That (Soulja Boy)                            7

2008   T.I. - Whatever You Like                                                7

2009   Black Eyed Peas - I Gotta Feeling                              14

2010  Bruno Mars - Just the Way You Are                               4

2011  Adele - Someone Like You                                             5

2012  Maroon 5 - One More Night                                            9

2013   Lorde - Royals

So how many of these do you know?
{I have to admit that I know most of them until we reach the last decade here}

Maybe you weren't around in the 60s or for all these years, but it's still fun to take a musical journey. "I Got a Feeling" ... we're in for some more ...

I checked around for the TOP 100 SONGS for the SIXTIES (that was too big to list) or do (I guess). 

Here are some interesting links:

WIKIPEDIA 1958-1969

BILLBOARD {you'll have to go year by year once you're at their site}

NME 100 Best Tracks of the Sixties (includes videos and facts) 10 pages 

Top 100 Songs of the 60s


Barbara has a really good collection {and she might have been my source for my lists for each year, since I kept the lists from long time ago, but not the source-sorry} on her blog. It looks like she did this for each decade. I like this that she wrote on the sixties:

"The sixties were the age of youth, as 70 million children from the post-war baby boom became teenagers and young adults. The movement away from the conservative fifties continued and eventually resulted in revolutionary ways of thinking and real change in the cultural fabric of American life.

No longer content to be images of the generation ahead of them, young people wanted change. The changes affected education, values, lifestyles, laws, and entertainment. Many of the revolutionary ideas which began in the sixties are continuing to evolve today."  ~ 

and then here are the

TOP 100 
for each year in the sixties
from the BEST music source that I like the MOST

Top 100 Songs of 1960 - Billboard Year End Charts

{I am listing the TOP song of the 100 that year}

Theme From "A Summer Place" - Percy Faith
Tossin' and Turnin' - Bobby Lewis
Stranger on the Shore - Mr. Acker Bilk
I knew the 2nd one better by Ray Charles "I can't stop loving you"
Sugar Shack - Jimmy Glimmer and the Fireballs
I Want to Hold Your Hand - The Beatles 
(held the top two)
Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs 
The Ballad of the Green Berets - Sgt. Barry Sadler
{this makes so much sense since this was the peace movement 
and Vietnam War era}
To Sir With Love - Lulu
Hey Jude - The Beatles
(yet again)
Sugar, Sugar - The Archies

to the #Number One songs (Top 5) for every yr. 1946-2013 WOW wee!

Number #1 Songs by Year too! 
1960; 1961; 1962; 1963; 1964; 1965;
1966; 1967; 1968; 1969

After all this, you'd think that I'd have something special or important 
to add or say about the Sixties or even being 60
(since almost a whole month has gone by already)

Loving music has made life a bit more enjoyable!

I lived through the Sixties, but the Sixties does not define me or live through me - although I may be considered a "baby boomer" or a revolutionary, I am exactly as God created me to be and still is forming through this process called life. I may be in a new season, edging toward the "winter" of my life, but I still have a few more springs, summers and falls to fulfill all I'm designed to be and do completed to the best of my ability or capacity. 

Looking at all of the 
Sixties Top Songs
has not made me a better person
wish I could be in the 60s again
does any one year stand out
as being the 

I know that the year I am living
can be the 
I look forward
to every year that I am given
as a blessing from
to continue enjoying life to the fullest

drawing closer to Him
(for I know that each year brings me closer to being with Him)



May I finish my sixties even better than the first 60 years
showing how much
I love Our LORD
that indeed
it might be said of me
grew old
knowing God, loving God and serving God
each year
a little bit better
"to see God more clearly. love Him more dearly and
follow HIM more nearly"

I want to make my life count and change my self to be worth counting

Dusting myself off from the ashes of the fire that occurred on this day in 2012
wiping out years of memories and treasures held onto dearly by us
even the onset of dementia of someone very dear to me
yet it will not erase what was or will be

GOD restores and redeems!
He is faithful!


And tomorrow we rush right into another
30 Days of
Giving Thanks
I do hope that you'll join me

Thursday, October 30, 2014

CHOICE for 69 ~ Day 29

The following words capture my heart and portray well
MY ONE WORD for 2014

[photo credit: Pincel]

"...A time for us ... someday there'll be ...
When chains are torn by courage born 
of a love that's free
A time when dreams... so long denied
Can flourish 
as we unveil the love we now must hide

A time for us... at last to see...
A life worthwhile for you and me
And with our love through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm
A time for us someday there'll be
A new world, 
a world of shining hope for you and me

A time for us at last to see
A life worthwhile for you and me
And with our love through tears and thorns
We will endure as we pass surely through every storm
A time for us someday there'll be
A new world, a world of shining hope for you and me

Read more: Andy Williams - A Time For Us Lyrics | MetroLyrics 


In case you did not know or know me well, I am a lover of "theater" and dance. Shakespeare is just one that I totally have loved to read and see done. So it delights me that my last choice combines my love of music and theater.

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
"Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet ", also known as "A Time for Us", is an instrumental arranged by Henry Mancini (from Nino Rota's music written for Franco Zeffirelli's film of Romeo and Juliet, starring Leonard Whiting and Olivia Hussey). It was a number-one pop hit in the United States during the year 1969. It topped the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart on June 28, 1969, and remained there for two weeks; it was also his only Top Ten single on that chart.[1]
Rearranged by Mancini, the song started competing with rock and roll songs from The Beatles and the Rolling Stones on an Orlando, Florida radio station and spread from there. It faced stiff opposition from some radio stations for being too soft. Those stations had to change their mind when the song became number one.[1]
This release also topped the U.S. easy listening chart for eight weeks where it was Mancini's sole number one on the chart.[2]"


  1. Jump up to:a b Bronson, Fred (1992). The Billboard Book of Number One Hits - revised & enlarged. New York: Billboard Books. p. 255. ISBN 0-8230-8298-9.
  2. Jump up^ Whitburn, Joel (2002). Top Adult Contemporary: 1961-2001. Record Research. p. 154.
yet somehow 

even with this theme as my song choice
the reality
there is/will be
"A Time for us"

there was another song that year that the title goes with this

"Someday we'll be together"

For in all the good and the bad in this world, we (as Christians) believe that there is a better "Time for us" coming and our hope is that "Someday we'll be together" ... at least as I reminisce through these 60 years of life and the music of the 60s became my diversion project this year ... I hold on to my beliefs from God's Word that HE has a better plan, a better "someday" ...

"Another Place, Another Time"
which to me, is a favorite and tops
and says all that I believe so much better, the way I'd like
(and with one of my favorite singers)

"Sometimes I can't hardly wait..."

knowing this


for that time and that place

with the extra
sweet bonus of meeting
each of you


until then


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