And continue with the T-list of the top 10 hits of the most sacred and volatile decade, the 1960s.
Carla Thomas – Gee Whiz (looks at his eyes): Otherwise known as Queen of Stax Records. His only top 10 for the acclaimed soul label shows his soft side, but his other standout songs (BABY -#14, I have no time to waste-#67) also show a hard and hard-hitting side. One of the greatest soul artists of all time.
Rufus Thomas – Walk the dog: Rufus is Carla’s father and his own musical career began in the 1950s as a singer and DJ. Rufus Thomas specialized in the more humorous side of soul, with the hit mentioned here and the latest (and very funky) (Do The) Funky Chicken. The Rolling Stones covered Walk the dog on their first LP – it’s a rambling version and in which you actually hear Brian Jones clearly in the background vocally.
Sue Thompson – Sad Movies (Make Me Cry), Norman: Slightly pleasant pop from the Hickory label, usually dominated by country. Pretty much everything from this label is readily available on streaming services via extensive but not exactly consistent compilations.
Night of the Three Dogs- Un, easy to be tough, Eli is coming: With Creedence Clearwater Revival, one of the preeminent singles bands of the late 1960s and early 1970s. TDN’s hits were mostly covers, and their transformation of silence by Harry Nilsson A to a soul-rock extravaganza was magnificent. Easy to be hardfrom the Broadway musical Hairis filled with passion. Eli arriveswritten by great songwriter Laura Nyro, is indeed odd and was a hit at a time when Nyro was on a songwriting hot streak in terms of hit singles for other artists, such as Barbra Streisand (stony end), tears of blood sweat (And when I die) and the 5th dimension (save the country).
Johnny Thunder – Buckle Buckle: Cute pop song. The artist’s name should not be confused with the Kinks’ latest song, and the song should not be confused with the Beach Boys’ unreleased song. (I’m a facetious mite here.).
Johnny Tillotson – Poetry in motion, without you, it goes on A-Hurtin’, reply to trembling lips: Pleasant pop, and the last rhythm hit is my favorite among them.
Tokens- The lion sleeps tonight: Some of the most striking vocalizations on a pop song of all time, and beautifully rhythmic too. By grabbing Living Stereo on RCA Victor. Based on African folk song Winoweh.
Tornadoes- Telstar: Wild and wacky instrumental from England, courtesy of highly eccentric producer Joe Meek, who went from eccentricity to extreme mental illness to murdering his landlady and then committing suicide.
The toys- Concerto of a lover: Yes, the song is based on a Bach composition, but what I mostly hear is a very effective imitation of the Motown sound.
The Trashmen- surfer bird: A song that will either make you dance and jump or come out of the listening area screaming. Wild doesn’t begin to describe this.
The Troggs- Wild thing, love is everywhere: The first of these is a garage rock classic, but I’ve heard it so many times that its appeal to me has waned. The second is an effective ballad that I still enjoy, but I wish the recording quality was better.
Doris Troy –Just a look: A passionate early 1960s soul hit from Atlantic Records that was also covered effectively, and very differently, by British band The Hollies. Linda Ronstadt also scored a hit with the song. Troy’s hit was on an Atlantic stereo LP of the same name, but the song was never officially released in stereo, to my knowledge. Troy later went on to record some Beatles songs for Apple Records. She also sang back-up on Pink Floyd’s sonic masterpiece The Dark Side of the Moon.
Turtles- It’s not me baby, happy together, she’d rather be with me, Elenore, you showed me: One of my 10 favorite bands of the 1960s with some of the best climactic choruses of any band produced in their songs. As wild thing by The Troggs, Happy together has been heard a lot since hitting No. 1 in 1967, but this song has never lost its freshness. My favorite of their songs, To see the sunis a psychedelic masterpiece, but it wasn’t even released as a single or on an album during the band’s existence, although I confess I don’t think it would have reached the top 10. Also very effective was You showed mea considerably slowed down and ominous version of one of Byrds’ early songs.
The Tymes- So in love; Wonderful, Wonderful: Two glorious and nostalgic successes from this soul group from the famous Parkway label based in Philadelphia.
And now we’re at the end of the T list. Then the U and V lists. We’re getting very close to the end of this series of top 10 hits.