Hugh’s 51 Weeks:51 Songs Week 11

Teen Tragedy Song

In the 50’s and 60’s, the teen tragedy song was very popular. Last Kiss by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers, released in 1964, was one of my favorites.  I first experienced rock, soul, and pop music on a small transistor radio. When I was in my early teens, we didn’t get many FM stations where I lived. But at night, sometimes I could find a Chicago radio station on my transistor if I played with the dial. I think it was WLS-FM. I loved to stick my radio under my pillow and listen to music until they went off the air at midnight. I remember even getting the station to come in at night when we were camping at a lake where the reception was generally terrible. It was a thrill to be listening to music from almost 700 miles away.

If you want to explore the teen tragedy genre,  check out this wiki list of other songs.

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I did much the same, Marie, with a radio station called Radio Luxembourg. I always enjoyed listening to their chart shows where they counted down the top 30 selling songs of the week. Often, their charts were very different to those of the UK and they played songs not played on the BBC radio stations.

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It was interesting to discover that everyone didn’t listen to the same music. We listened to a lot of British music in the 60s and later after the “British Invasion.”

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