Monday, May 5, 2014


Gathering Flowers - Henry John Yeend King
Gather Ye Roses
Robert Louis Stevenson
Gather ye roses while ye may, 
Old time is still a-flying; 
A world where beauty fleets away 
Is no world for denying. 
Come lads and lasses, fall to play 
Lose no more time in sighing
The very flowers you pluck to-day 
To-morrow will be dying; 
And all the flowers are crying, 
And all the leaves have tongues to say,- 
Gather ye roses while ye may.

To the Virgins,
to Make Much of Time
Robert Herrick
Gather ye rosebuds while ye may, 
Old Time is still a-flying; 
And this same flower that smiles today 
Tomorrow will be dying.
The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun, 
The higher he’s a-getting, 
The sooner will his race be run, 
And nearer he’s to setting. 
That age is best which is the first, 
When youth and blood are warmer; 
But being spent, the worse, and worst 
Times still succeed the former. 
Then be not coy, but use your time, 
And while ye may, go marry; 
For having lost but once your prime, 
 You may forever tarry.
Gathering Flowers - Ernest Walbourn
How many times were dandelions placed in a jar or water glass and displayed on the kitchen table because you picked the pretty yellow flowers? Did you gather the oxeye daisies, too? 

Did you snatch at blooms peeping through fences as you walked by? Did you walk through a flower garden and stand not as tall as the cosmos, the hollyhocks, the cleome? 

Were you caught up in the loveliness and scent of pink petunias in a flower box? Did you help plant red geraniums in a clay pot?

Do you remember the strong smell and the oranges and yellows of the marigolds? Do you remember the rough, stiff stems of the zinnias when you picked them? Did they snap?

Did you admire them all and plan for the day when you would have beautiful flowers of your own in a garden, a box or a pot? You have them, don't you, along the walk, hanging on the porch or in a backyard garden? 

Of course, you do!

The Joy of Spring - Arthur John Elsley

1960 One Hit Wonders Page 


There Was A Tall Oak Tree
Dorsey's younger brother was Johnny Burnett, 
Dreamin' and You’re Sixteen fame (he died in 1964 
in a boating accident). The two wrote songs for 
Ricky Nelson. Ricky turned down 
There Was A Tall Oak Tree
so Dorsey recorded it. It entered the 
charts and reached No. 23 on the Hot 100. 
He was the first of theBurnette Brothers
 to have a hit record. He turned to country 
music in the seventies and was voted
 “Most Promising Newcomer”
 by the Academy of Country Music in 1973 
and in all, he had 15 Top Country hits but
 none of them made the Top 20.
Quote from Johnny Burnette:
My brother Dorsey and I first got to know
 Elvis Presley when he went to Humes High 
and we went to the Catholic High (in Memphis)... 
Elvis would tote his guitar on his back when he rode
 past on his motor-cycle on his way to school. 
He would see us and always wave. 
Dorsey Burnette - 1960

 Sixteen Reasons (Why I Love You)
 Debuted at #89 on the Billboard Hot 100 and 
reached #3 on the chart. A popular song on the 
American Forces Network in Germany that summer.
Connie Stevens is known for her roles in the 
television series Hawaiian Eye and other TV 
and film work. At the age of twelve she witnessed 
a murder in Brooklyn and was sent to live in 
Boonville, Missouri, with family friends. She 
was also the third wife of singer Eddie Fisher. 
The had two daughters who became actresses.
Connie Stevens Quote:
I never did 'Sixteen Reasons' in my stage act. 
It was really a kids' song aimed at 12-year-old girls.
 It would be a little silly for me to do it now.

Connie Stevens - 1960

Mountain of Love
Harold Dorman wrote Mountain of Love.
The backing vocals (and strings, much later)
were overdubbed. It became his only top forty
hit on the Billboard Hot 100, the highest charting
single of his career. It reached No. 7 on the R&B
singles chart and No. 21 on the Billboard Hot 100.
It was Dorman's only hit record, but it proved to be a
popular song for covers. Charley Pride released a
cover in 1982 and it became his twenty-sixth
number one on the country chart. Both Pride
and Dorman are natives of Sledge, Mississippi.

Harold Dorman - 1960

 A Thousand Stars
Kathy Young was only 15 when A Thousand Stars 
rose to No. 3 on Billboard Hot 100 and peaked 
at No. 6 on the R&B Singles chart.

Kathy Young and The Innocents - 1960

 A Million to One
Peaked at #5 on the Billboard Pop chart.
When the song was recorded, they 
did 16 takes to get the one they wanted.
Other songs he recorded failed to attract 
much attention or airplay, and his career 
was quickly over.
Jimmy Charles

 Over the Rainbow
The song became a hit, peaking at #16
 on the Billboard Hot 100 in 1960.
The Demensions are an American doo wop group 
who attended High School together in Bronx, NY. 
The Demensions - 1960

Windswept - John William Waterhouse
 “Youth is happy because it has the 
capacity to see beauty. 
Anyone who keeps the ability to see 
beauty never grows old.”
Franz Kafka

In the Garden - Henry John Yeend King
 “may my heart always be open to little
birds who are the secrets of living
whatever they sing is better than to know
and if men should not hear them men are old
may my mind stroll about hungry
and fearless and thirsty and supple
and even if it's Sunday may i be wrong
for whenever men are right they are not young
and may myself do nothing usefully
and love yourself so more than truly
there's never been quite such a fool who could fail
pulling all the sky over him with one smile”
  E.E. Cummings
  Complete Poems, 1904-1962 

Spring - William McTaggart
“In youth, it was a way I had,
To do my best to please.
And change, with every passing lad
To suit his theories.
But now I know the things I know
And do the things I do,
And if you do not like me so,
To hell, my love, with you.”
  Dorothy Parker
   The Complete Poems of Dorothy Parker

Spring Songs - Arthur John Esley

1 comment:

  1. Other than being the best music ever !! you can understand the words!!!!!JMC