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Revealing 67 Lost Singles Of The 60s

Some great 1960s music went missing in action in a decade when tens of thousands of singles were released each year.

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1960s Music

When we say “singles”, in the context of music, we immediately think of those little 45rpm records in brightly coloured bags. Before 45s there were 78s, and it wasn’t until 1949 that RCA released the first 45; when they did they were pressed in coloured vinyl to reflect the music. Country music was green, for example; inexplicably, R&B was orange, rather than blue. As rock’n’roll took hold during the 50s, so did the 45. Singles were everywhere, played on radio, put onto jukeboxes and, more importantly, bought in their millions by fans. Come the following decade, hundreds of millions of singles were being sold, making the 7” single the format of choice for much 1960s music.

The rise of the 45 rpm single record

The 78rpm shellac discs competed for much of the 50s, but finally lost out to the 45 in the early 60s, as every home, seemingly everywhere, had a record player on which you could stack seven or eight 45s to play in sequence. By the time The Beatles came along, the 45 was selling in vast numbers – at least it was for some artists.

Hundreds of millions of singles were sold every year in the 60s, and while there was a great deal more million-sellers back then, there were also a many more records released. Success depended on getting a single on the radio, and then getting it on heavy rotation to convince people to go out and buy it.

In Britain, the weirdness of needle time, which, up until 1967, prevented the BBC playing too many records, in order to protect musicians’ jobs (go figure), meant that even fewer records got played. The pirate radio stations helped a little to redress the balance, but there have always been 24 hours in a day, and that means only so many 45 got played across the world.

45s single turntable

Singles lost over time

The result of all this? Lots of great 1960s music slipped through the radio sifting process, and have become lost over time. In the ensuing decades, radio stations have usually programmed their “oldies” playlists based on chart success. No sales, no chart success; no chart success, no enduring memory of many of the songs on our list.

We have picked 67 of what we think are the great lost 45s from the 60s, and we suspect that many of you will not have heard the vast majority of them. There are examples, such as ‘Different Drum’, by The Stone Poneys featuring Linda Ronstadt, that were modest hits in America but did nothing in the UK and the rest of the world.

The Stone Poneys: ‘Different Drum’

But that’s very much an exception. How many of you have heard of The Aerovans? Their Beatlesque sound didn’t quite cut it at the time. Then there’s the original band to call themselves Nirvana. What about The 23rd Turn Off, The Parade, The Mad Lads or Art? And we’re certain you’ve never heard Roger Nichols & The Smile Circle of Friends.

Nirvana: ‘Tiny Goddess’

We’ve even included a Beach Boys song, ‘Gettin’ Hungry’, that, for some inexplicable reason, was released as a Mike Love and Brian Wilson record… It wasn’t a hit. Plus we remember Spanky and Our Gang, who have been likened to The Mamas & The Papas, but were a very interesting group in their own right, particularly on their hard-hitting political song ‘Give A Damn’.

Spanky and Our Gang: ‘Give A Damn’

Some 45s end up being the record released just before an artist hit the big time, like The Moody Blues’ ‘Fly Me High’, Free’s debut single, ‘Broad Daylight’, The Steve Miller Band’s first minor hit, ‘Living In The USA’, or James Taylor’s version of ‘Carolina In My Mind’, which he recorded for The Beatles’ Apple label before hitting the big time.

James Taylor: ‘Carolina In My Mind’

Vashti’s ‘Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind’ was written for her by Messrs Jagger and Richards, while Glen Campbell’s ‘Guess I’m Dumb’ was one of his earliest singles, written by Brian Wilson and Russ Titelman, who later forged a career as a major producer.

Anyway, time to dive in and go on a musical voyage of discovery through 1960s music. And be sure to let us know what you think are the great lost singles from this important decade.

Listen now to our 67 Lost Singles Of The 60s playlist.

130 Comments

130 Comments

  1. Jaime

    June 28, 2017 at 3:42 pm

    We ain’t got nothing yet is a lost song??????

    • Mike Shannon

      December 16, 2018 at 1:28 am

      I have been planning a new web station called ‘Not the Same Oldies’, which will be launching early next year. I have well over 4,000 songs programmed from 1960 through the mid 80s (no 50s) and all were charted hits. No 50s are programmed, and not because I dislike the 50s… just never experienced many songs first-hand, and since many of us are in our 60s and 70s now, we likely never heard many of the mid 50s songs nor helped to make them hits! My radio days began in 1971 on Long Island, and went through the mid to late 80s, and while I have heard many of these obscure songs, many others were just simply never played nor heard at all in larger metro areas like New York, Chicago and LA. Not every record is a hit, and frankly, the odds are most are duds when they are released, and if the song is good that another artist will record it later and their ‘cover’ will be the one people remember! With thousands of songs each year and in the past, most fall by the wayside. Where some feel their ‘album’ or some 45 is really valuable, keep in mind it is only valuable to someone familiar with the song and willing to pay for it! I have owned a few such records, and it varies as to what such value is. The age and actual sonic quality are also major factors, and even the best digital resources cannot make Gary ‘U.S.’ Bond’s Quarter to Three sound like it was recorded in a modern studio! (It wasn’t.)

      In the end, what is a rare or great song to one is just a run-of-the-mill record to another. Most people will not recall most of the songs posted in this area, and they were not really big sellers nor experienced great radio airplay. This is a key to the success an artist has, and the promotion of their material. One-hit-wonders are just that, and the sad thing is why artists who have had such hits never are able to repeat their success. Many reasons are likely… promotion, maybe personal issues or a bad manager or PR person. But times and circumstances are also much to blame, and one can surmise that their one hit is something where the timing, placement, material and sound just simply ‘clicked’ and got the airplay and promotion is likely deserved.

      Memories are something we all cherish, and the music we heard and loved while growing up will always be there for each of us, locked away in our heart always. It is different for each of us, but some songs just accurately reflect the feelings, news and politics we knew from that time. This makes them classics for many, where some, while wonderful songs, just never had the exposure and found favor with their audience.

      I know I am thankful for the music I heard and took to heart from the 60s and 70s I loved, and many others also had a possession for as well. This changes with each generation and time, and only the passing of time proves that some are more profound or expressive than others. Not necessarily better, but if held in the hearts of many in their time, will always represent what many held close, representative of their life.

      • Joyce M. Jeffries

        December 30, 2018 at 8:53 am

        Hello Mike, I love your station and listen to you a lot in the mornings especially. I don’t think I’ve ever heard you play this song. I have the 45 record somewhere but can’t find it. I think it was on the Atco label, it was a male/female duo I’m pretty sure. It’s called “1-45” or One-45. I would be deeply grateful if you could tell me who sang it. I know it, it’s in the back of my 72-year old brain but I just haven’t been able to dredge it up lately. You can send a reply to my e-mail if you know.
        Thank You!

      • Elizabeth

        January 11, 2019 at 6:25 pm

        Hi,
        I’m looking for one specific artist. Unfortunately, the most I can find about him is linked to Hank Mizell. His name is Jim Bobo and I want to find his personal music if it’s even possible. Could you please help me find some of his music or tell me how to search for it.

        • Otis

          February 15, 2019 at 3:13 am

          Willie Bobo – Evil Ways 74 He can be found on Youtube.

        • Otis

          February 15, 2019 at 3:15 am

          Willie Bobo – Evil Ways 74

  2. COOP

    June 28, 2017 at 5:28 pm

    You’re Gonna’ Miss ME — by the 13th Floor Elevators !!!

  3. ROBERT CUNNINGHAM

    June 28, 2017 at 6:43 pm

    my favorite part of this playlist is it has 58 songs!

    • Laura Stavropoulos

      July 5, 2017 at 6:07 pm

      Some songs might be restricted to certain territories US vs UK on Spotify

    • Pam

      March 3, 2018 at 5:12 pm

      There were 67.

  4. Kathryn S Elich

    June 28, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Nirvana in the 60’s? Must be a different Nirvana.
    Laura Nyro Wedding Bell Blues
    Tommy James. Crystal Blue Persuasion
    Not lost at all!
    UK vs USA music list would be very different.
    I still have so many 45’s. Wish someone would have said your albums are a collection – keep them always.

    • Gavin Turner

      August 21, 2017 at 6:39 am

      It’s the original Nirvana with Patrick Campbell-Lyons and Alex spirolopolus (sp)
      Last I looked they were still around and had planned an album called Nirvana sing Nirvana, it was going to be a album of cover versions of the Seattle based band’s hits. Unfortunately it got shelved when (sorry I forget his name) committed suicide.
      Tiny Goddess is far from lost, it’s on the album All Of US.
      A lot of these songs are far from lost.

  5. suzy

    June 28, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    gary lewis & the playboys green grass
    neil diamond thank the lord for the night time
    vogues 5 o’ clock world
    sir douglas quintet shes about a mover

    • Don Wayne

      August 5, 2019 at 11:58 pm

      You nailed it, Suzy! My garage band plays 3 of the classic tunes you mentioned… And maybe we should also learn “Green Grass” by Gary Lewis & the Playboys! Sweet!

  6. suzy

    June 28, 2017 at 7:43 pm

    oh yeah…

    ethyl tripped a mean gloss
    😉

  7. Inger Simonsen

    June 28, 2017 at 8:01 pm

    All songs by Bobby Jameson a.k.a. Chris Lucy. And Penny Arkade’s recordings.

  8. Bob Radill

    June 28, 2017 at 8:52 pm

    THOUSANDS ARE MISSING ! 🙂

    feel free to take a peek into a youtube channel which specializes in obscure (!) 60s POP

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxnMCxJyCZ9KV9hBlxye_VA

    • Henk D.

      July 5, 2018 at 4:33 pm

      this youtube channel is not available

  9. Peter

    June 28, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Remove this Doubt The Suprimes

  10. Cory McCrindle

    June 29, 2017 at 12:57 am

    Half Past Midnight might actually be from the pre-Five Man Electrical Band days when they were called the Staccatos.

    • Mark S Silvermn

      August 15, 2017 at 4:59 am

      Yes a band from my hometown, Ottawa, ON. “Half Past Midnight” Their only hit before becoming “the Five Man Electrical Band” who had hits with “Signs” I’m a Stranger Here” “Julianna” “Absolutely Right” “Moonshine (Friend of Mine) ” and “it Never Rains on Maple Lane”

    • Peter Buck

      January 11, 2018 at 5:09 pm

      The original 45 was by the Staccatos – but the very same recording was on their first album as Five Man Electrical Band.

      • Otis

        February 15, 2019 at 2:54 am

        Are you the guy from R.E.M.?

  11. Roy

    June 29, 2017 at 1:53 am

    New Colony Six, Things I Like to Say.

  12. Poul Nielsen

    June 29, 2017 at 5:03 am

    Nirvana: Rainbow Chaser

  13. Chaim Caran

    June 29, 2017 at 6:55 am

    True Story by Twice as Much. (They also did the Jagger/Richards composition Sitting on a fence)

  14. David

    June 29, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Some great songs here for sure. Great that the first one is Spanky And Our Gang. ‘Like To Get To Know You’ is my favourite song of all time – and I only discovered it 4 years ago!

  15. Chris Evans

    June 29, 2017 at 10:37 am

    Glad to see Michaelangelo and Fly Me High included – bought them both when they came out. But these should have been included, too.
    Talkin’ About the Good Times – Pretty Things
    Look At Me I’m You – Blossom Toes
    Madman Running Through the Fields – Dantalian’s Chariot
    Winter Is Blue – Vashti Bunyan
    Scene Through the Eye of a Lens – Family
    Mr Armageddon – Locomotive
    Golden Apples – The Californians
    Nite is a-Comin’ – Warm Sounds
    It’s Wonderful – The Rascals

    • Ray

      August 7, 2018 at 9:42 am

      Thoroughly agree with these. Especially “Scene Through The Eye Of A Lens”. Had it as a single. Also “Defecting Grey” another excellent 45 by the Pretty Things!

  16. Richard Friend

    June 29, 2017 at 11:12 am

    The Music Machine “Talk Talk”!

    • Ray

      August 7, 2018 at 9:43 am

      Yes, got it as a single back in 1966!

  17. Richard Freedland

    June 29, 2017 at 2:23 pm

    Wedding Bell Blues-Laura Nyro
    Different Drum Stone Ponies…Linda Rondstandt
    Blues Magoos…(We ain’t got northern yet
    Tommy James crystal blue persuasion

    All not forgotten. And golden oldies

  18. Don Effenberger

    June 29, 2017 at 3:08 pm

    Glad to see Nos 41 and 43 on the list.
    Check out Rich.BroRadio at http://www.richbroradio.com It regularly plays Nos. 1,2,4,7,9,14,16,18,19,20,28,29,32,38,39,42,49,57,61 and at least three other Roger Nichols songs.

  19. Roxfari

    June 29, 2017 at 5:54 pm

    Bears – Fastest Group Alive

  20. Andrea

    June 29, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Wedding bell blues Laura Nyro, Mr Bojangles. Nina Simone

  21. Val

    June 29, 2017 at 8:45 pm

    Not to be picky but some of these “lost” singles made it on Billboard Hit lists. Perhaps one hit wonders in some cases.
    Stone Poneys “Different Drum” definitely is not a lost single. And it was written by Monkee Mike Nesmith.
    Spanky and our Gang had several hits so hard to call one of their hits as ‘lost’.
    Other examples but do enjoy browsing the list.

  22. Zack S

    June 29, 2017 at 9:18 pm

    “Who Am I” by Petula Clark.

  23. RAY

    June 29, 2017 at 11:55 pm

    Buffalo Rose, Buzz the Fuzz

  24. Robert Wynne

    June 30, 2017 at 12:44 am

    “Different Drum” was a huge hit in Brisbane, Australia, so I assume in the rest of the country.
    Another one that I recognised was “Neon Rainbow” by the Box Tops. The Box Tops also had a big hit in Australia which was “The Letter” and later covered by Joe Cocker.

  25. Marty Rosen

    June 30, 2017 at 2:47 am

    Walkin” My Cat Named Dog by Norma Tenega. Wonderful song.

  26. Chris

    June 30, 2017 at 3:34 am

    “I’m The Sky” Eddie Rambeau

  27. Peter Puricelli

    June 30, 2017 at 3:36 am

    Jay and the Americans had a wonderful song by the name “Dawning”. Its melody was based on the Peer Gynt Suite.

  28. Kurt Osterheldt

    June 30, 2017 at 8:32 am

    The Lovin’ Spoonful’s “Full Measure”. Great song and it’s been over 40 years since I heard it on the radio.

  29. graham parkes

    June 30, 2017 at 10:51 am

    Best ever live band I saw, Timebox and later Patto. Include in that Hendrix, Who Herd Pink Floyd and “nd best Manfred Mann, with Paul Jones on lead. So sad Mike Patto and Ollie Halsall didn’t survive. Not sure what happened to Clive Griffiths after the accident, but believe Chris Holmes and John Halsey are still breathing. Thanks for the great times.

  30. Pamela Latham

    June 30, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    A lot of these songs may be forgotten by radio, however I have a good portion of these songs on my playlist including Michaelangelo , Give A Damn, Gone Is The Sad Man, Fly Me High, Mind Excursion, We Can Fly, (We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet, She Just Satisfies, Magic Town, Who’s Cheating Who, Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood, Neon Rainbow, Biff Bang Pow, Crystal Blue Persuasion, My World Fell Down, Will You Be Staying After Sunday the problem depends on the radio market and the crummy corporate idiots who control the airwaves.

  31. Eric Redekop

    June 30, 2017 at 6:57 pm

    Where is the list? I don’t use spotify.

  32. Jeff

    June 30, 2017 at 7:28 pm

    Beach Boys- “Denny’s Drums, Palisades Park,Rubber Ball, Book of Love, Moody Blues-Gotta Go Now, Bob Dylan – Ballad of the Thin man

  33. Steve Wrobel

    June 30, 2017 at 11:49 pm

    Hitchin’ a Ride by Vanity Fare

  34. Kurt Osterheldt

    July 1, 2017 at 1:47 am

    “Full Measure” by the Lovin’ Spoonful. Great song!

  35. Matt Ruderman

    July 1, 2017 at 1:59 am

    Witchi Tai To by Everything is Everything

  36. Charlie

    July 1, 2017 at 6:44 am

    My Friend Jack. The Smoke

    • stephen

      September 26, 2017 at 1:28 am

      Oh yes he liked sugar lumps!!

  37. Kerry J

    July 1, 2017 at 11:58 am

    Take off your clothes Peter Sarstedt my father is the pope you know

  38. Arleen

    July 1, 2017 at 4:09 pm

    “Please don’t kiss me again” Charmettes and “Wild” Dee Dee Sharp

  39. Marlene

    July 1, 2017 at 4:26 pm

    Tomorrow by Strawberry Alarm Clock(1968)
    Roses And Rainbows by Danny Hutton(1965)

  40. Kurt Fortmeyer

    July 1, 2017 at 5:44 pm

    There are some songs on here that are in no way “lost”.
    “Crystal Blue Persuasion”
    “Angel Of The Morning”
    “Backfield In Motion”
    “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood”
    “Wedding Bell Blues”
    “The Bottle Let Me Down”
    “Living In The USA”
    “Carolina In My Mind”

  41. Terry

    July 2, 2017 at 4:21 am

    Where Were You When I Needed You (Grass Roots)
    Psychotic Reaction (The Count Five)
    Sunny (Bobby Hebb)
    Woolly Boolly (Sam the Sham & the Pharoahs)
    Jug Band Music (The Lovin’ Spoonful)
    Sit Down I Think I Love You (The Mojo Men)
    Sweet Pea (Tommy Roe)
    Gloria (The Shadows of Knight)

  42. Tony King

    July 2, 2017 at 11:12 am

    I Lied To Auntie May by The Neat Change (includes early Peter Frampton prior to The Herd).
    A lot of these songs and hundreds of others get played on my program “Tony King’s Buried Treasure” on East FM Auckland NZ Wednesday evenings 7.00 pm local time streaming on line from http://www.eastfm.nz . It’s what the program is all about the lost and forgotten songs mostly by well known artists.

    • Gavin Turner

      August 21, 2017 at 6:45 am

      Excellent song, I’m not seeing it on the list.
      It’s on the album We Can Fly (a compilation album)

  43. rickey corkum

    July 2, 2017 at 11:14 pm

    how about next plane to London by the rose garden, please me tease me by the 1910 fruitgum company, panama red by the yellow balloon, shame shame, by the magic lanterns

  44. rickey corkum

    July 2, 2017 at 11:20 pm

    panama red, the yellow balloon, please me tease me by 1910 fruitgum company, shame shame, the magic lanterns, savecito, by the group malo, next plane to London by the rose garden, . I see we can fly is there , that’s not a lost song, it was the cowsills second hit single

  45. rickey corkum

    July 2, 2017 at 11:22 pm

    we can fly by the cowsills is not a lost song, it was their second hit single

  46. Al Wood

    July 4, 2017 at 12:21 am

    Why in the world was ” Marie” by the big E not an over the top hit?

  47. martin

    July 5, 2017 at 7:45 pm

    15 of them. I have 5 of them on 45rpm! I’ve got to listen to them all one day,when my wife is not in the room, she might not like that old stuff.

  48. martin

    July 5, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    Have to add a note. I still have some 5 or 6 melodies in my head, heard them one week on Big L (Radio London) or Radio Veronica but as the station politics did not put them in the playlist any more, they are really lost: My schoolboy English at the time was not that good, so I don’t remember artist or song name. Searching YouTube with “I don’t remember” does not produce any reasonable results alas…….. When I one day heard TEN WHEEL DRIVE Eye of the Needle I had to jump for joy: banging in my head for 40 years, and now I know it. How wonderful.

  49. martin

    July 6, 2017 at 6:47 am

    I like to verify. So I went on Youtube and noted how many times a song was listened to. This is the result, not all are “very lost”. The list is in ascending order of hearings (times 1000).

    The Mad Lads – Love Is Here Today And Gone Tomorrow 5
    The Impressions – Woman’s Got Soul. 9
    THE BEACH BOYS gettin’ hungry 9
    Five Man Electrical Band – Half Past Midnight 10
    FIRST HYMN FROM GRAND TERRACE – MARK LINDSAY 10
    LITTLE MILTON WHO’S CHEATING WHO 12
    Free – Broad Daylight 12
    Stan Getz – Blowin’ In The Wind 13
    Eddie Gale – Black Rhythm Happening  15
    Art – What’s That Sound 18
    Susan Rafey – The Big Hurt 19
    The Flying Burrito Brothers – Train Song 19
    Spooky Tooth – Sunshine Help Me 27
    Bobbie Gentry – Okolona River Buttom Band 27
    ASTRUD GILBERTO – I HAVEN’T GOT ANYTHING BETTER TO DO 29
    The Aerovons-World of You 30
    The Yard Went On Forever – Richard Harris 32
    Moody Blues – Fly Me High 37
    You’re Living Above Your Head – Jay And The Americans 40
    Amen Corner – Gin House Blues 48
    The Trade Winds – Mind Excursion 51
    Timebox – Gone Is The Sad Man 53
    JAN & DEAN ” FROM ALL OVER THE WORLD” 55
    The Creation – Biff, Bang, Pow. 58
    Gladys Knight & The Pips – I Wish It Would Rain 60
    The Parade-Sunshine Girl 61
    The 23rd Turnoff – Michael Angelo 63
    The Velvelettes – These Things Will Keep Me Loving You 66
    Willie Bobo – Evil Ways 74
    SPANKY & OUR GANG – “Give A Damn 77
    Tiny Goddess – Nirvana 77
    Don Covay “Seesaw” 87
    Roger Nichols & the Small Circle of Friends – 01 – Don’t Take Your Time 106
    Another Tear Falls – Gene McDaniels 106
    Jackie Lomax “Sour Milk Sea” 110
    Shorty Long – Devil With The Blue Dress 116
    Garnett Mimms-For your precious love 124
    Eddie Floyd – Big Bird  130
    Sagittarius – My World Fell Down 155
    The Cowsills We can fly 160
    Laura Nyro “Wedding Bell Blues” 169
    Glen Campbell – I Guess I’m Dumb 170
    The Box Tops – Neon Rainbow 182
    Edwin Starr – Sos 190
    The Iveys Maybe Tomorrow 193
    The Lettermen – Theme From A Summer Place 200
    Jimmy Page – She Just Satisfies 211
    The Elgins – Put Yourself In My Place 224
    The Mamas & The Papas – Safe In My Garden 228
    Mel & Tim – Backfield In Motion  230
    Kim Weston – Take Me In Your Arms 270
    Vashti Bunyan – Some Things Just Stick In Your Mind 288
    The Stone Poneys Different Drum 310
    Fairport Convention ~ Meet On The Ledge 323
    Magic Town- The Vogues 330
    BILLY BUTLER – THE RIGHT TRACK 350
    BILLIE DAVIS – Angel of the morning 500
    The Flirtations – Nothing But A Heartache 500
    Living In The U.S.A.-Steve Miller Band 520
    Peppermint Rainbow Will You Be Staying After Sunday 560
    Gal Costa – Baby 640
    The Blues MaGoos – We Ain’t Got Nothin’ Yet 850
    Nobody but me – The human beinz 1000
    Nina Simone – Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood 1500
    Merle Haggard – The Bottle Let Me Down 5000
    Carolina In My Mind – James Taylor 7000
    Tommy James & The Shondells – Crystal Blue Persuasion Roulette 9000

  50. martin

    July 6, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    A last comment from me. I uploaded many songs of the 60’s that I had on single, which were not (yet at the time of upload) available on Youtube. Almost all of them now have the famous “Contains copyrighted contents” remark, so some company claimed it as his. But there are a few left, that even the record company does not remember. realy LOST:
    – Bedrocks – Lovedene girls
    – Griffin – I am the noise in your head
    – Freddy “Fingers” Lee and the Upperhand – Bossy Boss.
    – Temple – Searching for places
    – Oscab Bentons Blues Band – It ain’t nobody’s bussines if I do

  51. Rick H

    July 7, 2017 at 3:33 am

    Jack and Jill – Tommy Roe
    Bella Linda – The Grassroots

  52. mrWickey

    July 16, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Bubble Puppy, Hot Smoke and Sassafras

  53. Kerry Edwards

    July 18, 2017 at 9:39 pm

    One that I feel should make the list is I Saw Linda by Jerry Guthrie. It was backed with One Has My Name. The 45 says Glen Campbell provided the music and it was released on Capitol

  54. Tim

    July 18, 2017 at 11:38 pm

    Crystal Blue Persuasion reached number 2 in the states. How did it become lost?

  55. Bob

    July 19, 2017 at 1:56 pm

    “I’ll Step Aside” by Jimmy Clanton
    “White on White” by Danny Williams
    “Jesse Brady” The McCoys

  56. Michael Vold

    July 19, 2017 at 11:36 pm

    I barely remember a song that was on the radio in either the very late 50s or very early 60s. I only remember the chorus which was sung by early Motown female singers. The chorus line (I believe) lol went like this: opportunity walks.. ah ya ya ya, opportunity walks.. ah ya ya ya. Any ideas?

  57. Wayne Swickley

    July 20, 2017 at 12:29 am

    first one that comes to mind: “Would You Believe” by The Tempests – Smash 2094 – 1967 (Youtube has it. You won’t be sorry.)
    Next up: “I’m So Lonely” by Bobby Jameson – Talamo 1934 – 1964
    “Something Happens (Deep Inside Me)” – Patty Michaels – Epic 10034 – 1967
    “A Little Bit Of Love Can Hurt” – Ginny Arnell – MGM 13362 – 1964
    “One More Heartache” – The Paul Butterfield Blues Band – Elektra 45620 – 1968
    …and undoubtedly a few hundred more . At least.

  58. Wayne Swickley

    July 20, 2017 at 12:39 am

    This is still my favorite record. I’m glad that I got to tell her that. I’m sorry she’s left us.

  59. Ju;ie

    August 15, 2017 at 2:21 am

    That’s the Way of a Clown (Teddy Randazzo)

  60. Bob Sicora

    August 15, 2017 at 2:24 am

    More Today than Yesterday , Spiral Staircase

  61. Phil

    August 15, 2017 at 3:41 am

    My World…by Cupids Inspiration

  62. Jackie Koehler

    August 15, 2017 at 4:38 am

    Tell It All, Brother. First Edition. Skip a Rope Henson Cargil.

  63. David Hollands

    August 15, 2017 at 5:57 am

    Not all lost 60’s songs were American. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A9snNgmVhSc

  64. Valerie Webber

    August 15, 2017 at 7:56 am

    Dave Anthony Moods were a Bournemouth group who did some great singles in the 60’s .

  65. Christopher Fry

    August 15, 2017 at 11:01 am

    vogues turn around look at me

  66. John Wanstrath

    August 15, 2017 at 10:45 pm

    One Tin Solider Conven
    Dance With Me Mojo Men

  67. val

    August 15, 2017 at 10:54 pm

    15 on the list are familiar and I would not consider them ‘lost songs’… although some were not the big hit for the group/individual.
    Plus America and England sometimes had different tastes.
    I even have one of them, Stan Getz, on a 45.

  68. Barry Williams

    August 17, 2017 at 9:07 pm

    These are nothing like the most lost songs. I have fifteen of them and know at least 5 of the others. If you want lost check out any of the thousands of rare soul tracks

  69. Meg George

    August 18, 2017 at 1:50 pm

    Junk by Paul McCartney & No surfin today by Frankie Valli & the four seasons

  70. Dwayne Crandall

    August 18, 2017 at 6:59 pm

    ELVIRA – the original by Dallas Frazier
    I Love You – People
    Friday on My Mind – Easybeats
    Talk Talk – (i know somebody mentioned it already, but, it’s worth repeating).
    Pied Piper – Christian St. Peters
    TRY AND LOVE AGAIN – THE EAGLES – Best song on Hotel California album

  71. Alex Fossati

    August 19, 2017 at 2:57 pm

    Bedsitter Images by Al Stewart

  72. Mike

    August 20, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    Someday soon Ian and Silvia

  73. Roger Rill

    August 20, 2017 at 7:17 pm

    1984 – Spirit
    Hey Joe – Johnny Rivers
    28 – Steppenwolf

  74. bob

    August 20, 2017 at 9:19 pm

    Bobby Russell – 1432 Franklin Pike Circle Hero

  75. Bill Collins

    August 21, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    “Hot Smoke and Sassafrass”
    The Bubble Puppy

  76. Mike Arsham

    August 21, 2017 at 9:51 pm

    Crabby Appleton – Try, Ten Wheel Drive – 14th Street, Seatrain – 13 Questions

  77. Thomas Leonard

    September 19, 2017 at 2:01 am

    Here’s a few that had notable success but seem overlooked today…

    A Man Without Love – Engelbert Humperdinck

    Half Heaven, Half Heartache – Gene Pitney

    It Must Be Him – Vicki Carr

    Detroit City – Tom Jones

    Dont Give In To Him – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap

    The Look of Love – Dusty Springfield

    If I Ruled The World – Tony Bennett

  78. Gareth Owen

    September 24, 2017 at 1:08 pm

    Gin House Blues is not a song that slipped by, it was a no. 1 single and Amen Corners biggest hit.

  79. Corey Keith

    September 26, 2017 at 10:47 pm

    Pushin’ Too Hard – The Seeds

  80. Peter hanson

    January 4, 2018 at 12:57 am

    Bobby’s girl by Marcie blane

  81. Gerard Healy

    January 9, 2018 at 3:44 am

    Gene Pitney. Everyone of his songs, the most overlooked singer of all time.

    • Otis

      February 15, 2019 at 3:10 am

      I agree with you. The ending to “I’m gonna be strong” still gives me goosebumps.

  82. Frank Gidlow

    January 9, 2018 at 4:23 am

    I don’t think “Guess I’m dumb” is Glenn Cambell.

    • Elizabeth Muhleisen

      January 9, 2018 at 9:16 am

      “Guess I’m Dumb” was given to Glen Campbell by Brian Wilson as a thank you for Campbell’s temporarily filling in for Wilson on the road when he stopped touring with the Beach Boys at the end of December 1964.

  83. Nichols Vitto

    January 9, 2018 at 3:14 pm

    He………The Righteous Brothers
    Shame Shame…..Magic Lanterns

  84. Pete Worra

    January 9, 2018 at 4:31 pm

    Pandora’s Box by the Golden Hebe Gebe’s

  85. MisterPleasant

    January 9, 2018 at 5:41 pm

    The Days of Pearly Spencer – David McWilliams

  86. Michael Seibert

    January 10, 2018 at 12:59 pm

    Gimme Gimme Good Lovin Crazy Elephant

  87. ed davenport

    January 11, 2018 at 3:07 am

    there was a song with a title “don’t fuck around with love by the blenders , also that’s for me to know Tommy Manno, Concrete and Clay Eddie Rambeau.

  88. ed davenport

    January 11, 2018 at 3:07 am

    there was a song with a title “don’t fuck around with love by the blenders .

  89. Norman Ashton

    January 11, 2018 at 2:57 pm

    Hushabye little Guitar by Paul??

    • Otis

      February 15, 2019 at 3:28 am

      Paul Evans

  90. Ron Carter

    January 11, 2018 at 4:11 pm

    How bout “Dirty Water” by the Standells or “96Tears” by ? and the Mysterians or “I had too much to Dream Last Night” by the Electric Prunes.

  91. Ed

    January 11, 2018 at 8:06 pm

    You were on my Mind. The Wee Five.

  92. Mike Guion

    January 11, 2018 at 10:00 pm

    She Ain’t Loving You Know More: The Distant Cousins.
    Speedy’s Kitchen (Twenty Years Ago) : T.C. Atlantic
    Little Picture Playhouse: Stillroven
    Yellow Balloon:Yellow Baloon
    Who Will Answer?: Ed Ames

  93. mtplodder

    January 11, 2018 at 10:57 pm

    Do the mouse – soupy sales

  94. Doug Annis

    January 12, 2018 at 1:50 am

    What about The Ambushers : Wonder What She’s Doing Tonight ?

    • Dr Michael W Ecker

      August 31, 2018 at 2:13 pm

      I have the version (on mp3 as well as original 45) by Barry and The Tamerlanes.

  95. Crister Hofstedt

    January 14, 2018 at 9:23 pm

    A great list of fantastic music.

  96. jim lowell

    February 17, 2018 at 12:16 pm

    CONCRETE AND CLAY: Unit Four Plus Two

  97. lindy loftin

    March 3, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    OUTSIDE CHANCE by The Turtles

  98. Reginald P. Horky, sr.

    March 6, 2018 at 7:26 am

    You forgot one of the best pseudo-serenades “Woman Loving Man”

  99. Don Diego

    March 6, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    How Different Drum could be considered a lost hit is beyond me. It was ALL OVER the radio back in the day.

  100. Ken

    March 19, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Mary Had a Little Lamb by Otis Reddimg

  101. Jim Riley

    May 12, 2018 at 2:27 am

    Cherl’s Goin’ Home
    by The Cascades

  102. R. Horky, Sr.

    July 7, 2018 at 7:14 am

    You want to add the mid-60’s Woman Loving Man (? on group, maybe the Lettermen) and Rosanna by the Freddie Miller group.

    • Dr Michael W Ecker

      August 31, 2018 at 2:11 pm

      “Woman Helping Man” is a great song that was not a big hit – but it was by The Vogues. I have the 45 as well as the mp3 – although I have not played any 45s in a decade or more.

  103. Dr Michael W Ecker

    August 30, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    The one that comes first to mind is “I Can’t Shake This Feeling” by Carmel.
    Here are some more of my other favs that were probably not hits:

    “All Things Are Possible” by Dan Peak.
    “Brown Arms in Houston” by Orpheus.
    “First Hymn From Grand Terrace” by Mark Lindsay.
    “Where Do You Go?” by Cher.
    “Dawning” by Jay and the Americans (my latest discovery and new fav!)
    “Isn’t It Lonely Together?” by Robert Knight (also Ray Stevens version – he wrote it).
    “Will You Wait For Me?” by The Tymes.
    “Sunny” by Neal Sedaka.
    “Happy” by The Blades of Grass.
    “Back on the Street Again” by The Sunshine Company.
    “Tunesmith” by Johnny Rivers.
    “The Thought of Loving You” by Crystal Mansion.
    “New York’s a Lonely Town” by The Tradewins.
    “White on White” by Danny Williams.
    “Popsicles and Icicles” by The Murmaids (yes, that’s the spelling)

    I have more, but that will do for now.

  104. Edmond Bruneau

    October 25, 2018 at 12:27 am

    I have a couple digitized songs from 45’s I do not believe are commercially available.
    Group: The Viceroy’s
    Songs: Bacon Fat
    Tired of Waiting (Kink’s cover)

  105. Edmond Bruneau

    October 25, 2018 at 12:29 am

    Also, I have One Tin Solder by the Original Caste.

  106. Amira Sa'Di

    February 8, 2019 at 2:58 am

    What about a song called “Call Me Later?”

  107. Jillian Lofts

    August 26, 2019 at 3:16 pm

    What happened to “White Wedding”, a song from about 1962 by a female singer? Cannot see it anywhere, it seems it’s disappeared from the face of the Earth. The lyrics are “There’s going to be a white wedding, she’s going to make a lovely bride, with her friends and relations wearing white carnations and the right man by her side.” Does anyone out there remember this lovely song?

  108. SpotifyThrowbacks.com

    September 17, 2019 at 8:05 am

    I still remember all this great music! I am so proud that there are blogs that still exist, still trying to keep the memories of classic music alive! Good job guys. I appreciate you!!

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