I’m so excited about our next edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’ (June 25). We note the 60th anniversary of the first song by a local Toronto band to hit #1 on the local CHUM Chart – that song was ‘Charlena’ by Ritchie Knight and the Mid-Knights. It was the biggest of several outstanding songs that year including ‘Bo Diddley’ by Ronnie Hawkins, ‘Any Other Way’ by Jackie Shane and ‘Big Town Boy’ by Shirley Matthews. It was the first real year of ‘The Toronto Sound’ – that steamy, sweaty blend of rock’n’soul that poured out of so many bars and clubs along the Yonge Street Strip.
Hawkins ruled the roost at Le Coq d’Or, backed by The Hawks and then by Robbie Lane and the Disciples – before Robbie started landing his own hits. Robbie Lane was one of the ‘architects’ of ‘The Toronto Sound’, and that’s why I’m thrilled to welcome Robbie – with his stories and insights – to co-host this special edition of ‘Vintage Favourites’ with me.
And catch ‘Our Sunday Best – A Century of #1 Hits‘ in the show’s first hour – a roll-call of some of the all-time greats with #1 songs in this week in past years: Al Jolson, Bing Crosby, Connie Francis, The Beatles, Herb Alpert, Donna Summer and Whitney Houston! These are some of the greatest figures in all of popular music, and you’ll hear some of their best hits. Plus: ‘The Story Behind the Song‘ ‘Love Will Keep Us Together’. Join me for one of the best editions of ‘Vintage Favourites’ this year – this Sunday at 2.