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Wed., Jan. 26, 2011

From our archives, 50 years ago

Shadle Park High school teenagers weighed in on their musical tastes, circa 1961.

Their favorites: Connie Francis, Johnny Mathis and Duane Eddy.

And their favorite songs of the year were, in order, Percy Faith’s “Theme from ‘A Summer Place,’ ” Bert Kaempfert’s “Wonderland By Night,” Mathis’ “Oh, That Feeling” and Bobby Vinton’s “Blue Velvet.”

The Spokane Daily Chronicle took this impromptu poll at Shadle on the same day it published a national poll of teenagers, in which U.S. teens picked Francis as their favorite female singer and Mathis as their favorite male singer (tied with Bobby Darin). They picked the Kingston Trio as their No. 1 instrumental group.

Shadle Park tastes weren’t too far different. However, the No. 1 song in the national poll, “The Twist” by Chubby Checker, was not picked by any of the Shadle students.

Some Shadle teenagers were not particularly daring in their musical tastes. When a 17-year-old Shadle girl was asked to name her favorite instrumental group, she picked … Lawrence Welk.

Also on this date

(From the Associated Press)

1861: Louisiana passed an Ordinance of Secession, 113-17, at the state capitol in Baton Rouge, becoming the sixth state to break free from the United States.



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