1961 Bobby Vee – Stayin’ In
John D. Loudermilk wrote a song that Bobby Vee released in 1961, but I’m not sure many radio stations are still willing to play it. The first line of the song is not what we would usually expect from Bobby:
I punched my buddy in the nose after lunch
It turns out that his buddy was telling lies about the singer’s girlfriend, and he decided the only way to defend her honor was (gulp!) violence. And Bobby isn’t even sorry he hit him:
I did it then, and I’d do it again
The single stalled at #33 on the Hot 100 in 1961, so perhaps the lyrics repelled stations even back then.
The b-side of the single was a cover of a song from the second album the Crickets recorded after the tragic death of Buddy Holly. Jerry Allison and Sonny Curtis wrote the song. Their single failed to reach the Hot 100 in the US but got as high as #26 in the UK.
Bobby’s version of More Than I Can Say stalled at #61 on the Hot 100 but reached #4 in the UK. Bobby also performed the song in the film Swingin’ Along.
A few months later, Bobby recorded his most successful single. Take Good Care of My Baby topped the Hot 100 in September 1961.
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