1963 Bobby Darin – 18 Yellow Roses
Bobby Darin’s career got off to a fast start in 1958 with Splish Splash, a song he co-wrote with New York City disk jockey Murray the K based on an idea from Murray’s mother. The single peaked at #3. Every year through 1963, Bobby scored at least one more top ten single on the Hot 100.
In 1963, he had back-to-back top ten hits with two songs he also wrote. You’re The Reason I’m Living reached #3 on the Hot 100 and #9 on the R&B chart at the start of the year, although I don’t recall hearing the single very often since then.
Bobby actually had two consecutive top ten hist that year. The second single, which he also wrote, was 18 Yellow Roses. It was an unusual love song – it’s about a father and his daughter.
The single spent only one week at #10 on the Hot 100 in June 1963 before fading off the chart a few weeks later.
The British Invasion followed in December and Bobby would not return to the top forty until If I Was A Carpenter reached the top ten in 1966.
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