The product description says Curtola had more than 30 singles released in Canada
starting in 1962, and that most of them reached the top 10 in Canada.
I don't have any doubt that he had many charted songs, after listening to this C.D.!
His voice and the melodies are VERY good.
Bobby Curtola had only 2 songs that charted in the top 100 in the U.S.A.
1. "Fortune teller" #41 in 1962, b/w "Johnny take your time". - Also a hit in Canada.
2. "Aladdin" #92 in 1962, b/w "I don't want to go on without you". - Also a hit in Canada.
The first 3 songs are on this c.d., the 4th is not.
Bobby Curtola is a second generation Canadian of Italian heritage.
He was VERY popular in Canada in the late 1950's, to mid 60's.
By 1961 he was recording all his music at the R.C.A. Studios in Nashville, Tenn.
In 1961 his Canadian hits included:
1. "Don't you sweetheart me"
2. "I'll never be alone again".
3. "Hitchhiker", also the title of his first L.P.
His first hit in 1962, "Fortune teller" was picked up in America through Red Robinson,
a DJ at CFUN, a radio station in Vancouver.
Other hits in Canada are:
1. "You must belong to me, 1962.
2. "I cry and cry", 1962.
3. "My Christmas tree", 1962.
4. "Destination love", 1963.
5. "Gypsy heart", 1963.
6. "Indian giver" b/w "Hand in hand", 1963, a re-recorded version of his 1960 release.
7. "Three rows over", 1963.
8. "Move over", 1963.
9. "Little girl blue, 1964.
10. "You're not a goody goody", 1964.
11. "As long as I'm sure of you", 1964.
12. "Makin love", 1965. A cover of Floyd Robinson's 1959 hit.
This compilation by Stardust Productions is the original 'Del-Fi recordings, and sounds great.
The insert contains two pages about Curtola's career.
The track listing also gives the year the song was a hit.
Curtola appeared in Dick Clark's "Caravan of Stars" tour.
In 1964 he became the Canadian spokesman for the "Coca-Cola" company.
He recorded a Coke commercial "The real thing" that sounded like a top 40 hit.
This 19 song C.D. is EXCELENT, what a nice surprise.
He reminds me of Bobby Vee, or Brian Hyland.
I remember when "I cry and cry" played alot on the radio when I was a freshman in school, in Indiana.
I always thought it was a big hit. Turns out it was, but only in Canada.
Although it didn't make the top 100 in the U.S.A., when I heard it on this C.D. I remembered it well.
I've always loved that song, I hadn't heard it in all these years,
not even on any of the oldies stations.
It is a special moment, when you come accross a song you loved,
you had forgotten about, - hadn't heard it in decades, - then stumble across it.
The flood of memories that moment brings,
Well --- THATS why I love the oldies, and why I loved adding THIS C.D. to my collection!