BILLBOARD #1 HITS- #13-“THE HAPPY ORGAN’- DAVE “BABY” CORTEZ- MAY 11, 1959

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Billboard #1 Hits- #13- “The Happy Organ”- Dave “Baby” Cortez. May 11, 1959- 1 week. Released on Clock Records.  Written by Dave “Baby” Cortez and Kurt Wood. Genre: rock and roll instrumental. Time: 2:06. B-side:”Love Me As I Love You.” Grade: C

An instrumental featuring a guitar solo by session musician Wild Jimmy Spruill- who the week after “The Happy Organ” hit #1 was also playing on the #1 that replaced it- “Kansas City” by Wilbert Harrison. “The Happy Organ” was the first instrumental to hit #1 on the new Billboard Hot 100 format. Cortez who was born David Cortez Clowney in Detroit, Michigan was an organist and pianist who would have only one other Top 40 hit- “Rinky Dink” #10 in 1962.

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