BILLBOARD #1 HITS: #56 : “WOODEN HEART [MUSS I DENN ]- JOE DOWELL- AUGUST 28, 1961

Billboard #1 Hits: #56: “Wooden Heart { Muss I Denn}- Joe Dowell- August 28, 1961- #1 for 1 week. Released on Smash Records. Written by Fred Wise, Ben Weisman, Kay Twomey and Bert Kaempfert. Genre: Pop. Time: 2:05: B:Side: “Little Bo Peep.” Grade: D-

Joe Dowell like Bobby Lewis who had the previous #1 “Tossin’ and Turnin” had two hits- Dowell’s other hit came in 1962 with a #23 “Little Red Rented Rowboat.” “Wooden Heart” is associated more with Elvis Presley- it was in his movie “G.I. Blues” and spent six weeks at #1 on the UK charts. It wasn’t released as a single in the U.S. by Elvis because it was considered to be too cheesy and would hurt Elvis’s image in the U.S. “Wooden Heart” was based on a German folk song and some of the lyrics to “Wooden Heart” are sung in German. In 1964 Elvis did release it as the b-side to “Blue Christmas.” Joe Dowell recorded the song during his first ever recording session. Very forgettable. Joe Dowell died in 2016 of heart failure at the age of 76.

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