This is the result of Charles’ research this year into FV4S chart positions. It is an unprecedented list of all 78 FV4S songs that charted in the U.S. OR Britain and the highest position reached, whether that highest position was in Billboard, Cash Box Record World or in Britain.
This will make great reading for all fans.
I would also like to record here for perpetuity this special Birthday Message to Sherry from Sir Philip Elms.
31 July 2012
Please forgive the informality, but, although you don’t know me, I feel I know you very well. Indeed, you have been part of my life for longer than I have known my own wife (and that would be more than four decades, in case you were wondering). Some good friends of mine have suggested that you are celebrating your 50th birthday today but, of course, I know better. Today is, in fact, your 65th birthday.
Today is also the 50th anniversary of the night you were chatted up (is that a British expression?) by a handsome Italian-American called Castelluccio. I seem to recall he hosted a twist party in the hope that your parents would allow you to join him. As an intelligent 15-year-old New Jersey girl, I am sure you thought long and hard about accepting the invitation, tempted though you must have been. The notion that you might wear your red dress possibly rang alarm bells, suggesting this was rather more than an invitation to dance.
The charming Francis (13 years your senior) no doubt had innocent intent but you were right to be cautious. After all, I am aware that you’d cried before. You know the sort: he paints a pretty picture and he tells you that he needs you. He might even have urged you to go away because he was no good for you. I believe he tried that trick a year or two after the famous twist party before it dawned on the poor girl concerned that, too, was just a ruse to curry favour.
And, of course, we may never know the truth about that strange business at the traffic lights when (allegedly) someone threw serious money at a street ragamuffin in the hope of short term favours. Our Francis took up the cudgels, only to tell the poor wretch he couldn’t see her again because his folks didn’t approve (more alarm bells: 30 years old and still tied to his mother’s apron strings!).
We can’t be sure whether you accepted the offer to come out that night in July 1962. I like to think that you did, although I suspect his hope hardly turned to glory. Even so, I am delighted to report that moonlight memories linger on after half a century: I met up with your erstwhile twist partner last month (in London of all places) and he was still singing your praises.
I believe you married some big man in town, settled down with a couple of kids (how are Connie and Ronnie these days?) and now spend the nights, if not so much in love, then at least babysitting the grandchildren, Marcie and Ruby. In wishing you a happy, happy birthday, I am proud to raise a glass in your honour. Sweet Sherry, of course.
I have also been asked to include this poem from one of our US fans Allan:
Millions Of Copies
Your first hit, SHERRY turns fifty years old
Millions of copies have been sold
Guess that is why it was certified gold
You know it was a very good song
Right after that BIG GIRLS DON'T CRY came
WALK LIKE A MAN really made you strong
Knowing these were a hit of yesterday
People come to see you live no matter what
they have to pay
Even if you are singing a Maurice Williams
His song was called STAY.