Hitchhiker by Bobby Curtola

#1021: Hitchhiker by Bobby Curtola

Peak Month: January 1962
10 weeks on CFUN chart
Peak Position #13
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Canadian teen idol, Bobby Curtola, had his second chart hit in Vancouver with “Hitchhiker.” It was one of eight top ten hits for Curtola on the Vancouver pop charts between 1961 and 1963. Other hits included “Indian Giver”, “Three Rows Over” and “Fortune Teller”. “Hitchhiker” is a song about a hitchhiker on the road to love. In 1962, the idea of hitching a ride was mostly thought of as a safe activity.

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I Cry and Cry by Bobby Curtola

#1126: I Cry and Cry by Bobby Curtola

Peak Month: September 1962
7 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #13
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Bobby Curtola was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1943. (The town would become amalgamated into the city of Thunder Bay in 1970). In the fall of 1959, sixteen-year-old high school student Bobby Curtola went from pumping gas at his father’s garage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to the life of a teen idol. Within a year he went from playing in his basement band “Bobby and the Bobcats” to recording his first hit single in 1960, “Hand In Hand With You”, which charted in Ontario, but not in Vancouver. After performing on the Bob Hope Show in 1960, the charismatic teenager, with his handsome boy-next-door looks was quickly finding himself within a whirlwind called “Curtolamania.”

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You Must Belong To Me by Bobby Curtola

#1152: You Must Belong To Me by Bobby Curtola

Peak Month: May 1962
7 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #16
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Bobby Curtola was born in Port Arthur, Ontario, in 1943. (The town would become amalgamated into the city of Thunder Bay in 1970). In the fall of 1959, sixteen-year-old high school student Bobby Curtola went from pumping gas at his father’s garage in Thunder Bay, Ontario, to the life of a teen idol. Within a year he went from playing in his basement band “Bobby and the Bobcats” to recording his first hit single in 1960, “Hand In Hand With You”, which charted in Ontario, but not in Vancouver. After performing on the Bob Hope Show in 1960, the charismatic teenager, with his handsome boy-next-door looks was quickly finding himself within a whirlwind called “Curtolamania.”

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Little Girl Blue by Bobby Curtola

#1153: Little Girl Blue by Bobby Curtola

Peak Month: February 1964
7 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #15
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart

Poor Bobby Curtola. Between the summer of 1961 and December 1963 the boy from Thunder Bay had charted twelve songs into the Top 20 in Vancouver, nine of these into the Top Ten. Back in 1961 there was something in Canada called Curtolamania. His #1 hit “Fortune Teller“, in March 1962, had assured his place as a teen idol across Canada as he charted song after song onto the charts coast to coast. But in February 1964 everything was about Beatlemania. The moment The Beatles appeared three times that month on the Ed Sullivan Show, Curtola struggled to get Canadian record buyers attention. (He never got much traction with record buyers south of the border).  In Vancouver “Little Girl Blue” was his most successful effort in the face of the British Invasion and Beatlemania. And of eight singles between 1964 and the summer of 1965, only two climbed into the Top 20.

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