#1167: School Bus by Kris Jensen
Peak Month: October 1960
9 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #16
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 ~ did not chart
YouTube.com link: “School Bus”
Kris was born Peter Jensen on April 4, 1942, in New Haven. As a little shaver, Pete was wild about the singing cowboys, Gene Autry and Roy Rogers. At age 16, he met Denise Norwood, a songwriter who had made good a couple of years earlier with Joe Valino’s rendition of her tune, “The Garden Of Eden.” For three years, they worked together, with Jensen recording Norwood’s compositions in her home studio. Colpix Records released his “Bonnie Baby” in 1959. Jensen variously recorded for Leader, Kapp, Hickory and finally White Whale. Jensen could not only sing, but also play the guitar and bass guitar. Though he would record over thirty singles between 1959 and 1966, he is remembered in America as a one-hit wonder. But not in Vancouver where he charted three songs on the local pop charts.