#1081: Abdul’s Party by Larry Verne
Peak Month: November 1961
5 weeks on Vancouver’s CFUN chart
Peak Position #6
Peak Position on Billboard Hot 100 #113 (Bubbling under the Hot 100)
In 1936 Larry Verne was born February 8, 1936 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He debuted on the pop charts with a number one hit in October 1960 called “Mr. Custer.” The song was about a guy at the back of the 7th Calvary in the US Army who didn’t want to fight the Battle of Little Big Horn, June 25-26, 1876, against the Lakota, Northern Cheyenne and Arapaho Plains Indians. To try and settle his nerves the infantryman makes some bad jokes about “wild injuns.” The song went to #1 for two weeks on CKWX in September 1960. After “Mr. Custer” Larry Verne had follow-up single that was a commercial flop. “Mr. Livingston” spent only three weeks on the Billboard Hot 100, peaking at #75. It had the same gag with a narrator who is very dim-witted. In this case Verne’s Sir Henry Stanley, in search of Dr. David Livingston, mistakes a monkey for a real person and his buddy named Charlie gets eat by a man-eating plant. Alone in the jungle he tries a Tarzan yell that gets the attention of the local cannibals. He finds Dr. Livingstone doesn’t want to return to England with him. At the end of the song Verne’s Sir Henry Stanley gets submerged in quicksand.