#1219: 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
YouTube.com link: “You Must Belong To Me”
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.”
Bobby set out on his first Western Canadian Tour in the fall of 1960. From there Curtola went on to become a trailblazer. He toured the first coast to coast tour circuit in Canada. In 1961 he went to Nashville to record with Bill Porter for RCA Studios. That relationship continued for decades.
The hit “Fortune Teller” was released in 1962 and went Gold in Canada. The now Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame DJ, Red Robinson, was key in the success of “Fortune Teller.” Seeing its potential internationally, Robinson sent it to Disc Jockey’s in Seattle at KJR and Hawaii’s KPOI in Honolulu. A major US record deal was signed and “Fortune Teller” went on to sell two and a half million copies. Bobby Curtola was invited to tour with Dick Clark and his Cavalcade of Stars. While on tour in England that same year, Bobby met The Beatles and appeared on the famous British TV variety show Thank Your Lucky Stars.
Bobby Curtola, had his sixth chart hit in Vancouver with “You Must Belong To Me”. It was the fifth of six Top 20 hits for Curtola on the Vancouver pop charts in 1962. Between May 1961 and August 1965 Curtola had 22 songs chart on AM radio in Vancouver. Of these, nine climbed into the Top Ten. He was among the first Canadian artists to receive the RPM Gold Leaf Award in 1966 for Top Male Vocalist. This award was the forerunner to the Juno Awards.
Curtola sings about a relationship at a crossroads. Although the couple has established they both love each other, there’s an obstacle. The girlfriend heard from someone else that he was untrue. He can’t believe she actually trusts the bad report about him. Now he is lonely for her and longs for her to tell him she still wants him.
With “You Must Belong To Me” in the spring of 1962 Bobby Curtola continuously had a hit single on the CFUN charts between November 25, 1961, and June 16, 1962. From November 25, 1961, to March 14, 1964, Curtola had a song on the Vancouver charts for 107 weeks out of 119 weeks.
November 10, 2016
Bobby Curtola biography, Bobby Curtola.com
Janet French, “Canadian Singer Bobby Curtola Dies During Edmonton Visit,” Edmonton Journal, June 6, 2016.
Bobby Curtola, Canadian Bands.com
Things Go Better with Coke, Coca-cola Commercial, 1964.
Bobby Curtola Coca Cola Interview with John Pozer, Ottawa, Ontario, 1964.
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