Respond to this challenge, by either by using the prompt word pillow, or going with the above picture, or by means of the song ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’’, or by going with any other Bobby Lewis song, or another song from the 1960 era. ‘Tossin’ and Turnin’’ was written by Ritchie Adams and Malou Rene, and recorded by Bobby Lewis in 1960. It reached #1 on both the Billboard Hot 100 and R&B chart and this song has become a standard on oldies compilations. It was named the #1 single on the Billboard chart for 1961, after spending seven consecutive weeks at the top and it has the distinction of being one of only six songs from the 1960s that spent seven consecutive weeks at the top. Only two records, ‘Theme From A Summer Place’ by Percy Faith (1960) and ‘Hey Jude’ by the Beatles (1968) spent more weeks in the top spot during that decade (both nine weeks). This song was featured in American Graffiti and it is on the soundtrack for National Lampoon’s Animal House. In 2008, Billboard magazine ranked the song as the 27th biggest song of all time that charted on the Billboard Hot 100, commemorating the 50th anniversary of the chart. It remains one of the most requested radio tracks of all time.
Ritchie Adams was a songwriter and the former lead singer of The Fireflies and Malou Rene was the wife of Beltone’s A&R director and bandleader Joe Rene. The song had an unusual instrumental break, played by King Curtis on the mouth piece of his sax. Rene’s orchestra featuring Haywood Henry on baritone sax, Paul Griffin on piano, Ritchie Adams and Eric Gale playing guitars, Bob Bushnell, bass guitar, Sticks Evans on drums, Bobby singing lead vocal with backing vocals supplied by girl group The Swanettes. Lewis was living in Newark, New Jersey, since 1980, but he died last year on April 28, 2020, at the age of 95, after contracting pneumonia. Many people experience difficulty sleeping at some point in their lives, which could be caused by aging, too much stimulation before bedtime (such as watching television, playing video games, or exercising), consuming too much caffeine, noise disturbances, an uncomfortable bedroom, or a feeling of excitement, but in this song, the singer can’t get his mind off his girl.
I kicked the blankets on the floor
Turned my pillow upside down