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This week in music: 1962

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Where were you in '62?  That was the catch phrase for the movie American Graffiti. 

If you were in a car cruisin' around like they did in that classic movie, these were the songs you were likely hearing on the radio.

Billboard Magazine had these songs at the top of its Hot 100 this week 54 years ago.

At number five was funnyman Ray Stevens with "Ahab, The Arab." The song introduced us to Clyde the Camel and made references to Hershey Bars, RC Colas and moon pies.

Everybody was doing a brand new dance with the hit at number four.  Little Eva was wanting you to do "The Loco-Motion."

At number three was The Orlons with their debut single. "Before the The Wah Watusi" came out the group was best known for providing back-up vocals to other artists.

Bobby Vinton was in the number two spot with his first hit. "Roses are Red My Love" was a huge international hit reaching number one in South Africa, The Philippines, Australia, Norway and of course the U.S.

But in the top spot for this week in '62 was Neil Sedaka with what is considered his signature song. "Breaking Up is Hard to Do" has been covered by numerous artists including The Carpenters, The Four Seasons, Gloria Estefan, Clay Aiken and even Alvin and the Chipmunks.

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