Pa Cartwright sings “Ringo”

This has nothing to do with teenagers, but …

FIFTY YEARS AGO today, 49-year-old Lorne Greene of “Bonanza” fame reached number-one on the Billboard Hot 100 chart with the talk-song “Ringo.”

“No human being could match the draw of Ringo,” intoned Pa Cartwright as a group of background singers chanted “Ring-o … Ringo-o.” The song ended with, “Nowhere was there shed a tear for Ringo,” followed by the background singers doing their “Ring-o … Ringo-o” bit.

The spoken-word ditty about a deadly gunslinger bumped the Sangri-La’s “Leader of the Pack” from the top of the charts and highlighted a very good year for the Canadian-born Greene. At the time, “Bonanza” was the number-one-rated television show in the U.S.

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