2018-11-02 11:27:19 UTC
A writer named Tom Breihan has been reviewing, in order, every song to hit #1 in the Billboard Hot 100.
The Elegants – “Little Star”
HIT #1: August 25, 1958
STAYED AT #1: 1 week
It’s an almost unbelievably wholesome story: Four Italian teenagers from the South Shore of Staten Island grow up singing doo-wop under the boardwalk together, and then they hit #1 when a couple of them have the bright idea of turning “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” into a love song. They never scored another hit again, but they’re still out there singing the song on the nostalgia circuit, playing cruises and country clubs. Frontman Vito Picone now hosts a nostalgia-heavy talk show on Staten Island community TV. Their moment lasted for exactly one week, and they still can’t believe their luck.
“Little Star” seems almost too wholesome to work. “Twinkle Twinkle Little Star” is a kids’ song, and by definition, there’s no danger or mystery to it. It’s also not especially well-suited to becoming a pop song. But the Elegants built on its familiarity, turning their song into a perfectly pretty little shimmer. There are plenty of better doo-wop songs, but there are plenty of worse ones, too.