Two of his most memorable songs are “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” and “Sealed with a Kiss”
1960’s Bubblegum Pop Hitmaker Brian Hyland turns 80
Brian Hyland was born November 12, 1943 in New York, he rose to prominence during the early 1960’s with the smash hit songs “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” and “Sealed with a Kiss” which reached #3 in 1962 on both the American and UK Singles Chart. It stayed on the US pop chart for eleven weeks. In 1975, “Sealed With a Kiss” was reissued as a single in the UK and became a surprise #7 hit, the song, revived by Australian Jason Donovan, charted #1 in the UK in 1989. Hyland appeared on many U.S national television programs such as American Bandstand and The Jackie Gleason Show, and toured both internationally and around America with Dick Clark in the Caravan of Stars. The caravan was in Dallas, Texas on the day of the assassination of President Kennedy in 1963. Later in the 1960’s Hyland attempted several departures from the norm, including the psychedelic single “Get the Message” #91 on the U.S. pop chart , and “Holiday for Clowns” #94, but despite their more contemporary arrangements, they failed to get much airplay. Today, Hyland continues to tour internationally with his son Bodi, who assists on drums from time to time.
Look back at Brian Hyland performing “Itsy Bitsy Teenie Weenie Yellow Polkadot Bikini” at the Dick Clark’s American Bandstand 1960
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