Myrtle Audrey Arinsberg, better known as Gogi Grant, may be a somewhat forgotten artist today but during 1957 she had one of the biggest hits of the year and of the rock AND ROLL ERA. Her “The Wayward Wind” ranked number 23 on the all-time list of BILLBOARD MAGAZINE singles, 1955-1996.
It was a wonderful and smooth vocal performance that just flowed along. The initial crescendo was the perfect introduction to the song. Released during the early spring of 1956, it topped all four BILLBOARD Singles Charts.
Best Sellers In Stores Chart – 6/12/56 – 6 weeks at number one.
Most Played By Disc Jockeys Chart – 6/23/56 – 8 weeks at number one.
Most Played In Jukeboxes Chart – 6/30/56 – 4 weeks at number one.
Bbillboard Top 100 – 6/23/56 – 6 weeks at number one.
She retired in 1967 but returned to performing late in life and has remained active well into her 80s. Proving that a good song is always a good song, “The Wayward Wind” re-charted during the spring of 1961 reaching number 50.