Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Summer's Biggest Hits, 1965

Here are the final rankings for Summer's Biggest Hits, 1965, as compiled by Randy Price, Kent Kotal and Jack Levin, utilizing national chart information from the three biggest trade publications as well as local Chicagoland information gathered from The WLS Silver Dollar Survey and the "street sheet" Top Tunes Of Greater Chicago". Final rankings are based on the points accumulated from these sources for the months of June, July and August ONLY, 1965:

THE TOP 50 SONGS OF SUMMER, 1965 (National Edition)

1. (I Can't Get No) SATISFACTION - The Rolling Stones (London)
2. I CAN'T HELP MYSELF (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) - The Four Tops (Motown)
3. MR. TAMBOURINE MAN - The Byrds (Columbia)
4. I'M HENRY VIII, I AM - Herman's Hermits (MGM)
5. WHAT'S NEW PUSSYCAT? - Tom Jones (Parrot)
6. YES, I'M READY - Barbara Mason (Arctic)
7. WOOLY BULLY - Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs (MGM)
8. CARA, MIA - Jay & The Americans (United Artists)
9. CRYING IN THE CHAPEL - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
10. WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE - Jackie DeShannon (Imperial)

11. SAVE YOUR HEART FOR ME - Gary Lewis & The Playboys (Liberty)
12. WONDERFUL WORLD - Herman's Hermits (MGM)
13. SEVENTH SON - Johnny Rivers (Imperial)
14. YOU TURN ME ON (Turn On Song) - Ian Whitcomb & Bluesville (Tower)
15. I GOT YOU BABE - Sonny & Cher (Atco)
16. FOR YOUR LOVE - The Yardbirds (Epic)
17. DON'T JUST STAND THERE - Patty Duke (United Artists)
18. I LIKE IT LIKE THAT - The Dave Clark Five (Epic)
19. HELP ME, RHONDA - The Beach Boys (Capitol)
20. BACK IN MY ARMS AGAIN - The Supremes (Motown)
21. A WALK IN THE BLACK FOREST - Horst Jankowski (Mercury)
22. I WANT CANDY - The Strangeloves (Bang)
23. TOO MANY RIVERS - Brenda Lee (Decca)
24. BABY, I'M YOURS - Barbara Lewis (Atlantic)
25. A LITTLE BIT OF HEAVEN - Ronnie Dove (Diamond)
26. LAURIE (Strange Things Happen) - Dickey Lee (TCF Hall)
27. HUSH, HUSH, SWEET CHARLOTTE - Patti Page (Columbia)
28. DOWN IN THE BOONDOCKS - Billy Joe Royal (Columbia)
29. HOLD ME, THRILL ME, KISS ME - Mel Carter (Imperial)
30. CALIFORNIA GIRLS - The Beach Boys (Capitol)
31. UNCHAINED MELODY - The Righteous Brothers (Philles)
32. MARIE - The Bachelors (London)
33. ENGINE ENGINE #9 - Roger Miller (Smash)
34. (Such An) EASY QUESTION - Elvis Presley (RCA Victor)
35. JUST A LITTLE - The Beau Brummels (Autumn)
36. HELP! - The Beatles (Capitol)
37. IT'S THE SAME OLD SONG - The Four Tops (Motown)
38. TICKET TO RIDE - The Beatles (Capitol)
39. I'VE BEEN LOVING YOU TOO LONG (To Stop Now) - Otis Redding (Volt)
41. THEME FROM "A SUMMER PLACE" - The Lettermen (Capitol)
42. I'M A FOOL - Dino, Desi & Billy (Reprise)
43. ALL I REALLY WANT TO DO - Cher (Imperial)
44. BEFORE AND AFTER - Chad & Jeremy (Columbia)
45. PAPA'S GOT A BRAND NEW BAG (pt. 1) - James Brown & The Famous Flames (King)
46. TAKE ME BACK - Little Anthony & The Imperials (DCP)
47. SHAKIN' ALL OVER - The Guess Who (Scepter)
49. IT'S NOT UNUSUAL - Tom Jones (Parrot)
50. LAST CHANCE TO TURN AROUND - Gene Pitney (Musicor)

THE TOP 50 BIGGEST HITS OF SUMMER, 1965 - Chicagoland Charts

1. Satisfaction - Rolling Stones
2. I Can't Help Myself - Four Tops
3. Mr. Tambourine Man- Byrds
4. Wooly Bully - Sam the Sham & Pharoahs
5. What's New Pussycat - Tom Jones
I'm Henry The VIII, I Am - Herman's Hermits
7. Cara Mia - Jay & Americans
8. Crying In The Chapel - Elvis Presley
9. I Want Candy - Strangeloves
10. Save Your Heart For Me - Gary Lewis & Playboys

11. Wonderful World - Herman's Hermits
12. I Got You Babe - Sonny & Cher
13. Baby I'm Yours - Barbara Lewis
14. A Walk In The Black Forest - Horst Jankowski
15. What The World Needs Now Is Love - Jackie DeShannon
16. Don't Just Stand There - Patty Duke
17. Help Me Rhonda - Beach Boys
18. For Your Love - Yardbirds
19. I Like It Like That - Dave Clark Five
20. Down In The Boondocks - Billy Joe Royal
21. Seventh Son - Johnny Rivers
22. Help! - Beatles
23. California Girls - Beach Boys
24. I'm A Fool - Dino, Desi & Billy
25. Silhouettes - Herman's Hermits
26. Laurie - Dickey Lee
27. It's Not Unusual - Tom Jones
28. Just A Little - Beau Brummels
29. Little Miss Sad - Five Emprees
30. Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte - Patti Page
31. Hold Me, Thrill Me, Kiss Me - Mel Carter
32. You Turn Me On - Ian Whitcomb
33. Give Us Your Blessing - Shangri-Las
34. All I Really Want To Do - Byrds
35. Back In My Arms Again - Supremes
36. Sunshine, Lollipops And Rainbows - Lesley Gore
37. New Orleans - Eddie Hodges
38. A Little Bit Of Heaven - Ronnie Dove
39. It's The Same Old Song - Four Tops
40. Like A Rolling Stone - Bob Dylan
41. Nothing But Heartaches - Supremes
42. The In Crowd - Ramsey Lewis Trio
43. She's About A Mover - Sir Douglas Quintet
44. Unchained Melody - Righteous Brothers
45. It Ain't Me Babe - Turtles
46. Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter - Herman's Hermits
47. Catch Us Is You Can - Dave Clark Five
48. Before And After - Chad & Jeremy
49. Baby The Rain Must Fall - Glenn Yarbrough
50. You'd Better Come Home - Petula Clark

Another clear-cut winner for 1965 as The Rolling Stones rocked EVERYBODY's Summer with their Summer Anthem "Satisfaction." (For those of you at home keeping score, this is the third year running that The Biggest Song Of Summer was the same record on both the local and the national charts ... and THIS year, it was a LANDSLIDE!)

But as big as "Satisfaction" was ... and still IS, we can't overlook some of the other acts who were making their presence known back in 1965.

For example ... How big were Herman's Hermits back in 1965?

Big enough to have FOUR of The Top 50 Songs of Summer! That's as many Top 50 hits as The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Dave Clark Five COMBINED!!!

In fact, British artists account for over a dozen of The Top 50 Summer Hits. (Once again, the BIGGEST Hits of The Summer of '65 seemed pretty clear ... 16 of The Top 20 Records are common to BOTH charts!)
But when was the last time you heard the likes of "Hush Hush Sweet Charlotte" by Patti Page? "Marie" by The Bachelors? "A Little Bit Of Heaven" by Ronnie Dove? "Before And After" by Chad and Jeremy? "Last Chance To Turn Around" by Gene Pitney? ALL of these finished in The Top 50 on the National List! So did Forgotten Hits Favorites like "Laurie" by Dickey Lee, "A Walk In the Black Forest" by Horst Jankowski, "Don't Just Stand There" by Patty Duke, "You Turn Me On" by Ian Whitcomb and "Easy Question" by Elvis.

You can catch The Top 50 Songs Of Summer, 1966, tomorrow on the Forgotten Hits Web Page ... see you there!