Friday, February 28, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

Forgotten Hits continues its look back at The British Invasion ...   


Being a leap year, there was a chart for February 29th this year … and on it, The Beatles had THREE Top Ten Hits:  I WANT TO HOLD YOUR HAND (#1), SHE LOVES YOU (#2) and PLEASE PLEASE ME (#6).  This had never happened before … even ELVIS PRESLEY never had three Top Ten Hits at the same time!  (THE BEATLES had promised to be "bigger than Elvis" … could they have been right?!?!? 

They also held the #28 spot (I SAW HER STANDING THERE) as well as the #42 spot (MY BONNIE).  In addition, novelty hits like MY BOY FRIEND GOT A BEATLE HAIRCUT by Donna Lynn and THE BOY WITH THE BEATLE HAIR by The Swans are also climbing the lower region of the  chart this week (at #95 and #99 respectively) … clearly THE BEATLES were the hottest thing happening at the moment … with a LOT of attention being paid to their grooming methods!  (lol)  

Meanwhile, DUSTY SPRINGFIELD was at #14 with I ONLY WANT TO BE WITH YOU and THE DAVE CLARK FIVE climbed to #53 with GLAD ALL OVER.   


For the first time in the short history of The WLS Silver Dollar Survey, we've got two records tied for the #1 Spot … as "I Want To Hold Your Hand" wraps up its fifth straight week at #1 and is joined by "She Loves You", which will replace it at the top of the chart the following week.  "Please Please Me" reaches the Top Ten (at #5) as does "I Saw Her Standing There" at #10, giving The Fab Four FOUR of The Top Ten Records in Chicago!!!  (They'd expand that count to five the following week, capturing exactly HALF of The Top Ten Records in Chicago!)  

"Glad All Over" climbs to #14 and Cliff Richards' "It's All In The Game" leaps from #31 to #18.  The British Invasion is in full swing.  (And, as we all know, England Swings like a pendulum do!)  A group called The Viceroys have the #28 hit with a track called "Liverpool" and The Searchers premier at #36 with their version of "Needles And Pins", a full week sooner than it would debut in Billboard.