Saturday, February 22, 2014

The Saturday Survey (2-22)

Looks like the K-Men were having some fun with the recent invasion of The Beatles back in 1964 ... they revamped their entire survey to be (shall we say) "insectuous"!!! 

Clever titles abound ... but there's no denying how popular The Fab Four were this week in '64 ... "She Loves You", "I Want To Hold Your Hand" / "I Saw Her Standing There" and "Please Please Me" hold down the top three spots on this chart.  (Actually it looks like a TIE for first place, meaning four of the top two records are by The Beatles ... huh?!?!?)

More fun ensues throughout the countdown ... "I Only Want To Be With You" by Cropdusty Springfield, "Beetles And Pins" by The Searchers, "The Way You Do The Stings You Do" and many others occupy The Top 40 spots.

But The Beatles take-over is no laughing matter ... all three of the station's top albums belong to The Fab Four ... and the K-Men Beatles Exclusives include tracks only available on import at this point in time ... "Love Me Do", "Please Mr. Postman", "Roll Over Beethoven", "Money" and "You've Really Got A Hold On Me"!  Wow!  With "Till There Was You", "Don't Bother Me", "Not A Second Time", "I Wanna Be Your Man", "From Me To You", "Thank You Girl", "My Bonnie" and "Twist And Shout" also showing airplay, I'd have to say the station was infested with Beatlemania as well as rockin' pneumonia and the boogie-woogie flu! 

This next chart comes from Davie Allan's personal collection ... that's Davie and his Arrows at #5 with "Apache '65".  Another personal favorite, "Paper Tiger" by Sue Thompson, is at #9, and The Kingsmen topped the charts in Arizona with "Jolly Green Giant", too!

There's only one Beatles record on this chart  ("Eight Days A Week" sits at #19) ... but the British Invasion is in full force ... 15 of the Top 40 Hits are by British acts, including Petula Clark, Herman's Hermits, Gerry and the Pacemakers, Shirley Bassey, Chad and Jeremy, The Kinks, Ian Whitcomb, The Zombies, The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, The Animals, Peter and Gordon, The Searchers and The Bachelors (and nipping at the heels are Georgie Fame with "Yeh Yeh" and The Who with "I Can't Explain".  (Even the Pick Hit Album of the Week has a decidedly British feel to it ... "Mary Poppins" holds down the top spot!)

A couple of weeks ago we gave you  a chart from Hawaii ... so it seemed only fair to run one from Alaska this week!!! (Again, how many Alaskan charts have you seen in your lifetime?!?!?)

I guess it really didn't matter WHERE you were ... (or how cold it was!) ... The Beatles were #1 literally EVERYWHERE!!!

Three of the Top Six spots (by the usual suspects)What's REALLY cool, however, is that Anchorage is charting The Top 100 Hits!

However, despite billing itself as "Anchorage's ONLY Authentic Tabulation of America's Most Popular Music" .. and the huge disclaimer at the bottom that says "The Tunedex is Copyrighted ... broadcasting or reproduction is not legal", it turns out that this chart is actually IDENTICAL to The Billboard Hot 100 published that very same week.

Clark Besch (who sent us this chart) is wondering if perhaps Joel Whitburn can shed some light on whatever arrangement KFQD may have had with Billboard ... clearly that had some type of advance notice of the upcoming chart in order to get their own chart printed and distributed in time.  What say you, Joel?

Hi Kent,  
That Anchorage, Alaska survey is the first one I’ve seen like that.  It definitely is a copy of the Billboard Hot 100 chart for that week.  I have no idea what Tunedex is.  Kim and I are heading to Billboard’s New York offices in March, so I’ll print this out and show it to Silvio and see if he has any knowledge about these charts.