Saturday, March 29, 2014

The Saturday Surveys (3-29)

Canadian R. Dean Taylor (best known here in The States for his #1 Hit "Indiana Wants Me") tops the CHUM Chart in Canada for this week in 1971 with a track called "Gotta See Jane".  The #2 Spot is held by another Canadian act, The Bells, with "Stay Awhile", a song that also did very well here on this side of the border.

Other Canadian acts doing well on the chart this week are The Stampeders (#11 with "Carry Me"), Ocean (#15, down from #2 the week before, with "Put Your Hand In The Hand"), Matthews Southern Comfort (#26 with "Woodstock"), Inner City Mission (#27 with "Wild World") and Crowbar (#28 with "Oh, What A Feeling").

Great to see Elvis and The Beatles doing so well on this WING Chart from 1964.  Yes, Beatlemania was sweeping the nation ... and The Fab Four had an incredible NINE titles on this week's chart thanks to B-Sides like "From Me To You" and the for-some-inexplicable-reason typically ignored "I'll Get You", the flip-side of "She Loves You" that you guys voted as your Favorite, Forgotten B-Side of All-Time a few years ago.

Meanwhile, The King was alive and well with a two-sided hit of his own at #2, "It Hurts Me" / "Kissin' Cousins".  ("Kissin' Cousins" was also the Feature Album of the Week).

New on the chart this week was the Elvis sound-alike record "Suspicion" by Terry Stafford ... that one would go all the way to #1 here in Chicago a few weeks later.  You'll also find '50's stand-bys Sam Cooke and Chuck Berry in the countdown at numbers 10 and 11 respectively.

And there's a REAL pretty song at #23 by The Sapphires called "Who Do You Love" ... which we wanted to feature here today.

Three years later The Beatles are back on the charts at #2 with their two-sided hit "Penny Lane" / "Strawberry Fields Forever".

What I really like about THIS chart is all the B-Sides popping up on the list ... "Summer Wine" (your #2 All-Time Favorite Flip) by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazelwood, "No Milk Today" by Herman's Hermits and The Monkees' great track "The Girl I Knew Somewhere", shown here as the A-Side over the REAL hit "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".

You'll find our FH Buddy Alex Valdez at #17 with "Yellow Balloon" ... in fact, between The Turtles, Yellow Balloon, The Young Rascals, Herman's Hermits, The Monkees, The Lovin' Spoonful and The Byrds, I'd have to say the "Friends Of Forgotten Hits" are pretty well represented on the chart this week!