Friday, May 16, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

American Artists would continue to control the top spot on the Billboard Pop Charts for 23 of the remaining 33 weeks of 1964 … but The British Invasion Artists continued to give us a good run for the money.  Incredibly only ONE new song by a British artist debuted on the chart this week … and that was JUST ONE LOOK by THE HOLLIES, sitting at a rather lowly #98 position.  (For whatever it's worth, THE ROLLING STONES didn't move at all this week, holding on to the #96 position with NOT FADE AWAY ... at this point NO ONE could have possibly predicted that we'd still be talking about this band on a near-daily basis 50 years later!).  On the bright side, THE BEATLES and THE DAVE CLARK FIVE both remained in The Top Ten with their hits LOVE ME DO (#3), BITS AND PIECES (#4) and DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET (#5).  

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE fell out of The Top Ten in its eighth week on the charts (five of which were spent at #1).  LITTLE CHILDREN climbed to #16 while TWIST AND SHOUT fell to #20.  Other bright spots included DO YOU LOVE ME by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE at #22 and A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE leaping from #76 to #30, fully eclipsing the U.S. version of this song recorded by former teen idol BOBBY RYDELL, who was stuck at #92 with his version of this tune.

P.S. I LOVE YOU rose to #33 (from #64), GLAD ALL OVER sat at #34 and DIANE by THE BACHELORS was at #36, rounding out The Top 40.

THANK YOU GIRL by The Fabs (#49), I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME by the DC5 (#60), GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY by The Swinging Blue Jeans (#71) and the recently dissected SUGAR AND SPICE by The Searchers (#72) rounded out the British representation on the charts this week.

"Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" climbs to #1 on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey while "Yesterday's Gone" (#7) and "Thank You Girl" / "Do You Want To Know A Secret" (#9) round out the British representation in this week's Chicagoland Top Ten.

"Do You Love Me" jumps from #32 to #12 for The Dave Clark Five, another sure hit for the Tottingham Quintet.  Cliff Richard is also back in the Chicago Top Twenty with his latest, "I Only Have Eyes For You" (#19).  "Not Fade Away" (#26), "Diane" (#27), "Little Children" (#29) and "Good Golly Miss Molly" (#31) round out the WLS Silver Dollar Survey dated May 15, 1964.