Friday, May 30, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

THE BEATLES regained the top spot this week on the Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart when LOVE ME DO hit #1.  A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE by PETER AND GORDON climbed to #7 and LITTLE CHILDREN (by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS) to #8 … and that wrapped up the British control of The Top Ten.

Sitting just outside (at #11) was P.S. I LOVE YOU and DO YOU LOVE ME (#12).  THE BEATLES and THE DAVE CLARK FIVE  also had other hits in The Top 20 this week ... BITS AND PIECES was right behind at #14, DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET was at #19 and DIANE by THE BACHELORS sat at #20.  Those eight hits reflected the least amount of British occupation in The Top 40 in quite some time.

CAN'T BUY ME LOVE fell to #42, GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY (by THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS) sat at #46, DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING (by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS) climbed to #47 (up 40 points!), THE SEARCHERS' original version of of SUGAR AND SPICE jumped to #50 and I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME (another DC5 hit) sat at #54.

Meanwhile, a GREAT new song by THE SEARCHERS, DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY, premiered at #69 and BAD TO ME, the flip-side of BILLY J. KRAMER's hit LITTLE CHILDREN debuted at #71.  (BAD TO ME was a stand-alone #1 Hit in the U.K.  It's another one of those songs written by … and given away by … LENNON and McCARTNEY.)  CHAD AND JEREMY's version of YESTERDAY'S GONE leaped from #92 to #72 while THE OVERLANDERS' take moved to #87.  Meanwhile, THE ROLLING STONES held steady at #82 with NOT FADE AWAY.

Here in Chicago, it was mostly the same line-up as last week on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey chart ... "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" was at #1, "Yesterday's Gone" came in at #4, "Little Children" / "Bad To Me" at #5, "Diane" climbed to #8 and Peter and Gordon jumped to #10 with "A World Without Love".

"Do You Love Me" held steady at #17 (after such a dynamic start), "Good Golly Miss Molly" was back up on the charts at #21, "Not Fade Away" sat at #23 and "I Only Have Eyes For You" by Cliff Richard was at #24.

On television, The Dave Clark Five were back on The Ed Sullivan Show on May 31st, performing their latest hits, Do You Love Me and Can't You See That She's Mine.