Friday, June 6, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend (June 6th)

Our first Billboard Chart of June, 1964 finds that THE BEATLES were only able to hold on to the top spot for one week with LOVE ME DO as THE DIXIE CUPS' CHAPEL OF LOVE pushed them out to #2.  A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE, LITTLE CHILDREN and P.S. I LOVE YOU remained in The Top Ten (at numbers 6, 8 and 10 respectively) and THE DAVE CLARK FIVE's version of DO YOU LOVE ME sat right outside The Top Ten at #11.  Other British Hot 100 Hits include DIANE at #14, BITS AND PIECES at #25, DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING (up 21 places to #26), DO YOU WANT TO KNOW A SECRET (down to #36 from #19), GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY by THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS at #44, SUGAR AND SPICE by THE SEARCHERS at #47, (meanwhile, their newest release, DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY, jumps up from #69 to #54), I KNEW IT ALL THE TIME by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE at #53, BAD TO ME, up ten places to #61 for BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS, YESTERDAY'S GONE (sitting at #64 for CHAD AND JEREMY and #84 for THE OVERLANDERS), and THE ROLLING STONES, holding steady at #82.  Surprisingly, there were no new British debuts on the chart this week.

The Beatles kick off the month of June at #1 for one more week on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey with "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You".  Also in The Top Ten:  "Yesterday's Gone" by Chad and Jeremy at #5, the two-sided hit "Little Children" / "Bad To Me" at #7 and "Do You Love Me" by The Dave Clark Five, now up to #8. 

Peter and Gordon's version of "A World Without Love" slips a notch to #11, a position it now shares with Bobby Rydell's version!  "Diane" is at #12 and then there's not another British artist to be found until you hit #40 where "Die Beatles" sit with their German version of "She Loves You", "Sie Liebt Dich"!

On Sunday, June 7th, Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas appeared on The Ed Sullivan Show and performed three songs: "Pride", "Little Children" and "Bad To Me".