Friday, June 20, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

Not many changes on the Billboard Hot 100 chart this week.  Brand new at #79 is WISHIN' AND HOPIN' by DUSTY SPRINGFIELD.  Other tracks holding on include A WORLD WITHOUT LOVE by PETER AND GORDON at #2, LOVE ME DO by THE BEATLES at #7, GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS with their latest, DON'T LET THE SUN CATCH YOU CRYING, up 11 places to #9 from #20, DIANE by THE BACHELORS (first time in The Top Ten at #10), BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS with their two-sided hit LITTLE CHILDREN (#11) and BAD TO ME (its flipside), up ten places to #16 … and about to overtake its A-Side!, more BEATLES (and another flip-side) P.S.I LOVE YOU at #22, THE DAVE CLARK FIVE and DO YOU LOVE ME at #24, YESTERDAY'S GONE is at #27 for CHAD STUART and JEREMY CLYDE, DON'T THROW YOUR LOVE AWAY by THE SEARCHERS is at #28, CAN'T YOU SEE THAT SHE'S MINE, another MAJOR hit for THE DAVE CLARK FIVE, leaps from #68 to #31, GOOD GOLLY MISS MOLLY by THE SWINGING BLUE JEANS is at #45, SUGAR AND SPICE, another SEARCHERS hit is at #58, NOT FADE AWAY by THE ROLLING STONES at #74, YESTERDAY'S GONE by THE OVERLANDERS at #81 and the FOUR BY THE BEATLES EP is holding steady at #97.

Here in Chicagoland, "Little Children" / "Bad To Me" climbs to #1, a spot it will hold next week as well.  It was during one of these two weeks that I discovered The WLS Silver Dollar Survey for myself for the very first time.  Dex Card used to count down The Top 40 Hits every week day beginning at 3:00 … and on the very first countdown I ever heard, "Little Children" by Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas, was at #1 … so it HAD to be one of these two weeks.  I was hooked immediately … my very first countdown show … and I tuned in every day thereafter, even though it would be the same 40 songs all week long until the survey changed on Fridays!  I also found out that you could pick up a copy of the WLS Chart at your local record shop … and soon a brand new collection began as well. 

Peter and Gordon's "A World Without Love" dropped to #3, followed by "Love Me Do" / "P.S. I Love You" at #4, "Do You Love Me" at #12, "Diane" at #13, "Sie Liebt Dich" at #17 and "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying", making a big leap from #35 to #18.  (I remember at the time that "Little Children" was my favorite song … but "Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying" was a close second.)  And The Dave Clark Five were back with ANOTHER brand new hit as "Can't You See That She's Mine", still one of my all-time favorites by them ... and one that WE used to do with the band just because it was such a great rocker ... debuted at #24.

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