Friday, August 29, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend (August 29 - 30 - 31)

The Supremes hold down the #1 spot for one more week on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart as THE ANIMALS move into the #2 position with their first American Chart Hit, THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN.  A HARD DAY'S NIGHT by THE BEATLES falls to #4, BECAUSE holds at #7 for THE DAVE CLARK FIVE and HOW DO YOU DO IT by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS hangs on at #10.
WISHIN' AND HOPIN' finally falls out of The Top Ten to #11 this week for DUSTY SPRINGFIELD.  THE BEATLES are still making their presence known as AND I LOVE HER climbs to #13, AIN'T SHE SWEET falls to #24 and I'LL CRY INSTEAD climbs to #29.  IT'S ALL OVER NOW by THE ROLLING STONES climbs to #34 while their previous hit, TELL ME, falls from #27 to #38.  Sandwiched in between is I'LL KEEP YOU SATISFIED by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS, now sitting at #36 … and rounding out The Top 40 with 11 British Hits.
IF I FELL by THE BEATLES, RINGO'S THEME by GEORGE MARTIN (from the same film, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT) and SOME DAY WE'RE GONNA LOVE AGAIN by THE SEARCHERS hold down positions 54, 55 and 56 respectively while A SUMMER SONG by CHAD AND JEREMY climbs from #85 to #70.  Meanwhile, FROM A WINDOW by BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS moves to #79.  (CHAD AND JEREMY would release THEIR version of the Lennon - McCartney tune FROM A WINDOW a year later!)

August closes with THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN by THE ANIMALS at #2, BECAUSE by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE at #5, A HARD DAY'S NIGHT by THE BEATLES at #6, WISHIN' AND HOPIN' by DUSTY SPRINGFIELD at #7 and HOW DO YOU DO IT by GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS at #10, giving The British Invasion Artists HALF of this week's Top Ten Hits in Chicago according to The WLS Silver Dollar Survey.
That's some serious domination … but you won't find another British Hit until you reach #28 where THE ROLLING STONES sit with IT'S ALL OVER NOW.  Right behind them at #29 are CHAD AND JEREMY and their latest hit, A SUMMER SONG … but that's it for a British presence on this week's Chicagoland chart.