Friday, September 26, 2014
50 Years Ago This Weekend
9/25, 9/26, 9/27, 9/28
THE ANIMALS fall to #3 this week on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart, making way for ROY ORISON to take over the top spot on the chart with his monster-sized hit OH, PRETTY WOMAN, followed at #2 by THE NEWBEATS and BREAD AND BUTTER. DO WAH DIDDY by MANFRED MANN continues its climb up the charts, this week resting at #6 … and for the first time in a VERY long time, The British are held to just TWO spots in The American Top Ten! (Other Top Ten Hits this week include GTO by RONNY AND THE DAYTONAS, #4, REMEMBER (WALKIN' IN THE SAND) by THE SHANGRI-LAS, #5, WHERE DID OUR LOVE GO by THE SUPREMES, #3, DANCING IN THE STREET by MARTHA AND THE VANDELLAS, #8, IT HURTS TO BE IN LOVE by GENE PITNEY, #9 and SAVE IT FOR ME by THE FOUR SEASONS, at #10. In fact, this week's chart shows you how The Sound Of Motown held its own again these young British upstarts!
Elsewhere on the chart, we find THE DAVE CLARK FIVE at #17 with BECAUSE, CHAD AND JEREMY at #18 with A SUMMER SONG, THE BEATLES at #19 with A HARD DAY'S NIGHT, THE BEATLES again at #23 with MATCHBOX, BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS at #30 with FROM A WINDOW, THE BEATLES (again!) at #32 with SLOW DOWN, THE SEARCHERS at #34 with SOME DAY WE'RE GONNA LOVE AGAIN, THE ROLLING STONES at #37 with IT's ALL OVER NOW, THE ANIMALS at #57 with GONNA SEND YOU BACK TO WALKER, THE BEATLES at #59 with IF I FELL, followed by THE NASHVILLE TEENS at #60 with TOBACCO ROAD and THE HONEYCOMBS at #61 with HAVE I THE RIGHT.
GERRY AND THE PACEMAKERS are new on the chart this week with I LIKE IT, debuting at #66. DUSTY SPRINGFIELD is back with her latest, ALL CRIED OUT, premiering at #75, followed by THE BACHELORS with I WOULDN'T TRADE YOU FOR THE WORLD at #76, THE ANIMALS (again!) at #78 with I'M CRYING, CILLA BLACK at #82 with IT'S FOR YOU and THE KINKS, making their first US Chart Appearance at #92 with YOU REALLY GOT ME. (Incredibly that STILL gives The British Invasion Artists 20 songs on this week's Hot 100 Chart!)
DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY by MANFRED MANN moves into the #2 spot on The WLS Silver Dollar Survey this week, where it will stay for the next three weeks. (I remember being SO frustrated at the time because DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY was such a classic, ingenious hit. It deserved to be #1 here in Chicago but was held out of the top spot by OH, PRETTY WOMAN's long reign [five weeks] on top of the charts. Deep down I think I have always resented OH, PRETTY WOMAN for this! So when it also went on to become one of the most over-played oldies of all time, I finally just started tuning it out and turning it off! To this day I still think DO WAH DIDDY DIDDY is the catchier, more commercial hit.)
THE ANIMALS are right behind it at #3 with THE HOUSE OF THE RISING SUN and BECAUSE by THE DAVE CLARK FIVE and A SUMMER SONG by CHAD STUART AND JEREMY CLYDE continue to hold on to their spots in the Chicagoland Top Ten at numbers 8 and 9 respectively.
BILLY J. KRAMER AND THE DAKOTAS are at #11 with FROM A WINDOW … but then we don't get another British Hit until #20 where THE BEATLES hold court with their latest two-sided hit MATCHOX / SLOW DOWN. Right behind them are THE SEARCHERS and SOME DAY WE'RE GONNA LOVE AGAIN (#31), followed by THE HONEY COMBS at #26 with HAVE I THE RIGHT, THE ROLLING STONES at #37 with IT'S ALL OVER NOW and THE NASHVILLE TEENS at #30 with TOBACCO ROAD.