Friday, December 5, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend ( December 5 - 6 - 7 )

Lorne Greene's spoken word hit "Ringo" moves into the #1 spot on this week's Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart, dethroning The Shangri-Las and "Leader Of The Pack", which falls to #3.  In between them sits "Mr. Lonely" by Bobby Vinton.  

British acts in The Top Ten include The Zombies ("She's Not There", #4), The Rolling Stones ("Time Is On My Side", #6) and The Kinks ("You Really Got Me", #7).  

Herman's Hermits climb to #15 with "I'm Into Something Good", followed by "Sha La La" by Manfred Mann at #19 and a brand new Beatles record, "I Feel Fine", which debuts at #22 this first week of December, 1964.  

The Honeycombs continue their fall down the charts ... they now sit at #28 with "Have I The Right".  The Dave Clark Five are up fifteen places to #31 with their latest, "Any Way You Want It" ... and Julie Rogers cracks The Top 40 for the first time with "The Wedding" (#37), while Chad and Jeremy sit at #44 with "Willow Weep For Me", up eleven places this week from #55.  

The flipside of "I Feel Fine" holds down the #46 spot as The Beatles premier with "She's A Woman", followed by Marianne Faithful at #50 with "As Tears Go By", up an incredible 31 points from last week's #81 showing, "Love Potion Number Nine", now at #61 for The Searchers (up from #83), "Walk Away" by Matt Monro (#62), Sandi Shaw (#73 with "There's Always Something There To Remind Me") and "Boom Boom" by The Animals, brand new at #89.  (This would be The Animals' fourth chart hit in as many months here in The States!)

The Zombies take over the top spot here in Chicago with "She's Not There" this week on the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.  Herman's Hermits fall to #4 with "I'm Into Something Good", one spot ahead of "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks.  The Overlanders crack The Top Ten this week with "Don't It Make You Feel Good" at #7 ... not bad considering that this record never even made the Billboard Chart Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart!  

"Time Is On My Side" by The Rolling Stones sits just outside The Top Ten at #11, followed by "I Feel Fine" / "She's A Woman" by The Beatles (#18), "Any Way You Want It" (#23) for The Dave Clark Five, "As Tears Go By" (#24) by Marianne Faithful, "The Wedding" (#28) by Julie Rogers and "Sha La La" by Manfred Mann at #30.    

On December 9th Manfred Mann performed "Do Wah Diddy Diddy" on SHINDIG