Monday, March 2, 2015

50 Year Flashback - March 2nd, 1965

We're back in Detroit this week for this WXYZ Chart.

Kinda weird to see the new "Spotlight Sound" / Pick Hit ranked above the entire survey ... usually this is reserved for the space AFTER the week's biggest hits.  In fact, the type is TWICE as large as this week's #1 Record, "Stop! In The Name Of Love" by The Supremes.

WXYZ shows a few other oddities on their chart.  For starters, Bert Kaempfert and Vic Dana SHARE the #3 spot with each of their versions of "Red Roses For A Blue Lady" ... then you've got the two-sided hit by The Beatles at #5 - "Eight Days A Week" / "I Don't Want To Spoil The Party" ... but that #5 spot is SHARED between The Beatles, The Zombies with "Tell Her No" and Jr. Walker and the All-Stars and "Shotgun"!

We also find the Cannibal and the Headhunters version of "Land of 1000 Dances" at #4 ... you'll see the version by Thee Midniters charted nearly this high on one of our other up-coming weekly charts in other parts of the country.

The Reflections (who just happen to BE from Detroit) are scoring high with their latest hit, "Poor Man's Son", a follow up to their national smash "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet".  And The Who are doing extremely well with their early hit "I Can't Explain".

One other curiosity ... hot on the heels of his appearances on "Shindig" (I can only presume) we find Bobby Sherman at #35 this week with "It Hurts Me".  Although this one "Bubbled Under" in Billboard Magazine, he wouldn't hit their Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart for four more years when his hit TV Series "Here Comes The Brides" relaunched his singing career with The Top Three Smash "Little Woman"!


If you didn't check out the link we provided in this week's Sunday Comments (courtesy of FH Reader Clark Besch ... who also provided the majority of the charts featured in our weekly 50 Years Flashback series), here's a look at what was happening on the other side of the pond for this week in 1965 ...