Monday, May 4, 2015

50 Year Flashback - May 4th, 1965

Here is yet another survey that shows the Them version of "Gloria" at #1 ... pretty amazing when you consider that this record charted for exactly ONE WEEK on The Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Survey ... and peaked at #93.

Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs jump from #30 to #2 with their very first chart hit, "Wooly Bully" ... that's quite a leap!  Although it never officially hit #1 on The Billboard Chart, the magazine ranked it as the Biggest Single of 1965 on their Year-End Chart ... ahead of "Satisfaction" by The Rolling Stones, "Downtown" by Petula Clark, "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" by The Righteous Brothers, "Help!" by The Beatles, "My Girl" by The Temptations and several other far more-likely candidates!

Another great track on this week's survey is "Concrete And Clay" by Unit 4 + 2.  I also liked the Marvin Gaye record "I'll Be Doggone".  Elvis' gospel hit "Crying In The Chapel" is at #17, up eleven places from the week before ... and the Freddie and the Dreamers record, "Do The Freddie" finally shows up on the list instead of the far-inferior Chubby Checker record by the same name.  (Are you ready to do your jumping jacks???)

The novelty hit "Queen Of The House" by Jody Miller, based on the Roger Miller smash "King Of The Road" is at #13 ... while Roger has this week's "Hillbilly Hit" with "Engine Engine Number Nine"!!!