Monday, June 1, 2015

50 Year Flashback - June 1st, 1965

Here's another LA Chart, this time spotlighting the first of June, 1965.

Sam The Sham and the Pharaohs are holding on to the #1 Spot with "Wooly Bully", a hit that Billboard Magazine would later name The Biggest Single of 1965, despite it never reaching the #1 position in their magazine!

Sitting at #6 are Herman's Hermits with their big hit "Mrs. Brown, You've Got A Lovely Daughter", a HUGE US Hit that was never released as a single back home in England.  On THIS chart, however, KFWB is showing it at a two-sided hit ... which means we get to feature one of my all-time favorite B-Sides, "I Gotta Dream On".  (We saw Herman's Hermits starring Peter Noone last Saturday Night and it was a VERY welcome surprise to hear them feature this one, LONG one of my favorites, in their set that night.  I still say this one could have been a major hit on its own had it been given A-Side status, much like "No Milk Today" a couple of years later.  Herman's Hermits EASILY could have had two more Top Ten Singles under their collective belts had the record label - MGM - chosen more wisely.)  You'll also find Herman's Hermits at #25 and #36 this week with "Wonderful World" and "Silhouettes" respectively.  (These guys were clearly hot at the time ... second only in popularity to The Beatles on the US Charts!)

The Four Tops jump 23 places with their soon-to-be #1 Hit, "I Can't Help Myself" ... and Roger Miller's got another hit on his hands as "Engine Engine #9" climbs from #17 to #8.  The Yardbirds are also up ten places with their first big US Hit, "For Your Love", #9 this week in 1965, with another song originally first recorded by Herman's Hermits!