Monday, September 14, 2015

50 Year Flashback - September 14th, 1965

This KFXM Chart from this week in 1965 shows The Beatles on top of the heap with their latest, "Help" (the title track from their brand new motion picture ... in color this time!) coupled with the record' B-Side "I'm Down", a scorching rocker by Paul McCartney, written as a show-stopper final tune for this year's tour, much in the same vein as the previous closer, "Long Tall Sally", Paul's version of the Little Richard classic.

Surprisingly, "Help" / "I'm Down" didn't chart as a two-sided hit nationally.  While "Help" topped all three national trades, the best "I'm Down" could muster was a "Bubbling Under" position of #101 in Billboard.  (It didn't even get that high in the other trades ... #106 in Record World ... and only #126 for a week in Cash Box.)

Big climbers this week include  "Liar Liar" by The Castaways (#4, up from #10 the previous week), "Heart Full Of Soul by The Yardbirds (up nine places to #8), "Mohair Sam" by then rocker Charlie Rich (which climbs from #22 to #12), "Hang On Sloopy" by The McCoys (now at #13 after spending a week at #24 the week before), "Catch Us If You Can" by The Dave Clark Five (another movie song, up ten places from #25 to #15), "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" by Jonathan King (which jumps from #31 all the way to #18), "Treat Her Right" by Roy Head, the week's biggest mover, jumping from #37 to #20, a leap of 17 places!, and "You're The One" by The Vogues, a remake of a Petula Clark album track, that climbs from #34 to #26 this week.

I like how the chart shows you last year's Top Ten Hits on this date as well as Great Britain's Top 12 Tracks.  (Notice that Sonny and Cher hold down the #1 Spot in The UK, ahead of The Beatles and The Stones!)

Notice that the backside of this week's KFXM's Survey shows three of their jocks changing the marquee at The Arlington Theater.  "Help!" is the hot new feature at the movies this week (and it looks like another British Import, "Ferry 'Cross The Mersey" featuring Gerry and the Pacemakers" is being shown as the second half of a double feature!)

We found some "unaltered" early mixes of some "Help!" album tracks and wanted to share a few of these with you today as well.  These are "pre final mix" renditions to some of the new soundtrack ... so we're featuring one each by John, Paul, George and Ringo!