Wednesday, May 4, 2016

50 Years Ago Today

Here's how things shaped up in Australia 50 years ago today ... check out this vintage chart from down under!

Quite a few two-sided hits on the chart this week ... featuring some unusual pairings (based on their US counterparts anyway) ...

Topping the chart is The Beatles with "Nowhere Man" / "Norwegian Wood".  (Here in The States "Nowhere Man" was backed up with "What Goes On" ... and back home in The UK, "Nowhere Man" wouldn't be released as a single at all.

The Rolling Stones have a two-sided hit at #18 with "As Tears Go By" / "19th Nervous Breakdown" (both separate A-Sides here in The States) ... and they're also represented at #12 with "The Fortune Teller".

Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass have a two-sided hit at #20 with "What Now My Love" / "Spanish Flea", as do The Beach Boys one spot behind them at #21 with "Sloop John B" / "You're So Good To Me".

Nancy Sinatra falls out of the #1 spot to #2 this week with her first big hit "These Boots Are Made For Walkin'" while our FH Buddy Bob Lind jumps ten places with "Elusive Butterfly" (from #20 to #10).

Also scoring multiple hits on this week's Top 40 are Herman's Hermits (#19 with "Leaning On The Lamp Post" and #22 with "Listen People") and Petula Clark (at #30 with "My Love" and at #37 with "A Sign Of The Times").

In addition to the regular Top 40 Chart, an additional 30 hits are listed as "predicted hits".  You'll find some pretty big titles on this list, including future smashes like "Monday Monday" by The Mamas and the Papas, "How Does That Grab You Darlin'" by Nancy Sinatra, "The Pied Piper" by Crispian St. Peters, "Caroline No" (shown here by The Beach Boys, even though Capitol Records released it as a Brian Wilson single), "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me" by Dusty Springfield, "Rainy Day Women" by Bob Dylan, a two-sided hit by Mrs. Miller ("Downtown" backed with "A Lover's Concerto), "Soul And Inspiration" by The Righteous Brothers and even Chicago's very own Shadows Of Knight with "Gloria" ... an up 'n' coming hit Down Under just as it was here in The Windy City!