Friday, March 17, 2017

March 17th

Some great debuts this week as "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra premiers at #60, "Tell Me To My Face" (a cover of The Hollies song) premiers at #73, as the follow-up release to Keith's recent Top Ten chart hit, "98.6", and, speaking of The Hollies, "On A Carousel" earns them the #90 spot in their first week on the chart.  

Other personal favorites this week include "No Fair At All" by The Association (a much bigger hit here in Chicago than it was nationally), which falls from #55 to #59 this week, "Love You So Much" by The New Colony Six, a #2 record in Chicago that falls from #58 to #62 on our Super Chart, "Oh That's Good, No That's Good", the latest from Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs (a novelty hit that premiers at #84), "At The Zoo", the latest from Simon and Garfunkel, debuting at #88, "Summer Wine" a GREAT duet (and one of our readers' All-Time Favorite, Forgotten B-Sides based on a poll we took several years ago) by Nancy Sinatra and Lee Hazlewood, "Friday On My Mind" by The Easybeats, new on the chart at #92, "Walk Tall" by The 2 of Clubs, still holding on at #94 in its eighth week on the chart and "Don't You Care", the brand new Columbia single release by The Buckinghams (debuting at #95).  

The Beatles record "She's Leaving Home", another strong, controversial track for their upcoming "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" album.  ("Meeting a man from the motor trade" … was she having an abortion?  That's what everybody thought at the time!)  The session featured a couple of Beatles firsts … because George Martin was not available, the orchestral arrangement was prepared by Mike Leander, making this the first time a Beatles song was not arranged by Martin.  Also, harpist Sheila Bromberg, who was part of the string section that played on this track, became the very first woman to ever play on a Beatles recording.  

Bobby Vee records "Come Back When You Grow Up", which will chart later this year.  

The Jimi Hendrix single "Purple Haze" is released in The UK.  (It won't come out here in America until the end of August.)  Although Hendrix was born and raised in The United States (Seattle, Washington, to be exact) he would first rise to fame in England, thanks to former Animals bassist Chas Chandler, who managed his career.  Hendrix immediately bowled over the British Musical Elite, making immediate fans out of Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton, Pete Townshend and more.  

The Monkees record early versions of "No Time" and "I Can't Get Her Off My Mind".  

This week's issue of "Life" Magazine features Peanuts characters Charlie Brown and Snoopy on its cover.  (You'll see that the cover also  mentions Jimmy Hoffa going to jail, something we told you about a few days ago.)  Thanks to the extremely popular daily cartoon series published "in the funny papers" around the world, a few hit television specials (and now a hit Broadway musical!) and a series of hit records by The Royal Guardsmen, the lovable Charles Schultz character Snoopy has officially become a Pop Culture Icon!