Monday, March 27, 2017

March 27th

"Happy Together" by The Turtles finally hits the #1 spot as The Beatles' "Penny Lane" falls to #4.  (After a huge leap from #11 to #3, "Happy Together" inched its way to the top, stopping at #3 and #2 before finally hitting #1).  The Mamas and the Papas are right behind it as "Dedicated To The One I Love" climbs a notch to #2.  "There's a Kind Of Hush" by Herman's Hermits does the same thing , crawling from #4 to #3.  

Biggest mover in The Top Ten?  "Somethin' Stupid" by Nancy and Frank Sinatra which jumps from #30 to #8 this week, a climb of 22 places.  Petula Clark's "This Is My Song" climbs from #15 to #5, a ten point leap while Tommy James and the Shondells move from #13 to #7 with their latest, "I Think We're Alone Now".  (You saw yesterday in Forgotten Hits that by this time "I Think We're Alone Now" had already been the #1 Record in Chicago for the past five weeks!!!)  Meanwhile, The Beatles' "Strawberry Fields Forever" finally makes The Top Ten, moving from #11 to #9.  

The rest of The Top 40 shape up this way …  

"Bernadette" by The Four Tops leaps twelve places from #23 to #11.  The Monkees are up from #32 to #13 with their latest, "A Little Bit Me, A Little Bit You".  "Western Union" by The Five Americans climbs thirteen spots from #27 to #14.  Arthur Conley makes an impressive move as "Sweet Soul Music" climbs from #41 to #27, a move of 14 places. 

"Detroit City" by Tom Jones jumps eighteen places, from #48 to #30 … and one of the biggest acts of the '50's, The Platters, are back in The Top 40 this week as "With This Ring" moves from #44 to #33, a jump of eleven places.  

The Monkees hold on to the #1 Spot on the Album Chart again this week with "More Of The Monkees".  

The Young Rascals are in the recording studio today in New York City, recording their '60's classic "Groovin'". 

The Beatles win three Ivor Novello Awards for best-selling single of 1966 ("Yellow Submarine"), most-performed song of 1966 ("Michelle") and second most-performed song of 1966 ("Yesterday").  The ceremony takes place at The Playhouse Theatre in London.  (You may recall that John Lennon and Paul McCartney recorded their acceptance speeches a few days earlier as part of an interview done with BBC Disc Jockey Brian Matthew as they were unable to attend this ceremony in person.) 

Hard to believe but tonight Fats Domino is appearing in his first ever UK Concert at London's famed Saville Theatre, performing with The Bee Gees and Gerry and the Pacemakers.  (After our anniversary celebration last year of the Tommy Roe / Chris Montez / Beatles concert in 1963 … after Chris and Tommy had exactly ONE big chart hit each … it is almost unthinkable that The Fat Man wouldn't make his first trip over to England until 1967 … especially when you consider the number of American artists from the late '50's and early '60's that preceded him!!!)


The Turtles had had hit records before and were certainly no strangers to the charts ... "It Ain't Me, Babe" and "You Baby" were both Top 20 Hits and they regularly appeared on all the hot television shows ... but NOTHING could have prepared them for the success of their latest record, "Happy Together", a '60's anthem that has literally kept them on the road for the fifty years since its first release back in 1967.  (The Annual Happy Together Tour is one of the most successful franchises in Rock And Roll History!)

Starting with the crudest of demos, they crafted a pop masterpiece that, once completed, they knew was destined for #1.

Here Howard Kaylan explains the evolution of "Happy Together" during an appearance at The Grammy Museum.