Wednesday, May 3, 2017

May 3rd

Just outside The Top 40, "Mirage", the brand new one by Tommy James and the Shondells, climbs 34 places from #76 to #42 and "Him Or Me - What's It Gonna Be" by Paul Revere and the Raiders is up 28 places from #71 to #43. 

Other big movers of ten positions or more include "Sunshine Girl" by The Parade (#58 to #44), "All I Need" by The Temptations (#85 to #50), "Too Many Fish In The Sea and Three Little Fishes", another medley-hit by Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels (#78 to #52), "Six O'Clock" by The Lovin' Spoonful (#81 to #54), "Live" by The Merry-Go-Round, an early group effort by Hawthorne, California's Emitt Rhodes (#79 to #68), "Can't Seem To Make You Mine", up 20 places from #89 to #69 for The Seeds, "The Oogum Boogum Song" by Brenton Wood (#83 to #71), "A Beautiful Story" by Sonny and Cher, which takes a big leap from #99 to #72, followed by "Another Day, Another Heartache" by The Fifth Dimension, which climbs from #98 to #73 and "Its' All Over Now" by The Casinos (#97 to #75). 

Carl Wilson of The Beach Boys goes to court on draft evasion charges.  (He is acquitted five years later.) 

The Walker Brothers officially disband.  Not really brothers, Los Angeles trio Scott Engel (who recorded as Scott Walker), Gary Leeds (who recorded as Gary Walker) and John Maus (who recorded as John Walker) had a much more successful career in England (where they had ten Top 40 hits and then each "brother" also enjoyed solo success after the breakup) than they did here at home.  (In fact, in search of chart success, the trio MOVED to England in 1964, leaving many fans … and journalists … to include them as part of The British Invasion.)  Their two big American hits were written by two of the most prolific and successful songwriting teams of the '60's … "Make It Easy On Yourself" (#16, 1965, and also a hit for Jerry Butler and Dionne Warwick) was written by Hal David and Burt Bacharach while "The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Anymore" (#13, 1966) was written by Bob Crewe and Bob Gaudio (and first recorded by Frankie Valli).  Both of these records went to #1 in The UK where The Walker Brothers were teen idols.