Friday, July 7, 2017

July 7th

Not much in the way of impression premiers on this week's chart … but a few will have a lasting impact.  

The highest debut of the week belongs to Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass, whose instrumental working of "The Happening" premiers at #72.  The Young Rascals have a new record on the chart this week as "A Girl Like You" (my personal favorite by them) debuts at #79.  Other notable tracks in the Forgotten Hits world include "Blue's Them" by Davie Allan and the Arrows (#92), "You Keep Me Hangin' On" by Vanilla Fudge (#96), "My Mammy" by The Happenings (#97) and "To Love Somebody" by The Bee Gees (#100).  

After being performed live on the "Our World" television special on June 25th, beamed around the world via satellite, "All You Need Is Love" is released as the new Beatles single in The UK.  It will premier at #2 the following week , where it will stay for the next three weeks.

Speaking of The Beatles, Drummer Ringo Starr turns 27 years old today.

Here in Chicago, local acts hold six Top 40 positions, with The Buckinghams leading the pack at #8 with their latest, "Mercy, Mercy, Mercy".

They are followed by The American Breed at #10, The Mauds at #15, The New Colony Six at #17, and, brand new at #20, The Cryan' Shames, followed by our friends from just north of the border, Michael and the Messengers, at #21 with their brand new remake of the old Reflections song, "(Just Like) Romeo And Juliet".

"Little Bit O'Soul" knocks "Windy" out of the top spot on the WLS chart after a five week run while hometown rival WCFL is reporting that "Windy" is still the "top dog" here in Chi-Town this week, placing The Music Explosion hit at #3.

Zal Yanofsky and Steve Boone of The Lovin' Spoonful are arrested for drug use.  They will later implicate several of San Francisco's biggest and best-connected drug dealers as part of their plea bargain.  

Actress Vivien Leigh (Scarlett from "Gone With The Wind") passes away at the age of 53.  

The Monkees' summer tour was scheduled to kick off today at Braves Stadium in Atlanta but the show was cancelled as the group had just returned home from England, were still in New York City and were completely exhausted.  It will begin tomorrow instead in Jacksonville, Florida … with The Jimi Hendrix Experience now onboard as their opening act!  (The Atlanta show was never rescheduled)