Thursday, August 17, 2017

August 17th

We've got several other records making a leap of ten spots or more outside The Top 40 this week, starting with "Blue's Theme" by Davie Allan and the Arrows (#55 to #45), "You Know What I Mean" by The Turtles (#62 to #46), "The Windows Of The World"  by Dionne Warwick (#60 to #47), "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickettt (#75 to #48), "Everybody Needs Love" by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#61 to #50), "There Is A Mountain" by Donovan (#87 to #52), "Higher And Higher" by Jackie Wilson (#70 to #53), "Jill" by Gary Lewis and the Playboys (#68 to #54), "Groovin'" by Booker T. and the MG's (#71 to #58), "The Letter" by The Box Tops (#82 to #63), "Things I Should Have Said" by The Grass Roots (#76 to #64), "Zip Code" by The Five Americans (#96 to #73), "Sixteen Tons" by Tom Jones (#95 to #79), "Lady Friend" by The Byrds (#99 to #85) and "You've Got To Pay The Price" by Al Kent (#98 to #86). 

Gary Puckett and The Union Gap (initially billed as The Union Gap featuring Gary Puckett) record what will become their first hit record, "Woman, Woman".  Three songs will be recorded during their very first Columbia Records recording session ... "Believe Me," which Puckett wrote; "Woman, Woman," by Jim Glaser and Jimmy Payne; and "Don't Make Promises," written by Tim Hardin. Jerry Fuller produced the recording session, with musical arrangements by Al Capps. The Union Gap was a group of multi-talented musicians. Kerry Chater played bass and keyboards; Gary Withem played keyboards, clarinet, and sax; Dwight Bement played keyboards, clarinet, sax, guitar, and bass; Gary Puckett switched back and forth between bass, guitar, and keyboards; and everyone sang, including drummer Paul Wheatbread. "It was a very talented band. During concerts, we enjoyed impressing the audience by switching instruments," Puckett told authors Marti Smiley Childs and Jeff March for their first book, "Echoes of the Sixties."

Glen Campbell records "By The Time I Get To Phoenix" and "Hey Little One" at The Capitol Tower Recording Studio in Hollywood, California. 

Micky Dolenz, Peter Tork and Michael Nesmith attend a Booker T and the MG's Stax recording session in Memphis, TN.  A plaque commemorating their visit will later be affixed to the studio's museum wall with the inscription "They just wouldn't leave!"  That night The Monkees perform a show at The Mid-South Coliseum in Memphis.  Although they were invited to visit Graceland after the concert they decline to go as Elvis was currently in Los Angeles.