Friday, October 13, 2017

October 13th

The Temptations have the top debut on this week's chart with "It's You That I Need," which comes in at #61.  Also new on the charts this week is "I Can See For Miles," still one of my all-time favorite records by The Who, which premiers at #71.

(It is said that at the time that Paul McCartney read an article that this song was the LOUDEST record ever made … which inspired him to write and record "Helter Skelter" … which inspired Charles Manson to … well, you already know the rest!)

"Kentucky Woman" by Neil Diamond premiers at #84 … and the Billy Joe Royal hit "Hush" sits one spot below it at #85 ... Deep Purple will be inspired to do hard rock versions of BOTH of these songs next year … weird that both of their first two chart hits will come from the same chart time frame! 

"You Don't Know Me" by Elvis Presley debuts at #86 … and it remains one of my very favorite late '60's recordings by him.  "Lazy Day" by Spanky and Our Gang cracks the chart at #89 and "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C premiers at #90.  (Just TRY and sit still during THIS one!!!) 

"Love Is Only Sleeping" is given consideration as the next Monkees single.  This idea is quickly scrapped although there was still talk at the time about making it a British A-Side.  (It never was)  It was decided instead that "Daydream Believer" would be released instead as a "companion" single to the new album in November … a VERY wise move as it may just be their most popular track ever. 

Pat Boone, one of the owners of the Oakland Oaks, sang the national anthem at the first game of the new American Basketball Association.  The Oaks won the game, beating The Anaheim Amigos by a score of 134 – 129. 

The Oaks were founded in February of this year as The Oakland Americans, but changed their name to The Oaks just prior to the start of The American Basketball Association’s first season.  They would go on to win the ABA Finals the following year with a record of 60 – 18.  After moving to Washington in 1969 and then Virginia in 1970, the team would fold in 1976 and the ABA itself would dissolve that same year.

Amazing that all these years later, Pat can still reflect back on this venture with a sense of humor ... this clip is priceless!