Monday, October 2, 2017

October 2nd

"The Letter" by The Box Tops holds on to the #1 spot on the chart for the third consecutive week.  "Never My Love" by The Association holds at #2 and retains its bullet.  In fact, the Top Six Records this week are unchanged from the week before.  

Van Morrison is up a couple of spots from #9 to #7 with "Brown Eyed Girl", comedian, "I-Spy" Emmy Winner and special drink mixologist Bill Cosby has a Top Ten Hit with "Little Ole Man", which climbs from #18 to #8, Lulu makes an even bigger leap (from #21 to #9) with "To Sir With Love" and The Rolling Stones round out The Top Ten this week with "Dandelion", up four spots from #14 to #10.  

Other big Top 40 movers include "How Can I Be Sure" by The Young Rascals (#20 to #11), "Gimme Little Sign" by Brenton Wood (#16 to #12), "Hey Baby, They're Playing Our Song" by The Buckinghams (#24 to #17), "Expressway To Your Heart" by The Soul Survivors (#27 to #19 … and a song that Nick Fortuna of The Buckinghams still regularly performs in concert today … a GREAT version, by the way), "Soul Man" by Sam and Dave (#33 to #22), "Get On Up" by The Esquires (#30 to #23), "You Keep Running Away" by The Four Tops (#37 to #25), "Your Precious Love" by Marvin Gaye and Tammi Terrell (#36 to #27), "People Are Strange" by The Doors (#43 to #28), "It Must Be Him" by Vikki Carr (#39 to #30), "A Natural Woman" by Aretha Franklin (a big leap from #57 to #32 … how's THAT for diversity on the charts, 1967-style???  The Doors, Vikki Carr and Aretha Franklin all within a couple of spots of each other on the chart and all playing  side by side on your favorite AM Top 40 radio station, too, without any reservations or apologies!), 

"Lightning's Girl" by Nancy Sinatra moves from #49 to #36 and "Let Love Come Between Us" by James and Bobby Purify is up from #50 to #38.

This week "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" will log its final week at #1 on America's Album Chart.  Those fifteen weeks spent on top are second only to The Monkees, whose second album, "More Of The Monkees", spent eighteen weeks in the number one position earlier this year.  

The Beatles also begin work on their new "holiday single" this evening as the first tracks for "Hello Goodbye" (then called "Hello Hello" … a title with which Sopwith Camel had enjoyed some chart success earlier in the year) are laid down in the studio.

All six members of The Grateful Dead are busted at their house at 710 Asbury Street in San Francisco for possession of marijuana.  Six hours later they are released on bail.  (Damn!  And Mickey Hart had just joined the band!!!)  

Thurgood Marshall, the first Black, African-American Supreme Court Justice was sworn in today as an Associate Judge in The United States Supreme Court.