Monday, December 25, 2017

December 25th

Merry Christmas, America!

The Monkees have the #1 Album in the Country again this week with "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd."  This is the fifth consecutive week they've held this spot but, much like they did in June, they are about to relinquish that position to The Beatles once again as 1967 comes to an end … their television soundtrack album "Magical Mystery Tour" will take over the top position on the album chart to kick off 1968. 

The Beatles also take over the #1 Position on the Pop Singles Chart as "Hello Goodbye" passes "Daydream Believer by The Monkees to become the most popular record in the land.  (The Monkees are now at #2.) 

This is a pretty strong Top Ten Chart this week … "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miracles moves up to #3, "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap climbs two spaces to #4, "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips sits at #5, Aretha Franklin's "Chain Of Fools" climbs from #9 to #6, "Bend Me, Shape Me" by The American Breed is right behind it at #7 (up from #10 the week before), John Fred and his Playboy Band join The Top Ten with "Judy In Disguise" (#13 to #8), "Boogaloo Down Broadway" by The Fantastic Johnny C falls to #9 and "Skinny Legs And All" by Joe Tex creeps up a notch to #10. 

LOTS of great music on the chart this week … what a way to end 1967!!!  "You Better Sit Down Kids" by Cher is #11, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills is #12, "Summer Rain" by Johnny Rivers climbs up four notches to land at #14, just ahead of "Snoopy's Christmas" by The Royal Guardsmen (which moves from #20 to #15).  The rest of The Top 20 includes "She's My Girl" by The Turtles (#16), "It's Wonderful" by The Young Rascals (#17), "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees (#18), "Different Drum" by The Stone Poneys (#19) and, in its 14th week on the chart, "Incense and Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock (#20). 

"Susan" by The Buckinghams continues its climb this week (#36 to #25) as does "Green Tambourine" by The Lemon Pipers (#45 to #27), "Love Me Two Times" by The Doors moves from #37 to #29,"Monterey" by Eric Burdon and the Animals is up 31 places from #61 to #30 and "Who Will Answer" by Ed Ames climbs from #53 to #34. 

Paul McCartney announces his engagement to long-time girlfriend (and actress / model) Jane Asher.  They never marry and break up several months later, allegedly because of Paul's constant infidelities. 

The Monkees Christmas Episode airs in The United States.