Monday, December 4, 2017

December 4th

The Top Three Records in America hold their positions from the week before … "Daydream Believer" by The Monkees is at #1, "The Rain, The Park And Other Things" by The Cowsills is at #2 and "Incense And Peppermints" by The Strawberry Alarm Clock holds at #3.  

Moving up within The Top Ten we find "I Heard It Through The Grapevine" by Gladys Knight and the Pips (#9 to #4), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Dionne Warwick (#6 to #5), "An Open Letter To My Teenage Son" by Victor Lundberg (#10 to #6), "I Second That Emotion" by Smokey Robinson and the Miralces (#15 to #8), "In And Out Of Love" by Diana Ross and the Supremes (#13 to #9) and "Keep The Ball Rollin'" by Jay and the Techniques (#11 to #10).  

"Hello Goodbye" makes a HUGE leap from #50 to #12 this week as The Beatles are poised once again to claim another Top Ten Hit.  "Massachusetts" by The Bee Gees continues to climb, this week from #26 to #18.  "Neon Rainbow" by The Box Tops jumps ten places from #32 to #22 while "Woman Woman" by The Union Gap is up TWENTY spots from #45 to #25.  

"Next Plane To London" by The Rose Garden makes its Top 40 debut, climbing from #48 to #33, a move of fifteen places and Bobby Vee's version of "Beautiful People" is the first one to make The Top 40, moving from #44 to #34 this week.  (Meanwhile, the Kenny O'Dell version sits just outside The Top 40 at #41, also a leap of ten spots.)  Here in Chicago, WLS will play the Bobby Vee version and WCFL will play the Kenny O'Dell version so we got to hear BOTH of these back in the day!

"Different Drum" (written by Monkee Michael Nesmith and sung by Linda Ronstadt, then a member of The Stone Poneys) is up 14 spots from #49 to #35 and Donovan continues his climb up the chart as "Wear Your Love Like Heaven" moves from #52 to #39.  Rounding out The Top 40 we find Paul Revere and the Raiders and their latest, "Peace Of Mind".  

The  Monkees have the #1 Album in the Country again this week with "Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn and Jones, Ltd."  

Bert Lahr, who famously played The Cowardly Lion to perfection in the 1939 film "The Wizard Of Oz" died today.  His legacy will live on forever.  

A volcano erupts on Deception Island in Antarctica.