Friday, December 19, 2014

50 Years Ago This Weekend

December 19-20-21:

The Supremes hold off The Fab Four to claim the #1 Spot on this week's Billboard Hot 100 Pop Singles Chart as "Come See About Me" jumps from #4 to #1, just ahead of The Beatles' latest, "I Feel Fine", which sits at #2 in its third week on the chart.

Other Top 20 British Hits include "She's Not There" by The Zombies, which falls to #4, "Time Is On My Side" by The Rolling Stones, which holds at #6 for the third straight week, "You Really Got Me" by The Kinks (#10), "I'm Into Something Good" by Herman's Hermits (#13), "She's A Woman" by The Beatles (#14), "Sha La La" by Manfred Mann (#16), "The Wedding" by Julie Rogers (#17) and "Any Way You Want It" by The Dave Clark Five (#19).

Making our way down the chart, we find "Willow Weep For Me" at #28 for Chad and Jeremy, "Love Potion Number Nine" at #30 for The Searchers, "As Tears Go By" at #36 for Marianne Faithful (finally making its way into The Top 40), "Walk Away" by Matt Monro (#45), "There's Always Something There To Remind Me" at #54 for Sandi Shaw, followed by "Boom Boom" by The Animals at #55, "I'll Be There" by Gerry and the Pacemakers (which climbs from last week's debut at #81 to #63), "I Can't Stop" by The Honeycombs, new at #84 and one of the biggest hits of the '60's, "Downtown" by Petula Clark, which premiers at #87 on this week's chart.

The Beatles take over the #1 Spot on this week's WLS Silver Dollar Survey with their two-sided hit "I Feel Fine" / "She's A Woman", a position they will hold for the next three weeks.

The Zombies are still hanging on ... they're at #2 with "She's Not There".  Rounding out The Top Ten are British acts Herman's Hermits (#5 with "I'm Into Something Good"), The Rolling Stones (#9 with "Time Is On My Side") and The Dave Clark Five ("Any Way You Want It", #10).

Just behind them are Marianne Faithful, now at #11 with "As Tears Go By", Julie Rogers ("The Wedding", #16), "Sha La La" by Manfred Mann (#19) and "Walk Away" (#20 for Matt Monro).

Brand new on the chart this week are The Searchers ("Love Potion Number Nine", #23), "Willow Weep For Me" by Chad and Jeremy (#23) and the follow up single for The Nashville Teens, "Google Eye" (#30).