Monday, August 31, 2015

50 Year Flashback - August 31st, 1965

Depending on where you did your record shopping in Chicago back in 1965, you MIGHT find the Top Tunes Of Greater Chicago list displayed on the regiter counter next to the WLS Silver Dollar Survey.  (WCFL wouldn't switch over to a Top 40 format until a couple of months later, issuing their first weekly survey at the end of the year)

This was a GREAT chart, listing not only the Top 40 Hits of the day but also another twenty Up 'n' Coming titles (usually in alphabetical rather than as an extension of the countdown.)  You also got The Top 12 Albums (what a fun list THAT is this week with two titles by The Beatles, and one each by The Rolling Stones, The Dave Clark Five, Herman's Hermits, The Beach Boys, The Kinks, The Byrds and Sonny and Cher being shown) as well as The Top 12 R&B Tracks.

The regular countdown shows The Five Emprees (misspelled as Imprees) at #5 with their big local hit "Little Miss Sad".  (The group hailed from Benton Harbor, Michigan).  "Eve Of Destruction" by Barry McGuire and The Turtles' version of the Bob Dylan tune "It Ain't Me, Babe" both make huge leaps into The Top Ten this week ... and Dylan's there, too, at #6 with "Like A Rolling Stone".

Our FH Buddy Freddy Cannon jumps 19 places to #20 with his latest, "Action", title theme to the new weekday Dick Clark music program "Where The Action Is", starring Paul Revere and the Raiders, featuring Mark Lindsay, as its hosts.

I love their "Five Star Record To Watch", a big local hit here in Chicago for Neil Sedaka called "The World Through A Tear".