Thursday, August 3, 2017

August 3rd

Top debuts this week belong to The Beach Boys ("Heroes and Villains", #54), Frank Sinatra ("The World We Knew", #67) and "San Franciscan Nights" by Eric Burdon and the Animals (#77).  Also new on the chart this week are "Ode To Billie Joe" by Bobbie Gentry, "Run Run Run" by Third Rail (a BIG hit here in Chicago), "Groovin'" by Booker T. and the MG's, an instrumental version of The Young Rascals' recent #1 Hit and "Funky Broadway" by Wilson Pickett.  

Way down at #95 we find "It Could Be We're In Love" by The Cryan' Shames, a long-time Chicagoland favorite.  Although this record never made The Top 50 nationally, it topped the local chart here in Chicago for four straight weeks.  (That's right … "All You Need Is Love" by The Beatles and "Light My Fire" by The Doors never stood a chance against this regional monster!)   

We've introduced thousands and thousands of Forgotten Hits Readers to this tune over the past eighteen years, most of whom have gone out to pick up a copy of the record for themselves.  Most consider it to be an undiscovered gem that really slipped thru the cracks upon its original release.  Several have compared it to being every bit as good as what Brian Wilson and The Beach Boys were doing at the time … high praise indeed!  This one should have been a HUGE national hit.

The Jimi Hendrix Experience begin a five night stand at The Salvation Club in New York