In 1964, there were a couple of times when WLS’s Top 40 became the Top 20, then, right around Labor Day, it went to a Top 30 for the rest of the year, adding a Top 10 of R&B records. By January 1965, everything was back to what passes for normal in the radio business, but normal had changed somewhat: instead of the #40’s being songs that made a quick exit from the survey, many of them spent 6 weeks or more on the survey, including multiple weeks in the Top 10. So, I might need to change my methodology at some point. This isn’t it, though…
- January 31: Freddy Cannon, “Abigail Beecher” This song spent eight weeks on the chart, peaking at #16 both in Chicago and nationally. Freddy still had plenty in the tank by then.
- February 28: Martha & The Vandellas, “Live Wire” A song that went nowhere nationally nonetheless spent a couple of weeks on the chart in Chicago, reaching #37 before falling off after two weeks.
- March 27: Joe & Eddie, “There’s A Meetin’ Tonight” Joe Gilbert and Eddie Brown were gospel and folk singers who spent three weeks in the lower reaches of the Silver Dollar Survey, peaking at #34 before disappearing.
- April 24: Boots Randolph, “Hey Mr. Sax Man” This actually started at #39, because the week it entered the survey The Four Seasons were at #40 after a few weeks. This spent three weeks on the chart, peaking at #36.
- May 29: Johnny Rivers, “Memphis” The song that started Johnny on the road to Top 40 success. It spent 9 weeks on the chart, peaking at #3.
- June 26: Little Richard, “Annie Is Back” Standard craziness from Little Richard without the success it usually brought. Was on the chart two weeks, peaking at #36.
- July 31: The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run ’64” An interesting remake of their 1960 hit, it spent seven weeks on the chart, peaking at #15.
- August 28: Andy & The Manhattans, “Double Mirror Wrap Around Shades” I’m not sure how many weeks this spent on the survey. Over Labor Day weekend, WLS printed a Top 20 along with a Top 20 of songs that had been popular until then. Anyway, it didn’t get much above #40
- September 25: The Nashville Teens, “Tobacco Road” The week after Labor Day, WLS switched to a Top 30 survey for the remainder of the year. This started at #30 and spent 8 weeks on the chart, peaking at #4. /li>
- October 30: Lorne Greene, “Ringo” Ben Cartwright leaves the Ponderosa beind to give us this gem. It spent nine weeks on the chart and peaked at #2.
- November 27: Dave Clark 5, “Anyway You Want It” The DC5 brought the Tottenham Sound to US shortly after The Beatles made their first appearance on Ed Sullivan and were almost as big of a hit as the Fab Four. This peaked at #5 in the early weeks of 1965, after spending nine weeks on the chart.
- December 25: Del Shannon, “Keep Searchin'” Del’s last big single was on the chart at the same time as the last two songs were on it, and peaked at #4.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for February 25, 2019.