When I started this series, my intention was to highlight music that entered WLS’s survey on the last survey of each month and exited quickly. The fact that so many songs that entered the survey then became hits was, to be honest, frustrating. In giving it a little more thought, I realized that, regardless of where the Big 89 placed a new song on the survey, it could be considered a #40. What I did starting with this set was to choose a new song from the end-of-month survey that dropped off before the end of the following month. And I got some beauties this time around.
- Trini Lopez, “Lemon Tree” This first appeared on the survey on January 29, and spent three weeks on it, peaking at #27. It did reach #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
- Lawrence Welk, “Apples And Bananas” Made its first and only appearance on the survey on February 26. Kind of a cute tune, typical of Lawrence Welk’s “Champagne Music.” It reached #17 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #75 on the Hot 100.
- Mary Wells, “Never Never Leave Me” First appeared on the March 26 survey and spent three weeks there, reaching #33. It was a #15 hit for Mary on the R&B chart.
- Andy Williams, “…And Roses And Roses” I took this from the April 23 survey because the following week the Top 40 was just the Top 20, because WLS decided to list the Top 20 selling #1 singles since they started programming Top 40 music. Unsurprisingly, seven of those records were by The Fab Four. Andy’s song only made the one appearance, though it reached #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #36 on the Hot 100.
- The O’Jays, “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)” This song peaked at #25 and was gone by the end of June. It reached #28 on the R&B chart and #48 on the Hot 100, their big success still a few years off.
- Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, “It’s Just A Little Bit Too Late” Spent most of July on the survey, peaking at #20 on July 23 and vanishing on the 30th. It peaked at #45 on the Hot 100.
- Gene Pitney, “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love” Gene had three good singles in the US, “Town Without Pity,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and “Only Love Can Break A Heart,” but the writing was on the wall that his best bet was to focus on the UK market. This peaked at #21 at WLS and was off the survey by the end of August, it reached #28 on the Hot 100, but was a #3 hit for him in the UK and Canada.
- The Leaders, “Night People” This song only spent 2 weeks on the WLS survey in late August, and as far as I can tell never appeared anywhere else. I can’t find anything on this group, so I have a feeling this never reached the Hot 100.
- The Zombies, “Whenever You’re Ready” This appeared on the survey at the end of September and spent three weeks there, peaking at #29. It failed to reach the Hot 100, peaking at #110.
- Patty Duke, “Say Something Funny” This appeared on the WLS survey for exactly one week, the the week of October 29. Kind of odd, because it reached #20 nationally.
- Johnny Tillotson, “Our World” This cracked the survey in late November and spent two weeks there, peaking at #36. Nationally it reached #70.
- Jackie Lee, “The Duck” We end 1965 with a song that appeared on the Christmas Eve survey and promptly vanished. I can’t find any information on Jackie anywhere, but I would guess this went nowhere on the Hot 100.
And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 11, 2019.