Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1965

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.

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. 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.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. Johnny Tillotson, “Our World” This cracked the survey in late November and spent two weeks there, peaking at #36. Nationally it reached #70.
  12. 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.

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25 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1965

  1. This is the first time that I don’t know any of these songs! I have to admit, my favourite is, ahem, the Lawrence Welk song. Good grief…..I hope I d9nt start watching the show and love all of it. Hahahaaa

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      1. My parents watched it and so did I. To be honest, I loved the ballroom dancers and the tap dancer whom I thought was great. See…I am being honest but I wasn’t one for some of the singing sisters

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        1. Are you thinking of Cissy and Bobby? Bobby was one of the Mouseketeers, I think. I forget the tap dancer’s name, but do remember he was good. You always tend to admire people who can do things you can’t, right? The Lennon Sisters were a bit much…

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  2. Hi John – yes I know a few of those songs and love hearing them again – from another era just! Great music inspiring others to lead on … thanks for reminding us of those artists and their songs … Lawrence Welk is the one I didn’t know – Mary Wells, Trini Lopez and Gene Pitney are particularly haunting – cheers Hilary

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  3. John,

    Your playlist was excellent to listen to while I busied myself working on the A2Z posts. Some of your song selections I’d heard before and those new-to-me were a treat to my ears. Thanks for the share and for hitting the dance floor with the 4M gang. Have a boogietastic week!

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    1. It was a #20 hit (#2 on the A/C chart) nationally, but didn’t do so well on WLS. There might have been other stations in the Chicago area where it was popular, and obviously the rest of the country thought it was good. WLS? Not So Much.

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  4. This is turning into a most interesting series. I know many of the singers but the only song I knew was Lemon Tree. So….The Duck (I read this comment on You Tube) made it to #3 on WMCA in New York City (where I grew up) 1/12/66 but I personally don’t remember it (I did listen a lot more to its competitor, WABC, though.) Two of these songs I really liked. One was the Gene Pitney song – he’s one of these singers who could sing the phone book and make you swoon over his voice. The other one was Johnny Tillotson’s song. Otherwise, I could agree with the listeners of 1965 -nah.

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    1. Gene was a great singer, and it’s a shame the audience here didn’t like him more. Maybe it was Beatlemania, which might explain his increased popularity in the UK, where they were probably sick of the Merseybeat sound.

      I think Johnny Tillotson was a victim of The British Invasion as well. He had a few hits before 1965, after that… none.

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  5. “Lemon Tree” must have been a hit here. I actually wrote a parody of it on the blog a few years ago. Love the lesser-known songs by artists like Wayne Fontana & the Mindbenders. We have “Game of Love” and one more of their 45s.

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    1. I remember “Lemon Tree” because my aunts used to sing it all the time. A bunch of people have done it, including Peter, Paul & Mary and The Kingston Trio, which is where I think my aunts heard it.

      Wayne Fontana, with or without The Mindbenders, was a one-hit wonder, though “It’s Just A Little Bit Too Late” got to #45. Maybe that was the record you’re thinking of…?

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  6. HI JOHN! So very sorry that I’m so very late. I went to the doctor on Monday and after that we went grocery shopping and I was pooped. Today I went to therapy and I took a nap when I came home I was so pooped. They’re still trying to fix my leg. It’s been numb & swollen since my surgery & no one can tell me why or how to fix it. grrrrr Okay, now to a happier subject… MUSIC! WOO HOO! I have to tell you right away Gene Pitney was my favorite when I had just became a teenager! It was his voice I’m sure, but my favorite was Town without Pity though! Where did you scrap these together at! Dang John you’re really making me feel old! bwahahaha and oh my gosh, Dude, the ZOMBIES? Bwahahaha No thanks, let’s move on! ~snicker~ Oh come on now PATTY DUKE??? OMG! Okay, stop twisting my arm YES, I WATCHED THE SHOW ALRIGHT??? ~SNICKER~ Just kiddin’! Okay, yay… I never heard this song “The Duck”!!! I wish my brother was alive he could help me with these tunes he was six yrs. older than me! I had fun my friend… thanks for sharing & taking the time to put all these together! Have a great week!

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    1. Don’t worry, Marie, I know you’ll get here eventually, and if you don’t there’s a good reason why.

      Go to http://oldiesloon.com, where he has almost all the old surveys from WLS, WCFL and WJJD, as well as surveys from LA, Minneapolis-St. Paul, and maybe New York. I’m looking at the bottom of the surveys from the year to come up with these. For Friday’s 5×2, I use “The Airhead’s radio Survey Archive” at http://las-solanas.com/arsa/, which has surveys from radio stations all over the world, going as far back as 1948. These posts are as much for me as for everyone else, because I haven’t heard a lot of these, either. My thought is that a record company thought enough of these songs to press them into vinyl and (try to) sell them, so they deserve to be played. The typical oldies station has a playlist of about 200 songs that were popular between 1955 and 1975. That’s maybe 1% of the records that were released in that period and it doesn’t account for B sides and album cuts that rarely if ever got played. Those are the ones I’m after.

      Hey, we watched Patty Duke, too. In fact, I think Antenna TV carried it (and might still carry it) and I’ve watched it in reruns.

      Gene Pitney was a great singer, I thought, and I think the British Invasion was his undoing. Interestingly enough, he went to England and became a star there.

      What I find interesting is just how much music The Zombies released in the US, most of which never made it to the Top 20. Everybody knows “Time of the Season,” “She’s Not There,” and “Fresh Air,” but who knows what else they did?

      Take care of yourself…

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