Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1966

It’s a freebie day! So I’m back to look at the bottom of the Silver Dollar Survey to see what happened to the #40’s at the end of each month in 1966. I had to use the next-to-last survey for December, because the one from December 30 was a partial survey. But it’s the same idea. Most of these songs I don’t remember hearing back then.

  • January 28: Sonny & Cher, “What Now My Love” This spent eight weeks on the survey and ping-ponged in the 20’s until it fell off the survey on my 10th birthday.
  • February 25: Bobby Goldsboro, “It’s Too Late” This song crept slowly (one position a week) up the chart until it peaked at #36, then vanished.
  • March 25: Roger Williams, “Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)” Peaked at #23 on April 8, then spent two more weeks on the survey and disappeared.
  • April 29: Paul Peek, “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” Made just the one appearance and was gone the next week.
  • May 27: Johnny Sea, “Day For Decision” The Friday before Memorial Day (which was still on May 30, which just happened to fall on a Monday in ’66), we were graced with this patriotic speech. It shot up to #9 on June 10 and promptly disappeared.
  • June 24: The Del-Vetts, “Last Time Around” This early psychedelic record was on the survey this one week, then vanished. Guess it wasn’t time for psychedelic music yet.
  • July 29: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, “Searching For My Baby” Shot up to #25 the following week, then couldn’t be found.
  • August 26: The Standells, “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White” Followup to their huge hit “Dirty Water,” and it didn’t fare as well. It was gone the following week.
  • September 30: The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” By the time the DJ’s read the name of the song on the air, it was gone. Seems odd, but there you go.
  • October 28: Barbra Streisand, “Free Again” Peaked at #24 n November 11 and had fallen off the survey two weeeks later.
  • November 25: Ronnie Dove, “Cry” Jumped to #20 the following week, rose to #16 the week later, spent three weeks at #17, fell to #23 and vanished.
  • December 23: Tommy Roe, “It’s Now Winter’s Day” Stayed on the survey through February 17, peaking at #15, as you might expect.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 8, 2019.

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21 thoughts on “Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1966

    1. That’s the whole point of my doing this. Some of them were good songs but just hit the Top 40 at the wrong time, and never really got heard. There’s a video of Bobby Goldsboro singing “It’s Too Late” on a TV show, but you’d have to be a real fan to know it was released as a single.

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  1. Wow, I don’t remember Sonny & Cher singing this one at all. Dang! Wait I don’t remember these guys singing any of these songs. Are these flip sides??? I was a 45 rpm collector back in those days & played them on my phonograph so you know I know these tunes for sure. Johnny Sea.. is there a mistake there? He sounds like JOhnny Cash and this song should be played on FB because I’ll tell ya there’s a civil war going on there D’s after the R’s, donkey’s after elephants if you will. It’s so sad and so mean for lack of a better word. Thanks John. I shall post this tune. It’s great! All of your tunes are like listening to a bunch of new songs! Have a great day I must go take my walk in this wonderful 74 degree weather! WOO HOO!

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    1. As I mentioned to Birgit, a lot of these songs had the misfortune of getting on the survey when there were a lot of other songs that were more popular. They fell through the cracks, if you will. I think only the Johnny Sea song (I was going to write something similar to what you said, then decided not to; we have enough open warfare as it is) and the Tommy Roe song were the only two that reached the Top 20. In the former’s case, it came out right around Memorial Day, a patriotic holiday, and in the latter case, Tommy Roe always did well on the chart.

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        1. He did a whole bunch of songs, like “Sweet Pea” and “Dizzy.” One of my friends really liked “Jam up and Jelly Tight,” though that might have been what the name suggested…

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    1. I think there were a dozen or so versions of “Lara’s Theme” that year. Roger’s didn’t do as well as the others. Ferrante and Teicher’s did better, I think.

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  2. John,

    Many of your featured artists I’ve heard of but not all the songs. I think the only song I knew in your playlist is “It’s Too Late” and I can’t swear to that. I figured some of the others I would’ve heard of by now but they aren’t jingling any bells but it’s always a pleasure to listen to vintage tunes. Thanks for sharing the dance floor with the 4M gang, my friend. Have a boogietastic week and thanks for dropping by today!

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        1. There were so many good variety shows back then. It’s a format that’s sadly faded into history, though some of the vintage TV stations carry some of them. It’s just too expensive to produce shows like that anymore.

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  3. This series has been educational, but this one was The College of the Forgotten. Knew many of these artists, never heard one of these songs (Well, Lara’s Theme and Cher’s cover of a great song) and in the middle of all the chaff was…a Rolling Stones hit? (by the way, I never heard of Day of Decision – and it’s so true sometimes is what is old is new again – but I’ll just say “the 60’s and the late teens – both crisis times in different ways”.

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    1. Hard to say what genre “Day For Decision” belongs to (spoken word, maybe), but there were a lot of records like it over the years that appear one day and are gone another. You might also include “musical collages.” Maybe I’ll do a set of them one day…

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  4. Wow, all of these selections were new to me. I had heard of many of the artists and some of their other work, of course, but not these songs. Thanks for sharing!

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  5. I might have to ask my mom about these songs because I don’t know any. But, I know the artists. I like Cher without Sonny, to be honest because she had great songs like “Gyspys, Tramps, and Thieves”.

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