I talk a lot about the Hot 100, Billboard‘s top 100 pop songs at the end of a given week as determined by record sales, radio station requests, and jukebox plays (are there jukeboxes anywhere anymore? I haven’t seen one in years). This week, I found a picture of the Hot 100 on Pinterest for August 22, 1964, and thought it was interesting enough to share with you today.
- Gerry & The Pacemakers, “How Do You Do It” One one of The Beatles’ Anthology albums (I think it’s the second), there’s a version of this song by the Fab Four that never made it to a record. Maybe they knew that Gerry Marsden and his band, fellow Merseybeat musicians, would do it better. For the record, they did.
- Dusty Springfield, “Wishin’ and Hopin'” The lovely Miss Dusty was a favorite of the disk jockeys in Chicago, who called playing one of her records “a date with Dusty.” Those of us in the 3rd and 4th grades would tear our hair out, because we couldn’t appreciate her voice. We can now. At least, I can.
- The Ventures, “Walk Don’t Run ’64” A slightly different version of this classic. They had switched from Fender to Mosrite guitars shortly before they recorded this, and were obviously experimenting with some new sounds.
- Dave Clark 5, “Because” The DC5 don’t get heard much these days, due to business decisions they made about licensing and releasing their music. It’s a real shame, too, because in the mid-’60’s they were second only to The Beatles in popularity, and they had a great sound (the “Tottenham Sound”) that made them unique.
- Bobby Freeman, “C’mon and Swim” The Swim was the latest dance craze, and of course in order to be a dance craze there had to be a song to go along with it, to help you with the steps and whatnot.
- The Animals, “The House of the Rising Sun” This is considered to be the song that introduced us to folk rock, and it became wildly popular: in its third week on the Hot 100, it moved from #60 to #5.
- The Drifters, “Under The Boardwalk” Wikipedia tells us that this was the week this song reached its peak. Since then, the song has been covered by just about everyone.
- The Beatles, “A Hard Day’s Night” Title song from The Fab Four’s 1964 movie, which is still one of my favorites. The iconic chord at the beginning is an F add 9, in case you were wondering.
- Dean Martin, “Everybody Loves Somebody” In the comments, someone said that his uncle went to see Dean in Las Vegas back in the ’60’s, but couldn’t get in because he wasn’t wearing a tie. Dean heard this, and sent a tie out for the guy to wear. How many performers would do that today?
- The Supremes, “Where Did Our Love Go?” I love watching The Supremes in the ’60’s performances, because not only do they sing beautifully, they look gorgeous in those gowns. Don’t they?
That’s The Friday 5×2 for September 13, 2019.