Top Ten Tuesday: WLS (890 AM, Chicago), 10/30/64

1964 was exactly like 2020 in just about every respect: they were both leap years, both Presidential Election years, and Election Day was November 3. It was the first election that I was old enough to understand what was going on. And, earlier that year, I had gotten my first radio, and would run home to listen after school, and at that point WLS was the only rock station in town. They had just released their latest Silver Dollar Survey the previous Friday. Here’s what was in the Top Ten.

# Song/Artist Comments
10 We’ll Sing In The Sunshine
Gale Garnett
Gale was born in New Zealand and lived in Canada. She wrote and recorded “We’ll Sing In The Sunshine,” which reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart, her only Top 40 hit.
9 I’m Crying
The Animals
The followup to “House of the Rising Sun,” this reached #19 nationally. It’s from their album The Animals On Tour, which despite the name was not live album.
8 The Door Is Still Open To My Heart
Dean Martin
Title track from his 1964 album, this was the followup to “Everybody Loves Somebody” and was another Top 10 hit nationally, reaching #6 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
7 You Really Got Me
The Kinks
Their first Top 10 hit in the US, from their eponymous debut album, this reached #7 nationally, #4 in Canada, and #1 in the UK.
6 Tobacco Road
The Nashville Teens
Despite their name, The Nashville Teens were from Surrey in England. This John D. Loudermilksong was their only hit in the US, reaching #14.
5 Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Manfred Mann
A song by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, it was originally recorded by The Exciters in 1963. British group Manfred Mann took this to #1 in the Us, the UK, and Canada.
4 Come A Little Bit Closer
Jay & The Americans
Written by Tommy Boyce and Bobby Hart (and Wes Farrell), this became their first Top 10 hit, reaching #3 in the US and #1 in Canada.
3 Have I The Right
The Honeycombs
This Beat group from North London featured Honey Lantree on drums, one of the few female drummers at the time. “Have I The Right” reached #5 in the US and #1 in the UK.
2 Leader of the Pack
The Shangri-Las
A song by George “Shadow” Morton, Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich, this was a #1 hit for The Shangri-Las.
1 Oh, Pretty Woman
Roy Orbison
A #1 hit for three weeks in September, this was a million-selling single and finished the year at #4.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for November 3, 2020.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: WLS (890 AM, Chicago), 10/30/64

  1. I could easily pick up WLS after sundown in the boonies of central Missouri growing up in the early 80’s. I liked to listen to Brant Miller. They also had a sex talk call-in show late at night, and I’d turn it down real low so my mom wouldn’t hear. Tee-hee…


  2. Hi John – what a great collection of songs … love all of those. The Manfred Mann one featured in one of the queestions on University Challenge – last night! A fun read … I’ll be back to listen to them … later on. All the best on this momentous day … Hilary


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