CHUM in Toronto is currently broadcasting a sports-talk format, but did Top 40 music from 1957 through 1986, after which they went through several other formats and had a couple of different owners. Here’s their Top Ten from June 22, 1964. No Beatles, but Merseyside is well-represented.
- The Wailers, “Tall Cool One”: From Tacoma, Washington, The Wailers (also called The Fabulous Wailers) did saxophone-drven rock & roll. They initially released “Tall Cool One” in 1959 when they were on the New York-based Golden Crest Records, and it reached #36 on the Hot 100. The band chose to move back to Tacoma (Jimi Hendrix, from nearby Seattle, was a big fan) and ended their contract with Golden Crest. In 1964, Golden Crest re-released the song and it again hit the Top 40, peaking at #38.
- Johnny Rivers, “Memphis”: From the 1964 album Johnny Rivers Live At The Whiskey A Go Go, which produced a few hits for them, comes this cover of Chuck Berry’s song. It reached #2 in the US, behind The Beach Boys’ “I Get Around,” and #1 in Canada.
- Gerry & The Pacemakers, “I’m The One”: Like The Beatles, Gerry & The Pacemakers were from Liverpool, were managed by Brian Epstein, and produced by George Martin. “I’m The One” only reached #82 in the US, but got to #2 in the UK and Canada.
- Elvis Presley, “Kiss Me Quick”: Elvis originally released “Kiss Me Quick” on his 1961 album Pot Luck With Elvis, but it wasn’;t released as a single until 1963 in the UK and 1964 in the US. In the US, it was the B side to “Suspicion” and only reached #34, but reached #3 in Canada. Terry Stafford, who sounded a lot like Elvis, ended having a bigger hit with “Suspicion” in ’64.
- Dave Clark 5, “Do You Love Me”: Written by Berry Gordy Jr. and originally released by The Contours in 1962, The DC5 took it to #11 (#8 according to Cash Box).
- Gerry & The Pacemakers, “Don’t Let The Sun Catch You Crying”: The second song by Gerry & The Pacemakers, this was released before “I’m The One” in the US and went to #4 in the US, which might explain “I’m The One”‘s poor performance. It reached #4 in Canada and #6 in the UK.
- The Dixie Cups, “Chapel Of Love”: Written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich, and producer Phil Spector for The Dixie Cups, it reached #1 in the US and Canada and #22 in the UK.
- Millie Small, “My Boy Lollipop”: 13-year-old Jamaican singer Millie Small covered Barbie Gaye’s song from 1956, introducing the US, Canada, and the UK to ska. It rose to #2 in all three countries.
- Lucille Starr, “The French Song”: Born in Manitoba and married to country singer Bob Regan, with whom she sang in a duet called “Bob & Lucille.” “The French Song” was produced by Herb Alpert and was so popular that she became the first Canadian international star. It rose to #12 in Canada and only to #54 in the US.
- Peter & Gordon, “A World Without Love”: Peter Asher was the brother of Jane Asher, who at the time was dating Paul McCartney, who wrote “A World Without Love” for Peter and Gordon Waller. It became a #1 hit in the US and the UK.
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