Radio Veronica operated from a ship called the Borkum Riff (also a brand of pipe tobacco) off the coast of the Dutch town of Hilversum, the media center of The Netherlands. It has an interesting history, which you can read on Wikipedia. Here’s their survey from June 29, 1968.
#10 – Sir Henry & His Butlers, “Camp”: This was a Danish band fronted by Ole “Sir Henry” Bredahl, best known for the song “Let’s Go.”
#9 – Simon & Garfunkel, “Mrs. Robinson”: From the 1967 film The Graduate, which was really popular, a good thing for S&G.
#8 – Bobby Goldsboro, “Honey”: There’s a debate going on over on this song’s page about whether Honey died of natural causes or by her own hand. The more I listen to it, the more I think it was the latter. What about you?
#7 – The Easybeats, “Hello, How Are You”: The Easybeats’ big international hit (and the only one to reach the Top 40 in the US) was “Friday On My Mind” from a couple of years earlier. This Australian band featured George Young, the brother of Angus and Malcolm of AC/DC, on guitar.
#6 – Small Faces, “Lazy Sunday”: These diminutive rockers had a big international hit with “Itchycoo Park” the previous year. This was a Top 10 hit for them in the UK, Australia, Germany, and The Netherlands, but failed to reach the Hot 100 in the US.
#5 – John Rowles, “If I Only Had The Time”: From Whakatane, New Zealand, this was Sir John’s biggest hit in the UK (#3) and The Netherlands (#2).
#4 – Gary Puckett & The Union Gap, “Young Girl”: Gary and the boys, from Union Gap, Washington, had an international hit with this song.
#3 – Blue Cheer, “Summertime Blues”: Maybe my favorite cover of Eddie Cochran’s 1958 hit, it went to #1 on the Dutch Singles chart.
#2 – The Rolling Stones, “Jumpin’ Jack Flash”: Rolling Stone magazine called this “supernatural Delta blues by way of swinging London.” It’s hard to believe this song is over 50 years old.
#1 – Heintje, “Ich Bau’ Dir Ein Schloß”: Heintje is a Dutch singer who is popular in the German-speaking countries and, evidently, in China. He continues to perform as Hein Simons. He was not quite 13 when this record was released.
Back with W tomorrow! And look for my post on the challenge blog tomorrow!
This month, my Monday A to Z Challenge posts also serve as my Monday’s Music Moves Me posts.