#atozchallenge Top Ten: WWGO (1450 AM, Erie, PA), 4/27/64

1450 AM in Erie, Pennsylvania is now WPSE (styled as WP$E), a business news-talk station that simulcasts on 107.1 FM. The call letters now belong to a classic rock station, "92.1 The Axe" in Charleston, Illinois. I wasn’t able to find much of anything about the old WWGO, so if anyone has any information, please share! Here’s their Top Ten from April 27, 1964.

#10 – The Beatles, "Roll Over Beethoven": One of three songs by The Fab Four on WWGO’s chart this week. A cover of a Chuck Berry tune, it was the opening track on the Capitol LP The Beatles’ Second Album (which was actually their third US release; the first was on Vee Jay), and was on the British LP With The Beatles.

#9 – The Four Seasons, "Ronnie": A song by Bob Gaudio and Bob Crewe, from their album Rag Doll. It reached #6 on the Hot 100.

#8 – Bernadette Carroll, "Party Girl": Bernadette was a member of the New Jersey-based girl group The Angels, best known for 1963’s "My Boyfriend’s Back." I wasn’t familiar with this song or the lovely Ms. Carroll before now.

#7 – Brenda Lee, "Think": "Little Miss Dynamite" scored a #4 hit on the Adult Contemporary chart with this, though it only reached #25 on the Hot 100.

#6 – The Beatles, "Do You Want To Know A Secret": From their first album, 1963’s Please Please Me in the UK, Introducing… The Beatles! in the US. Written by John, sung by George, it was their first Top Ten hit with George as lead singer. It reached #2 in the US.

#5 – Betty Everett, "The Shoop Shoop Song (It’s In His Kiss)": Another song on Vee Jay Records. It reached #6 on the Hot 100, and #1 on the Cash Box R&B chart (Billboard wasn’t printing an R&B chart at the time).

#4 – The Beatles, "Can’t Buy Me Love": The final Beatles song on this survey, it was written by Paul, who wanted to see if he could write a 12-bar blues. George Martin suggested the parts at the begining, end, and middle, and they had a hit. It was on the British A Hard Day’s Night album, but not on the US version, and was eventually released on Capitol as a single.

#3 – Lesley Gore, "That’s The Way Boys Are": After four straight Top Ten hits in 1963, Lesley never reached the Top Ten again. In fact, this is as close as she ever got, coming in at #12.

#2 – Louis Armstrong, "Hello, Dolly": It took Louis Armstrong to break The Beatles’ hold on the #1 spot in the charts, and his version of "Hello, Dolly" is iconic. I chose an extended version of him in concert just to show how people loved this guy, and he loved them right back.

#1 – The Dave Clark 5, "Bits And Pieces": The DC5 were the second British Invasion band to appear on The Ed Sullivan Show after The Beatles had made several visits, and seemed to make as great of an impression on the US audience. The fan magazines hinted at some blood feud between the two bands, but really they were completely different.

We’re taking a trip south of the border tomorrow for X!

24 thoughts on “#atozchallenge Top Ten: WWGO (1450 AM, Erie, PA), 4/27/64

  1. Hi John – lovely list again … lots of Beatles and the Dave Clark Five – and Louis – fascinating listen alongs – thanks – Hilary


    1. All of Lesley’s Top Ten songs were in 1963. I think, like a lot of people from that era, The Beatles and other British Invasion acts crowded them off. Neil Sedaka had a hard time getting played then as well, and so did Brenda Lee, although she did all right on the Country chart. Several of us here in blogland really like Brenda Lee, a tiny lady with a huge voice. Louis was definitely one of a kind.


  2. Love these great songs from a great year 1964, which happens to be my birth year. I love all the rock but love Louis Armstrong!!


    1. Louis was quite a character. He was high most of the time, but I think in his case it enhanced his personality. His voice is kind of gravelly and hoarse, but he was a surprisingly good singer: he did a couple of albums with Ella Fitzgerald, and you wouldn’t think their voices would match, but they did.


  3. This about the time that I started paying more attention to pop music. At this time I was more interested in The Four Seasons and The Dave Clark Five than I was The Beatles. The Beatles were my sister’s favorite and I wanted to be different than she was. Besides I just passed the Beatles off as another teenage girl fad.

    Arlee Bird
    Tossing It Out


  4. John,

    I’m dropping by this morning to get my morning playlist started while I tackle other doing the A2Z Challenge. Your song picks date back to April 1964. I was only two years and four months old so these didn’t make to my ears for many years. It’ll be nice to listen to these to see what feelings they might stir. Have a good day and happy A2Zing!

    Wile E. Coyote Looney Tunes A-Z Art Sketch


  5. Easy peasy today…The Shoop Shoop song (it’s always easy when I finish reading the list and am still singing one of the songs in my head).

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