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!