We continue our series of the Numbers 11 through 20 songs on the year-end Billboard Hot 100 with 1964. As expected, the Beatles dominate, but a couple of non-British Invasion acts did manage to sneak in there…
#20 – The Drifters, "Under The Boardwalk": A song by Arthur Resnick and Kenny Young, it peaked at #4. It’s #489 on Rolling Stone‘s 500 Greatest Songs of All Time.
#19 – Ray Charles Singers, "Love Me With All Your Heart": Originally written as "Cuando Calienta El Sol" by Rafael Gastón Pérez, a Nicaraguan bandleader. The English lyrics were written either by Michael (or Maurice) Vaughn or Sunny Skylar. The Ray Charles Singers version peaked at #3 on the Hot 100 and spent four weeks at the top of the Pop-Standards chart.
#18 – Billy J. Kramer & The Dakotas, "Little Children": Reached #1 in the UK and #7 in the US. The flip side, "Bad To Me" (written by fellow Liverpudlians Lennon and McCartney) peaked at #9 at the same time.
#17 – Martha & The Vandellas, "Dancing In The Street": By Marvin Gaye, Mickey Stevenson, and Ivy Jo Hunter. This version reached #2 on the Hot 100 and #4 in the UK. It’s been covered many times since.
#16 – The Beatles, "Please Please Me": The Fab Four make several appearances here. This is the title track from their 1963 debut album in the UK, and reached #2 on the Record Retailer chart. It failed to chart in the when first released in 1963, but peaked at #3 when re-released in January 1964.
#15 – Manfred Mann, "Do Wah Diddy Diddy": Written by Jeff Barry and Ellie Greenwich and originally done by The Exciters in 1963. Manfred Mann reached #1 in both the US and UK in 1964.
#14 – The Beatles, "Love Me Do": Another song from the Please Please Me album in the UK, it was left off the Vee Jay equivalent, Introducing…The Beatles!, but issued on Vee Jay’s Tollie Label. Reached #1.
#13 – The Beatles, "A Hard Day’s Night": Title track of their third Parlophone album (the US story is a little more involved) and theme song of their 1964 film. It reached #1 in both countries, as did the album, the first time that’s happened.
#12 – Al Hirt, "Java": The "Round Mound of Sound" reached #4 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Adult Contemporary chart with this, from his album Honey In The Horn.
#11 – Barbra Streisand, "People": From the Funny Girl soundtrack, a song by Jule Styne with lyrics by Bob Merrill. It reached #5 on the Hot 100 and #1 on the Easy Listening chart.
There’s your Top Ten Tuesday for June 1, 2021.