Top Ten Tuesday: 1966, The Next Ten

Counting down numbers 11 through 20 on the year end Billboard Hot 100 for 1966. The list is here, in case it won’t play here.

#20 – Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, "Groovy Kind Of Love": A song by Carole Bayer Sager and Toni Wine based on a melody by Muzio Clementi. The Mindbenders’ version reached #2. Phil Collins covered this in 1988 for the movie Buster and reached #1.

#19 – Lee Dorsey, "Workin’ In The Coal Mine": Written and produced by Allen Toussaint, this reached #8 in the US and UK.

#18 – Johnny Rivers, "Poor Side Of Town": Johnny moved to a more soul-based sound from his earlier rock days, and he reached #1 in both the US and Canada with this song.

#17 – Lou Christie, "Lightnin’ Strikes": Written by Lou and Twyla Herbert, this also reached #1 in the US and Canada as well as #3 in New Zealand and #11 in the UK.

#16 – Sam The Sham & The Pharaohs, "Little Red Riding Hood": This record was kept out of the #1 spot by "Wild Thing" by The Troggs and "Summer In The City" by The Lovin’ Spoonful. Nevertheless, it achieved Gold status and was Sam and crew’s second Top 10 hit.

#15 – The Happenings, "See You In September": Harmonizing vocal groups were still popular in the mid-’60’s, and with this remake of The Tempos’ 1959 hit reached the Top 10, peaking at #3.

#14 – Bobby Hebb, "Sunny": A song for his brother, who had been murdered. Hebb wrote it to remember to choose a "sunny" attitude over a "lousy" one. The song peaked at #2 in late summer.

#13 – The Supremes, "You Can’t Hurry Love": Written and produced by Holland-Dozier-Holland, it topped the chart in 1966. Sixtteen years later, Phil Collins reached #1 with his cover.

#12 – Righteous Brothers, "Soul & Inspiration": Their first hit after leaving producer Phil Spector. Written by Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil, it peaked at #1.

#11 – The Rascals, "Good Lovin’": A song by Rudy Clark and Arthur Resnick that was originally recorded by R&B singer Limmie Snell. The Rascals took it to #1 in 1966.

And that’s Top Ten Tuesday for June 15, 2021.

16 thoughts on “Top Ten Tuesday: 1966, The Next Ten

  1. Great songs! I used to sing the Phil Collins version of Groovy Kind of Love to my son who was born in 1988. He now loves Phil Collins, one of the few artists we can enjoy together. (He’s a hip-hop, rap kind of guy otherwise).


  2. Wonderful songs! It’s funny though ~ when I first really listened to the lyrics of “Lightning Strikes,” they made me so angry. But… I still like it, lol


    1. It was a product of its time. So was “Rhapsody In The Rain.”

      That one got banned on ABC radio stations, including WLS, because of the lines “making out in the rain” and “our love went much too far.” Lou recorded another version that changed the lines. Again, a product of the times. Both are killer songs, though, aren’t they?

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      1. Revolver- Blonde On Blonde- Pet Sounds… and a ton of great singles- some of them there in your feature!

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