The Friday 5×2: 2SM (Sydney, NSW), 5/7/65

Last year, we visited 2SM in Sydney, NSW, Australia and examined their survey for that week in 1963. Let’s hop ahead a couple more years and take a look at what was hot on the charts on May 7, 1965.

  1. The Seekers, “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You” The song was down from #9 the week before in its 14th week on the 2SM chart.
  2. Elvis Presley, “Do The Clam” From the movie Girl Happy, this was up from #12 the previous week in the song’s 4th week on the chart.
  3. Tom Jones, “Chills & Fever” A single that didn’t go very far in most of the rest of the world (it reached #125 in the US and failed to chart elsewhere) looked like it did all right Down Under. Up from #15 in its third week.
  4. The Beatles, “Rock & Roll Music”/”Honey Don’t” A two-sided single of songs from Beatles For Sale (Beatles ’65 in the US). Side 1 covers Chuck Berry, side 2 covers Carl Perkins. Down slightly from #5 in its eighth week.
  5. The Rolling Stones, “The Last Time” A #1 hit for the Stones in the UK and #9 here in the US, it was down from #2 in its sixth week.
  6. The Seekers, “A World of Our Own” In its second week on 2SM’s chart this bounced all the way from #30 to #5. Not as big of a hit as “I Know I’ll Never Find Another You” was, but that’s a pretty impressive jump. Of course, they had home-field advantage…
  7. Julie Rogers, “Hawai’ian Wedding Song” This British chanteuse had a huge hit with “The Wedding” the previous year (#3 UK, #10 US). This only reached #31 in the UK, but obviously did much better in Australia.
  8. Ray Brown & The Whispers, “Pride”/”Say It Again” Another two-sided single, for which I only found side 1 (I don’t usually have trouble finding songs on YouTube). Ray and crew were an Australian band that was popular in the mid-’60’s.
  9. Herman’s Hermits, “Mrs. Brown You’ve Got A Lovely Daughter” This was the first week on 2SM’s chart for this song. Notice in the video that at one point Peter turns and seems to be reacting to what one of the other members of the band was saying.
  10. The Beatles, “Ticket To Ride” From the Help! album, it was The Fabs’ seventh straight #1 single in the UK as well as the third #1 in the US.

And that’s The Friday 5×2 for May 10, 2019.

Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1965

When I started this series, my intention was to highlight music that entered WLS’s survey on the last survey of each month and exited quickly. The fact that so many songs that entered the survey then became hits was, to be honest, frustrating. In giving it a little more thought, I realized that, regardless of where the Big 89 placed a new song on the survey, it could be considered a #40. What I did starting with this set was to choose a new song from the end-of-month survey that dropped off before the end of the following month. And I got some beauties this time around.

  1. Trini Lopez, “Lemon Tree” This first appeared on the survey on January 29, and spent three weeks on it, peaking at #27. It did reach #20 on the Hot 100 and #2 on the Adult Contemporary chart.
  2. Lawrence Welk, “Apples And Bananas” Made its first and only appearance on the survey on February 26. Kind of a cute tune, typical of Lawrence Welk’s “Champagne Music.” It reached #17 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #75 on the Hot 100.
  3. Mary Wells, “Never Never Leave Me” First appeared on the March 26 survey and spent three weeks there, reaching #33. It was a #15 hit for Mary on the R&B chart.
  4. Andy Williams, “…And Roses And Roses” I took this from the April 23 survey because the following week the Top 40 was just the Top 20, because WLS decided to list the Top 20 selling #1 singles since they started programming Top 40 music. Unsurprisingly, seven of those records were by The Fab Four. Andy’s song only made the one appearance, though it reached #4 on the Adult Contemporary chart and #36 on the Hot 100.
  5. The O’Jays, “Lipstick Traces (On A Cigarette)” This song peaked at #25 and was gone by the end of June. It reached #28 on the R&B chart and #48 on the Hot 100, their big success still a few years off.
  6. Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders, “It’s Just A Little Bit Too Late” Spent most of July on the survey, peaking at #20 on July 23 and vanishing on the 30th. It peaked at #45 on the Hot 100.
  7. Gene Pitney, “Looking Through The Eyes Of Love” Gene had three good singles in the US, “Town Without Pity,” “The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance,” and “Only Love Can Break A Heart,” but the writing was on the wall that his best bet was to focus on the UK market. This peaked at #21 at WLS and was off the survey by the end of August, it reached #28 on the Hot 100, but was a #3 hit for him in the UK and Canada.
  8. The Leaders, “Night People” This song only spent 2 weeks on the WLS survey in late August, and as far as I can tell never appeared anywhere else. I can’t find anything on this group, so I have a feeling this never reached the Hot 100.
  9. The Zombies, “Whenever You’re Ready” This appeared on the survey at the end of September and spent three weeks there, peaking at #29. It failed to reach the Hot 100, peaking at #110.
  10. Patty Duke, “Say Something Funny” This appeared on the WLS survey for exactly one week, the the week of October 29. Kind of odd, because it reached #20 nationally.
  11. Johnny Tillotson, “Our World” This cracked the survey in late November and spent two weeks there, peaking at #36. Nationally it reached #70.
  12. Jackie Lee, “The Duck” We end 1965 with a song that appeared on the Christmas Eve survey and promptly vanished. I can’t find any information on Jackie anywhere, but I would guess this went nowhere on the Hot 100.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for March 11, 2019.

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