Monday’s Music Moves Me: #40’s of 1966

It’s a freebie day! So I’m back to look at the bottom of the Silver Dollar Survey to see what happened to the #40’s at the end of each month in 1966. I had to use the next-to-last survey for December, because the one from December 30 was a partial survey. But it’s the same idea. Most of these songs I don’t remember hearing back then.

  • January 28: Sonny & Cher, “What Now My Love” This spent eight weeks on the survey and ping-ponged in the 20’s until it fell off the survey on my 10th birthday.
  • February 25: Bobby Goldsboro, “It’s Too Late” This song crept slowly (one position a week) up the chart until it peaked at #36, then vanished.
  • March 25: Roger Williams, “Lara’s Theme (Somewhere My Love)” Peaked at #23 on April 8, then spent two more weeks on the survey and disappeared.
  • April 29: Paul Peek, “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” Made just the one appearance and was gone the next week.
  • May 27: Johnny Sea, “Day For Decision” The Friday before Memorial Day (which was still on May 30, which just happened to fall on a Monday in ’66), we were graced with this patriotic speech. It shot up to #9 on June 10 and promptly disappeared.
  • June 24: The Del-Vetts, “Last Time Around” This early psychedelic record was on the survey this one week, then vanished. Guess it wasn’t time for psychedelic music yet.
  • July 29: Bobby Moore & The Rhythm Aces, “Searching For My Baby” Shot up to #25 the following week, then couldn’t be found.
  • August 26: The Standells, “Sometimes Good Guys Don’t Always Wear White” Followup to their huge hit “Dirty Water,” and it didn’t fare as well. It was gone the following week.
  • September 30: The Rolling Stones, “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadow?” By the time the DJ’s read the name of the song on the air, it was gone. Seems odd, but there you go.
  • October 28: Barbra Streisand, “Free Again” Peaked at #24 n November 11 and had fallen off the survey two weeeks later.
  • November 25: Ronnie Dove, “Cry” Jumped to #20 the following week, rose to #16 the week later, spent three weeks at #17, fell to #23 and vanished.
  • December 23: Tommy Roe, “It’s Now Winter’s Day” Stayed on the survey through February 17, peaking at #15, as you might expect.

And that’s Monday’s Music Moves Me for April 8, 2019.

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The Friday Five: Garage Bands from 1966

Lori Carlson (whose blog you should be reading) commented on Sunday’s post about The Spiders From Mars, the name of David Bowie’s backup band. In my reply, I said it was a better name for a band than The Electric Prunes, the name of an actual band from the Sixties. Her reply made me think “I don’t think she realizes it’s a real band,” so I sought out their one hit to show her. Well, YouTube started suggesting bands to me, and before I knew it, I had my Friday Five. I give you five garage bands who had hits in 1966.

I Had Too Much To Dream Last Night – The Electric Prunes The Electric Prunes were from Los Angeles, and classified their music as “free-form garage music.” This song reached #11 in the US and #49 in the UK in 1966. They did have another record that charted, “Get Me To The World On Time,” that reached #27 in the US, which surprised me, because I don’t remember hearing it.

Pushin’ Too Hard – The Seeds Also from LA, The Seeds are the band that brought the term “Flower Power” to the mid-Sixties counterculture. This was released in 1965 and went nowhere, then was re-released in 1966, when it reached #36.

(We Ain’t Got) Nothin’ Yet – The Blues Magoos The Blues Magoos were from The Bronx, New York, and were at the forefront of psychedelic music. This was their lone big hit, reaching #5 in 1966.

Psychotic Reaction – The Count Five These guys were from San Jose, California, and sometimes wore Dracula capes when they played. They’re best known for this song, released in 1966, though there’s no indication it ever charted nationally. I found it on the KFWB (AM 980 Los Angeles) surveys, where it debuted on August 30 at #28 and reached #1 on September 27.

Talk Talk – Music Machine Another band from Los Angeles, this was their first record, released in 1966. It failed to reach the Hot 100, but at KFWB, the song debuted at #34 on October 4 and went as high as #5 on October 25.

So, there’s your Friday Five for January 6, 2017.