The Top Ten Songs This Week In 1964

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Lyndon Johnson has been re-elected President of the United States.  In a landslide victory earlier this month which was just as much a part of honoring the late John F. Kennedy as it was a popularity vote for LBJ, Johnson will start serving his first full term as an elected president on January 20th.

Beatlemania was in its first year, but, surprisingly, nary a tune by the mop tops appeared in this week’s TOP TEN!  They were between hits, just coming off of the list with the #1 song “A Hard Day’s Night.”  From September 19th, when the song dropped out of the ten, up through this week, there wasn’t another Fab Four tune on the top ten.  [lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] will next hit the ten best list on December 12th with “I Feel Fine” and the flip-side, “She’s A Woman.”  It would debut on the Top Ten at #5 and make it to #1 on December 26th.

Here’s THIS WEEK’S TOP TEN in 1964…(last week’s position in brackets)

1.    Baby Love/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Supremes[/lastfm] (1) — in its 4th week at #1, this is the Supremes’ biggest hit of all-time; spending 4 weeks in the top spot.  It was their follow-up to their first #1 song this last summer, “Where Did Our Love Go?”  The gals would go on to have 12 number one songs before Diana Ross left the group in late 1969.

2.    Leader Of The Pack/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Shangri-Las[/lastfm] (2) — their biggest hit.  It will be the next #1 song after the Supremes drop out of the top spot.  The Shangri-Las also had their first hit this past summer with “Remember (Walking In The Sand),” which peaked at #5.

 

3.    Come A Little Bit Closer/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Jay & the Americans[/lastfm] (4) — this is their biggest hit.  Jay Black wasn’t the original “Jay.”  He was brought in when the original left the group in 1962.  Dave Black then became Jay Black.

4.    Last Kiss/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]J. Frank Wilson & the Cavaliers[/lastfm] (3) — Pearl Jam did a remake of this.  It was this group’s only hit.  J. Frank is now in “Rock and Roll Heaven.”

 

The Zombies

5.    She’s Not There/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Zombies [/lastfm](9) — their first hit.  Rod Argent and Colin Blunstone fronted this 5 man group that disbanded in late 1967, though a song they recorded before their break-up, “Time Of The Season,” was released by a different label in 1969 and became a huge hit for the defunct band.

6.    Ringo/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Lorne Greene[/lastfm] (10) a spoken word song, the man who played Ben Cartwright on “Bonanza” for years had this huge “Western-Cowboy character” hit in which Lorne voiced a story about a lawman (him) and an outlaw (Ringo) who grew to respect one another.  It was a great story that was told in just minutes on vinyl.  At this time, “Bonanza” was one of the top TV shows, so Lorne had a big part of both TV and radio airwaves.

7.     Have I The Right?/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Honeycombs[/lastfm] (5) — an English group from London, this was their only hit here in the U.S.  They were named after the bandmember who was a sister of another member of the band.  Her nickname was “Honey.”

 

The Kinks

8.    You Really Got Me/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Kinks[/lastfm] (13) — new to the top ten, this is the Kinks’ first hit in the U.S.  They’d go on to score many more hits on the charts, some big, some not so big, until the mid 80’s!

9.    The Door Is Still Open To My Heart/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Dean Martin[/lastfm] (6) — Dean had his first #1 song since “Memories Are Made Of This” in 1955 with “Everybody Loves Somebody” this past summer.  “The Door” is his 4th Top Ten hit.  “I Will” in late 1965 will be his last, though he placed 30 songs in the top 100 from 1955 until the end of the 60’s.

 

10.   Time Is On My Side/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Rolling Stones[/lastfm] (18) — after “Not Fade Away,” “Tell Me” and “It’s All Over Now” failed to reach the top ten this year, THIS is the tune that finally did it for them.  Need we say how many MORE top ten and NUMBER ONE songs these guys would have during the next few DECADES???  This one will peak at #6.

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