This week in 1966, we were watching a campy and “pow, bang, zoom” new ABC-TV series that aired TWO nights per week in prime time; “BATMAN,” starring ADAM WEST as the caped crusader. Who played his boy wonder sidekick, ROBIN??? Think about it for a minute or two before you….
BURT WARD played Batman’s crime-fighting partner ROBIN! We wonder (a) if he got paid extra for having to wear those GREEN TIGHTS and (b) WHERE are those GREEN TIGHTS NOW? …The Smithsonian?? Sold on eBay??? Torn into swatches and now used as dust cloths??
While we ponder the fate of the GREEN TIGHTS…let us now review the TOP TEN TUNES from THIS WEEK in 1966! (last week’s chart position in brackets)…
1. WE CAN WORK IT OUT/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles[/lastfm] (2) — spending its first week on top, it will stay here for another week, drop down to #2 the following week, and then pop back up into the #1 spot for a third and final week.
2. THE SOUNDS OF SILENCE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Simon and Garfunkel[/lastfm] (1) — this was on top last week, will stay at #2 next week, and will hit #1 again the following week, as Paul and Art play musical chairs with John, Paul, George and Ringo for the top spot in the country. Note: In the history of the Top 40 national charts, it is very rare for a song to leave the #1 spot and then return to the peak position again. Both “We Can Work It Out” and “The Sounds Of Silence” are doing this now! It’s a hard-fought inter-chart battle for supremacy!!! The Beatles will win, staying on top for a total of three weeks to S & G’s two.
3. SHE’S JUST MY STYLE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Gary Lewis and the Playboys [/lastfm](16) — debuting on the Top Ten, this will peak in this position and stay at #3 for the next two weeks, spending 3 weeks as third best.
4. FLOWERS ON THE WALL/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Statler Bros. [/lastfm](12) — a country act, the tune crossed over to the mainstream Top 40 chart on the strength of such lyrics as, “Counting flowers on the wall, that don’t bother me at all, playin’ solitaire ’til dawn with a deck of 51, smokin’ cigarettes and watchin’ “Captain Kangaroo” now don’t tell me, I’ve nuthin’ to do…” It’s about a guy describing his life after the end of a relationship and pretendin’ he’s doin’ okay.
5. EBB TIDE/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Righteous Brothers[/lastfm] (8) — this will spend two weeks here in its peak position. It’s Bill Medley’s and Bobby Hatfield’s follow-up to last summer’s “Unchained Melody.” “Soul and Inspiration” will be their next hit in a few months and will reach #1 for three weeks in the spring, making it their biggest hit (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’” was #1 for two weeks in early ’65).
6. OVER AND OVER/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Dave Clark Five [/lastfm](5) — the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall Of Fame group’s biggest hit in the U.S., this remake of a Thurston Harris and Bobby Day tune from the late 50′s was #1 a few weeks ago.
7. I GOT YOU (I Feel Good)/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]James Brown[/lastfm] (3) — James holds the record for most songs to reach the Top 100 WITHOUT ever having a NUMBER ONE! James placed an incredible 99 songs on the chart and THIS TUNE was his biggest hit, peaking at #3 in late December.
8. FIVE O’CLOCK WORLD/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Vogues[/lastfm] (11) — this was used as the theme from TV’s “The Drew Carey Show” many years later. It was the group’s biggest hit. Last year, “You’re The One,” the Vogue’s debut song, made the Top Ten and there will be a couple more hits in their future; 1968′s “Turn Around, Look At Me” and “My Special Angel.”
9. TURN! TURN! TURN!/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Byrds[/lastfm] (4) — The Byrd’s biggest hit, this was #1 for THREE WEEKS late last year. This group formed in Los Angeles and consisted of members James McGuinn (who would change his first name to ROGER in a couple of years), David Crosby, Gene Clark, Chris Hillman and Mike Clarke.
10. DAY TRIPPER/[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]The Beatles [/lastfm](18) – the “flip side” of this week’s NUMBER ONE SONG, this will peak at #5 late this month. We wonder: Since both songs were on ONE 45RPM disc, when you bought ONE at your favorite record store, you came home with BOTH. So, how did the chart keepers differentiate which song the buyer bought the record for??? This is one of the mysteries of music and chart keeping that, perhaps, we’ll never know the answer to….
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