Welcome to September 2nd, 1965, where we find former Presidential candidate Barry Goldwater suing Ralph Ginzberg and the ironically named Fact Magazine that he ran. Why? Because of this statement in the back of an article about Goldwater during the campaign:
"He consciously wants to destroy the world with atomic bombs. He is a mass murderer at heart. He is amoral and immoral. He is a dangerous lunatic."
3 years later a court awards Barry $75,000. In 2009, Minnesota Gov Jesse Ventura sued American Sniper Chris Kyle for telling a story that DIDN'T EVEN USE VENTURA'S NAME- and got $1.8 million out of the dead hero's estate. At a 54% increase per annum between 1965 and 2009, that means that if Donald Trump loses the election and picks any of the many of the Hillary camp to sue over anything they accused him of, he could net... wow, he could pay his campaign debts with that kinda money! Or you can look at it this way- Barry's 75K would be worth just over 523K now, so maybe he shoulda sued Ginzburg a little harder...
But don't be too hard on Barry for flunking fiscal policy. This same day, the DeLong Star Ruby, stolen last October, was ransomed for $25 K- or just under 18% of its insured value. If Ventura would have agreed to THAT deal, Barry would have come out better!
And with that, welcome to the Labor Day weekend version of Time Machine! This week, I'm going to have to do some careful crafting in my UK segment as OUR #s 1, 2, and 3 are THEIR 1,2, and 9- in some order! Also, a little Cashbox history (isn't this ALL CB history, Chris?), the failure for a third week in a row of a six degrees- and why; and the 8th and final M10 #1 of Summer 2016- which also reminds me stay tuned to the end for a SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT
The Panel this week includes these noteworthies: KHJ Los Angeles, KPOI Honolulu, WCPO Cincinnati, KSTT Davenport IA (because, don't you always stt on a davenport?), WMCA New York (where you can hear the Village People do the jingle, "I always listen to W-M-C-A..."), WTRU Muskegon MI, WPLO
The low chart feature has a couple of stories. In addition to the Casuals' non-charter, Bobby Goldsboro was off the chart-so far- with the b-side of a record called If You've Got A Heart. Now the a-side (whose name I forgot to record) debuted this week, but this b-side- which was #5 in Atlanta- wouldn't debut until next week. In the meantime, the low charter this week- which led to a thought I will explore in a bit- is a song that would soon be a big hit- Len Barry's 1-2-3, which starts out this week at 1-4-0.
Any way, the Panel picked:
At #4, we have with nada on the #1s but 15 points, the national # 3, Bob Dylan and Like a Rolling Stone.
At #3, with 25 points and the #1s of Davenport and NYC, the national runner up, Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe.***
*** At this point, I have to bring up the curious case of S&C loving Syracuse, which had the duo's single Just You (#72 nationally) at their runner up, the falling Baby Don't Go (#54) at their 4-hole, and Sonny's solo Laugh At Me (#21) at their 5-spot- but no I Got You Babe.
At #2, with 32 points- losing a tight race to the winner by 5- and the number ones of LA, Muskegon, Seattle, Providence, and Akron, Barry McGuire's apocalyptic Eve Of Destruction, the national #5.
And at #1- and #2 in the UK- with 3 number ones and 37 points- stay tuned.
CAUGHT YOU- the other #1s went to the DC5 and Catch Us If You Can, which got the top spots in Syracuse and Orlando.
Only one debut on the M10 this week- a band headed by one Danielle Sullivan. They are called Wild Ones, and come in at #8 with this:
There is a live video out there, but I haven't perused it yet; so in the meantime, here is the Marlene Gold-esque Danielle Sullivan:
So when I found Len Barry "way down there", it made me think of doing a post on "the biggest hits that started at #150"- which would be an ENORMOUS chore and I voted against (but for you trivia buffs, I did see that the #1 Telstar by the Tornadoes started at #149), but thought maybe I could let you in each week on the lowest songs I actually know. We'll see how this plays out, but this week's "how low can you go":
The Tijuana Brass had Taste Of Honey at #103...
Jonathan King's Everyone's Gone To The Moon at #131...
The Vogues at #139 with You're The One...
The aforementioned 1-2-3 at #140...
and low man is The Kingsmen with Louie Louie at #150 on the way out!
So why no 6D this week? Well as you know, the 6D victim is the highest charting song on the CB chart that the Panel ignored. And the Panel did a lot of ignoring! In fact, they ignored HALF of the national top ten! In fact, outside the Panel Four, the national top ten got just 2 points, when national #7 Unchained Melody by the Righteous Brothers got the #4 slot in New York. So who were these poor "orphans of the Panel"?
4- Beach Boys, California Girls;
6- The Four Tops, It's The Same Old Song;
8- We Five, You Were On My Mind;
9- Supremes, Nothing But Heartaches;
and 10- Billy Joe Royal, Down In The Boondocks!
Well, I have to say I was kinda stuck today on who was going to deliver the quote to get the UK 10 going. But research led me to Sir George Shearing, a blind jazz pianist (1919-2011), who said this-
I think it was Duke Ellington who once said that we're always most pleased with our current record. I mean, you have to assume that you learn from one, and you do something better next time.
Now, if I thought that was ALWAYS the case, we wouldn't be here. A lot of acts blow their creativity in one shot, and I really feel that the only acts that are IMPROVING music are the ones that have learned from the past, instead of just "sampling" it. Anyway, the UK 10 this week:
10- The Kinks with a low-charter here called See My Friend. It peaked at #111 on Billboard.
9- The US #3, Dylan's Like A Rolling Stone.
8- One of those great songs that deserved better here than a #16 peak at the end of the year- the Walker Brothers' Take It Easy On Yourself.
7- You saw this one in "how low can you go", from which it would emerge and peak in a couple of months- Everyone's Gone To The Moon.
6- Italian vocalist Marcello Minerbi hit with a song from the Zorba The Greek soundtrack called Zorba's Dance.
5- Back in July, Horst Jankowski took Walk In The Black Forest to # 12 here.
4- The last song that Cashbox "combined" their data on to make one hit was called All I Really Want To Do. Cher would take her half into the top 40, but the Byrds had the bigger hit in the UK.
3- In America, the Rolling Stones had already hit it big and were tumbling, at #31 this week, with Satisfaction.
And at the top of the pops, as you know already, Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe.
AMAZING ANNOUNCEMENT TIME
Labor Day weekend ends the summer, and thus I have for you the M10 songs of Summer 2016! I'll be posting the videos, God willing, on Sunday and Monday! If you are like me and say, "The only song on the Billboard songs of summer I can stand is Ride by 21 Pilots", tune in to the songs that made MY summer this weekend!
And now, the M10:
Quilt rolls back down from 4 to 10 with Roller.
Jimmy Ruffin holds down #9 again this week- and says he'll stay there Forever My Love.
The dynamic duo (small case) once again each gain 1 spot- Dinosaur Jr's Tiny to #7, and M.A.G.S.' My Love to #6.
The Pom Poms grudgingly slide another pair to #5 with 1-2-3 (their version, not Len Barry's!)
The big move was Keane's jump from 10 to 4 with Somewhere Only We Know.
The Explorers Club (who have another one in the queue warming up- slide out of the top to #3 with California's Callin' Ya.
Shakes, who also have a song on the way later, move another 3 into the runner up slot with Strange Tides.
And at the top?
Phantogram and Fall In Love!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
And the Panel's #1- and the UK's #2-
....the Beatles and Help!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
This weekend, the Summer 10 party! Next week- 1973!