Friday, September 16, 2016
Time Machine week 90
Welcome to September 16, 1964. Wait, didn't you say last time it would be 1962? Well, yes, but then I realized I did 1962 fifty one weeks ago- The Four Seasons won in a landslide with Sherry- so I did a bit of recalculating and here we are. And what are we doing today? Why, we're watching the very first episode of the pioneering music show Shindig! Shindig! launched today with musical guests Sam Cooke, The Everlys, and the Righteous Bros, along with "house singers" Donna Loren (who was the "Dr Pepper girl" and did events for Pepper all over with Dick Clark), Jackie (Miller) and Gayle (Caldwell, castoffs from the New Christie Minstrels) and (pre-fame) Bobby Sherman. The host was DJ Jimmy O'Neil from LA's KFWB, and the dancers for this episode included Caroline Barry and Brenda Benet, who was married to Bill Bixby before her suicide in 1982. The show itself was aired from 1964-66, featuring guests shots from everyone who was anyone- including the Beatles, the Stones, the Beach Boys, and Elvis! It lost it's spot on ABC to make room for that classic TV hit:
POW! BANG! OOF! Welcome to this week's Time Machine, were this time we feature a tight race on the Panel Four (how about 3 points separating the top three?), the almost-return of all our regular features, and all the usual fun, without graphs this week!
This week, our lovely Panel consists of: KOVO Provo UT, KPAY Chico CA (was this cable radio, lol?), WNIA Buffalo, KNAK Salt Lake City, CKPT Peterborough ON, WIBG Philly, WHOT Youngstown OH, WXYZ Detroit (I wonder if the call-letter jingle made Detroiters check their flys), KQV Pittsburgh, WLEE Richmond, KIMN Denver, and WOKY Milwaukee. They piled in 22 different songs, including #1 votes that didn't make the P4 from the Supremes' Where Did Our Love Go (Provo), J Frank Wilson's Last Kiss (Salt Lake and Detroit), The Four Seasons' Save It For Me (Philadelphia), Gale Garnett's We'll Sing In The Sunshine (Denver), and the Beatles with If I Fell (Richmond).
On the subject of the Beatles, this was one of their off weeks for 1964. A Hard Day's Night collected three votes- one shared with the flip I Should've Known Better- including a #3 from Richmond.So of course I looked to see how the Fab Four did up and down the various charts. Outside of Richmond, If I Fell was 14 in Provo and 38 in Denver; A Hard Day's Night was 18 in Provo, 3 in Peterborough, 11 in SLC, and 30 in Milwaukee. Also charting were the two sided Matchbox/ Slow Down, which was 23 in Provo, 15 in Chico (Matchbox solo) , 20 in Buffalo (Slow Down solo) , 10 in SLC (Matchbox solo) , 50 in Peterborough, 13 in Ohio, 37 in Richmond, 17 in Denver, and 17 in Milwaukee; Ain't She Sweet, 32 in Provo; And I Love Her, 10 in Peterborough; and the two sided I'll Cry Instead/Happy To Dance, which was 34 in Peterborough. Oh, and the entire Something New lp was at # 15 in Pittsburgh. Out of our 12 panelists, the Beatles were shut out only once- in Detroit.
The low charter from the Panel belonged to the Hondells' Little Honda, which was on the way up at #71. And the Panel Picks:
At #4 with no #1s but 17 points, the national #5, Ronnie and the Daytonas with GTO.
At #3 with 25 points and the #1 of Youngstown, the national #3 as well- and my least favorite here- the Newbeats and Bread And Butter.
At #2 with 26 points and the #1s from Pittsburgh and Milwaukee, the national # 2 as well, Roy Orbison and Oh Pretty Woman.
How about that- the Panel is going to be just one place off the national chart! Because at #1, with 3 #1s and 28 points, the national #1- stay tuned!
One debut this week, and it is from a band that is high up on this week's M10 as well- New Zealand's Shakes, with a tune that will be heading up pretty fast itself:
Now I'm not quite doing the "how low can you go" list, since I knew none of the bubbling unders this week. Instead, how about I give you the five strangest titles in bubbling under land- because they are some beauts:
In order of weird:
#5- Dern Ya, by Ruby Wright, sat at 113.
#4- how about the Young World Singers who were at 107 with Ringo For President.
#3- The Four-Evers with (Say I Love You) Boo Dee Bum...
#2- The Spats with a dinner menu of Gator Tails And Monkey Ribs (Yecchhh...)
And at #1- Bobby Goldsboro, of all people, with Me Japanese Boy I Love You. What?
Today a word from colonizer of Africa Cecil Rhodes:
I have found out one thing and that is, if you have an idea, and it is a good idea, if you only stick to it you will come out all right.
And I have a great one! Let's all...
10- Marianne Faithfull had the hit version in the UK of the Stones' As Tears Go By. She would make our chats next January.
9- The Cashbox #4 this week- the Supremes and Where Did Our Love Go.
8- The CB #9 this week, Manfred Mann and Doo Wah Diddy.
7- Yet again, we have a sighting of The Bachelors, this time with I Wouldn't Trade You For The World, which would peak here at #69 next month.
6- And another sighting of Dave Berry, whose biggest hit was this week's The Crying Game.
5- The Four Seasons were #1 here back in July with Rag Doll.
4- Next up come a couple of hits that would peak on the US pop charts in December. The first is a country crossover from Jim Reeves- I Won't Forget You. It would hit #3 both in the UK and on the C&W charts.
3- The other is Herman's Hermits with I'm Into Something Good.
2- The Honeycombs were sitting at #97 back home with Have I The Right.
And top of the pops?
...the Kinks and You Really Got Me, with would peak on our charts in November!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I am about to give you a list of songs with one thing in common with the 6D victim.
Monday Monday, Mamas and Papas
I'd Really Love To See You Tonight, England Dan and JF Coley
Up Up And Away, Fifth Dimension
and Superstar, Carpenters.
And the thing these five + the 6DV have in common:
Bassist Joe Osborn. Another one of those guys that were everywhere, he was a member of the famed Wrecking Crew, Rick Nelson's band... oh and the band for Johnny Rivers in his Whiskey-a-Go-Go sessions, including the song at #11 that got no Panel Love- his cover of Chuck Berry's classic Maybellene.
Wow, time for the M10 already! With Shakes installed at #10 already, the rest of the group looks like this:
The former #1s are falling- The Explorers' Club to #9 with California's Callin' Ya, and Phantogram to #8 with Fall In Love.
M.A.G.S. holds at #7 with My Love, as does Heatwave for Wild Ones at #6.
Break out yer toothbrush! Castlecomer moves a quick 4 to #5 with Judy.
Dinosaur Jr lumbers up one more spot to #4 with Tiny.
Dent May moves up 5 fast spots with Face Down In The Gutter Of Your Love at #3 this week.
Holding at the runner up spot, Keane's Somewhere Only We Know.
And at the top?
...a second week for Shakes with Strange Tides- making the M10 a big Shakes sandwich!
And on the Panel Four...
...the Animals and House Of The Rising Sun!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Okay, I think I'm safe this time in saying 1977 next time! And we'll see just how many slices of that Shakes sandwich they manage to gobble up...