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Friday, June 23, 2017

Time Machine co-ordinates VIVIII43562364

We whirl our way to June 23, 1964, where Jack Kilby of Texas Instruments (who would later invent the pocket calculator) finally received his patent on his first great invention- the integrated circuit.  The process took five years and four months to go from filing to approval- a process which his invention must have made easier, because as of 2011 the average wait is now 2 years and four months.

You could say he's in the chips...

And we're off on another rampage, this time through 1964, a post apocalyptic landscape that sees just two Beatles songs in the hot 100 for the first time since the first week of February! But it's not all about the Fab Four this time- in fact, the panel's top two are by the same (non-Beatles) act- and on the same 45!  Also, a study born of a comment from last week, and a very special surprise!  Prepare to multiply your fun, subtract your blues, and add to my pageviews!


First things first dept:  A few weeks back I was unable to play you the new single from Styx- but at least for now, I finally can!  Just two weeks after it falls off the M10, here's Styx!


Now, all y'all if you've been visiting Time Machine for any length, you know that Laurie's favorite M10 song of all time- maybe Bobby G's, as well- is Jana Kramer's Boomerang, which peaked at #2 back on Halloween week 2015.  But Laurie has graciously agreed to take M10 list in hand and select 9 more to give us Laurie's top ten!  She did not rank them (other than Boomerang), so I'll share them bit by bit in alphabetical order.  And the first two...

Dent May's Born Too Late, which peaked at #3 in January of 2016...

...and, speaking of Styx, their other single from The Mission, Gone Gone Gone, which made it to #6 just last month.


The Panel gave us 49 stations and 13 contestants!  And while I could have Kyu Sakamoto do this, it might be problematic to read...

M? 何十メートルですか? (supposedly, "M10? What is an M10?")

So let me go ahead and do this starting alphabetically with Cashbox's #2 this week, Peter and Gordon's A World Without Love.

The Dixie Cups had the #1 national hit with Chapel Of Love.

Gerry and the Pacemakers had the #9 with Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying.

The next two- and indeed the top two- come next, and I'm going to save them to the end.

Billy J Kramer and the Dakotas had Little Children at #14.

Johnny Rivers rocked Memphis at #8.

Millie Small had My Boy Lollipop at #7.

Billy Thorpe- who would go on to have the rockin' hit Children Of The Sun in 1979- and the Aztecs were big hits in Australia with a cover of the Coasters' Poison Ivy.

The Four Seasons debuted this week at #60- and still got 3 #1 votes!- with Rag Doll.

Another Aussie station was taking advantage of their release in '64 of Bill Haley and his Comets' Rock Around The Clock.

And 12 and 13 were Beatles songs that weren't on the charts this week.  The b-side of From Me To You- a tune called Thank You Girl- never did chart, and the German version of She Loves You- Sie Liebt Dich- was number one in San Bernardino (don't THAT figure), and would eventually squeak in at #97.

Now this week, three songs actually had double-figure percentages in this week's election- Memphis at 12.2% was third- but the top two come from the same 45!  And for a long time it was a tight race, so you tell me- for which song will the Beach Boys be next week's POTM?  Will it be the future #1 I Get Around- currently at #3- or the flip side, Don't Worry Baby, currently charting at #33?

You can't lose with us!


Two more from Laurie!

Three time #1 from February 2016 (and alleged cause of Peanut's conception), Flo and Eddie with Keep It Warm...

... and those amazing property guys, the Scott Brothers and Let The Night Shine In, #1 last July!


Last week, Bobby made the following comment:

---Interesting about Peggy March. A lot of women did better in Germany (must be all our troops over there wanting to hear the

Which got me thinking about how true that might be.  So I tried to figure this the best way I could without having access to old German chart archives (but I DO have a list of German #1s) and I came up with this list:

I had already told you Little Peggy March was big in Germany- 24 top 40s, 5 top 10s, and the #1 Romeo Und Julia.

Connie Francis also had 24 top 40s there, to go with 10 top tens and 3 #1s.

Suzi Quatro had 16 top 40s, 9 top 10s, and a single #1.

Petula Clark had 11 top 40s, 5 top 10s, and a pair of #1s.

Dusty Springfield had 6 top 40s- but most of her success came after that 1987 duet with the Pet Shop Boys.  Same with Cher, who notched 10 top 40s, but 7 came 1989 or later.

Lulu had three top 40s in the Martin Era 2.0.

And here is a surprising list of #1 songs by our ladies:

Shirley Bassey's Goldfinger
Nancy Sinatra's These Boots Are Made For Walking
Mary Hopkin's Those Were The Days
Lynn Anderson's Rose Garden
and the UK's Sandie Shaw with Puppet On A String.

Frankly, I just think they have good taste in women- and songs.


Two more from Laurie:

France's Phoenix with Lisztomania, a three week #1 -the fifth #1 in M10 history- back in October 2015...

...and the Jayhawks with my personal M10 favorite, Quiet Corners And Empty Spaces, a four-week #1 back in April last year!


Hey, we do have a debut this week!  A young lady whose first EP, 3:33 AM, is all about her coping with the loss of her mother last year.  Half German and half Jamaican, here is self-proclaimed Germaican Amber Mark at #10...


Two more from Laurie...

...Boz Scaggs with Small Town Talk, #1 from January 2016...

..and Keane's Somewhere Only We Know, three weeks at #2 in September last year!


Stat page:  The 6D (for which I did nothing) were the Ray Charles Singers with this week's CB #4, Love Me With All Your Heart.

The #64 at '64 was bluesman Alvin Robinson with Something You Got.  Alvin was influenced by Ray, and in the 70s played with Dr John.

The queens of the bottom dwellers, the Paris Sisters were at #101 with their cover of Dream Lover.  They would sneak it up to #91.  Remind me to do a feature on these ladies when I got more room.

And Cilla Black (real name Priscilla White, lol) topped the UK chart with You're My World- and yes, that's the same song that Helen Reddy would cover in 1974.

BEATLES UPDATE:  Both the US and UK charts have but 2 Beatles tunes on the list.  In the UK it's Ain't She Sweet at #29, and Can't Buy Me Love, in its 14th week, at #38.  In the US of A, it's Love Me Do at #6, and PS I Love You at #23.


And the last two of the Laurie Ten:

...Tangerine with You'll Always Be Lonely, another four-week #1 back last year at this very time...

...and of course the lovely Jana Kramer with the aforementioned Boomerang!


And the M10 this week...

Flogging Molly clings to the chart, down one to #9 with The Days We've Yet To Meet.

PVRIS drops 4 to #8 with former top dog Heaven.

Stuck in place from last week are Love Is All Around by WetX3 at #7 and POWERS with Closer at #6.

Our latest statistical anomaly is that Moon Taxi becomes the third straight song to go from #9 to #5 with Two High.

Beach House rolls their Chariot down a pair to #4.

Springtime Carnivore gobbles their way up to #3, a 2-spot rise for Midnight Room.

Northern Faces pulls into the runner-up slot with Messin' With Me.

And a second week at the top for...

Kidsmoke and And Mine Alone!

Before we give the winner, let me give you one last treat-

The English words to what Kyu Sakamoto sang...

I look up when I Walk

I look up when I walk
So the tears won't fall
Remembering those happy spring days
But tonight I'm all alone

I look up when I walk
Counting the stars with tearful eyes
Remembering those happy summer days
But tonight I'm all alone

Happiness lies beyond the clouds
Happiness lies above the sky

I look up when I walk
So the tears won't fall
Though my heart is filled with sorrow 
For tonight I'm all alone


Remembering those happy autumn days
But tonight I'm all alone

Sadness hides in the shadow of the stars
Sadness lurks in the shadow of the moon

I look up when I walk
So the tears won't fall
Though my heart is filled with sorrow 
For tonight I'm all alone



And the winner of the Beach Boys Battle at the top, with a 28.6 to 14.3 percentage...

I Get Around!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Next week, 1965!


  1. Wow, I never realized the integrated circuit was that old! It's not as old as I am, though.
    Well, I've gone and depressed myself now.

  2. Chris:
    ---I guess Jack Kilby is happy he didn't suffer from ALL the layers of RED TAPE we have THESE days, right???
    ---STYX - not a bad song, but I kept waiting for a killer guitar bridge to appear...heh.
    ---WTG, Laurie. Knew there'd be a DENT MAY song in the mix (right, Dent...I mean Chris?)
    ---Got a couple a GREAT panel songs this week.
    Beach Boys at the top 2? Either one would work for me.
    ---Them's a LOT of top 40s...and do you mean the Germans or OUR TROOPS (who have good taste in songs and women).
    Too close to call there, I guess. HA!
    ---The Jayhawks...another good song there.
    ---Amber Mark - nice find. Mature vocals and a snappy tune.
    ---Tangerine and Jana done REAL good, Laurie!
    ---Great lyrics to Sakamoto's song.
    I Get Around...HAD to be da winnah!!

    Excellent ride this week (and the rain never bothered us one bit).

    Keep those hits comin' up there, brother.
    (thank Laurie for her list, too...and Scrappy for just being there.)