Saturday, October 6, 2012

Saturday Music Club: Billboard Top 10 Singles/Albums the week I was born

1. The Beatles, "A Hard Day's Night"


2. The Four Seasons, "Rag Doll"


3. Jan and Dean, "The Little Old Lady from Pasadena"


4. Dean Martin, "Everybody Loves Somebody Sometime"


5. The Supremes, "Where Did Our Love Go?"


6. Dusty Springfield, "Wishin' and Hopin'"


7. Roger Miller, "Dang Me"


8. The Beach Boys, "I Get Around"


9. Johnny Rivers, "Memphis"


10. Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto, "The Girl from Ipanema"


List from Billboard.com

1. A Hard Day's Night Original Soundtrack


2. Hello, Dolly! Original Cast Recording


3. Louis Armstrong and the All Stars, Hello, Dolly! 


4. Stan Getz, Astrud Gilberto, et al., Getz/Gilberto


5. Funny Girl Original Cast Recording


6. Al Hirt, Cotton Candy


7. The Dave Clark Five Return


8. Barbra Steisand, The Third Album


9. The Beatles' Second Album



10. Al Hirt, Honey in the Horn


List from 1 August 1964 Billboard, courtesy Google Books...also responsible for our Bonus Chart:

UK Top 10 Singles

1. "A Hard Day's Night"

2.  The Rolling Stones, "It's All Over Now"


3. The Animals, "House of the Rising Sun"


4. P J Proby, "Hold Me"


5. Dusty Springfield, "I Just Don't Know What to Do with Myself"


6. Jim Reeves, "I Won't Forget You"


7. Cliff Richard, "On the Beach"


8. The Swinging Blue Jeans, "You're No Good"


9. The Tremoloes, "Someone"


10. Elvis Presley, "Kissin' Cousins"


and a bonus cut, the first recording of "You're No Good," Dee Dee Warwick (1963):

6 comments:

Jerry House said...

Geesh, you're a baby, Todd. The week I was born, they hadn't even invented music!

Todd Mason said...

Sadly, Jerry, I think I'm a bit closer to starting to use diapers again than I am from having been graduated from them...but I'd say your estimates are a bit off...I'm quite certain that at least CPE Bach, to say nothing of JS, had already begun composing by the time or your advent...I suspect PDQ might even have preceded into this plane, at least in his alter ego. (One thing I might note...the only album among these my parents owned was the Armstrong, not even Getz/Gilberto, and certainly none of the singles, even Dino's. Records were comparatively expensive then, and they would attempt to buy cheap knockoff records and cutouts out of ingrained habit, I think...though they would occasionally go the whole hog for a handful of classical recordings and a few jazz lps for my father, and Joe Turner and a very little else for my mother.)

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Happy Birthday, Todd! Belated or otherwise. Some great music to celebrate the week you were born. Many of these are familiar though I haven't listened to Dusty Springfield, Johnny Rivers, The Supremes, and Roger Miller in a long time. The Dean Martin number still holds for me as does Louis Armstrong's "What A Wonderful World." I also liked Cliff Richard's "Devil Woman" from the album "I'm Nearly Famous." I'm not at all familiar with Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto.

Todd Mason said...

Thanks, Prashant! One thing that jumped out at me was how familiar nearly all the music of that week's charts still was for most people, even those rather younger than me.

Stan Getz is the saxophonist on those tracks (an American), Astrud Gilberto the woman singer (her husband Joao Gilberto was also a singer and guitarist, and Antonio Carlos Jobim, another featured player, was another guitarist/singer and also pianist...they all Brazilian.)

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Todd, I'm going to get around to listening to Stan Getz and Astrud Gilberto soon. Your post got me thinking about some of the early singles I still like to listen to, many of which are on my cellphone and which I listen to often, especially while commuting to work and back. These include "500 Miles" by Brothers Four (The Hooters did well there), "I Say A Little Prayer" by Aretha Franklin, "Summer Wine," the version by Lee Hazlewood and Nancy Sinatra, "California Dreaming" by Mamas and Papas, "Nights in White Satin" by The Moody Blues, "Unforgettable" by Nat King Cole, "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" by Perry Como, "Love is a Many Splendored Thing," "If I Had a Hammer" by Trini Lopez," and yes, "Those Were the Days" by Mary Hopkins too.

Todd Mason said...

Not a bad medley of '60s pop of various sorts at all...you'll find links on my blog (and a lot of other places) to the Weavers, whose Lee Hays and Pete Seeger wrote and were the first to perform "If I Had a Hammer" (and I have one, I think, to Aretha Franklin's excellent version, and Peter, Paul and Mary probably do theirs in a sing-off I have up with Donovan and the Smothers Brothers)...and I was just listening to the Australian band the Seekers for the first time in some years the other day, who did notable records of several of these songs. And if I'm not mistaken, "I Say a Little Prayer" is one of those Bachrach/David songs that they gave to Dee Dee Warwick's sister Dionne to record first (they gave a number of songs to both Warwick and Dusty Springfield, and that worked out pretty well all around). And if you like jazz at all, you should definitely hear some of Cole's jazz piano recordings...he was a brilliant vocalist, but he was even better as a pianist before his singing career started making him very rich.