Wednesday, 10 August 2011
Billboard Hot 100 (1964)
1964, February 7th the place is New York - JFK Airport, some 5000 fans are all gathered to witness the arrival of the Beatles and the beginning of the British invasion. Their first album "Please Please Me" had stayed at No1 in the U.K. for 30 consecutive weeks but the record company because of licensing problems had not released it in the U.S. Instead they released the single "I Want To Hold Your Hand" which sold 2.6 million copies in the two weeks preceding their arrival. During the course of the year they would subsequently capture nine spots on the Top 100 charts with five of them in the No1 slot (see chart below for titles).
Groups from the U.K. weren't the only thing charting however, The Supreme's had their first hit with Motown Records, "Where Did Our Love Go" which was quickly followed by "Baby Love" and "Come See About Me" all three climbed to No1 on the charts. The only other multiple top spot performer was actually a early 1960's favorite, Bobby Vinton who had "There! I've Said It Again" and "Mr. Lonely" both hit No1. Another perennial favorite Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons had three huge hits with "Rag Doll", "Stay" and "Ronnie"