Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Billboard Hot 100 (1965)

The Beatles,Ticket To Ride,UK,Deleted,SHEET MUSIC,385921
1965  was a great year in music. The Beatles ruled the charts again but even with their five No1 hits there was plenty of room for some old favorites and newcomers alike. The Rolling Stones had one of the biggest hits of the year with "Satisfaction", this song has been voted as one of the top five rock songs of all times.
Possibly the last gasp for good old rock&roll was a song by Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs called "Wooly Bully". It never hit No1 but it managed to stay in the Top 40 for over 14 weeks. Music was becoming more complicated and "Wooly Bully" was a throwback to simpler rhythms and lyrics.

The Temptations,My Girl,USA,Promo,5
The British invasion continued with No1 hits from Herman's Hermits, "I'm Henry VIII, I Am" and "Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely Daughter" as well as the Dave Clark Five's hit, "Over And Over".
The Righteous Brothers,Gold,UK,DOUBLE CD,373574
There was quite a lineup of newcomers in 1965. Sonny & Cher took a No 1 spot with their "I Got You Babe" even if it did sound suspiciously like "It Ain't Me Babe" from Bob Dylan. The Byrds with an all star lineup would have a hit with a Bob Dylan tune, "Mr. Tambourine Man". Their popularity would only last a couple of years, changes in members due to successful solo careers would eventually end the group. While they were together they are credited with creating the genre 'folk rock' along with Pete Seeger and Dylan, they also pioneered 'country rock' sounds as well as the beginnings of 'psychedelic rock'. Their musical interpretations would influence music throughout the remainder of the 1960's.
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Another newcomer was The Jefferson Airplane with Grace Slick, they didn't have a chart success until 1967 though. Out of the San Francisco Bay area and not causing much of a stir until later years was a group that was eventually known as the Grateful Dead. Their pioneering in long musical improvisation gave rise to the musical term jamming.

Number of Charted Songs Top 100:

Beatles - 5
Supremes - 3
Herman's Hermits - 3
Byrds - 2
Four Tops - 2
Yarbirds - 2

And The Grammy Goes To:

Record of the Year - "A Taste of Honey" - Herb Alpert and the Tijuana Brass
Album of the Year - "September of My Years" - Frank Sinatra
Song of the Year - "The Shadow of Your Smile?" - Paul Francis Webster
Best Rock and Roll Recording - "King of the Road"- Roger Miller

Roger Miller had the biggest Country & Western hit of the year with "King of the Road" proving again that there can be a cross over market for C&W. While folk music was turning electric Simon and Garfunkel had a more acoustic hit with "The Sound of Silence" which would hit No1 on New Years day 1966.
In the grown-up world movie soundtracks were ruling with some all time greats like "The Sound of Music", "Doctor Zhivago", My Fair Lady", and "Fiddler on the Roof" leading the way.

1964 hit music  
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DowntownPetula Clark21/23
You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'The Righteous Brothers22/06
This Diamond RingGary Lewis and the Playboys22/20
My GirlTemptations13/06
Eight Days A WeekBeatles23/13
Stop! In The Name Of LoveThe Supremes23/27
I'm Telling You NowFreddie and the Dreamers24/10
Game Of LoveWayne Fontana and the Mindbenders14/24
Mrs. Brown You've Got A Lovely DaughterHerman's Hermits35/01
Ticket To RideBeatles15/22
Help Me, RhondaBeach Boys25/29
Back In My Arms AgainSupremes16/12
I Can't Help MyselfThe Four Tops26/19
Mr. Tambourine ManThe Byrds16/26
SatisfactionRolling Stones47/10
I'm Henry VIII, I AmHerman's Hermits18/07
I Got You BabeSonny & Cher38/14
Eve Of DestructionBarry McGuire19/25
Hang On SloopyThe McCoys110/02
Get Off Of My CloudRolling Stones211/06
I Hear A SymphonySupremes211/20
Turn! Turn! Turn!The Byrds312/04
Over And OverThe Dave Clark Five112/24

Cloppa Castle - Episode Seven - Off Duty

Off duty
The castle guards are protesting again at the fact they have been on duty for months without a break. The Queen decides that they should all have a day off and go to the seaside. Before they can go Cue-ee-dee has to build a new wagon to carry everyone. Alas for poor Cue-ee-dee he has built inside his lab and the doorway is not big enough for it to get out. Whilst this problem is being dealt with, the castle comes under attack from the Hasbeenes.
The men are very tired Beosweyne is ready for abttle but the castle guards want to go away for the day
Beosweyne is not prepared to stop the attack Cue-ee-dee has miscalculated the size of the door
Elbow is most annoyed as this may mean he cannot have a holiday. Suddenly the Byegones realise that they could use Beosweyne battering ram to smash a hole in the laboratory and thus get the wagon out. It all goes to plan and Beosweyne comes rushing into the castle and crashes through the lab wall. He is about to claim victory when the Queen invites both him and his men for a day out. A twenty four hour truce is thus called. Everyone is very happy and has a nice time relaxing, although the sea is at very low tide. At the end of the day they are all hungry and it is up to Mudlin to bring out the food.
Where has the sea gone ? All are now friends with the truce
Princess Tizzi is relaxing on the soft sand All the folk return to Cloppa Castle
He makes a complete mess of it and Beosweyne is not happy about it. He starts to complain and the Queen leaps into her chariot and with the wagon in tow, she heads for the castle leaving everyone stranded at the beach. Beosweyne decides to show all the others how to organise a feast and party back at his camp. Everyone has a great time part from the Queen who is in bed at Cloppa Castle.