The #1 Summer Hits of the Mid-1960s! Fifty Years Go Bye-Bye!
Long before the AMC network brought modern society the hit TV program Mad Men, there was a decade called the 1960s when real people walked the earth and listened to their music on quaint little radios and groovy looking hi-fis that neither streamed nor downloaded a thing.
In order to hear the music you liked when you wanted to hear it, you would visit your local record shop where for a fee they would sell you either a big record with quite a few songs on it or a little record with only two songs with one being particularly good and the other not so hot. Occasionally, you got lucky and both tracks were excellent.
Today, we'll focus on the songs that were #1 on the charts during the summer months of 1964 through 1966, a time when most artists were less concerned with the big record format (the LP, long player) than the little record format (the 45 -- for the speed at which the record turned on the electric turntable).
Doesn't this sound exciting? And, kids, don't forget to keep asking your parents if they were ever caught necking to this music! Or maybe your grandparents! One of these fine songs could even be the reason you're here today!
25) Love Me Do -- The Beatles (1964): By the summer of 1964, Beatlemania was in full swing and anything 'Beatles' was a surefire hit. "Love Me Do" had been their modest debut single in the UK where it fared decently at #17. However, US markets in 1964 took the song to #1 because the Beatles had started running low on new singles.
24) Chapel of Love -- The Dixie Cups (1964): A Brill Building specialty, written by Jeff Barry, Ellie Greenwich and Phil Spector, "Chapel of Love" was recorded by a number of nice folks, like Darlene Love, The Ronettes, the Blossoms, Bette Midler, the Beach Boys and Elton John. Most recently, it was covered by Holly Beth Vincent for a 2011 episode of American Idol. The Dixie Cups had the hit version that was heard in the film Full Metal Jacket.
23) A World Without Love -- Peter and Gordon (1964): Paul McCartney wrote this song at 16 years old and knew it wasn't good enough for the Beatles so he offered it to anyone desperate enough for a hit. The taker turned out to be Peter Asher, whose sister Jane Asher dated McCartney for years, and with whom Paul "roomed" with for a few years.
22) I Get Around -- The Beach Boys (1964): The Beach Boys' first #1 hit in the US was also their first top ten hit in the UK, where drafty young Brits got their first inkling of sunshine on a faraway coast. The single featured "Don't Worry Baby" as its B-side, being one of those times I spoke about when you got full value for a single. Some may be inclined to say you got more than full value here -- though mathematically that's not possible.