MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS
During 1965 the existing North Sea "pirate" radio stations became established, and new ones began broadcasting around the coast of the UK from the south of England to Scotland. This enabled pop music fans to listen to the latest hits all day long. Some hits during the time they were active are attributed to heavy radio play on these stations. However, it didn't always work, and some well-played recordings failed to enter the UK charts.
The dominance of the British beat groups began to wane during this year, and certainly, the Merseybeat groups, with the exception of the Beatles, were loosing their popularity in 1965. This allowed the return to the UK charts of American artists and groups, particularly Bob Dylan, The Byrds and Sonny & Cher. The latter two acts both had number ones in the UK, whilst the legendary Bob Dylan achieved four Top 10 hits during this year. There were hits too for American Soul singers Wilson Picket and Fontella Bass, and several others. The Motown sound was slowly gaining ground, but only the Supremes from that record label were enjoying regular hits. However, a band from Australia, The Seekers, had considerable success in 1965 which continued for a couple of years.
From the UK, the Beatles, carried on making chart-topping hits. Cliff Richard began to struggle in the charts, missing out on Top 10 status for two hits in 1965 for the first time since the summer of 1959. Nevertheless, he did have a number one and a number two in this year, so things were not too bad. The Hollies, the Rolling Stones and the Animals all enjoyed several hits in the UK charts.
These are my personal favourite recordings from this particular year, listed in the order in which they entered the UK hit singles chart. You may not agree with my choices, but these were UK chart hits that had plenty of air play on the music radio stations of the day, such as Radio Luxemburg, Radio Caroline and Radio London ("Big L").
Title: Go Now
The Moody Blues are an English rock band formed in Birmingham, England in 1964.
The five piece comprised Mike Pinder, Ray Thomas, Denny Laine,
Graham Edge and Clint Warwick. Laine and Warwick left in 1966
and were replaced by John Lodge and Justin Hayward. Edge,
Lodge and Hayward remain in the band at the present time. They
secured a contract with Decca Records in early 1964, and their
second release, "Go Now" rose to number one, and set them
on the road to stardom. They became primarily an album band,
although they did have a Top 10 hit in each of the years 1967 and
1970. On the album chart, however, they enjoyed eight Top 10
albums, three of which reached number one, from 1968 to 1981.
They have continued to record and make concert tours in both the UK
and USA, the most recent in 2015.
Georgie Fame was
born on 26 Jun 1943 in Lancashire, UK. He is a keyboard player
and vocalist, mainly in the R&B genre of music. He went to
London at just 16 and was able to get a contract with impresario
Larry Parnes, who put him on tour with Marty Wilde, Joe Brown and
others, playing in the backing band. He then played piano in Billy
Fury's backing band which was called The Blue Flames. They were
sacked by Fury in 1961, so Fame took the lead and the band toured
the UK as Georgie Fame and The Blue Flames. They played mostly
American R&B material and became big enough to get a recording
contract with EMI. His first successful recording was "Yeh!
Yeh!", and this was followed by a series of hits through to
1971. He continued performing, but also played organ on all
Van Morrison albums from 1989 to 1997. His two sons now play
with him on concert tours, and he most recently toured in 2017.
Cross The Mersey
Gerry & The Pacemakers were the second group of Merseybeat acts from Liverpool (after the Beatles) to break into the big time, although they were the first to reach number one in the UK charts. They were led by Gerry Marsden (born 24 Sep 1942 in Liverpool, England). The four Pacemakers included Gerry's brother Freddie who played the drums. The group had been performing around Liverpool for some time, and were the second act spotted and signed by manager Brian Epstein. He arranged a record deal with EMI records, and Beatles producer, George Martin also produced the recordings for Gerry & The Pacemakers. They went on to enjoy enormous success in the UK and were the first act to see their first three record releases reach number one. That feat was not equaled until the 1980s when the band Frankie Goes To Hollywood (also from Liverpool) did the same thing. Gerry & The Pacemakers went on to have a total of nine hit singles, six of which made the Top 10, including those chart toppers. Like most other British hit-makers at the time, they also enjoyed much success in the USA. However, their last hit came in late 1965, and by then their popularity was rapidly declining on both sides of the Atlantic. They disbanded in October 1966. However, in 1974, Gerry reformed the band, and they continued to perform at home and abroad in sixties nostalgia shows.
Please Don't Go
Them was an
R&B band formed in Northern Ireland in 1964 by the now legendary singer
and musician, Van Morrison. Van Morrison (born 31 Aug 1945 in
Belfast, Northern Ireland) remained with the group for only two
years. He left in 1966 to forge a solo career. During
those two years the band had two UK hits, both of which reached the
Top 10, coming in January and March 1965. They also had some
success in the USA, and toured there as well. After Morrison's
departure the group recruited new members and pressed on with
recording and performing but without success in the charts, and they
disbanded in 1972.
Never Find Another You
The Seekers are an Australian folk-influenced group, formed in Melbourne, Australia in 1962. The four-piece band comprised female lead singer Judith Durham (born 3 Jul 1943), Athol Guy, Keith Potger and Bruce Woodley. They performed and recorded in Australia before going to the UK in 1964. There they were given the chance to perform on a few TV variety shows where they met Tom Springfield. He offered them the song "I'll Never Find Another You", which they recorded in late 1964 and saw it rise to number one in the UK and Australia, and number 4 in the USA. This was followed by seven Top 20 hits, including the UK number one "The Carnival Is Over" (in October 1965), through to 1967. They also toured in the UK and Australia. In the summer of 1968, Judith Durham announced that she was leaving for a solo career, and the group disbanded. In 1992 the members of the group met up for the first time in 20 years and decided to perform a reunion concert tour during 1993, and they have performed occasionally up to the present time, including fiftieth anniversary tours of Australia and the UK in 2013/14.
Del Shannon (30 Dec 1934 - 8 Feb 1990) was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan,
USA. After army service in the mid-1950s he joined a band which played in local venues. The lead
singer was sacked in 1958 and Shannon took over vocal duties. A record contract followed, and in early 1961
Shannon recorded "Runaway" which was a chart topper on both sides of the Atlantic. Shannon went on to
have seven Top 10 hits in the UK by 1963, and after some smaller chart entries, he had one final Top 10 hit in
1965. His hits tailed off after that, so he moved into music production with Liberty Records. He made
a few albums in the 1970s and 1980s but sales figures were poor. Suffering from depression, Shannon
committed suicide on 8th February 1990.
Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Brothers were Bill Medley (born 19 Sep 1940) and Bobby Hatfield (10
Aug 1940 - 5 Nov 2003). Based in Los Angeles, they had been in
different groups originally, but were in the same group from
1962. They began performing as a duo in 1963, and recorded
singles and albums for a local company, resulting in a couple of
small hits. In 1964 they were seen by producer Phil Spector
who had created his "wall of sound" production technique
for the groups the Crystals, the Ronettes and others. Spector
signed them up and asked
Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil to
provide a song. The song was "You've Lost That Lovin'
Feelin'". It was released in early 1965 and raced to the
number one spot in both the UK and USA. In the UK, this
recording was followed by two more hits produced by Spector,
although the highest was their follow-up, "Unchained
Melody", which reached number 14. However, "You've
Lost That Lovin' Feelin'" was re-issued in 1969 when it
returned to the Top 10. They split with Spector in 1966,
signed with Verve records, and had another couple of hits, including
the Spector-sounding "You're My Soul And
Inspiration". That was a number one in the USA and number
15 in the UK. The duo split in 1968 and the pursued their own
careers. They reunited in 1974 and enjoyed another
American-only Top 10 hit. They split again in 1976, but came
back together in 1981 and performed on and off for several years
after. Bobby Hatfield died in 2003. Medley continued as
a solo artist again, but in 2016 reformed the Righteous Brothers
with singer Bucky Heard.
This group had the same name as the founder and leader of the
band. Manfred Mann was born on 21 October 1940 in Johannesburg, South Africa. He studied music at University
in South Africa, and worked as a jazz pianist at a number of clubs in Johannesburg from 1959 to 1960. In 1961 he moved
to the UK and began work as a music journalist, as well as helping form a jazz band, in which he played keyboards.
This evolved into the pop music five-piece which was named after Mann. In 1964 the group was asked to provide
a new theme tune for the TV pop music programme "Ready Steady Go". This resulted in the
song "5-4-3-2-1" which, with the help of the weekly television exposure, rose to number five in the UK
charts. From 1964 to 1969 they enjoyed 17 hits, 13 of which were Top 10 entries, which included three number
ones. The lead singer from 1964 to mid-1966 was Paul Jones, and from mid-1966 to 1969, the lead vocals were
taken over by Mike d'Abo. Despite such a dramatic change, their success continued unabated with more
Top 10s and another chart-topper. Mann decided to disband the group in 1969, so that he could move on to
other projects. He had hits in the 1970s with a group named Manfred Mann's Earth Band.
Of Waiting For You
The Kinks were a
four-piece band formed in north London, England by the brothers Ray and Dave
Davies. Ray Davies, born 21 June 1944, and Dave Davies, born 3
Feb 1947 were joined by Mick Avory on drums and Pete Quaife on bass
to complete the original lineup. Ray had been at art school in
the early sixties and had played guitar with different R&B bands
in London. He joined the Ravens in 1962 which included his
brother Dave on lead guitar and drummer Avory. They signed a
contract with Pye Records, but changed their name to the Kinks with
encouragement from their management. Their first two releases
failed to chart, but their third single, "You Really Got
Me" (1964, song 67), zoomed all the way to number
one in the UK and was a Top 10 hit in the USA. They went on to
enjoy twelve further Top 10 hits in the UK by 1970, including
another number one in 1965 - all written by Ray Davies. The
band continued recording and performing on and off over the
following years, albeit with some personnel changes, but finally
broke up in 1996. The Davies brothers have recorded solo
albums, and some past members have regrouped for live performances
as the Kast Off Kinks, until the present time.
See About Me
were the first Tamla Motown group to find lasting success in the
charts both in the UK and America. They epitomised the Motown
sound, and became one of the label's biggest acts. The vocal
trio comprised Diana Ross (lead singer, born 26 Mar 1944), Florence Ballard and Mary
Wilson. They all came from the Detroit, USA area, where Motown
records was based. They began by providing back up to other
performers, but quickly gained a recording contract. Six
single releases between 1961 and 1963 failed to make the charts
anywhere, but in 1964 they recorded "Where Did Our Love
Go" (1964, song 75). The recording went to number one in the USA and
number three in Britain. They became so successful that their
first six releases in the USA went to number one, and they ended up
with eleven chart-toppers there by 1969. In the UK they only
had one number one, "Baby Love" (1964, song 89), but amassed 18
hits by the end of the 1960s, seven of which reached the Top
10. However, by 1967, Florence Ballard had developed a drink
problem, and she arrived for recordings and live shows too drunk to
perform on some occasions. In that year she was replaced by Cindy Birdsong.
Things continued with this new set up until 1970 when Diana Ross
left to pursue a solo career. She was replaced by Jean Terrell.
This version of the trio did enjoy some success, with five of their
recordings hitting the UK Top 10 from 1970 to 1972. With some
more personnel changes, the trio continued recording, after 1972,
but with little success. They remained a popular live act,
however, continuing to 1977, when they performed their farewell
concert (in London), and then disbanded.
The Hollies was beat group from Manchester, England.
It was formed by Allan Clarke and Graham Nash in 1962, and by early summer 1963 they had their first hit.
In the autumn of that year they made their debut in the Top 10 with a recording of a former American chart topper,
"Stay". This started a run of fifteen Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s, and they continued successfully
into the 1970s as well. At the time of this hit, the other three members were Eric
Haydock, Tony Hicks, and Bobby Elliott. They became one of the most successful bands of the 1960s, although
they only reached the top of the UK charts once in that decade. They finally broke into the USA charts in 1966,
and enjoyed six Top 10 hits there. Some squabbles with their management led to the departure of bass guitarist
Eric Haydock in 1966. Two years later, founding member Graham Nash left the group following the band's
rejection of Nash's song "Marrakesh Express". Clark and the others wanted to continue recording
mainstream pop material, so Nash decamped to California where he teamed up with guitarist Stephen Stills (formerly with
Buffalo Springfield), and David Crosby
(ex-Byrds singer & guitarist) to form one of the first
super groups, Crosby, Stills & Nash, which released "Marrakesh Express" as its debut single.
In 1971, Alan Clarke also left to pursue a solo career, but he returned in 1973 when the band was enjoying success
in the USA. With some changes of personnel, the group continued to perform through to the 1990s, mostly in the
guise of a sixties revival group. Clarke finally retired in 2000, but the Hollies still perform on the
was born on 28 Oct 1945 in Manchester, England. Fontana had
begun his music career in 1961 with a band called The Jets, but that
did not develop. With an ad hoc group of musicians, Fontana
performed at the Oasis club in Manchester in 1963, and was promptly
offered a contract with Fontana Records, which was just a
coincidence. The band was given the name the Mindbenders, and
off they all went to London. Their first two recordings only
just grazed the Top 50, but their third release gave them their
first Top 10 entry in the charts, a cover of the American hit "Um
Um Um Um Um Um". This was followed by another Top 10 in
early 1965, but the hits fell away after that. Fontana was
somewhat unpredictable, and had walked off stage to leave the band
to finish the set on more than one occasion. The last time
this happened, in October 1965, it was the end of the
partnership. However, Fontana continued as a solo act and made
some medium-sized hits during 1966, including the number eleven hit
"Pamela Pamela" late in that year. Meanwhile the
Mindbenders continued as well, and they enjoyed a number two hit in
early 1966, followed by three lesser releases. Fontana has
continued to perform occasionally, although he has had a few minor
brushes with the law. He now lives in Spain.
How Love Can Be
The Ivy League was a pop trio of session singers, comprising John Carter, Ken Lewis and Perry Ford. They formed this group in 1964 and arranged a contract with Pye Records' Piccadilly label. Their first hit, "Funny How Love Can Be", was written by two members of the band. They enjoyed another Top 10 hit in the summer of 1965, plus two other minor hits into 1966. Carter and Lewis left the group in 1966 and 1967 respectively, and were replaced by Tony Burrows and Neil Landon. More recordings were made, both singles and albums, but none had success in the charts. Carter and Lewis next recorded as The Flowerpot Men, and had the number four hit "Let's Go To San Francisco" in the summer of 1967. With Carter and Lewis declining to make live appearances, Burrows and Landon left the Ivy League to front a touring version of the Flowerpot Men. Tony Burrows ended up fronting several groups in the late 1960s. Carter and Lewis went into production and management, but the Ivy League, with new members continued performing, and is still active.
Let Me Be Misunderstood
The Animals were
a five-piece band from Newcastle, England. Their style was
Blues/R&B, and they, together with groups like the Rolling
Stones, revived old American Folk and Blues songs, and often
reintroduced them to the American record-buying public. The
Animals were formed in 1962 and comprised Eric Burdon (born 11 May
1941)(vocals), Alan Price (keyboards), Chas Chandler (bass), Hilton Valentine (guitar),
and John Steel (drums). They moved to London, and signed with
EMI's Columbia label and producer Mickie Most. They were
quickly assimilated into the British Beat music boom and became part
of the so-called British Invasion of the USA during the second half
of 1964. Their first release was a modest success, but their
follow-up, "The House Of The Rising Sun" was regarded as
adventurous, as is was a slow American Folk song running for four
and a half minutes. Despite the length of the recording, and
being totally different to the toe-tapping Merseybeat records, it
went all the way to number one in both the UK and the USA.
However, even by 1965, things were changing. Alan Price
decided to leave and form his own successful group. The
remainder of the band were getting unhappy with Mickie Most's choice
of songs, so left EMI and signed with MGM in the USA and Decca in
the UK, and re-titled themselves Eric Burdon & The Animals, in
1966. However, Burdon then started recording solo, and the
group disbanded that year. Burdon put together a new band,
still called Eric Burdon & The Animals, and they went on to have
success in the USA, but the only Top 10 hit in the UK, "San
Franciscan Nights", came in 1967. Various line-ups have
reunited over the decades for concerts and tours - the most recent
in 2008. In 2016 Burdon formed another Animals band. As
The Animals, they had six Top 10 hits plus the number one between
1964 and 1966 in the UK. As Eric Burdon & The Animals they
had six hits, one of which made the Top 10, in the UK between 1966
Tom Jones was born on 7 Jun 1940 in Pontypridd, Glamorgan, Wales. For over six decades he has been an international star with TV series in the UK and USA, and seasons in Las Vegas. In his seventies he continues to perform and act as a judge on a TV talent contest. He began singing with a group called Tommy Scott & the Senators in the early 1960s. They performed in local venues and even made a couple of records. Then in 1964 Jones was spotted by artist manager Gordon Mills. He took Jones to London and arranged a contract with Decca Records. Jones' first hit, "It's Not Unusual", started a life-long career in showbiz. In 1966 he recorded the theme to the James Bond film "Thunderball", and had his second number one "Green Green Grass Of Home". 1967 saw him jet off for his first of many seasons in Las Vegas. The big hits continued through the 1960s, but chart entries were thinner after that. Nevertheless he remained immensely popular on both sides of the Atlantic, and in 1999 he released an album of duets, "Reload", which went to number one in the UK album chart. Several singles were released from the album, including "Sex Bomb" which peaked at number three on the singles chart in May 2000 when he was almost 60 years old. He continues to perform on TV, issue albums, and since 2012 has been a judge/coach on the UK version of the talent show "The Voice".
Must Be Seeing Things
Gene Pitney (17 Feb 1940 - 5 Apr 2006) was born in Hartford,
Connecticut, USA. He formed a band whilst at high school and learned to play several instruments. He had
a couple of small hits in 1961 and 1962, and had written hits for other performers, such as Bobby
Vee, but it was in 1963 that his career took off in the UK. Pitney went on to considerable success,
especially in the UK where he achieved ten Top 10 hits by the end of the 1960s. By contrast, he only had four
Top 10 hits in his American homeland. His popularity continued through the following decades and he toured
extensively. He never reached number one until his 1967 recording of "Something's Gotten Hold Of My
Heart" was re-recorded as a duet with British singer Marc Almond, and the result topped the UK charts in 1989.
He was on a tour of the UK in 2006, when he was found dead in his hotel room in Cardiff, Wales. His death was deemed
to be due to a heart attack.
And Stay With Me
Faithfull was born on 29 Dec 1946 in Hampstead, north London,
England. She had started singing Folk music in coffeehouses in
early 1964, and got herself into the London music scene, where she
met Andrew Loog Oldham who was the manager of the Rolling
Stones. He saw her potential, and signed her up, including a
recording contract with Decca. Oldham had been encouraging
Jagger and Richards to start writing their own material. They
wrote Marianne's debut hit, "As Tears Go By" in August
began a run of four Top 10 hits for her. However, her career as a hit
record artist barely lasted one year. Her final Top 10 hit
came in July 1965, followed by just two small hits that peaked at 36
and 43. Despite having married in 1965 and given birth to a
son, she began an affair with Mick Jagger, and she was soon better
known as Jagger's girl friend than a singer. She became
addicted to drugs in 1967, effectively ending her career. She
gradually recovered from the addiction, and in 1979 returned to the
lower reaches of the charts with an album and single. She has
continued to record and perform, and she released a new album,
backed by a concert tour in 2014.
were formed in Manchester, England in early 1964, with lead singer
Peter Noone (born 5 Nov 1947). They quickly acquired a
manager who arranged a contract with EMI records and producer Mickie
Most. Their debut single, "I'm
Into Something Good", a cover of an American song, rose up
the charts and was at number one by the end of September 1964. It
was released in the USA and reached number 13. They soon
became a major band on both sides of the Atlantic. In the UK
they amassed ten Top 10 hits by 1970, and eleven in America by
1967. In the USA they issued several old music hall style
songs, such as "I'm Henry The Eighth I Am", which were very
successful there. Such recordings were not issued in the
UK. Noone left the band in 1971 for a solo career. The
remainder recruited a new lead singer and they have toured for many
years. Peter Noone only had one hit as a soloist, that was in
1971. Noone now tours as Herman's Hermits starring Peter
Noone. The rival group, with only one original member, tours
as Herman's Hermits.
Stop At Nothing
Sandie Shaw was
born on 26 Feb 1947 in Dagenham, Essex, England. She became
one of the top British female stars of the decade, and was famous
for appearing on stage and TV in bare feet, as well as being something
of a 1960s fashion icon. She won a talent contest in 1963, and
was spotted by Adam Faith who recommended her to his agent, who took
her on and arranged a contract with Pye Records. Although her
first record failed to enter the charts, her second release, the Bacharach & David song
"(There's) Always Something There To Remind Me" (year
1964, song 81), quickly climbed all the way to number one. She went on to have 17 hits by
the end of the 1960s - many of them written by Chris Andrews.
In 1967 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest, and
became the first British winner of the annual event with
"Puppet On A String". The recording was a chart
topper in the UK and seven other countries. She took a back
seat in the music business during the 1970s but returned to the
charts in the 1980s with some smallish hits. Since then she
has been involved in various projects and has appeared on TV chat
and discussion shows.
P J Proby was
born on 6 Nov 1938 in Houston, Texas, USA. After he graduated
from high school, and deciding that he wanted a showbiz career, he
moved to Los Angeles to become an actor and recording artist.
He soon had bit-parts in a couple of films. He was introduced
to Liberty Records by Sharon Sheeley (1940-2002) who was a
songwriter (wrote songs for Ricky Nelson) and was Eddie Cochran's
former fiancée. His early recordings were unsuccessful, but
he did gain experience by recording demos for various stars of the
day. He was later introduced to Jack Good (producer of the
British TV show "Oh Boy!"), who took him to London, and
produced his first hits in the UK. His debut was "Hold
Me" which climbed to number three in the British charts in
Several hits followed during 1964 and 1965. However, in
January 1965, during
two different energetic concert performances he split his trousers,
which led to him being banned by theatres and TV organisations.
This obviously restricted his chances of performing new records, and
his popularity waned. Nevertheless, he continued singing and
acting back in the USA for several decades with varying degrees of
success. In the 21st century he has been touring with sixties
nostalgia shows, and was performing in Scotland during 2017.
Dobie Gray (26 Jul 1940 - 6 Dec 2011) was born near Houston, Texas, USA. He moved to Los Angeles in the early 1960s to pursue a career as an actor and singer. He made a few records under different names, but it was in 1965 that he finally had a major hit with "The 'In' Crowd", which reached number 13 in the USA charts. Further releases during the 1960s did not sell particularly well, but he did find work as an actor and spent over two years in the Los Angeles production of the musical "Hair". In 1972 he recorded the song "Drift Away" which reached number five in the American charts, but made no impact in the UK. He continued to record and perform into the early 2000s.
London-based band was formed in 1962, originally as a quartet called
Unit Four. When two additional members joined, they modified
the group name. They had a minor hit in 1964, but this release
propelled them to fame when it reached the top of the UK
charts. Sadly their two follow-up hits were disappointing, the
highest reaching number 14. They continued recording until
1969 but none reached the charts and they broke up in 1970.
The Searchers were one of several bands to immerge from the City of Liverpool and the Merseybeat
scene. Their origins go back to 1959 and even earlier, with several members passing through various lineups.
By 1962 the personnel had settled to a four-piece led by Mike Pender. Live work in Liverpool, England, led to a
recording contract with Pye Records who had producer Tony Hatch available. Their first hit, "Sweets For My
Sweet", climbed to the number one
spot in the summer of 1963, and set them on the road to stardom. They became one of the most successful of the
Liverpool bands, scoring three number one hits and three additional Top 10 entries out of a total of 13 hits by the
end of 1966. Unlike many of the other Merseybeat bands, the Searchers' chart toppers were covers of existing
American songs rather than original material. However, as those songs were largely unheard in the UK, they were
greeted as new by the record buyers.
The Rolling Stones debuted on the British charts in 1963, and started a
career which challenged the Beatles for the "top band" accolade during the 1960s. The band comprised lead
singer Mick Jagger (born 26 Jul 1943), guitarists Keith Richards (born 18 Dec 1943) and Brian Jones (28 Feb 1942 - 3 Jul 1969),
bassist Bill Wyman (born 24 Oct 1936) and drummer Charlie Watts (born 2 Jun 1941). Their early hits were written by
others, but Mick Jagger and Keith Richards soon began writing their own material, and most of their biggest hits were
composed by Jagger and Richards. Brian Jones drowned in a swimming pool during 1969, and was replaced by Mick Taylor,
formerly of John Mayall's
Bluesbreakers. Taylor left in 1974 and was replaced by Ronnie Wood who remains in the band at the present time.
Bill Wyman left in 1997 and has since toured and recorded with his own band. The Stones clocked up 15 hits during
the 1960s, including eight number ones. Hits continued in the singles and album charts through the following
decades up to the present time. They still embark on world tours in the 21st century, the most recent being a
concert tour of Latin America in 2016, 53 years after their first hit.
Minute You're Gone
Cliff Richard was born on 14 Oct 1940 in
Lucknow, India, whilst his parents were working in that country. He returned to England with his family in
1948. He formed a band in 1957 and a year later he was chosen as a singer for the TV Rock 'n' Roll
show "Oh Boy!". His first hit came in 1958, which started a career that continued into the 21st
century, with more than 130 hit singles and over 50 original albums, spanning 50 years plus. In the early
1960s he also starred in several musical films, notably "The Young Ones" and "Summer Holiday".
He also achieved a number one single in five different decades, and is the most successful British recording artist of
all time. He continues in the 21st century and issued a new
album of Rock 'n' Roll songs in 2016.
Know A Place
Petula Clark was born on 15 Nov 1932 in Surrey, England.
She became a child star at the age of nine when she broadcast on
radio for the first time. This led to numerous singing
opportunities on wartime radio. In 1944 she was given her
first film role, and she had appeared in 14 films by 1950.
In the early 1950s she began making records, and her first hit
came in the summer of 1954 when she was 21 years old. Clark went on to become a major international star with
numerous world-wide hits,
particularly in the 1960s with songs written and produced by Tony
Hatch. In the 1990s and 2000s she went into stage musicals,
both in the UK and America. She was still recording and
performing in the 2010s, and issued a new album in 2016.
The Yardbirds were a Blues-influenced band from south-west London, England. It was a five-piece group which at the time of this recording, included acclaimed guitarist Eric Clapton. They began by playing Blues songs in local venues in 1963 and built a strong reputation which resulted in them supporting a tour of the UK by Blues legend Sonny Boy Williamson. They signed with EMI records in 1964, and reached the Top 10 for the first time with this recording. Eric Clapton was unhappy with the pop feel to the song and left the band on the day the record was released. He was replaced by guitarist Jeff Beck, and Beck played on all the hits that followed. In 1966 guitarist Jimmy Page joined the Yardbirds, and they embarked on world tours during 1966 and 1967. They enjoyed five Top 10 hits by the end of 1966, but Page gradually became the group's leader and he evolved the band into Led Zeppelin when Robert Plant joined and the original members left in autumn 1968.
Of The Road
Roger Miller (2
Jan 1936 - 25 Oct 1992) was an American Country Music
singer-songwriter. He was born in Fort Worth, Texas, USA, but
the death of his father when Miller was only one year old resulted
in him being brought up on a farm in Oklahoma by his uncles.
As a young teen, Miller was taught to play guitar by his cousin's
husband Sheb Wooley who went on to be a recording artist and actor
(see year 1958, song 59 in these lists). Miller enlisted in
the army at age 17, and was involved in the Korean war. Upon
discharge he went to Nashville, Tennessee and began singing and
songwriting. He gained a recording contract in 1958, and his
first hit on the USA Country charts came in 1960. He tended to
write songs that were quirky in nature, such as "Dang Me"
and "Do-Wacka-Do", which were American chart hits.
His biggest hit was "King Of The Road", which reached
number four in the USA. He also had hits in the UK with
"England Swings" (1965) and "Little Green
Apples" (1968). He continued singing and writing into the
early 1990s. He died from lung cancer in 1992 at age 56.
Comes The Night
This was the
follow-up to their debut hit "Baby Please Don't Go" (song
4) in January 1965, and was their final hit of two. Although
lead singer Van Morrison did not leave the band until mid-1966,
recordings released until that time failed to chart in the UK,
although they did reach lower positions in the American
charts. For more info see song 4.
Times They Are A-Changin'
Bob Dylan was born on 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota, USA. He became one of the most influential singer-songwriters in the world during the 1960s with his thought-provoking "protest" songs. He started playing Rock 'n' Roll at high school, but when he enrolled at the University of Minnesota in 1959 he got into Folk music. He dropped out of university and went to New York early in 1961 and began playing around the clubs in Greenwich Village where there was a vibrant Folk music scene. By the end of 1961 he had a record contract and his first album was released in March 1962. His influence grew and by March 1963 when his second album "The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan" was released, he was well-known in the USA, and he was gaining attention in the UK. It was not until 1964, however, that his recordings began to sell in quantity, and his first British hit single came in March 1965. He performed at a number of Folk festivals, often with other performers such as Joan Baez. His album tracks were soon being recorded by others and released as singles which only increased his popularity and standing. He continued to write and perform throughout the following decades, and in the 2000s began radio broadcasting. In 2017 he announced a new tour of Europe, the USA and Canada.
This was the
follow-up to the group's hit of January, "Ferry Cross The
Mersey" (song 3). This was also their eighth hit, the
first having been two years earlier in March 1963. The
Merseybeat sound was on the way out, and so too were the Liverpool
bands except for the Beatles. Gerry & The Pacemakers had
just one small hit after this, in November 1965, peaking at number
29. See song 3 for more info.
In The Name Of Love
This recording was the follow-up to "Come See About Me", the Motown group's hit of January 1965 (song 10). That recording had only reached number 27 in the UK despite being a chart-topper in the USA. This time they were back in the Top 10 in Britain, whilst once again topping the American charts for the fourth consecutive time. However, it was September 1966 before they returned to the Top 10, with two intermediate hits falling well short, and a third failing to chart at all.
Dave Berry was
born on 6 Feb 1941 in Sheffield, England. His first hit came
in 1963 - a cover of a Chuck Berry song. It just scraped into
the Top 20, but by the summer of 1964 he was in the Top 10,
something he did twice more until the summer of 1966. His
stage act was unusual, with him being dressed entirely in black, and
writhing his body and caressing the microphone as he sang.
chart career lasted barely three years in the UK, he was very popular in the
Netherlands and Belgium, where he performed in concert and saw his recording "This Strange Effect" reach
number one in
both countries during 1967. He has never stopped performing, and has
continued concert appearances well into the 21st century.
Donovan was born on 10 May 1946 in Glasgow, Scotland. His simple Folk music style became popular in the mid-1960s, and some commentators dubbed him as Britain's Bob Dylan. He and his family moved to southern England when he was 10, and he developed an interest in music, particularly Folk music. He learned to play guitar and spent some time busking during 1964, as well as writing songs. He was offered a recording deal by Pye records late in 1964 and his first single, "Catch The Wind" was a Top 10 hit. As time went on his songs tuned in to "flower power" and Psychedelia, which were popular movements of their time. From 1965 to 1968 he enjoyed nine hits, seven of which reached the Top 10, and he had much success in the USA as well. Hit albums reached the chart until 1973. He continued performing and occasionally recording through the following decades, and still makes some appearances in the 21st century.
It On Home To Me
This was the
band's follow-up to "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" which
had been a number three hit in February 1965. It was the
second of four Top 10 hits that they enjoyed in this year.
However, this was the last single to feature organist Alan Price,
who left to form his own band. During April 1965 The Animals
were on a short tour of the UK with Manfred Mann.
World Of Our Own
the Seekers recorded another Tom Springfield song, which became
their second UK hit, comfortably reaching the Top 10. Even
better was to come though, as in October 1965, the Seekers were at
number one in the UK with "The Carnival Is Over".
The Beatles were a pop group from Liverpool, England who became the most popular and well-known music group in the world during the 1960s. They also conquered America, becoming the biggest
band there. The members were John
Lennon (9 Oct 1940 - 8 Dec 1980), Paul McCartney (born 18 Jun 1942), George Harrison (25 Feb 1943 - 29 Nov 2001), and
Ringo Starr (born 7 Jul 1940). All four were born and raised in Liverpool, England. They began with live
performances in Liverpool, then Hamburg in Germany. Brian Epstein saw them, and offered to be their manager.
He arranged a record deal with EMI's Parlophone label, which had producer and arranger George Martin in charge.
During the following seven years, The Beatles and Martin crafted a string of new and innovative singles and albums
that kept them at the top of the charts worldwide, and inspired countless other musicians.
They went on to have 21 consecutive Top 4 singles from 1963 to 1970, with 17 reaching number one - eleven of
those consecutive. On the album front, they had eleven number one original studio albums, the biggest being
the 1967 concept album "Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" which remained in the UK album chart for
a year initially, but has clocked up 149 weeks (nearly three years!)
subsequently. However, internal differences between band members
led to the band's breakup in April 1970. All four members went on to have successful solo careers.
revived this Sam Cooke song from summer 1960 (see year 1960, song
59) as the follow-up to their February chart hit
"Silhouettes" (song 18). This was their third Top 10
hit, with another due in December 1965 (see year 1966, song 1). They were on a concert
tour of the UK at this time, and were to embark on a tour of the USA
during the summer of 1965.
popularity was growing in the UK, and this second hit followed just
a month after his previous release had entered the charts.
They were in the Top 20 simultaneously in May 1965. His record
sales were reinforced by his tour of the UK in May 1965, which kicked
off in Sheffield on 30 April.
her "Come And Stay With Me" hit of February (song 17) with
this song from Nashville-based composer John D Loudermilk. It
provided her with a third Top 10 chart entry. The fourth and
final top tenner came in July.
Berries are a group formed in Birmingham, England in the late 1950s,
and they chose the name as many of the songs they performed were
Chuck Berry compositions. Their leader is guitarist Brian
Botfield, and by 1961 the band included six other members.
They embarked on a series of club engagements in Germany that year,
but there were several changes of personnel, although Botfield
remained. Upon their return to the UK they secured a recording
contract, but early releases failed to enter the charts. 1964
saw a change in fortune when they covered American song "He's
In Town" (see year 1964, song 84), which reached number three in the UK
charts. Only three minor hits followed this chart entry, however, and their final chart appearance came in 1966 with a song
that peaked at number 50. They then developed a cabaret act
which included some comedy routines, and they have continued to
perform until the present time. Some 20 musicians have been
members of the band over the years, and currently Brian Botfield
remains at the helm, with four others.
This was Shaw's follow-up to her Top 10 hit in February, "I'll Stop At Nothing", and was her second chart topper. It was another Chris Andrews composition, and the Shaw/Andrews partnership was proving to be very successful. Her next release was written by Andrews as well, and it too became a Top 10 hit in September of this year.
Price Of Love
These two brothers had roots in American Country Music, but soon became major Rock 'n' Roll stars. They were Don Everly (born 1 Feb 1937) and Phil Everly (19 Jan 1939 - 3 Jan 2014).
They moved to Nashville in 1955 and in early 1957 they
signed with Cadence Records and recorded "Bye Bye Love"
which it is said had been turned down by 30 other acts. The
recording reached number two on the USA pop charts and sold a
million copies. "Bye Bye Love" became their first
hit in the UK too, peaking at number six. After three years
with Cadence they moved to Warner Brothers records and the hits
continued. They amassed 29 hit singles by 1968, after which the hits
stopped. They both went solo in the 1970s after a falling
out, and they did not speak to each other for some years. However, they
reunited in 1983 with a sell-out concert at the Royal Albert Hall
in London, and they made a number of concert tours into the 1990s.
The Bachelors were an Irish easy-listening harmony trio. The act comprised Conleth (Con) Cluskey (born 18 Nov 1941), Declan (Dec) Cluskey (born 23 Dec 1942), and John Stokes (born 13 Aug 1940), all from Dublin, Ireland. They began as The Harmonichords in 1957, and enjoyed much success in their native Ireland. When they were offered a recording contract by Decca Records in 1960, they were also asked to change the name of the group to the Bachelors. In this new guise they enjoyed considerable success during the 1960s, achieving 17 hit singles in the UK, eight of which made the Top 10. They even reached the Top 10 in the USA.
After the hits dried up, they continued successfully as a live act in cabaret and summertime seaside shows until 1984 when the two brothers split from John Stokes.
Con and Dec continued as a duo, billed as Con & Dec - The Bachelors, and John Stokes formed a new group called The Bachelors with John
Stokes. Both acts continue to perform in local venues around the UK.
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