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MIKE SMITH’S HOT HUNDRED UK HITS

1965

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 Pickett and Fontella Bass, and several others.  America also provided two male vocal groups, The Righteous Brothers and The Walker Brothers, but none were related.  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").

 


1

Title: Go Now
Artist: Moody Blues
Writer(s): Larry Banks & Milton Bennett
Entered chart 10 Dec 1964; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart: 14 (reached number one on 28 Jan 1965).

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.
# The song was originally recorded by Bessie Banks (ex-wife of the co-writer), and it reached number 40 on the USA R&B chart in early 1964.


2

Title: Yeh! Yeh!
Artist: Georgie Fame
Writer(s): Rodgers Grant, Pat Patrick & Jon Hendricks
Entered chart 17 Dec 1964; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12 (reached number one on 14 Jan 1965).

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.
# The song was written as an instrumental by the jazz musicians Grant and Patrick in 1963.  The lyrics were added a little later by Jon Hendricks.
# British band Matt Bianco recorded the song in 1985, and their version reached number 13 in the UK charts.


3

Title: Ferry Cross The Mersey
Artist: Gerry & The Pacemakers
Writer(s): Gerry Marsden
Producer: George Martin

Entered chart 17 Dec 1964; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 13 (reached its peak on 21 Jan 1965).

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.
# The song is from the film of the same title, which starred Gerry & The Pacemakers.  The film was not an outstanding success, and the soundtrack album appeared in the UK album chart for just one week at number 19.
# In May 1989, a charity version of "Ferry Cross the Mersey" was released in aid of those affected by the Hillsborough football  disaster, which claimed the lives of 95 Liverpool football fans the previous month.  The song was recorded by the Liverpool artists The Christians, Holly Johnson, Paul McCartney, Gerry Marsden and Stock Aitken Waterman.  The single was at number one in the UK chart for three weeks.


4

Title: Baby Please Don't Go
Artist: Them
Writer(s): Traditional (arranged as a Blues song by Big Joe Williams)
Entered chart 7 Jan 1965; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 9.

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.
# The song's roots have been traced back to the nineteenth-century.  Delta Blues musician Big Joe Williams popularised the song with several Blues versions beginning in 1935.
# Others who have recorded the song include The Orioles in 1952 (Doo Wop version) and Muddy Waters in 1953.


5

Title: I'll Never Find Another You
Artist: The Seekers
Writer(s): Tom Springfield (Dusty's brother and former Springfields member)
Entered chart 7 Jan 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 23.

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.
# This recording was the top-selling single of 1965 in the UK.


6

Title: Keep Searchin'
Artist: Del Shannon
Writer(s): Del Shannon
Entered chart 14 Jan 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 11.

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.
# This was his final Top 10 entry and his last hit of significance.  It was followed by one minor hit in the spring of 1965, and then Shannon was gone from the UK singles charts.  This song was also a Top 10 hit in the USA, but was his final major hit there as well.


7

Title: You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin'
Artist: Righteous Brothers
Writer(s): Phil Spector, Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (they wrote hits for the Crystals and Ronettes)
Producer: Phil Spector
Entered chart 14 Jan 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 10.

The Righteous 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 higher was their follow-up, "Unchained Melody", which peaked at 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 in spring 1966.  The duo split in 1968 and they 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.
# In the UK, Cilla Black covered the song.  Her version vied with the original for a couple of weeks, but finally peaked at number two at the beginning of February 1965.


8

Title: Come Tomorrow
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): Frank Augustus, Bob Elgin & Dolores Phillips (American songwriters)
Entered chart 14 Jan 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 9.

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.
# This was the follow-up to "Sha La La", a number three hit for the band in autumn 1964.  
# The song was originally recorded by American Gospel and R&B singer, Marie Knight (1920-2009) in 1961.


9

Title: Tired Of Waiting For You
Artist: The Kinks
Writer(s): Ray Davies
Entered chart 21 Jan 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 10.

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.
# This was the follow-up to "All Day And All Of The Night", a number two hit for the band in autumn 1964.  The recording reached number six in the USA, their highest chart placing in that country.


10

Title: Come See About Me
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 21 Jan 1965; Highest Position 27; Weeks on chart 6.

The Supremes 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.
# This was their follow-up to the number one hit "Baby Love" in autumn 1964.  Although "Come See About Me" only just reached the Top 30 in the UK, it was their third consecutive chart-topper in the USA. 


11

Title: Yes I Will
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): Gerry Goffin & Russ Titelman
Entered chart 28 Jan 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 13.

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 nostalgia circuit.
# This was their first hit of 1965 and the follow-up to "We're Through" in autumn 1964.


12

Title: Game Of Love
Artist: Wayne Fontana & The Mindbenders
Writer(s): Clint Ballard Jr (American songwriter)
Entered chart 4 Feb 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 11.

Wayne Fontana 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. 
# This was their second and final Top 10 hit.  Two hits followed; one reaching number 20 and one peaking at number 32.


13

Title: Funny How Love Can Be
Artist: The Ivy League
Writer(s): John Carter & Ken Lewis
Entered chart 4 Feb 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 9.

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.


14

Title: Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Artist: The Animals
Writer(s): Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell & Sol Marcus
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 4 Feb 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 9.

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 and 1969.
# This song was written for American singer Nina Simone who recorded it in 1964.  Although primarily an album track, it was released as a single but did not reach the charts.  The Animals speeded up the tempo and added prominent guitar and organ.  The recording reached number 15 in the USA.
# The song has been in the UK charts three times since 1965 for acts as follows: Santa Esmeralda & Leroy Gomez (1977, number 41); Elvis Costello (1986, number 33) and Joe Cocker (1996, number 53).


15

Title: It's Not Unusual
Artist: Tom Jones
Writer(s): Les Reed & Gordon Mills
Entered chart 11 Feb 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

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".


16

Title: I Must Be Seeing Things
Artist: Gene Pitney
Writer(s): Al Kooper, Bob Brass & Irwin Levine
Entered chart 18 Feb 1965; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 10.

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.
# This was his follow-up to the November 1964 hit "I'm Gonna Be Strong".  "I Must Be Seeing Things" peaked at number 31 in Pitney's USA homeland.


17

Title: Come And Stay With Me
Artist: Marianne Faithfull
Writer(s): Jackie DeShannon
Entered chart 18 Feb 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 13.

Marianne 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 1964, which 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.
# This was the second of her four consecutive Top 10 hits, and was her highest-placed hit.


18

Title: Silhouettes
Artist: Herman's Hermits
Writer(s): Bob Crewe & Frank Slay
Entered chart 18 Feb 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

Herman's Hermits 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.
# This was their third single release in the UK, the second stalled at number 19.
# The song was written in 1957 and was a hit that year in the USA for Doo-Wop group The Rays.  Herman's Hermits' version reached number five in the USA.  In 1990 Cliff Richard released a version of the song.  It had been recorded live at his Wembley Stadium concert "From a Distance: The Event" in the summer of 1989.  It reached number ten in the UK charts.


19

Title: I'll Stop At Nothing
Artist: Sandie Shaw
Writer(s): Chris Andrews
Entered chart 18 Feb 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

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.
# This was her first hit of 1965, and her next release, in May, became her second number one.


20

Title: I Apologise
Artist: P J Proby
Writer(s): Al Hoffman, Al Goodhart & Ed Nelson
Entered chart 25 Feb 1965; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 8.

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 1964.  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.
# This song overcame the trouser-splitting episodes to fall only just short of a Top 10 placing.  However, he was back in the Top 10 in November 1965.
# The song was written in 1931 and recorded by Bing Crosby that year.  The widely-regarded definitive version was recorded by American crooner Billy Eckstine, who reached number eight on the USA charts in 1951 with his rendition.


21

Title: Concrete And Clay
Artist: Unit Four Plus Two
Writer(s): Tommy Moeller & Brian Parker (group members)
Entered chart 25 Feb 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

This 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.
# It is said by some music commentators that the recording's success was due to the heavy air-play given by the pirate radio stations of the day.
# The band, in this recording, included Russ Ballard who had been in Adam Faith's backing band, the Roulettes.  After his stint with Unit Four Plus Two he joined Rod Argent's new band Argent as lead singer.  Ballard wrote numerous songs, including Hot Chocolate's number one "So You Win Again" in 1977, and Rainbow's Top 10 hit "Since You've Been Gone" in 1979.


22

Title: Goodbye My Love
Artist: The Searchers
Writer(s): Robert Mosley, Lamar Simington & Leroy Swearingen (USA songwriters)
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 4 Mar 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

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 title of this recording proved to be prophetic as it was the last Top 10 hit that the group enjoyed, only just over two years since their debut.  Their next release peaked at number 12 (song 59), followed by four smaller hits until autumn 1966.
# The song was recorded by the co-writer, Robert Mosley, in 1963 and released as a B-side.  So the Searchers continued recording lesser-known American songs and making them hits.


23

Title: The Last Time
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 4 Mar 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 13.

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.
# "The Last Time" was the first time that a song written by Jagger and Richards had reached number one in the charts.  They repeated that achievement five more times by the end of the 1960s.


24

Title: The Minute You're Gone
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): Jimmy Gateley
Entered chart 11 Mar 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

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.
# This recording was his sixth chart-topper and the last in a run of 25 consecutive Top 10 hits which began in summer 1959 with his number one hit "Living Doll".  From this point not all his releases were major successes, but he still achieved ten Top 10 hits during the remainder of the 1960s.  The 1970s were more difficult, but he had a strong chart presence during the 1980s and 1990s along with sell-out tours.
# This recording was made in Nashville, Tennessee, USA.  Cliff's backing band, The Shadows, were not involved.  The song was a Top 10 hit in the USA Country Music chart for Sonny James in 1963.


25

Title: I Know A Place
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Tony Hatch
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 11 Mar 1965; Highest Position 17; Weeks on chart 8.

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.
# This was the follow up to her number two hit "Downtown" in November 1964.  It was disappointing in the UK in only just making the Top 20, but in the USA it reached number three and was a chart-topper in Canada.


26

Title: For Your Love
Artist: The Yardbirds
Writer(s): Graham Gouldman (became a founding member of the band 10 CC in 1972)
Entered chart 18 Mar 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

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.


27

Title: King Of The Road
Artist: Roger Miller
Writer(s): Roger Miller
Entered chart 18 Mar 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

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.
# In 1975, British comedian Billy Howard recorded a comedy version of the song, with different lyrics, which he called "King Of The Cops".  The recording reached number six in the UK charts during January 1976.
# In 1990, Scottish duo The Proclaimers recorded a straight version of the song.  It was issued as part of a four-track EP titled "King Of The Road", and it reached number nine in the UK singles chart.


28

Title: Here Comes The Night
Artist: Them
Writer(s): Bert Berns (American songwriter)
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 12.

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.
# The song was recorded by Them in October 1964.  It was also recorded by fellow Decca recording artist Lulu in November 1964.  Decca decided to issue the Lulu version in November as a follow-up to her debut hit "Shout", much to the disappointment of Them.  However, Lulu's version sold badly, peaking at number 50 for just one week.  So Them's recording was issued in March 1965 and only just missed out on the top spot of the UK charts.  It peaked at 24 in the USA.


29

Title: The Times They Are A-Changin'
Artist: Bob Dylan
Writer(s): Bob Dylan
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 11.

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.


30

Title: I'll Be There
Artist: Gerry & The Pacemakers
Writer(s): Bobby Darin
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 9.

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.
# This song was written by American singer-songwriter Bobby Darin in 1960.  It appeared in both the UK and USA as the B-side to his recording of "Bill Bailey", which had peaked at number 34 in the UK charts during the summer of 1960.


31

Title: Stop In The Name Of Love
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 12.

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 British Top 10, with two intermediate hits falling well short, and a third failing to chart at all.


32

Title: Little Things
Artist: Dave Berry
Writer(s): Bobby Goldsboro
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 12.

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.  Although his 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.
# Berry had been in the Top 10 for the first time during August 1964 with "The Crying Game" (year 1964, song 65).  The release after that peaked at a lowly number 41.

# The song was written by American singer-songwriter Bobby Goldboro, who took his version of the song to number 13 in the USA earlier in 1965.  Goldsboro was in the UK Top 10 in summer 1968 with his recording of "Honey".


33

Title: Catch The Wind
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan
Entered chart 25 Mar 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 13.

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.


34

Title: Bring It On Home To Me
Artist: The Animals
Writer(s): Sam Cooke
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 8 Apr 1965; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 11.

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.
# The song was written by American Soul and R&B singer-songwriter Sam Cooke, recorded by him and released as a B-side in the USA.


35

Title: A World Of Our Own
Artist: The Seekers
Writer(s): Tom Springfield
Entered chart 15 Apr 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 18.

Australian group 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".
# In 1968, American Country music singer Sonny James recorded this song.  The recording reached number one on the American Country charts.


36

Title: Ticket To Ride
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 15 Apr 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

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.
# This was the group's first hit of 1965.  Their previous chart entry, "I Feel Fine", was released in December 1964, and remained on the charts into February 1965.  The song comes from the soundtrack of their second feature film "Help!".  The film's title track became their eighth consecutive number one hit in July 1965.


37

Title: Oh No Not My Baby
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): Gerry Goffin & Carole King
Entered chart 15 Apr 1965; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 10.

Manfred Mann followed up the Top 10 hit of January this year (song 8) with a recording of a Goffin and King song written in 1964.  It just fell short of the Top 10 but spent one more week on the chart than its higher-placed predecessor.  The band was back with a number two hit in September (song 77).
# This song was first recorded by American R&B singer Maxine Brown in 1964, and her version peaked at number 24 in the USA charts.  It has been recorded by co-writer, Carole King, twice for two different albums.  The song has also been in the UK charts for other acts as follows:  Rod Stewart (1973, number 6) and Cher (1992, number 33).


38

Title: Wonderful World
Artist: Herman's Hermits
Writer(s): 
Lou Adler, Herb Alpert & Sam Cooke
Entered chart 29 Apr 1965; Highest Position 7; Weeks on chart 9.

Herman's Hermits 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.
# This song was only a small hit in the UK for Sam Cooke back in 1960, but it was re-released in 1986, when it climbed to number two in the British charts.  Herman's Hermits' version reached number four in the USA.  American singer, Johnny Nash recorded the song in 1976, and his rendition peaked at number 25 in the UK.


39

Title: Subterranean Homesick Blues
Artist: Bob Dylan
Writer(s): 
Bob Dylan
Entered chart 29 Apr 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 9.

Dylan's 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.
# This song was also the subject a short film (now known as a video) featuring Dylan, which is available to view on YouTube.  It was shot near the Savoy Hotel in central London, and is actually the opening segment of D. A. Pennebaker's film "Don't Look Back", a documentary about Dylan's 1965 tour of England.


40

Title: This Little Bird
Artist: Marianne Faithfull
Writer(s): 
John D. Loudermilk (American composer who wrote "Tobacco Road")
Entered chart 6 May 1965; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 11.

She followed-up 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.
# The song was covered by the Nashville Teens, who had successfully recorded Loudermilk's "Tobacco Road" in 1964.  However, they lost out to Faithfull this time, peaking at number 38 in May 1965.


41

Title: Poor Man's Son
Artist: The Rockin' Berries
Writer(s): 
Steve Venet, Ronnie Savoy, Joanne Jackson, Bob Hamilton
Entered chart 13 May 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 11.

The Rockin' 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 recording was a cover of the song originally recorded by American vocal group the Reflections in February 1965, but it was only a small hit for them in the USA.


42

Title: Long Live Love
Artist: Sandie Shaw
Writer(s): 
Chris Andrews
Entered chart 13 May 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

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.


43

Title: The Price Of Love
Artist: The Everly Brothers
Writer(s): 
Don Everly & Phil Everly
Entered chart 20 May 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 14.

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.
# This was their first UK Top 10 hit since January 1962.  They fell out of favour with the arrival of Merseybeat, but this brought them back, almost to the top.  It is interesting to note that the production reflected new trends in pop music.  The recording had a very strong bass line, and a harmonica was given prominence, as was the case in some Beatles and Manfred Mann tracks.  Nevertheless, this was their final Top 10 entry.  It did not chart in the USA, and Top 10 hits had stopped there in 1962.  They had two minor hits and one number eleven hit by May 1968.
# In 1976 British vocalist Bryan Ferry recorded the song and it was issued as the first track on an EP which reached the Top 10 of the singles chart.  In 1989 that recording was remixed and issued as a single, peaking at number 49 in the UK charts.


44

Title: Marie
Artist: The Bachelors
Writer(s): 
Irving Berlin
Entered chart 20 May 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 12.

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.
# After enjoying five Top 10 hits in 1964, things began to slow down for the Bachelors as far as the charts were concerned.  This was their only Top 10 of 1965, and two other hits in that year got no higher than number 27.  They remained a popular live act, however, and they had their final Top 10 entry in 1966.
# This song, written in 1928 by the legendary composer Irving Berlin, was used to accompany the silent film "The Awakening" in the same year.  It was first recorded by the Troubadours in 1928, but it was a recording in 1937 by the Tommy Dorsey Orchestra that brought the song to public attention.


45

Title: Crying In The Chapel
Artist: Elvis Presley
Writer(s): Artie Glenn
Entered chart 27 May 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 15.

The King of Rock 'n' Roll (8 Jan 1935 - 16 Aug 1977) was born in Tupelo, Mississippi, USA.  He and his family moved to Memphis, Tennessee when he was 13 years old.  Soon afterwards he acquired his first guitar and began playing and singing.  He started his recording career at Sun Records in Memphis, USA.  It took several attempts to get Sun owner Sam Phillips to let Presley record, but eventually a session was arranged with guitarist Scotty Moore and upright bass player Bill Black providing backing.  The resultant track "That's Alright" was soon on local radio in Memphis, and it became a local hit.  Public performances followed, including numerous appearances on the "Louisiana Hayride" radio show which was broadcast to half the USA.  Eventually he became famous enough for RCA records to buy out his Sun contract and take him to Nashville, in 1956.  He rose to be arguably the biggest music star of the 20th century, with world-wide record sales of over one billion.  Also in 1956 Elvis made his movie debut in the film "Love Me Tender".  By the end of 1969 he had completed 31 films.  He made no more movies after that, instead concentrating on live concert performances, including many in Las Vegas.  His home in Memphis, "Graceland", is now a museum and major tourist attraction, and his recordings continue to be heard throughout the world.
# This was Presley's first UK Top 10 hit for a year, and his first number one for two years.  It had been recorded in 1960 but not released in either the USA or UK until this time.  It reached number three in the USA.
# The song was written in 1952 by Artie Glenn and recorded by his son Darrell who had a hit with it in the USA Country music charts during 1953.  That version was covered in the UK by British vocalist Lee Lawrence who took his recording of it to number seven in the UK charts towards the end of 1953.


46

Title: I'm Alive
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): Clint Ballard Jr (wrote "Game of Love", a hit for Wayne Fontana & Mindbenders - song 12 above)
Entered chart 27 May 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

The group had this song written for them by the American songwriter, and it gave them their only number one of the 1960s.  It was the follow-up to "Yes I Will" which was a Top 10 hit for them in January 1965 (song 11).  The recording was only a minor hit in the USA.  September 1965 saw them back in the UK Top 10.


47

Title: Set Me Free
Artist: The Kinks
Writer(s): Ray Davies
Entered chart 27 May 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 11.

This was the fourth Top 10 entry for the Kinks, although their previous release "Everybody's Gonna Be Happy" had stalled at number 17 in March 1965.  This recording was the start of a run of eight consecutive Top 10 entries through to the end of 1967.  They were back in the Top 10 in August 1965 with "See My Friend" (song 67).


48

Title: Colours
Artist: Donovan
Writer(s): Donovan
Entered chart 3 Jun 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 12.

This was his second release and second hit.  His first hit, "Catch The Wind" (song 34), peaked at number four, and this release did the same.  Unfortunately, his next release ("Turquoise") only reached number 30, and the single after that ("Josie") failed to chart at all.  It was December 1966 before he entered the Top 10 again.  For more about Donovan see song 34.


49

Title: Help Me Rhonda
Artist: The Beach Boys
Writer(s): Brian Wilson
Entered chart 3 Jun 1965; Highest Position 27; Weeks on chart 10.

The Beach Boys are an American band formed in California, USA, in 1961.  The group's original lineup comprised brothers Brian (born 20 June 1942), Dennis (4 Dec 1944 - 28 Dec 1983), and Carl Wilson (21 Dec 1946 - 6 Feb 1998); their cousin Mike Love (born 15 March 1941); and their friend Al Jardine (born 3 Sep 1942).  They began as a Surfing Rock group on the west coast of America, with vocal harmonies that promoted the Californian lifestyle of surf, cars and romance in the sunshine.  But with the increasingly complex writing and production of Brian Wilson in the mid-1960s, they became one of the the leading innovators of popular music.  Their first recordings from 1961 did not score in the UK, and many were not even released in Britain.  But in 1963, they had their first hit ("Surfin' USA"), although it peaked at a lowly number 34.  Even their now-regarded classic hits of late 1964 to the end of 1965 only achieved Top 30 status.  They were in the Top 10 from 1966 (see below), and regular hits continued until 1970, with sporadic entries in the following decades.
# The Beach Boys had been enjoying enormous success in the USA, but things were much quieter for them in the UK.  This was their eighth Top 10 hit in America, but they had just one by this time in the UK.  Things changed in Britain during 1966 however, as they began a run of six Top 10 hits from the beginning of the year through to the summer of 1967, spurred on by the frequent playing of their records on the pirate radio stations around the waters of the UK.


50

Title: Looking Through The Eyes Of Love
Artist: Gene Pitney
Writer(s): Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (wrote "You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' for the Righteous Brothers - song 7 above)
Entered chart 10 Jun 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the follow-up to his February 1965 hit "I Must Be Seeing Things" (song 16).  It was the second in a run of seven consecutive Top 10 hits which he enjoyed until the end of 1966.  The next in the series came in November 1965, "Princess In Rags (song 93).  It is interesting to note that whilst Pitney was a successful songwriter, most of his big hits were written by others.  Pitney was on a concert tour of the UK during October and November 1965.
# In 1973 The Partridge Family (featuring David Cassidy) recorded a version of the song which reached number nine in the UK charts.


51

Title: Back In My Arms Again
Artist: The Supremes
Writer(s): Brian Holland, Lamont Dozier & Eddie Holland (known as Holland-Dozier-Holland)
Entered chart 10 Jun 1965; Highest Position 40; Weeks on chart 5.

Another great Motown song that the Supremes took to the top of the American charts, being the fifth in a run of six consecutive number one hits in the USA.  The lyrics of the song name-check group members Mary and Florence, as Diana Ross sings lead in the first person.  It seems strange now that these records were not selling well in the UK during 1965.  The same applied to Motown male vocal group the Four Tops, whose two 1965 releases were Top 5 hits in the USA (one was a chart topper there), but in the UK, the higher peaked at number 23.  This despite the air play on British off-shore radio stations.  Motown did take off in 1966 in the UK, the Four Tops getting their first number one, and the Supremes having two Top 10 hits.  1966 also saw the debut hit of Stevie Wonder.


52

Title: She's About A Mover
Artist: Sir Douglas Quintet
Writer(s): Doug Sahm (leader of the group)
Entered chart 17 Jun 1965; Highest Position 15; Weeks on chart 10.

The Sir Douglas Quintet was formed in San Antonio, Texas, USA in 1964.  The band was led by Doug Sahm (6 Nov 1941 - 18 Nov 1999) and friend Augie Meyers (born 31 May 1940).  They began recording in Texas, but as as they became established, they moved to San Francisco.  They became a very popular live act in the USA, but this was their only hit single on either side of the Atlantic.  The group split in 1972 when Sahm contracted to record a solo album.  However, Sahm and Meyers got back together in the late 1970s and they performed through the 1980s and 1990s with varying members joining the band.  Sahm died from a heart attack in 1999 at age 58.  Meyers continues to tour and record.


53

Title: Leave A Little Love
Artist: Lulu
Writer(s): Les Reed & Robin Conrad 
Entered chart 17 Jun 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 11.

Lulu was born on 3 Nov 1948 near Glasgow, Scotland.  She started singing at a young age and by the time she was 13 she had a manager and was singing with a band around Glasgow.  Her manager took her to London in early 1964 and arranged a recording deal with Decca Records.  Her debut single, "Shout", was an American R&B song written by the Isley Brothers.  It was an instant hit, and Lulu's career took off from there.  However, some of her recordings with Decca did not sell as well as was hoped and she missed the charts completely in 1966.  So, in 1967 she moved to EMI's Columbia label, and producer Mickie Most.  This gave her a new start, with hits for the rest of the 1960s.  Lulu was given her own BBC TV series in 1968, which ran annually until 1975.  In 1969 she represented the UK in the Eurovision Song Contest where she came joint first with three other countries.  She continued to record and tour in the following decades, and in 1993 achieved her first chart-topper when she duetted with boy band Take That on "Relight My Fire".  She was in the Top 10 again in 2002 when she duetted with Ronan Keating with the song "We've Got Tonight".  Recording and touring continued, and she embarked on another concert tour of the UK during the autumn of 2017.
# After the failure of her second release (the follow-up to "Shout"), this offering brought her back into the Top 10 of the UK charts.  Lulu's final hit recording from Decca, in September 1965, peaked at only number 25, but the change to EMI records restored her to the Top 10 in spring 1967.


54

Title: Mr Tambourine Man
Artist: The Byrds
Writer(s): Bob Dylan 
Entered chart 17 Jun 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

The Byrds were a five-piece band formed in Los Angeles, California, USA during 1964.  The main man was Roger McGuinn (born Chicago on 14 Jul 1942), along with David Crosby (born in Los Angeles on 14 Aug 1941), Gene Clark (17 Nov 1944 - 24 May 1991), Chris Hillman and Michael Clarke.  Their aim was to combine the pop music of the British groups like the Beatles with American Folk music that was being performed by Bob Dylan, Peter, Paul & Mary and several others.  This created a new genre of music known as Folk Rock.  The new band decided to record Dylan's "Mr Tambourine Man" in early 1965, but as they were still trying to gel as a group, only McGuinn performed on the recording, the backing coming from session musicians.  The recording went to number one in both the UK and USA.  Gene Clark left the group in early 1966, followed by David Crosby in autumn 1967, and by 1968 McGuinn and Hillman were the only original members left.  There were some brief returns by some members, and recordings continued, but the band finally broke up in 1973.  They had six hits in the UK from 1965 to 1971, two of which made the Top 10.
# After the Byrds, Roger McGuinn mostly pursued a solo career, David Crosby became a part of Crosby, Stills & Nash, Chris Hillman, Gene Clark and Michael Clarke formed the Flying Burrito Brothers.


55

Title: Heart Full Of Soul
Artist: The Yardbirds
Writer(s): Graham Gouldman (became a founding member of the band 10 CC in 1972)
Entered chart 17 Jun 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 13.

This was the follow-up to their first major hit in March 1965 (song 27), and was another song written by Graham Gouldman.  This gave them a second Top 10 hit with another three to come by summer 1966.  It was the band's first single after Jeff Beck replaced Eric Clapton as lead guitarist.  The original arrangement called for a sitar playing the lead, but after problems with that, the band opted for Beck's sitar-sounding guitar, which used a fuzz box to create the effect.  Lead vocals were by Keith Relf.


56

Title: Tossing And Turning
Artist: The Ivy League
Writer(s): John Carter & Ken Lewis
Entered chart 24 Jun 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 13.

The Ivy League enjoyed their biggest hit with this song written again by two members of the group.  Their debut hit had been in February 1965 (song 13), but the follow-up "That's Why I'm Crying", stalled at number 23 in May.  Following "Tossing And Turning" they had just one minor hit that peaked at number 50 in the charts during July 1966.  For more info on the group see song 13.


57

Title: In The Middle Of Nowhere
Artist: Dusty Springfield
Writer(s): Buddy Kaye & Bea Verdi
Entered chart 1 Jul 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 10.

Dusty Springfield (16 Apr 1939 - 2 Mar 1999) was born in London, England.  She began singing in the late 1950s, first with an all-girl group and then with her brother in the Folk group The Springfields.  The trio enjoyed a couple of Top 10 hits, but in late summer 1963, Dusty went solo and began a very successful career throughout the 1960s, becoming one of the top vocalists of that decade.  From 1963 to 1969 she enjoyed a total of 16 hits, ten of which made the Top 10 including her 1966 number one "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me".  During the late 1960s she had her own TV series, and she made albums in the USA, where she had achieved three Top 10 hits as well.  Things went quiet during the 1970s although she continued to record and perform.  In 1987 she came back to prominence when she recorded new material with Neil Tennant of the Pet Shop Boys.  The single "What Have I Done To Deserve This" reached number two - her first Top 10 hit since 1968, and the album from which it came reached the Top 20.  She developed breast cancer in the mid-1990s, and died from the disease in 1999, aged 59.
# This was her first Top 10 hit since October 1965.  A recording in between, "Your Hurtin' Kind Of Love", had only reached number 37 in the UK charts.  She was back in the Top 10 again from September 1965.


58

Title: You've Got Your Troubles
Artist: The Fortunes
Writer(s): Roger Cook & Roger Greenaway (major British songwriters during late 1960s and 1970s)
Entered chart 8 Jul 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 14.

The Fortunes were established in Birmingham, England in the early 1960s.  It was a five-piece band led by Rod Allen (1944-2008), and they were signed by Decca records in 1963.  Their early releases were not hits, although one of those, "Caroline", was used as a theme song by the pirate radio ship Radio Caroline.  The first hit, "You've Got Your Troubles", came in summer 1965, which reached the Top 10 in both the UK and USA.  Their next two releases were hits, but no more came in the 1960s.  They spent time in the USA during the late 1960s, and recorded some radio and TV commercial jingles there, including one for Coca-Cola titled "It's The Real Thing".  They returned to the UK in the early 1970s and enjoyed two more hits in 1971-1972, both reaching the Top 10.  With members coming and going they continued to perform on the nostalgia circuits into the 21st century.  Even after the death of Rod Allen in 2008, the others recruited a new lead singer, and they still tour the UK theatres up to the present time.


59

Title: He's Got No Love
Artist: The Searchers
Writer(s): Chris Curtis & Mike Pender
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 8 Jul 1965; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 10.

Unusually for the Searchers, this was an original song, written by two members of the band.  However, it was their final significant hit, with four hits following until 1966, getting no higher than number 20 in the UK charts.  They enjoyed 13 hits of which six reached the Top 10, including three number ones.  They continued performing together until 1985 when Mike Pender left the band to form a new group. He now tours as Mike Pender's Searchers.  John McNally and Frank Allen (original members), with others, tour as The Searchers.  See song 23 for more info.


60

Title: We've Gotta Get Out Of This Place
Artist: The Animals
Writer(s): Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil (wrote songs 7 and 50, above)
Producer: Mickie Most
Entered chart 15 Jul 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the Animals fifth Top 10 hit and the third of four during the year 1965.  It was also the first hit since the departure of organist Alan Price; his place being taken by Dave Rowberry (1940-2003), who remained with the band until it broke up in September 1966.  Leader, Eric Burdon quickly formed a new band after that called Eric Burdon & The Animals.  See song 14 for more info.
# The song was originally recorded by co-writer Barry Mann as a demo, but was it was not released as planned, once the  Animals version was issued in the USA, which climbed to number 13 in the charts there.


61

Title: Catch Us If You Can
Artist: The Dave Clark Five
Writer(s): Dave Clark & Lenny Davidson
Entered chart 15 Jul 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 11.

The Dave Clark Five was a beat group from Tottenham, north London, England.  The band's origins go back to 1957, and several personnel changes were made before their hits began.  By the time of this recording, the group had stabilised  to have leader Dave Clark on drums, and Mike Smith on keyboards and lead vocals, plus three others on guitars and saxophone.  Smith was also responsible for writing many of their hits, although Clark was always given joint composing credits.  They became known for their "thump-thump" drumming style, and remained popular throughout the 1960s, with seven Top 10 hits to the end of 1969.  The band also enjoyed success in the USA during the "British Invasion" years, where they had eight Top 10 hits.  Dave Clark was a shrewd businessman, keeping the copyright on his recordings, which he re-released sparingly during the following decades.
# This was their first Top 10 hit for more than a year, the last being in early summer 1964.  No less than five releases in between had not done so well in the charts.  One had reached number 16, but the others were only Top 30 entries at best.  Part of the reason could be that the band was extremely popular in the USA, and they spent much time there, touring and appearing on TV, thus reducing their exposure in the UK.  Following this hit, they had only a minor chart entry later in 1965, and a solitary hit in 1966 which peaked at number 50 for one week.  Despite that, they enjoyed a Top 10 UK chart entry in each of the years 1967, 1968 and 1969.
# The song was featured in the film "Catch Us If You Can" which starred the Dave Clark Five.


62

Title: In Thoughts Of You
Artist: Billy Fury
Writer(s): Geoff Morrow & Chris Arnold
Entered chart 22 Jul 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 11.

Billy Fury (17 Apr 1940 - 28 Jan 1983) was born in Liverpool, England.  He bought his first guitar at age 14, entered talent contests, and by 1958 was writing his own songs.  He was spotted by impresario Larry Parnes, who put him on tour, and arranged a recording contract with Decca.  He also appeared on the TV pop show "Oh Boy!", and released his first record in 1959.  He went on to considerable success, and had amassed 26 hit singles by the end of 1966, including eleven Top 10 entries.  He never achieved a number one.  Heart problems, which he suffered from childhood, led to surgery in the early 1970s.  He did some touring and recording in the very early 1980s, but his heart problems worsened, and died in London in January 1983, aged just 42.  On 19 April 2003 a bronze statue of Fury was unveiled at the National Museum of Liverpool Life.
# This turned out to be Fury's last Top 10 hit.  Three releases followed in the 1960s, the highest getting to number 25 in the UK charts.


63

Title: Summer Nights
Artist: Marianne Faithfull
Writer(s): Brian Thomas Henderson & Liza Strike
Entered chart 22 Jul 1965; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 10.

This was her fourth and final Top 10 entry in the UK charts, and her third in this year.  Her debut hit had been less than twelve months earlier.  Her next release, a cover of the Beatles' "Yesterday" peaked at number 36, being vastly out-sold by the Matt Monro version (song 85).  Her final chart entry of the 1960s, in March 1967, stalled at number 43.  See song 17 for more info.


64

Title: Help!
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 29 Jul 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

This was the title song from their second film, "Help!".  The movie had its world premier on 29 July 1965, and was a great success.  The soundtrack album entered the album charts on 14 August at number one.  Only side one of the album contained songs from the film.  Side two had other newly-recorded songs by the Beatles.  They made no more films until "The Magical Mystery Tour"  in 1967 which was made for TV transmission, although it was shown in cinemas in the USA.
# This was their eighth consecutive number one, with three more to go in the run of eleven.  Their next came in December this year (songs 99 and 100).


65

Title: Everyone's Gone To The Moon
Artist: Jonathan King
Writer(s): Jonathan King
Producer: Jonathan King
Entered chart 29 Jul 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

Jonathan King was born on 6 Dec 1944 in central London, England.  He was privately educated up to secondary level, and had developed a strong interest in music, such that in early 1965 he had recorded a demo to play to prospective record companies.  He was taken on by Decca records, and recorded "Everyone's Gone To The Moon" which became his debut release.  King plugged the recording to the many offshore radio stations (they all had land based offices), and it was played frequently by most of them.  The result was a number four hit in the UK charts.  Meanwhile, King began attending Cambridge University, juggling his studies with writing, recording and producing music.  His follow-up did not chart, but a song he wrote and produced for Hedgehoppers Anonymous became a Top 10 hit in September 1965 (see song 82).  He soon took on work as a journalist on a music paper, and began broadcasting, first on pirate radio, but then with the BBC.  He made a number of records during the 1970s, mostly under pseudonyms, three of which reached the Top 10.  After the 1970s he mostly concentrated on broadcasting on both radio and TV.  In September 2001 he was convicted of several counts of indecent assault, and sentenced to seven years in prison.  In 2015 he was arrested again in respect of historic sexual offences against boys.  He is due for trial in June 2018.
# The recording reached number 17 in the USA.


66

Title: A Walk In The Black Forest
Artist: Horst Jankowski
Writer(s): 
Horst Jankowski
Entered chart 29 Jul 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 18.

Horst Jankowski (30 Jan 1936 - 29 Jun 1998) was born in Berlin, Germany.  He studied classical music in Germany but began playing Jazz in the 1950s.  He first came to prominence in the UK when his recording of "A Walk In The Black Forest" reached the charts.  It had been played by the pirate radio stations, often as a lead-up to the news, as instrumental recordings could be shortened as necessary to fit the available time.  The single reached number three in the UK and the Top 20 of the American charts.  He had no more hit singles, but recorded many albums of easy-listening music, although he moved more into Jazz during the latter part of the 1970s.  He died from lung cancer in 1998 at the age of 62.


67

Title: See My Friend
Artist: The Kinks 
Writer(s): Ray Davies 
Entered chart 5 Aug 1965; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 9.

This was their third Top 10 hit of 1965, with another to come at the tail-end of the year. 1966 saw them with three Top 10 hits, one of which topped the UK charts. They faded away in the USA, however, following their ban from that country for bad behavior both on and off the stage. They did, of course, continue touring the rest of the world.


68

Title: Don't Make My Baby Blue
Artist: The Shadows
Writer(s):
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil
Entered chart 5 Aug 1965; Highest Position 10; Weeks on chart 10.

The Shadows were Cliff Richard's backing band, who were at first called The Drifters.  At the time of this hit, the members of the group were Hank B Marvin (born 28 Oct 1941), lead guitar, Bruce Welch (born 2 Nov 1941), rhythm guitar, Brian Bennett (born 9 Feb 1940), drums, and John Rostill (16 Jun 1942 - 26 Nov 1973), bass guitar.  Whilst remaining Cliff Richard's backing band for several years, The Shadows enjoyed considerable success in their own right, and in the early to mid-1960s, were Britain's top instrumental group, achieving five number one hits plus an additional nine Top 10 entries out of 24 hits in total during the 1960s.  Not content with that, they had more hits in the 1970s and early 1980s.  The group has officially disbanded, but they have reunited for special concerts with Cliff Richard two or three times in recent years.
# With the falling interest in guitar-based instrumental bands in the mid-1960s, the Shadows had been suffering in the UK charts.  They had often provided Cliff Richard with vocal support both on recordings and on the stage, in addition to the instrumental backing.  So the Shadows decided that 1965 was the year to issue vocal recordings.  Their first vocal was "Mary Anne" in February 1965, which reached number 17 in the UK charts.  However, "
Don't Make My Baby Blue" rewarded them with their first Top 10 entry for 15 months.  As well as additional instrumental releases, they charted with two more vocal tracks in 1966.  Their final hit of the 1960s came in spring 1967.
# The song was first released by American vocalist Frankie Laine in 1963, which was a minor hit in the USA.


69

Title: That's The Way
Artist: The Honeycombs
Writer(s): 
Ken Howard & Alan Blaikley (later wrote hits for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mike & Tich)
Producer: Joe Meek

Entered chart 5 Aug 1965; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 14.

The Honeycombs were a five-piece group, founded in London, England in 1963.  The lead singer was Denis D'Ell from east London.  Singer and drummer, Honey Lantree, came from west London.  Honey's brother John Lantree played bass.  The band played in clubs and pubs in north London, and met record producer Joe Meek, along with songwriters Ken Howard and Alan Blaikley.  This resulted in Joe Meek recording the band and arranging a deal with Pye Records.  Their debut hit, "Have I The Right" (year 1964, song 62) went all the way to number one in the UK charts, and it reached number five in the USA as well.  They then embarked on a long tour of the far east and Australia, which left them unable to promote their next releases.  As a result, singles issued in autumn 1964 and spring 1965 stalled at numbers 38 and 39 in the UK charts.  They returned to the charts in summer 1965 with "That's The Way", which was their final hit.  They continued with live performances after that, although three members left the group and had to be replaced.  They disbanded in 1967.
# The recording features the lead vocal of Honey Lantree.


70

Title: I Got You Babe
Artist: Sonny & Cher
Writer(s): 
Sonny Bono
Entered chart 12 Aug 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

Sonny & Cher were Sonny Bono (16 Feb 1935 - 5 Jan 1998) and Cherilyn Sarkisian (born 20 May 1946), who has always gone by the single name of Cher (pronounced 'share').  They first met in 1962 when Sonny was working for record producer Phil Spector, and Cher was looking for work as a singer.  They began performing together as backing singers on many of Spector's recording sessions. Bono was also writing songs at this time, and he produced a Sonny & Cher album in early 1965, called "Look At Us", and this single was taken from that album.  The single was a great success, reaching number one in the USA, UK and elsewhere.  The duo fitted the "hippie movement" image which was beginning at this time, and the song was regarded as a hippie anthem.  More duets were issued, but the two released solo recordings as well.  The pair had their own TV series in the early 1970s, but eventually the act broke up.  Sonny Bono went on to an acting career and later entered politics.  As a politician he was mayor of Palm Springs, California from 1988 to 1992, and a USA Congressman from 1992 to his death.  He was killed in a skiing accident in 1998 at the age of 62.  Cher went on to become an internationally famous, Grammy Award-winning solo singer and an Academy Award-winning actress.


71

Title: All I Really Wanna Do
Artist: The Byrds
Writer(s): 
Bob Dylan
Entered chart 12 Aug 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 10.

This was their follow-up to "Mr Tambourine Man" (song 54), in June.  It was another Bob Dylan song that was included on the Byrds debut album.  The band was unsure about issuing a second Dylan song, but their record company released it anyway.  Despite reaching the Top 10 in the UK, the single stalled at number 40 in the USA.  This was due in part, at least, because Cher had released a cover version as well, and her rendition climbed to number 15 in America.  Despite such early promise, the Byrds only had two Top 10 hits in the UK charts, three other entries only reaching the Top 30 at best.
# The Cher version of the song did chart in the UK as well, reaching number nine.  Both versions were in the British Top 10 at the same time in September 1965.


72

Title: Unchained Melody
Artist: The Righteous Brothers
Writer(s): 
Alex North & Hy Zaret
Producer: Phil Spector
Entered chart 12 Aug 1965; Highest Position 14; Weeks on chart 12.

This recording was the duo's follow-up to their chart-topper of January 1965 (song 7).  It was another Phil Spector production which reached number four in the American charts, but fell short of the Top 10 in the UK.  Although credited to the Righteous Brothers, it was in fact a solo performance by Bobby Hatfield.  Their next release stalled at number 48 in the UK but was another Top 10 hit in the USA.  Nevertheless, it was the last recording they made with Spector, and they moved to a different record label in 1966. See song 7 for more info.
# Although this recording peaked at number 14 when released in 1965, it was used in the soundtrack of the film "Ghost" in 1990.  It was re-released that year and went all the way to number one in the UK.
# The song has a fascinating history.  It was written for the now-forgotten 1955 film "Unchained" - hence the song's title.  It was first recorded in 1955 by several acts, and has the distinction of having reached number one in the UK charts four different times by four different artists.  It is estimated to have been recorded by more that 600 performers, and is one of the most recorded songs of the twentieth century.
# The song has been in the UK charts numerous times, as follows:  Jimmy Young (1955, number 1); Al Hibbler (1955, number 2); Les Baxter (1955, number 10); Liberace (1955, number 20); Righteous Brothers (1965, number 14); Leo Sayer (1986, number 54); Righteous Brothers (1990, number 1); Robson & Jerome (1995, number 1); Gareth Gates (2002, number 1).


73

Title: Make It Easy On Yourself
Artist: The Walker Brothers
Writer(s): 
Burt Bacharach & Hal David
Entered chart 19 Aug 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 14.

The Walker Brothers were an American vocal trio comprising Scott Engel, John Maus, and Gary Leeds.  By the time of this hit they were all using the surname Walker, although they were not related.  They formed the group in Los Angeles, California, USA during 1964.  They had not found success in the USA and so travelled to England to try their luck there, in a similar fashion to P J Proby.  They were offered a contract with Philips Records, and began live performances at various UK venues.  Their first hit just reached the Top 20, but it was the next release, a rendition of a Bacharach and David song, "Make It Easy On Yourself", written in 1962, that propelled them to stardom.  It was followed by a Top 10 entry in 1965 and another chart-topper in 1966, but hits after that were only moderate, the final of the 1960s coming in May 1967.  Work permit problems and internal differences led to the band splitting up in 1968.  All three members made solo recordings, with Scott Walker enjoying the most success.  They briefly reunited in the mid-1970s and had a Top 10 hit in January 1976 ("No Regrets").  However, within a couple of years they went their separate ways again.
# The song was originally recorded by American singer Jerry Butler in 1962, and the recording reached number 20 on the USA charts.  The Walker Brothers version also reached number 20 in the USA.  It has been recorded by numerous other vocalists as album tracks.


74

Title: (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards

Entered chart 26 Aug 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

The Rolling Stones achieved their fourth number one with this recording, a follow-up to their chart-topper of March 1965 (song 24).  This song was recorded in Hollywood, USA, and despite the incorrect grammar in the title and lyric (double negative), it soared to number one in the USA as well - their first of eight in America.  They were back at the top again in the autumn with "Get Off Of My Cloud", with another grammatical inaccuracy in the title and lyric!
# In 1974 Jonathan King recorded the song under the pseudonym of Bubblerock.  The recording reached number 29 in the UK charts.


75

Title: Look Through Any Window
Artist: The Hollies
Writer(s): 
Graham Gouldman & Charles Silverman
Entered chart 2 Sep 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 11.

This was the follow-up to their chart-topper, "I'm Alive", in May 1965 (song 46).  It was co-written for them by Graham Gouldman, who had written two Top 10 hits for the Yardbirds (songs 27 and 55 above).  This hit strengthened their position in the UK as a leading band of the 1960s.  Things were slower for them in the USA, and this recording was their first Top 40 hit there.  They did eventually wind up with six Top 10 hits in America.  Their next release in the UK only reached number 20 in the charts, but they had three Top 10 hits in 1966.  For more info see song 11.


76

Title: Hang On Sloopy
Artist: The McCoys
Writer(s): 
Wes Farrell & Bert Berns (Berns wrote "Here Comes The Night", song 29 above)
Entered chart 2 Sep 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 13.

The McCoys was a band formed in Union City, Indiana, USA, in 1962.  The four members worked with other group names originally, but eventually settled on the McCoys, and this recording was their first release under that name.  "Hang On Sloopy" reached number one in the USA, and they had one more Top 10 hit there before fading away.  This was their only hit of significance in the UK.  They continued recording until 1969 but with little success.
# In 1976, American group the Sandpipers recorded the song with a Jazz/Funk arrangement, and reached number 32 with it in the UK charts.


77

Title: If You Gotta Go, Go Now
Artist: Manfred Mann
Writer(s): Bob Dylan

Entered chart 16 Sep 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 12.

Manfred Mann gained their second Top 10 hit of the year, this time courtesy of singer-songwriter Bob Dylan.  Many bands were picking up Dylan's album tracks and making them hit singles, although the original Dylan recording of this song did not appear on one of his albums until 1991.  Manfred Mann's first Top 10 of the year had come in January; a release in April 1965, "Oh No Not My Baby", peaked at number eleven.  The band's next success was in April 1966, the number one hit "Pretty Flamingo".
# In 1969, British Folk band Fairport Convention recorded the song in French, titled "Si Tu Dois Partir".  It reached number 21 in the UK charts.


78

Title: Almost There
Artist: Andy Williams
Writer(s): Gloria Shayne & Jack Keller

Entered chart 16 Sep 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 17.

Andy Williams (3 Dec 1927 - 25 Sep 2012) was an easy-listening crooner, who issued several songs during the 1960s and 1970s that entered the UK charts, three of them making the Top 10 during the sixties.  He was born in Iowa, USA, but he and his family moved to Los Angeles while he was at high school in 1943.  He and his three brothers formed a vocal quartet in the 1940s, and they soon found themselves in demand from record producers and film makers.  They had parts in several musical films, and in 1947 they made their debut in Las Vegas.  However, in 1953 the brothers went their separate ways and this gave Williams the opportunity to start a solo career.  He began appearing on TV, and by 1957 he was at the top of the UK charts with his recording of "Butterfly".  He hosted his own TV variety show, The Andy Williams Show, from 1962 to 1971, and recorded over forty albums.  He continued recording and performing until he was diagnosed with cancer in 2011, and he died from the disease in 2012 at the age of 84.
# The title turned out to be prophetic, as the recording was almost a chart-topper, missing out by one place.  Williams had only enjoyed one minor hit in the UK since his Top 10 hit in 1963 (see year 1963, song 26).  His next Top 10 came in 1968, although as an easy-listening singer, he did have several albums in the UK album chart during that period, plus a few lesser singles.


79

Title: Some Of Your Lovin'
Artist: Dusty Springfield
Writer(s): Gerry Goffin & Carole King

Entered chart 16 Sep 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 12.

Dusty quickly followed her Top 10 hit of July (song 57) with this cover of a Goffin and King song.  Coincidentally it peaked at number eight as did its predecessor.  She scored just the two Top 10 chart entries in 1965, but the following year saw her with three Top 10s, one of which was her chart topping "You Don't Have To Say You Love Me".
# The song was first recorded by American girl group the Honey Bees in April 1965.


80

Title: Message Understood
Artist: Sandie Shaw
Writer(s): Chris Andrews

Entered chart 23 Sep 1965; Highest Position 6; Weeks on chart 10.

This was the follow-up to her number one hit of May 1965 (song 42).  This Top 10 entry was another of the several songs written by Chris Andrews that Sandie Shaw recorded with great success.  However, her next release in November 1965, "How Can You Tell", also written by Andrews, stalled at number 21 in the UK charts.  Nevertheless, she was back in the Top 10 early in 1966 with "Tomorrow",  another Chris Andrews composition.


81

Title: In The Midnight Hour
Artist: Wilson Pickett
Writer(s): Wilson Pickett & Steve Cropper

Entered chart 23 Sep 1965; Highest Position 12; Weeks on chart 11.

Wilson Pickett (18 Mar 1941 - 19 Jan 2006), born in Alabama, USA, was an American Soul singer.  He moved to Detroit, USA with his father in 1955.  He began singing with a Gospel group in Detroit when he was 14, but joined a Soul group in 1959.  Eventually he began a solo career and had his first hit on the American R&B chart in 1963.  His big breakthrough came in 1965 with the release of "In The Midnight Hour", recorded for the legendary Stax record company in Memphis, Tennessee, USA.  This led to a successful career, and he moved to Atlantic records in 1967.  He continued recording until the end of the 1990s, and performing until his death.  He died from a heart attack at the age of 64.
# The song was composed by Pickett and Steve Cropper at the historic Lorraine Motel in Memphis where Martin Luther King Jr. would later be assassinated in April 1968.  The motel is now part of the National Civil Rights Museum.


82

Title: It's Good News Week
Artist: Hedgehoppers Anonymous
Writer(s): Jonathan King
Producer: Jonathan King

Entered chart 30 Sep 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 12.

This band was formed in 1963 under a different name.  They changed their band name in 1965 when Jonathan King took over production responsibilities.  The band members were all Royal Air Force personnel based at RAF Wittering, near Peterborough, England, and hedgehoppers was RAF slang for low-flying planes which were avoiding radar detection.  Sadly, their only success was this hit, and the band broke up after a couple of further releases.
# The song was a satire on political and world events of the time.


83

Title: Here It Comes Again
Artist: The Fortunes
Writer(s): Barry Mason & Les Reed
Entered chart 7 Oct 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 14.

This was the follow-up to their debut hit in July (song 58).  A different songwriting team this time, but another Top 10 hit.  Sadly it was their second and last of the 1960s, but they had two more in the early 1970s.  See song 58 for more info.
# The song reached number 27 on the USA charts.


84

Title: Yesterday Man
Artist: Chris Andrews
Writer(s): Chris Andrews
Entered chart 7 Oct 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 15.

Chris Andrews was born on 15 Oct 1942 in Romford, Essex, England.  He is best known for writing many of Sandie Shaw's hit singles, although his first hits were by Adam Faith in 1963.  Despite being a successful songwriter he did record songs himself.  Although this was his only Top 10 hit in the UK, he was very popular in Europe, and "Yesterday Man" was a number one in Ireland and Germany.  In the late 1960s and early 1970s he topped the music charts in South Africa.  He continues as a singer-songwriter and lives in Germany, with a home also in Spain.


85

Title: Yesterday
Artist: Matt Monro
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 21 Oct 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 12.

Matt Monro (1 Dec 1930 - 7 Feb 1985) was born in London, England. He began singing on talent shows while in the British Army in the early 1950s. He made some records in the mid-1950s, but none met with any success. In 1959 he was asked to record a demo record for EMI, and when producer, George Martin heard the track, he arranged for Monro to record a new song, "Portrait Of My Love". It reached number three on the UK charts and started his international career. He recorded several film themes, but some like "Born Free" failed to enter the charts. He spent some time in America during the mid-1960s, making albums of standards and new ballads, and was hailed as the new Frank Sinatra. He toured the world extensively, especially during the 1970s and early 1980s. He died from liver cancer at age 54.
# This was Matt Monro's final hit of any significance.  Only one more chart entry came for him, and that was in 1973 with a recording that peaked at number 28.
# This Beatles song was featured on their album "Help!", and was a solo Paul McCartney performance.  It was covered at the same time as Matt Monro by Marianne Faithfull, although her version only reached number 36 in the UK charts.
# The Beatles' version was issued, at this time, as a single in the USA where it reached number one in the charts there.  It was not issued as a single in the UK until 1976 when it reached number eight in the charts.  American Soul and R&B singer Ray Charles recorded the song in 1967, and his rendition reached number 44 in the UK charts.   In 1997, British band Wet Wet Wet recorded the song and that version peaked at number four in the UK charts.
# "Yesterday" is one of the most recorded songs in the history of popular music.  Its entry in Guinness World Records states that, by January 1986, 1,600 cover versions had been made.  New recordings of the song continue to be made worldwide.


86

Title: Get Off Of My Cloud
Artist: The Rolling Stones
Writer(s): Mick Jagger & Keith Richards
Entered chart 28 Oct 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the last in a run of five consecutive number one hits in the UK for the band.  The recording was also a chart-topper in the USA.  More number one hits were to come on both sides of the Atlantic.  1966 saw them with three Top 10 hits, including another chart-topper.  See song 24 for more info.


87

Title: The Carnival Is Over
Artist: The Seekers
Writer(s): Tom Springfield
Entered chart 28 Oct 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 17.

The Seekers gained their second and final number one hit with this song, again from writer Tom Springfield.  Whilst the lyrics were all his own, the melody is actually taken from a Russian Folk song written in the late nineteenth century.  The Seekers' recording spent three weeks at the top of the charts and sold well over a million copies in the UK alone.  They continued their success in 1966 with three Top 11 (eleven) hits.  See song 5 for more info.


88

Title: Positively 4th Street
Artist: Bob Dylan
Writer(s): Bob Dylan
Entered chart 28 Oct 1965; Highest Position 8; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the last of four Top 10 hits in the UK charts for Bob Dylan (as a singer) during 1965.  He was never again to have such a successful year in the British singles charts.  The recording was made in the summer of 1965 during the sessions that provided all the tracks for his 1965 album, "Highway 61 Revisited", but this song did not appear on the album.  The song's title does not appear anywhere in the lyrics.
# Bob Dylan appears in this listing as a songwriter on three other hits (two for the Byrds and one for Manfred Mann).


89

Title: My Generation
Artist: The Who
Writer(s): Pete Townshend
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 13.

The Who are a four-piece Rock band originally comprising lead singer Roger Daltrey (born 1 Mar 1944), guitarist and singer Pete Townshend (born 19 May 1945), bass guitarist John Entwistle (9 Oct 1944 - 27 Jun 2002), and drummer Keith Moon (23 Aug 1946 - 7 Sep 1978).  The band was formed in the early 1960s in west London, England under a different group name, but settled on the name The Who in 1964.  They began performing in local pubs and other venues in west London   They gained a recording contract in late 1964, and their first hit came in early 1965, "I Can't Explain", which reached the UK Top 10, followed by another Top 10 hit in spring 1965.  "My Generation" reached number two and became their joint highest-placed hit with "I'm A Boy" in 1966.  They never managed to reach number one.  During the 1960s they achieved nine Top 10 hits out of 14.  The hits continued into the 1980s with another four original Top 10 hits.  Although personnel deaths have forced changes to the line up, the band have continued to perform up to and including a tour in 2017.  Daltry and Townshend remain, and in recent years drums have been played by Zak Starkey, Ringo Starr's son.
# At least four different Who recordings have been used as theme songs for the American crime drama series C.S.I. and its derivative series.


90

Title: You're The One
Artist: Petula Clark
Writer(s): Petula Clark & Tony Hatch
Producer: Tony Hatch
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 23; Weeks on chart 9.

Petula Clark was having quite a bit of success in the USA at this time, but her singles in the UK were often disappointing.  Two releases since her March 1965 hit "I Know A Place" (song 26) had only just made the Top 50.  This did make the Top 30 in the UK, but it was not issued in the USA after it was covered by American vocal quartet The Vogues.  Their version climbed to number four in the USA charts.  Things looked up for Petula in the UK during 1966, however, when she had two Top 10 hits - the first in February that year.


91

Title: 1-2-3
Artist: Len Barry
Writer(s): John Medora, David White & Len Barry
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 14.

Len Barry was born on 12 Jun 1942 in Philadelphia, USA.  After graduating from school he entered military service where he sang in a band.  He decided to pursue a musical career after he left the military, forming a group called the Dovelles.  As part of the group he enjoyed a few hit singles, but left to develop a solo career.  His first big hit was "1-2-3", which reached number two on the American charts.  His follow-up, the similar-sounding "Like A Baby" also reached the British Top 10, in January 1966.  Although further chart success eluded him, he remained in the business, and has written songs for other acts during the following decades.


92

Title: Wind Me Up (Let Me Go)
Artist: Cliff Richard
Writer(s): John Talley & Bob Montgomery
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 2; Weeks on chart 16.

Cliff was back in the Top 10 with this song from the American songwriters.  His two releases since his Top 10 of March 1965 had peaked at 12 and 22 respectively.  Hits had become tougher for Cliff in this year, and would remain difficult for the rest of the decade.  He still managed to gain a further nine Top 10 chart entries by the end of 1969, although seven releases fell short of that target.


93

Title: Princess In Rags
Artist: Gene Pitney
Writer(s): Helen Miller & Roger Atkins
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 9; Weeks on chart 12.

This completed Pitney's trio of Top 10 hits in 1965.  The following year would see him with another three entries in the UK Top 10.  He was one of the biggest stars of the mid-1960s but he had less success back home in the USA.  He was on a package tour of the UK during October and November 1965, supported by Lulu and the Rockin' Berries.  For more info see song 16.


94

Title: A Lover's Concerto
Artist: The Toys
Writer(s): Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell
Entered chart 4 Nov 1965; Highest Position 5; Weeks on chart 13.

The Toys were a female vocal trio from New York City, formed in 1961.  The members of the band met at high school and began singing locally, but eventually acquired a manger who found them work as backing singers at recording sessions in New York.  They later met the writers of this song who arranged for them to record it.  "A Lover's Concerto" was a Top 10 hit in the USA, and the follow-up reached the Top 20 in America but peaked at only number 36 in the UK.  They appeared on TV and toured with Gene Pitney in the USA, but new recordings failed to sell, and the group broke up in 1968.
# The melody of this song is based on the classical piece "Minuet in G major" written by German composer Christian Petzold (1677-1733).


95

Title: Let's Hang On
Artist: The Four Seasons
Writer(s): Bob Crewe, Sandy Linzer & Denny Randell
Entered chart 18 Nov 1965; Highest Position 4; Weeks on chart 16.

The Four Seasons is a vocal group, characterised by the falsetto voice of Frankie Valli (born 3 May 1934 in Newark, New Jersey, USA). The group started as the Four Lovers, but they failed to make a breakthrough in the pop charts.  In 1960, they changed their name to the Four Seasons, and began working with record producer Bob Crewe, with Frankie Valli as the lead singer.  The rest of the band was Bob Gaudio on keyboards and tenor vocals (also their songwriter), Tommy DeVito on lead guitar and baritone vocals, and Nick Massi on electric bass and bass vocals.  Their first hit on both sides of the Atlantic was "Sherry", which was an American chart-topper.  Other similar recordings followed and they managed to hit the charts through to 1966 despite the prominence of the British beat groups.  They also had hits during the 1970s, including some solo recordings by Frankie Valli.  The band is still performing, but with Valli as the only original member.  A farewell concert is planned for London in December 2018.
# This was the group's first hit in the UK since late summer 1964.  There had been an intervening hit in the USA, but that had failed to chart in Britain.  1966 brought three more classic Four Seasons hits to the UK but the highest placed reached number 12.  Two of those were Top 10 hits in the USA.
# The song has been in the UK charts for other acts as follows: Johnny Johnson & The Bandwagon (1969, number 36); The Darts (1980, number 11); Barry Manilow (1981, number 12); Shooting Party (1990, number 66).
# It is interesting to note that two of the co-writers of this song wrote song 94, immediately above!


96

Title: Rescue Me
Artist: Fontella Bass
Writer(s): Raynard Miner & Carl William Smith
Entered chart 2 Dec 1965; Highest Position 11; Weeks on chart 10.

Fontella Bass (3 Jul 1940 - 26 Dec 2012) was born in St. Louis, Missouri, USA.  Her mother was a singer in a Gospel choir, and Fontella accompanied her on tours until she was 16.  Bass preferred R&B music, and turned professional at age 17 when she began working with touring bands as a singer and piano player.  She made some records in St Louis but moved to Chicago in 1965 and signed with Chess records.  This song was the result of a studio jam session, and it reached number four on the American charts.  Several more releases did well in the USA, but only one small hit followed in Britain.  She retired from the music business in 1972 to raise a family, but much later performed at some special events.  She died from a heart attack in St Louis at age 72.


97

Title: My Ship Is Coming In
Artist: The Walker Brothers
Writer(s): Joey Brooks
Entered chart 2 Dec 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 12.

This was the follow-up to their previous hit which had reached number one in August 1965 (song 73).  This recording did well in peaking at number three in the UK charts.  Although they were an American band, they had found fame in the UK, and back home they were largely unknown.  This recording peaked at a disappointing number 63 in the USA.  In Britain they became very popular and were back at number one in March 1966.


98

Title: Spanish Flea
Artist: Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass
Writer(s): Julius Wechter
Entered chart 9 Dec 1965; Highest Position 3; Weeks on chart 20.

Herb Alpert was born on 31 March 1935 in Los Angeles, USA.  His parents were musicians, and Alpert learned to play the trumpet from the age of eight.  By his teens he was playing at school dances.  From 1957 he was writing songs, and in 1962 he set up his own record company, called A&M, with partner Jerry Moss.  Following a trip to Mexico he decided to form the Tijuana Brass which would play in the style of Mexican marching bands.  This led to a series of singles and albums which became very popular on both sides of the Atlantic.  His album "Going Places" became a multi-million seller, and eventually spent a total of 138 weeks on the UK album chart.  He was a vocalist too, and his ballad "This Guy's In Love With You" was a number three hit in the UK during 1968.  He has continued to perform, tour and record, and he released a new album in 2017.


99

Title: Day Tripper
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 9 Dec 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

The Beatles rounded off the year with a double A-side.  Predictably it went to number one, and put them at the top of the charts for the third consecutive Christmas.
# American Soul singer Otis Redding recorded the song in 1967, and his version reached number 43 in the UK charts that year.


100

Title: We Can Work It Out
Artist: The Beatles
Writer(s): John Lennon & Paul McCartney
Producer: George Martin
Entered chart 9 Dec 1965; Highest Position 1; Weeks on chart 12.

This was a double A-side release with song 99 above.  Both of these songs were recorded in sessions that included tracks that appeared on their "Rubber Soul" album which entered the album chart in December 1965.
# "We Can Work It Out" has been recorded by two other acts and entered the UK charts as follows: Stevie Wonder (1971, number 27); The Four Seasons (1976, number 34).


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Acts with most appearances in this list:

Beatles: 4
Animals: 3
Bob Dylan: 3
Marianne Faithfull: 3
Hollies: 3
Kinks: 3
Manfred Mann: 3
Gene Pitney: 3
Rolling Stones: 3
Seekers: 3
Sandie Shaw: 3
Supremes: 3

Composers with most appearances in this list:

Bob Dylan: 6
John Lennon & Paul McCartney: 5
Chris Andrews: 4
Barry Mann & Cynthia Weil: 4
Ray Davies: 3
(all for the Kinks)
Gerry Goffin: 3 (2 with Carole King, 1 with Russ Titelman)
Graham Gouldman: 3
Holland-Dozier-Holland: 3
(all for the Supremes)
Mick Jagger & Keith Richards: 3
(all for the Rolling Stones)
Les Reed: 3 (1 with Gordon Mills, 1 with Robin Conrad, 1 with Barry Mason)
Tom Springfield: 3
(all for the Seekers)

New Names in 1965
To qualify, new acts must have gone on to have at least three entries in these lists.  One-hit Wonders do not qualify.

Georgie Fame
The Seekers
The Righteous Brothers
Tom Jones
Bob Dylan
Donovan
The Walker Brothers
The Who


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List of Acts


 

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Compiled February 2018
Updated 26/04/2018

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