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The British Invasion: 1964 – March – The Beatles Pour it On!

June 4, 2011
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The Fab Four onslaught continued in the early part of 1964.  Anything Beatles was up for grabs and fans were so eager for the next Beatle release that “Roll Over Beethoven” was imported from Canada for sale in the U.S. – a rare event for any recording artists.  The Beethoven Canadian single entered the U.S. charts on March 14th at number 102 and entered the Top 100 the following week.  It peaked at number 68 and ran for a short 4 weeks.

 

British Invasion March 14 - 21 1964
Two more for the Beatles – One for the Carefrees

Next, Vee Jay released “Twist and Shout” on their “Tollie” subsidiary label again speeding release to keep up with Capitol Records.  “Twist and Shout” debuted high at number 55 and would climb all the way to number 2 for 4 straight weeks.  The song would gain a second life again in 1986 via the motion picture “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” – this time peaking at number 23 on the Capitol label.

The Carefrees

The Carefrees were a true group, and were truly from the U.K.  The tune was a direct lift from “Bye Bye Birdie” (“We Love You Conrad”) and was really quite silly.  I well remember hearing this anthem around Denver but I sure don’t recall seeing this single with a graphic sleeve at Arlan’s Department Store – and I doubt if they ever stocked the rather obscure long play shown below.  Not exactly sure when the long play was released but it failed to chart for good reason.

The Carefrees were Lyn Cornell, and Betty Prescott – both former members of U.K. popular girl group The Vernon Girls.  They were joined by Barbara Kay, Johnny Evans, John Stevens and Don Riddell – formerly with The Don Riddell Quartet.  On the LP they look like the Young Americans or Up With People.

England's Carefrees

The Fabulous Carefrees

The Four Preps

Four Preps - Beatles

The Four Preps Take on the Beatles

The Four Preps enjoyed brief success with their mocking “A Letter to the Beatles” much in the vain of previous releases “More Money for You and Me” (the death songs) along with “The Big Draft” (getting rid of competing groups).  I’m sure the Four Preps thought the Beatles would just waddle along their way to obscurity but – alas – this was the last time the Preps would ever chart.  The records peaked at number 85 – and then – bye bye.

For the Week of March 14th – 1964 – The Top Ten
(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research based on the Billboard Charts)

Number 1 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Number 2 – She Loves You – The Beatles
Nunber 3 – Please Please Me – The Beatles
Number 4 – Dawn – The Four Seasons
Number 5 – Java – Al Hirt
Number 6 – Navy Blue – Diane Renay
Number 7 – Fun Fun Fun – The Beach Boys
Number 8 – California Sun – The Rivieras
Number 9 – See the Funny Little Clown – Bobby Goldsboro
Number 10 – I Love You More and More Everyday (NEW) – Al Martino

Entering the Charts March 14th
Number 55 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 102 – Roll Over Beethoven – The Beatles
Number 107 – We Love You Beatles – The Carefrees
Number 134 – A Letter to the Beatles – The Four Preps

For the Week of March 21st – 1964 – The Top Ten

Number 1 – She Loves You – The Beatles
Number 2 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Nunber 3 – Please Please Me – The Beatles
Number 4 – Dawn – The Four Seasons
Number 5 – Fun Fun Fun – The Beach Boys
Number 6 – Navy Blue – Diane Renay
Number 7 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles (NEW)
Number 8 – Java – Al Hirt
Number 8 – California Sun – The Rivieras
Number 9 – I Love You More and More Everyday – Al Martino
Number 19 – Hello Dolly! – Louis Armstrong (NEW)

Entering the Charts March 21st
Number 128 – Frank Ifield – Don’t Blame Me

Visit The Four Preps Official Website
Visit Joe Troiano’s Four Preps Blog Post

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