From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: 1964 – April 4th! A Week on the Charts Like No Other

June 8, 2011

History was made this week on the Billboard Charts – April 4th, 1964 marked the first and the only time in the history of the U.S. Charts that a group (or any artist for that matter) would occupy – not just the top 2 positions, but the Top Five!  Many acts through the years have managed holding positions number 1 and number 2 simultaneously (Elvis was the earliest in 1956 with “Hound Dog”, and “Love Me Tender”).   The Bee Gees were the first to follow the Beatles 1964 accomplishment with “Night Fever” and “Stayin Alive” in 1978.  Then it would be a very long 24 years before it would once again occur – with Ashanti charting one-two with “Foolish” and “What’s Luv”.  After that – six more acts would do a one-two.  Akon has done it on three different occasions with 3 sets of songs.

For the Week of April 4th – 1964 – The Top Ten
A Beatles Five-Fecta!

(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research website presenting  Billboard Charts)
Number 1 – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles NEW TOP 10 ENTRY
Number 2 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 3 – She Loves You – The Beatles
Number 4 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Number 5 – Please Please Me – The Beatles
Number 6 – Suspicion – Terry Stafford
Number 7 – Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
Number 8 – The Shoop Shoop Song – Betty Everett NEW TOP 10 ENTRY
Number 9 – My Heart Belongs to Only You – Bobby Vinton
Number 10 – Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five

Hot 100 New Entries – April 4th – 2011
Number 79 – Thank You Girl – The Beatles
Number 48 – Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
Number 65 – You Can’t Do That – The Beatles

“Bubbling Under” the Charts April 4th – 1964
Number 113 – Diane – The Bachelors

The Beatles and the Dave Clark Five April 4th, 1964

DC Five Return!

Hot on the heels of their debut single, “Glad All Over”, the Dave Clark Five quickly returned with their second hit – “Bits and Pieces”, which would eventually find its way to number 4. 

A Rare Picture Sleeve

The picture sleeve pictured above (Can’t Buy Me Love/You Can’t Do That” is quite rare.  It normally fetches (these days) about $500 or more for a real nice copy.  It used to run higher, but the economy takes its toll.  The Beatles continued their “two-sided hit” ways with both “You Can’t Do That” and “Thank You Girl”. 

Vee Jay Records Pairs Frank Ifield with The Beatles

Once again Vee Jay records packaged up the same recordings, this time-sharing the stage with U.K. crooner Frank Ifield, an artist who had enjoyed a 1962 number 2 record “I Remember You”.  The “Englishman Cover” or “Old Man Cover” entered the U.S. Charts on April 4th and topped out at number 106 with a short six-week run, thus rendering it a collectible today, especially in stereo.  I don’t remember seeing this LP on the records stands back in 1964 in Denver.  Downtown Woolworth’s would have most likely stocked it if any outlet would have.  The “Portrait Cover” version is much more rare.  This is the same record as “Jolly What” but reworked with a brand new cover presenting the real stars.  It was released in the summer of 1964 and did not chart.  Stereo copies of this highly sought after collectible go for well over $3,000 – and often much more.   These days there are bunches of counterfeit copies being auctioned on Ebay – but people don’t seem to care – They are bidding on them – and paying up to $200 for the fakes!

Visit the Dave Clark Five Official Website
Visit Joe Troino’s Dave Clark Five Blog


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