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The British Invasion: Mid to Late April 1964 – Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas

June 12, 2011
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The pace picked up for the British Invasion in March of 1964.  With early groups The DC Five and Searchers landing second hits close behind their first – and Billy J. Kramer and Dakotas joining the Invasion, I knew something beyond the Beatles was on.  Back to Arlan’s Department Store just on Sheridan Blvd in West Denver, and just a block from Denver “Tiger Radio” KIMN, I quickly scanned the KIMN charted records (which Arlan’s used for the basis of their inventory) and the British Invasion Groups just kept popping up out of what we thought was nowhere.

April 11th, 1964 – The British Invasion

The more for The Beatles - April 11th, 1964

The Beatles maintained their tight hold on the top of the charts and two more of their “B” sides entered this week as well. 

For the Week of April 11th – 1964 – The Top Ten
(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research website presenting  Billboard Charts)
Number 1 – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
Number 2 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 3 – Suspicion – Terry Stafford
Number 4 – She Loves You – The Beatles
Number 5 – Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
Number 6 – The Shoop Shoop Song – Betty Everett
Number 7 – I Want to Hold Your Hand – The Beatles
Number 8 – Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
Number 9 – Please Please Me – The Beatles
Number 10 – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down – Serendipity Singers (NEW TOP 10)

Hot 100 New Entries – April 11th – 2011
Number 74 – There’s a Place – The Beatles
Number 71 – Love Me Do – The Beatles

“Bubbling Under” the Charts April 11th – 1964
Number 130 – Just One Look – The Hollies
Number 131 – Why – The Beatles

April 18th, 1964 – The British Invasion

British Invasion April 1964

Both the Irish Group – The Bachelors – with “Diane” and Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas (from Liverpool) with “Little Children” would enter the charts this week.  The Bachelors were brothers Conleth and Declan Cluskey who started out in 1957 as The Harmonichords.  They were joined in 1962 by John Stokes.  Billy J. Kramer was originally a Dakota and backed English early rocker Billy Fury.  The original members included Kramer, Mike Maxfield, Robin McDonald, Tony Mansfield and Ray Jones.  Mick Green and Frank Farley would replace Mansfield and Jones in 1964.  They were both formerly with Johnny Kidd and the Pirates.

The Bachelors & Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas

For the Week of April 18th – 1964 – The Top Ten
Number 1 – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles
Number 2 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 3 – Suspicion – Terry Stafford
Number 4 – Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
Number 5 – Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles (NEW TOP 10)
Number 6 – The Shoop Shoop Song – Betty Everett
Number 7 – Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
Number 8 – She Loves You – The Beatles
Number 9 – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down – Serendipity Singers
Number 10 – Dead Man’s Curve – Jan and Dean (NEW TOP 10)

Hot 100 New Entries – April 18th – 2011
Number 74 – Diane – The Bachelors
Number 87 – Little Children – Billy J. Kramer & the Dakotas
Number 88 – Why – The Beatles
Number 92 – I’m the Lonely One – Cliff Richard
Number 95 – Ain’t That Just Like Me – The Searchers

“Bubbling Under” the Charts April 18th – 1964
Number 101 – Sugar and Spice – The Searchers
Number 128 – I Only Have Eyes for You – Cliff Richard

April 25th, 1964 – The British Invasion – Jackie Trent’s Brief Appearance

Jackie Trent

The Dave Clark Five’s very obscure “I Knew It All the Time” on the Congress label sneaked into the charts rising to only number 53.  The sleeve pictured here is fairly hard to locate these days.  Female Brit pop star Jackie Trent would have her first and only U.S. chart record, “If You Love Me, Really Love Me”, topping out at number 127. Read more about Jackie Trent on her web site

Dave Clark Five - I Knew it All the Time

For the Week of April 25th – 1964 – The Top Ten
Number 1 – Can’t Buy Me Love – The Beatles NEW TOP 10 ENTRY
Number 2 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 3 – Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
Number 4 – Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
Number 5 – Suspicion – Terry Stafford
Number 6 – Glad All Over – The Dave Clark Five
Number 7 – Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five (NEW TOP 10)
Number 8 – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down – Serendipity Singers
Number 9 – My Guy – Mary Wells (NEW TOP 10)
Number 10 – Dead Man’s Curve – Jan and Dean

Hot 100 New Entries – April 25th – 2011
Number 90 – I Knew it All the Time – The Dave Clark Five

“Bubbling Under” the Charts April 25th – 1964
Number 117 – If You Love Me Really Love Me – Jackie Trent
Number 131 – Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones

April 1964 Charting LPs

British Invasion LPs - April 1964

April 11th of 1964 also saw both “Meet the Searchers” and “Glad All Over” by the Dave Clark Five make their LP debuts.  The first U.S. Searcher LP would rise to number 22 and the DC Five’s debut would go all the way to number 3.  And the not long but eagerly awaited 2nd Capitol Records LP from the Great Ones – “The Beatles Second Album”  hit the charts with a bang!

Notice the two different versions of the Dave Clark Five album – both with instruments and without.  The without version is more difficult to located but readily available.

Visit Billy J. Kramer’s official website
Visit The Ready Steady Girls website (British Girls)

Visit “Early Sixties Music” Blogspot (Billy K. Kramer and more)

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