From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: May 2nd, 1964

June 18, 2011

May 2nd was the week that the Rolling Stones made their official debut into the U.S. Hot 100 charts with “Not Fade Away”.  It was an inconspicuous beginning for – what would turn out to be “the greatest rock and roll band of all time” as many would call them.  The song landed at number 98 the first week on the charts and would rise only to number 48.  But there was more to come – much more!  This choice was from the Buddy Holly song book – interesting full steam ahead rock and roll where the Rolling Stones usually dwelt in raunchy blues numbers in their early form.

The Dave Clark Five’s third release – a rework of the Contour hit “Do You Love Me” entered the charts at number 53 while their second charting single “Bits and Pieces” moved up to number 10.  As can be seen from the “Bubbling Under” activity on May 2nd, the Invasion groups were about to come ashore in a big way.  This early picture sleeve of the Rolling Stones is quite sought after and brings in a nice three figure price.

DC 5, The Rolling Stones & The Searchers

Invasion on the Billboard Charts – May 2nd 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 – Hello Dolly – Louis Armstrong
Number 3 – Do You Want to Know a Secret – The Beatles
Number 4 – Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
Number 5 – My Guy – Mary Wells
Number 6 – Don’t Let the Rain Come Down – Serendipity Singers
Number 7 – Twist and Shout – The Beatles
Number 8 – Suspician – Terry Stafford
Number 9 – Dead Man’s Curve – Jan and Dean
Number 10 – Ronnie – The Four Seasons (NEW)

Hot 100 New Invasion Entries
Number 53 – Do You Love Me – The Dave Clark Five
Number 96 – Sugar and Spice – The Searchers
Number 98 – Not Fade Away – The Rolling Stones

Invasion Bubbling Under the Charts
Number 102 – Good Golly Miss Molly – The Swinging Blue Jeans
Number 104 – Yesterday’s Gone – Chad and Jeremy
Number 105 – A World Without Love – Peter and Gordon
Number 106 – Just One Look – The Hollies
Number 121 – I Only Have Eyes for You – Cliff Richard

Leave a Reply

Required fields are marked *.

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: