This week in 1964 marked the U.S. debut of several mainstream British Invaders as well as little known Christine Quaite – who followed Jackie Trent with her obscure recording of “Tell Me Mama” – a song that would only reach number 85. We wouldn’t hear from her again.
Gerry and the Pacemakers
This group followed the Beatles out of Liverpool and they would enjoy much success in the U.S. The original group included brothers Gerry and Freddy Marsden along with Les Chadwick. They formed around 1960 and would be joined by Les McGuire (piano) in 1961. Gerry and Freddy were originally with the skiffle group The Mars Bars.
A young Brit following the example set by Helen Shapiro, Christine Quaite joined the Invasion for a few weeks in 1964. Read more about Christine Quaite on Spectro Pop.
The Overlanders followed close on the heals of Chad and Jeremy with “Yesterday’s Gone” on the Hickory Label. The group formed in 1963 sounding almost like a folk group (aka Springfields). Original members were Paul Arnold (later with the Zombies), female vocalist Laurie Mason, and Peter Barthelome. They would increase their group to seven members shortly after their formation. There were lots of personnel changes up until the group folded in 1968. They would not chart again after “Yesterday’s Gone”.
Little Millie Small
I don’t think she was ever known as “Little Millie Small” anywhere other than in Denver where she was so dubbed by the KIMN radio DJs. Maybe I’m wrong. Millie Small was known as the “Blue Beat Girl” in the U.K. She was to have one additional U.S. recording of any significance – then gone. The Blogspot “Dave’s Jukebox” has some interesting information about Millicent.
British Invasion on the U.S. Charts – May 23rd 1964
(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research website presenting Billboard Charts)
Number 2 Love Me Do – The Beatles
Number 6 Bits and Pieces – The Dave Clark Five
Number 10 – A World Without Love – Peter and Gordon
Number 87 – Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – Gerry & the Pacemakers
Number 90 – My Boy Lollipop – Millie Small – (Debut – Peaked at #2)
Number 91 – Yesterday’s Gone – Chad & Jeremy
Number 95 – Tell Me Mama – Christine Quaite (Debut – Peaked at #85)
Number 98 – Yesterday’s Gone – The Overlanders
Number 120 – Bad to Me – Billy J.Kramer & the Dakotas – (Debut – Peaked at #9 – 2 sided hit)