From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: August 8th, 1964

September 24, 2011

The Animals Arrive!

The Animals Arrive from Newcastle!

This was the week that the Newcastle Invaders – The Animals broke onto the U.S. Charts! They formed around 1962 with original members Eric Burdon, Alan Price, Hilton Valentine, John Steel and Bryan Chas Chandler.  All five had formerly been with the Alan Price Combo.  Earlier on Burdon had fronted the Pagans – a group that include Price.  Steel had been a part of The Kondors as had Chandler, who was also with a group called The Wild Cats.

Two other early members who came on about 1965 were keyboard player Mickey Gallahger and former Unknown band member Dave Rowberry.  Their tours would both be short-lived.

The group would continue into 1968 as The New Animals before finally dissolving. “House of the Rising Sun” was a monster hit world-wide and reached number 1 in the U.S.

Brian Poole

Brian Poole was an early U.K. rocker who started out around 1959 and was eventually backed by the Essex based Tremeloes in 1960 who, as a separate act, would surface on the U.S. Charts in 1967 with a short but strong run of hits.  Poole would only chart one time with “Someone, Someone” in the U.S.  The LP’s below didn’t make it to the U.S. market until 1967 with the first version being re-packaged once the Tremeloes hit big on their own.

Brian Poole - Move Over for the Tremeloes!

Debut Singles for August 8th, 1964

British Invasion August 8th, 1964

New Zealand’s Gale Garnett was not a mainstream Invasion act. But she did enjoy a plethora of long play releases in the U.S. during the Invasion Era.

New Zealand-Born Gale Garnett

British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – August 8th, 1964

(Visit Joel Whitburn’s Record Research website presenting Billboard Charts)

Top Invaders:
Number 1 – A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Number 6 – Wishin & Hopin – Dusty Springfield

Animals – The House of the Rising Sun #60 (Peaks at #1)
Beatles – If I Fell – #84 (Peaks at #53)
Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine #95 (Peaks at #4)
Hollies – Here I Go Again – #107 (Peaks at #107)
Brian Poole – Someone Someone – #115 (Peaks at #97)
Searchers – Someday We’re Gonna Love Again #122 (Peaks at #34)

Invaders on the Billboard Charts:
Peter & Gordon – Nobody I Know – #15
Dave Clark Five – Can’t You See That She’s Mine – #16
Dave Clark Five – Because – #22
Millie Small – Sweet William – #73
Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good – #97
George Martin – And I Love Her – #123
Millie Small – My Boy Lollipop – #41
Gerry & Pacemakers – Don’t Let the Sun Catch You Crying – #45
Searchers – Don’t Throw Your Love Away – #39
Cilla Black – You’re My World – #26
Rolling Stones – Tell Me – #24
Bachelors – I Believe – #33
Beatles – Ain’t She Sweet – #25
Gerry & Pacemakers – How Do You Do It – #21
Beatles – I’ll Cry Instead – #44
Beatles – I Should Have Known Better – #59
Beatles – I’m Happy Just to Dance With You – #104
Lulu & the Luvvers – Shout – #94
Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Bachelor Boy – #103

Visit The Animals Website
Visit the Eric Burdon Blog

Visit Eric Burdon & Jimmy Witherspoon on Mog
Visit Gale Garnett on Innardpace Blog

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