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The British Invasion: August 29th, 1964

November 20, 2011
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The Nashville Teens - Cilla Black

Cilla Black (Priscilla White) would enter the Billboard Charts for the 2nd time with “It’s for You” a little-known Lennon and McCartney composition.  The Nashville Teens from Weybridge would crash onto the Invasion scene with “Tobacco Road”.  The original 1962 line-up featured Art Sharp and Ray Phillips (vocals) along with Michael Dunford (guitar), John Hawken (piano), Pete Shannon (bass) and Roger Groom (drums).  Most of the members had previously performed as The Cruiser’s Rock Combo.

The Nashville Teens

Hawken  would go on to perform in the 1970’s with Renaissance and the Strawbs (where he was joined by Dunford).  Later members included Roger Groome (The Animals), Barry Jenkins (Animals, Don Adams & the R&B Trio, and later with Heavy Jelly), and Neil Corner would was an early member of the New Vaudeville Band.

John D. Loudermilk

“Tobacco Road” was penned be singer/writer John D. Loudermilk who penned hits for a broad range of pop and rock performers during the 1960s.  His contributions to the Invasion beyond Tobacco Road included Marianne Faithfull’s 1965 hit “This Little Bird” and Don Fardon’s  1968 hit “Indian Reservation”.  The song would also be recorded in 1971 by the U.S. group The Raiders.

Loudermilk’s other pop successes included “A Rose and a Baby Ruth” (George Hamilton IV), “Sittin in the Balcony” (Eddie Cochran), “Talk Back Trembling Lips” (Johnny Tillotson, “Thou Shall Not Steal” (Dick and Deedee), “I Wanna Live” (Glen Campbell), “Ebony Eyes” (Everly Brothers), “Then You Can Tell Me Goodbye” (The Casinos), “Top Forty News, Weather and Sports” (Mark Dinning), “Stayin In” (Bobby Vee), “Norman”, “James”, and “Sad Movies” (Sue Thompson), “Torture” (Kris Jensen), “Waterloo” (Stonewall Jackson) and “Everything’s Alright” (Newbeats).  Loudermilk landed on the charts as a solo singer five times with “The Language of Love” being his biggest hit.

British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – August 29th, 1964

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

(Number 1 Supremes – Where Did Our Love Go – 2nd week at #1)
Top Invaders:
Number 2 – Animals – The House of the Rising Sun
Number 4 – A Hard Day’s Night – The Beatles
Number 7 – Dave Clark Five – Because
Number 10 – Gerry & Pacemakers – How Do You Do It

Debuts:
Cilla Black – It’s For You #128 – Peaks at #79
Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – #134 – Peaks at #14

P.J. Proby – Hold Me – #117
Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas – From a Window – #79
Invaders on the Billboard Charts
Dusty Springfield – Wishin & Hopin – #11
Chad & Jeremy – A Summer Song #70
Billy J. Kramer & Dakotas – I’ll Keep You Satisfied – #26
Millie Small – Sweet William – #43
Rolling Stones – Tell Me – #38
Beatles – Ain’t She Sweet – #24
Beatles – I’ll Cry Instead – #25
Cliff Richard & the Shadows – Bachelor Boy – #114
Beatles – And I Love Her – #13
Beatles – If I Fell – #54
Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine #48
Brian Poole – Someone Someone – #101
Searchers – Someday We’re Gonna Love Again #56
Beatles – I’m Happy Just to Dance with You #116
George Martin – And I Love Her – #129
Swinging Blue Jeans – You’re No Good – #108

Visit the Sixties Beat Blog to learn more about the Nashville Teens (and many more!)
Visit the Rockaeology Blog to learn more about John Loudermilk

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