From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: October 31st, 1964

February 2, 2012

The Beatles Slow Down! Beatless Week!

October 31st was the first week that the Billboard Charts was void of any Beatle singles.  With the departure of  the two-sided hit single – “Matchbox/Slow Down” this marked the first week since January 18th, 1964.  This was to be only a minor lull before a new creative storm towards the end of 1964. 

However, a Lennon/McCartney composition (actually McCartney) “I Don’t Want to See You Again”, by Peter and Gordon, resided at number 20 – the third straight McCartney penned song to chart by the British Duo.  In addition, this was the first week in many months that no new Invasion single made its debut.

Here are the Kinks performing “You Really Got Me” – number 32 and climbing on the October 31st charts.

Urban legend has it that prior to their Denver performance, several hundred ticket holders had taken their seats prior to the opening of the Kinks.  Ray Davies then demanded that the auditorium be cleared in order for the Kinks to properly tune their guitars.  Who knows….?

British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – October 31st, 1964

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

Top Invaders:

(Number 1 – Baby Love by the Supremes – 1st Week)

Number 2 – Manfred Mann – Do Wah Diddy Diddy
Number 4 – Gale Garnett – We’ll Sing in the Sunshine
Number 7 – Honeycombs – Have I the Right

Terry Black (Canada) – Unless You Care #114
Chad & Jeremy – A Summer Song – #13
Searchers – When You Walk Into the Room – #58
Rolling Stones – Time is On My Side – #46
Herman’s Hermits – I’m into Something Good – #57
Dave Clark Five – Everybody Knows – #19
Peter and Gordon – I Don’t Want to See You Again – #20
Zombies – She’s Not There – #45
Gerry & Pacemakers – I Like It – #18
Kinks – You Really Got Me – #32
Animals – I’m Crying – #21
Dusty Springfield – All Cried Out – #41
Nashville Teens – Tobacco Road – #15

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