From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: December 12th, 1964

February 26, 2012

The Beatles are on the rise once again as the first year of the Invasion nears an end.  The Nashville Teens land on the charts going back to the well with their second John D. Loudermilk composition “Google Eye” following his “Tobacco Road”.  This time they would barely linger on the “Bubbling Under” rankings – rising only to number 117.

The Nashville Teens chart with Google Eye

John D. Loudermilk - Composer of Many Hits

British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – December 12th, 1964

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

Top Ten Invaders:

(Number 1 – Bobby Vinton – Mr. Lonely – 1st Week)

Number 2 – Zombies – She’s Not There
Number 5 – Beatles – I Feel Fine
Number 6 – Rolling Stones – Time is On My Side
Number 7 – Kinks – You Really Got Me

Invader Debuts:

Nashville Teens – Google Eye – #125 – Peaks at number 117

The Other Invaders This Week

Herman’s Hermits – I’m into Something Good – #13
Manfred Mann – Sha La La – #17
Dave Clark Five – Anyway You Want It – #24
Chad & Jeremy – Willow Weep For Me – #26
Beatles – She’s a Woman – #29
Marianne Faithfull – As Tears Go By – #42
Honeycombs – Have I the Right – #48
Searchers – Love Potion Number 9 – #49
You Know Who Group – My Love (Roses Are Red) – #56
Hullaballoos – I’m Gonna Love You Too – #63
Sandie Shaw – There’s Always Something There to Remind Me – #65
Animals – Boom Boom – #67
Gale Garnett – Lovin Place – #75
Gerry & the Pacemakers – I’ll Be There – #81
Adam Faith & the Roulettes – It’s Alright – #120
Bachelors – I Wouldn’t Trade You for the World – #123

Joe Brown and the Bruvvers

They never charted in the U.S. but managed 11 U.K. chart hits, reaching the top ten on three occasions.  Here they perform Herman Hermit’s big hit “I’m Henry the Eighth” a full year before it charted in the U.S.  The group strained to fit the Beat Group template – probably comparing more closely to skiffle.  Two members of his backing group were former members of the skiffle group The Spacemen – brothers Tony and Pete Oakman.  They also performed as part of The Echoes, who toured with and backed many early rock performers.

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