From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: December 26th, 1964

March 3, 2012

The Beatles – Go Out with a Bang!

And so the first full year of the British Invasion comes to an end.  The Beatles once again were perched at the top spot with “I Feel Fine” followed closely by the flip side “She’s a Woman”.  This would complete one of the most – if not the most – dominating years by an act in the history of charted music!  You will recall that the Beatles first found their way onto the charts back in August of 1963 with the Vee Jay release of “From Me to You” which only reached number 114.

Then in 1964 they entered on January 18th with “I Want to Hold Your Hand” at number 45.  From there they shot to number 3 and then the top spot – which they held for seven straight weeks to only be dethroned by “She Loves You” (2 weeks) – followed by “Can’t Buy Me Love” (5 weeks) – and from there it was a runaway.

The final week saw the Kinks come on with their second charting record – Dusty with her fourth (actually her fourth and fifth as both sides of her current single would chart), and Lulu and Luvvers with their second minor chart hit.

Here are three more early British Acts who secured U.S. label recording contracts but all failed to enter the charts.  The Poets were from Scotland, Jet Harris of Shadows fame, and Kathy Kirby.  Jet Harris also was a member of the Most Brothers, The Vipers, teamed up with fellow Shadow Tony Meehan, and in later years supported Jeff Beck.  Kathy Kirby passed away in 2011.

British Invasion on the U.S. Billboard Charts – December 26th, 1964

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

Top Ten Invaders:

Number 1 – Beatles – I Feel Fine
Number 4 – Beatles – She’s a Woman
Number 5 – Zombies – She’s Not There
Number 10 – Rolling Stones – Time is On My Side

Invader Debuts:

Kinks – All Day & All of the Night – #69 – Peaks at Number 7
Lulu – I’ll Come Running – #131 – Peaks at Number 105
Dusty Springfield – Guess Who – #114 – Peaks at Number 128

The Other Invaders This Week

Searchers – Love Potion Number 9 – #11
Manfred Mann – Sha La La – #13
Herman’s Hermits – I’m into Something Good – #17
Kinks – You Really Got Me – #18
Dave Clark Five – Anyway You Want It – #19
Chad & Jeremy – Willow Weep For Me – #24
Marianne Faithfull – As Tears Go By – #26
You Know Who Group – My Love (Roses Are Red) – #46
Animals – Boom Boom – #49
Gerry & the Pacemakers – I’ll Be There – #51
Sandie Shaw – There’s Always Something There to Remind Me – #54
Hullaballoos – I’m Gonna Love You Too – #58
Gale Garnett – Lovin Place – #61
Honeycombs – I Can’t Stop – #68
Nashville Teens – Google Eye – #133

One Comment

  1. You’re covering the era, and the acts, that I can just close my eyes and be transported, as in a time machine, to a place much better than the 60’s ever (really) were.. “I hope you’ll understand” 😉

    Thanks !!

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