From the Land of Band Box Records

The British Invasion: February 27th, 1965

March 27, 2012

The Beatles would land their second extended play 45 rpm chart record “4 by 4” – a rare feat in the history of the the Rock and Roll era on the charts.  “Girl Don’t Come” by Sandie Shaw would actually surpass the success of her first hit “Always Something There to Remind Me”.  The girls came on strong again with debuts by Dusty Springfield, Marianne Faithfull and Sandie Shaw.

Rory Storm & The Hurricanes

Alan Caldwell was a founding member of The Raving Texans in early 1957 – a skiffle group based in Liverpool.  The Texans did perform at the Cavern and migrated toward rock and roll.  In the summer of 1959 Alan fronted Al Storm and the Hurricanes along with Raving Texan Johnny Guitar.  He soon changed his name to Rory Storm.

The two were soon joined by Ty Brian (guitar), Lu Walters (bass) and the drummer from the Eddie Clayton Skiffle Group – Ringo Starr.  Ringo remained with the Hurricanes until the summer of 1962, at which time he received invitations to join two groups – one being Kingsize Taylor’s Dominoes, and the other The Beatles.  Good choice Ringo!  The Hurricanes proceeded for a nice long run into 1967 before finally calling it quits.  Caldwell became a disc jockey and died in September of 1972 in his sleep.

A comment on YouTube states there are “no known” video clips of the Hurricanes with Ringo sitting on the drums.  The narrator on the video says this is “Rory Storm and the Hurricanes, who started seven years ago.”  If that can be measured from 1959 then possibly the drummer in this video is possibly Jimmy Tushingham who was on the kit from 1962 until his depature in 1967 to join The Connoisseurs.  He was replaced by Carl Rich.

Lonnie Donegan

Lonnie Donegan - Pathfinder for Beat

Beat Group influencer Lonnie Donegan secured multiple U.S. record distribution deals, including Mercury, ABC Paramount, Atlantic and Dot.  Show here are (left-to-right) are his two Dot Record releases both titled “Lonnie Donegan”.  They contain many duplicate tracks but the later release (Dot 3394) includes the two charting singles “Chewing Gum” and “Aunt Rody”.  The Atlantic recording was released in 1960 – after the Dot releases.  None of his long play’s made the U.S. charts.

British Invasion on the Charts February 27th – 1965

(Gary Lewis and Playboys remain at Number 1 for 2nd week)

Number 6 – Tell Her No – The Zombies (up from 11)
Number 9 – I Go To Pieces – Peter & Gordon (2nd week at 9)
Number 12 – Ferry Cross the Mersey – Gerry & Pacemakers (up from 21)
Number 16 – All Day and All of the Night – The Kinks (down from 7)
Number 19 – Eight Days a Week – The Beatles (up from 53)

Chart Debuts

Number 81 – 4 By 4 – The Beatles (extended play record – Peaks at number 68)
Number 93 – Come Stay With Me – Marianne Faithfull (Peaks at number 26)
Number 120 – Girl Don’t Come – Sandie Shaw (Peaks at number 4)
Number 122 – Find My Way Back Home – The Nashville Teens (Peaks at number 98)
Number 134 – Losing You – Dusty Springfield (Peaks at number 91)

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