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The Fab Four Lead the Pack on Denver Radio

1964 and 1965 the First Two Years of the British Invasion as Experienced in Denver on KIMN

(Top L/R) Undertakers; Liverbirds; The Big Three (Middle L/R) Billy Thorpe & Aztecs; Casey Jones & Governors (Bottom L/R); Rattles; Johnny Kidd & Pirates

Here are KIMN’s featured weekly survey sheets highlighting the arrival of the British Invasion headed up by the Beatles – 1964 and 1965 – What a time it was in Denver and around the world.  My first hearing of the Beatles occurred while I was driving down Sheridan Blvd., heading for Arlan’s Department Store – to – guess – look at records.  KIMN radio (located just a couple hundred feet away from Arlan’s in Lakewood on the border of Denver – spun the Beatle track that was causing a very big stir in England – That was all that was given to us on the airwaves that Saturday afternoon in Denver in the winter of 1964.

On first listen I didn’t know how to classify it.  KIMN kindly gave the song – “I Want to Hold Your Hand” several more spins over the next couple of hours.  That was it.  Very soon I was back at Arlan’s on a once or twice a week basis to gather up the glut of Beatle recordings showing up on various American labels including Vee Jay, ATCO, MGM, Swan and Capitol all simultaneously!  What the heck was going on here?  Little did we know what was to follow….

Cash Box Ad for Dave Dee, Dozy, Beaky, Mick & Tich – April 29th, 1964 with KIMN

KIMN Hit Parade January 8th, 1964

The Beatles make their KIMN debut at number 26 with I Want to Hold Your Hand

KIMN Hit Parade January 15th, 1964

The Beatles quickly move into the number 1 Spot on KIMN – I Saw Her Standing There joins the A side at Number 1 on KIMN

KIMN Hit Parade January 29th, 1964

The Fab Four adorn the front of their first KIMN survey sheet – the Boss Jocks get a little goofy with the wigs which I am sure they thought would be a quickly fading novelty.

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KIMN Hit Parade Februry 5th, 1964

I Want to Hold Your Hand and I Saw Her Standing There enjoy their 4th straight week at number 1

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KIMN Hit Parade February 29th, 1964

(The Beatles occupy the first three positions on the KIMN Hit Parade)

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KIMN Hit Parade March 4th, 1964

The Dave Clark Five break into KIMN’ Top Ten becoming the second invasion act to do so.  The Beatles now have 7 songs in the Top Ten.  This was around the time that Bob Dylan was driving through Colorado and stating something to the effect that the Beatles had seven (or eight) songs in the top positions in Denver as he recalled.

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KIMN Hit Parade March 11th, 1964

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KIMN Hit Parade March 18th, 1964

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KIMN Hit Parade March 25th, 1964

As Twist and Shout sits at the top of the KIMN Hit Parade – The Searchers become the 2nd British Invader to enter with “Needles and Pins”.

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KIMN Hit Parade April 1st, 1964

Vintage rocker Chuck Berry captures the top spot away from the Beatles

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KIMN Hit Parade April 8th, 1964

The Beatles bounce right back with a double sided number 1 – Cant’ Buy Me Love b/w You Can’t Do That – The King still has a place in the heart of the Boss Jocks!

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KIMN Hit Parade April 29th, 1964

America’s “oldest teenager” adorns the backside of the survey along with KIMN’s offer for a free Beatles Wig

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KIMN Hit Parade May 20th, 1964

Billy J. Kramer and the Dakotas from Liverpool join the Brits with their Lennon/McCartney penned tune as the 4th acts to enter the Top 10 with The Beatles still occupying the top spot with yet another double sided hit.

KIMN Hit Parade – May 27th, 1964

There’s still hope for the adult world as Barbara Streisand rescues the top spot with her biggest hit – The Bachelors enter the Top 10 and the Swinging Blue Jeans adorn the backside.

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KIMN Hit Parade – June 3rd, 1964

Fellow Liverpoolians Peter and Gordon take another McCartney/Lennon song to the top spot

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KIMN Hit Parade – July 15th, 1964

Peter and Gordon featured on the KIMN survey – They actually preceded the Beatles at Red Rocks during the Fab Four’s first U.S. tour by a couple of weeks!

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KIMN Hit Parade – July 29th, 1964

A Hard Day’s Night/I Should Have Known Better enjoys it’s 2nd week at number 1 – Dusty Springfield from Great Britain via Australia takes the number 3 spot.  And another Liverpool group – Gerry and the Pacemakers make their Top Ten debut.

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KIMN Hit Parade – August 5th, 1965

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KIMN Hit Parade – August 12th, 1964

KIMN published a four-page survey to promote the new Fab Four motion picture

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KIMN Hit Parade – August 19th, 1964

Among all the Invasion hub bub – two local boys from Greeley – Denny and Jay achieve the number 2 spot on KIMN – The advertised Red Rocks tickets for the Beatles went for $4 a pop!

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KIMN Hit Parade – October 21st, 1964

By Fall of 1964 – the Invasion acts are firmly with us – no longer a curiosity – The Honeycombs, Millie Small, The Animals, Chad Stuart and Jeremy Clyde, The Kinks, The Zombies, Herman’s Hermits, Manfred Mann, The Rolling Stones and more are all together on this survey sheet.

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KIMN Hit Parade – November 11th, 1964

George Harrison’s sister Louise Harrison Caldwell makes the Pop Station rounds including a stopover in Denver to visit KIMN.  Louise was instrumental in obtaining early record label signings for the Beatles in the U.S.

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KIMN Hit Parade – November 16th, 1964

KIMN debuts a new survey design and the sheet displays the Beatles during their Red Rocks performance in the Summer

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KIMN Hit Parade – December 28th, 1964

The final tally for the first year of the Beatle-Led Invasion – The boys take the first four spots plus five more in the Top 25 – They are joined by Peter and Gordon, Chad and Jeremy, The Honeycombs and The Animals – They also take “The Best New Vocal Group” award – duhhh – In all 25 Invasion acts are represented in the KIMN Hot 100 for 1964!

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Additional Invasion Featured KIMN Surveys

KIMN Hit Parade – January 4th, 1965

The Beatles featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – January 11th, 1965

Chad and Jeremy featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – January 18th, 1965

The Animals featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – March 8th, 1965

The Beatles featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – March 29th, 1965

Louise Harrison Caldwell featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – April 26th, 1965

The Zombies featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – May 10th, 1965

Zombies Featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – May 24th, 1965

Chad and Jeremy featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – July 12th, 1965

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KIMN Hit Parade – August 9th, 1965

Beatles Promotional Trip featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – August 16th, 1965

Beatles Promotional featured

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KIMN Hit Parade – December 27th, 1965

The year ends much as it began – with the Beatles at the Top!

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